Formed in Tempe, Arizona, USA, Curt Kirkwood (10 January 1959, Wichita Falls, Texas, USA; guitar/vocals), Cris Kirkwood (b. 22 October 1960, Amarillo, Texas, USA; bass/vocals) and Derrick Bostrom (b. 23 June 1960, Phoenix, Arizona, USA; drums) made their debut in 1981 with a five-track EP, In A Car. Meat Puppets, released the following year on the influential hardcore label SST Records, offered a mix of thrash punk with hints of country, captured to perfection on the alternative cowboy classic, Tumbling Tumbleweeds. Their affection for roots music was fully realized on Meat Puppets II, a captivating set marked by dramatic shifts in mood and Curt Kirkwoods uncertain, but expressive, vocals. Meat Puppets II hauled country back to the campfire. Up On The Sun showed the trio moving further from their punk roots, embracing instead neo-psychedelic melodies. This evolution was enhanced further on Mirage, yet another critically acclaimed set.
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