Meat Puppets

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Meat Puppets is an American rock band formed in January 1980 in Phoenix, Arizona. The group's original lineup was Curt Kirkwood (guitar/vocals), his brother Cris Kirkwood (bass guitar), and Derrick Bostrom (drums). The Kirkwood brothers met Bostrom while attending Brophy Prep High School in Phoenix. The three then moved to Tempe, Arizona (a Phoenix suburb and home to Arizona State University) where the Kirkwood brothers purchased two adjacent homes, one of which had a shed in the back where they regularly practiced.

Meat Puppets started as a punk rock band, but like most of their labelmates on SST Records, they established their own unique style, blending punk with country and psychedelic rock, and featuring Curt's warbling vocals. Meat Puppets later gained significant exposure when the Kirkwood brothers served as guest musicians on Nirvana's MTV Unplugged performance in 1993. The band's 1994 album Too High to Die subsequently became their most successful release. The band broke up twice, in 1996 and 2002, but reunited again in 2006.

Meat Puppets has influenced a number of rock bands including Nirvana, Soundgarden, Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh and Pavement.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1982 Meat Puppets 7
1984 Meat Puppets II 5 6
1985 Up on the Sun 5 4
1987 Mirage 5 3
1987 Huevos 5 3
1989 Monsters 4
1991 Forbidden Places 1
1994 Too High to Die 3 2
1995 No Joke! 2
2000 Golden Lies 1
2007 Rise to Your Knees 1
2009 Sewn Together 1
2011 Lollipop 1
2013 Rat Farm 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1990 No Strings Attached 2
2004 Classic Puppets 2

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1999 Live in Montana 1
2002 Meat Puppets Live 1
1982: Meat Puppets Live 1
Live at the Roxy, L. A. 1995 1
Portland 200 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1991 Whirlpool 1
1994 Backwater 3


Year Title RatingReleases
1981 In a Car 5 3
1986 Out My Way 5 2
1996 Taste of the Sun 1
1999 You Love Me 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2009-10-24: 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA, USA 1
2011-09-25: The Melting Point, Athens, GA, USA 1

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