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The Meatmen
The Meatmen
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Background information
OriginLansing, Michigan, United States
GenresPunk rock, hardcore punk, heavy metal
1981-1988, 1993-1997, 2008-present
LabelsTouch and Go, Homestead, Caroline, Meat King, Go-Kart, TKO, Self Destructo
The Fix, Blight, Necros, Minor Threat, Negative Approach, Battalion of Saints, Chapstik
Websitehttp://www.the-meatmen.com/
MembersTesco Vee
Dan "Danny Dirtbag" Gillies
John "Swarthy 'Bun-Length' Franklin" Lehl
Rich Ramsey
Jim Forgey
Mr. X
Gregg Ramsey
Mike Achtenburg
Todd Swalla
Brian Baker
Lyle Preslar
Bert Quieroz
Rich Moore
Graham McCulloch
Eric Zelsdorf
Stuart Casson
James Cooper
Mark "Gooly" Kermanj
Norman Voss
Mark Davis
Mark Glass
Rob San Pietro
Dave Malosh
Andy "Lord Vapid" Lucas
Ian "The Pit Viper" Sugierski
Leighton Mann
Kevin "Hindu Kush" Roberts

The Meatmen are an American punk band headed by Tesco Vee, originally existing from 1981 to 1988, before reforming in the mid-1990s, and again in the 2000s. They were known for their outrageous stage antics and offensive lyrics. They reformed in 2008[1] and continue to tour and record.

History

The Meatmen formed in Lansing, Michigan in 1981.[1] The original band, existing with various lineups for approximately two years, first comprised vocalist Tesco Vee (A.K.A. Robert Vermeulen),[2] guitarist Rich Ramsey, bassist Jim Forgey and drummer Mr. X.[3][4]

The Meatmen made their recorded debut with the song "Meatmen Stomp", which appeared on the 1981 7" compilation EP Process of Elimination, released in 1981 on Touch and Go Records (an offshoot of Touch and Go fanzine, which Vee co-founded in 1979).[5]

The band's first 7" EP, Blüd Sausage, was released in 1982 on Touch and Go.[6] By this time, Gregg Ramsey had joined on guitar, with his brother Rich switching to bass, replacing Forgey. For their second EP, Crippled Children Suck,[7] issued later that same year, Vee and Rich Ramsey (now on guitar) were joined by two new members, bassist Mike Achtenburg (formerly of the Fix)[8] and drummer Berl Johnson. Also in 1982, Vee and Achtenberg played in the brief punk supergroup Blight.

In 1983, the Meatmen issued a full-length album, We're the Meatmen...and You Suck!!, compiling the first EP on side A, and live material recorded at New York City's Mudd Club on side B.[9]

Vee then relocated from Michigan to Washington D.C. in the fall of 1983, dissolving the Crippled Children Suck lineup and assembling a new band consisting of members of several DC hardcore bands. Vee then released the 1984 EP, Dutch Hercules, credited to Tesco Vee and the Meatkrew,[10] before reforming the Meatmen with a rotating cast of members including Todd Swalla of Necros and Brian Baker and Lyle Preslar of Minor Threat.[11] During this period, the band changed their approach dramatically to a more heavy metal sound.

Their first actual studio album, War of the Superbikes, was released in 1985 on Homestead Records, featuring a lineup of Vee, guitarists Baker and Preslar, bassist Graham McCulloch (ex-Negative Approach), and drummer Eric Zelsdorf.[12] For the 1986 follow-up Rock 'N' Roll Juggernaut, released on Caroline Records, lead guitarist James Cooper (later of Battalion of Saints) replaced Baker.[13][14]

Following a solo Vee single, Twisted Road, issued in 1987 by Forced Exposure under the named the Tesco Vee Experience,[15] Caroline issued a live Meatmen album, We're the Meatmen... And You Still Suck! (1988), featuring covers of "Razamanaz" by Nazareth and "Rebel Rouser" by the Sweet.[16] The lineup included Vee, Preslar, McCulloch and two new members, lead guitarist Stuart Casson and drummer Mark "Goolie" Kermanj.

In the early 1990s, Vee formed Tesco Vee's Hate Police, backed by guitarists Keith Campbell and Tommy "Dog" Cohen, bassist Scotty "Thorson" Slade and drummer Neil Ekberg (Campbell and Ekberg were also members of D.C. punk band Black Market Baby). The group released several EPs and one album, 1992's Gonzo Hate Vibe.

Vee then released three more albums with the Meatmen (including guitarist Norman Voss, bassist Mark Davis, and drummers Mark Glass and Rob San Pietro) in a metal-influenced punk style: Toilet Slave (1994, Meat King Records), Pope on a Rope (1995, also on Meat King) and War of the Superbikes II (1996, Go-Kart Records).[17] They also released several EPs, including the "Drugs & Masturbation"/"True Grit" split 7" with Boris the Sprinkler and College Radio Loser 7" EP, both in 1995, and the 1996 sampler Evil in a League with Satan. Vee disbanded the Meatmen in 1996.

Legacy

In 2000, Crazy Bastard Records released We're Not the Meatmen, But We Still Suck!, a compilation of covers of Meatmen songs by various punk artists including Fang and Anal Cunt.[18]

Reunion

A reunited 2008 Meatmen lineup included new members Ian "The Pit Viper" Sugierski on drums, Dave Malosh on guitar and Andy "Lord Vapid" Lucas on bass. This lineup toured the U.S. through 2009 and performed on that year's Cover the Earth covers album.

In 2010, Vee recruited members of Detroit-based stoner rock band Chapstik: guitarist Leighton Mann, bassist Dan "Danny Dirtbag" Gillies and drummer John "Swarthy 'Bun-Length' Franklin" Lehl. They released the Happy Fucking Easter, Asshole EP, featuring two Germs covers as B-sides, on TKO Records for Record Store Day 2011.[19]

Mann was replaced by guitarist Kevin "Hindu Kush" Roberts from 2012-2016, first appearing on 2013's The Tribute with Two Heads split 7" with Antiseen.[20]

In 2014, the Meatmen released a new full-length studio album, Savage Sagas, on Self Destructo Records.[21]

Band Members

  • Tesco Vee - vocals (1981-1988, 1993-1997, 2008-present)
  • Dan Gillies - bass (2010-present)
  • John Lehl - drums (2010-present)

Former Members

  • Rich Ramsey - guitar (1981, 1982-1983), bass (1981-1982)
  • Jim Forgey - bass (1981)
  • Mr. X - drums (1981-1982)
  • Gregg Ramsey - guitar (1981-1982)
  • Mike Achtenburg - bass (1982-1983)
  • Todd Swalla A.K.A. Berl Johnson - drums (1982-1983)
  • Lyle Preslar - lead/rhythm guitar (1983-1988)
  • Brian Baker - lead guitar (1983-1985)
  • Bert Quieroz - bass (1983-1984)
  • Rich Moore - drums (1983-1984)
  • Graham McCulloch - bass (1984-1988)
  • Eric Zelsdorf - drums (1984-1987)
  • James Cooper - lead guitar (1986)
  • Stuart Casson - lead guitar (1985-1986, 1986-1988)
  • Mark "Gooly" Kermanj - drums (1987-1988)
  • Norman Voss - guitar (1993-1997)
  • Mark Davis - bass (1993-1997)
  • Mark Glass - drums (1993-1995)
  • Rob San Pietro - drums (1995-1997)
  • Dave Malosh - guitar (2008-2010)
  • Andy "Lord Vapid" Lucas - bass (2008-2010)
  • Ian "The Pit Viper" Sugierski - drums (2008-2010)
  • Leighton Mann - guitar (2010-2012)
  • Kevin "Hindu Kush" Roberts - guitar (2012-2016)

Discography

Studio albums

  • 1985 - War of the Superbikes (Homestead)
  • 1986 - Rock 'N' Roll Juggernaut (Caroline)
  • 1994 - Toilet Slave (Meat King)
  • 1995 - Pope on a Rope (Meat King)
  • 1996 - War of the Superbikes II (Go-Kart)
  • 2009 - Cover the Earth (Meat King)
  • 2014 - Savage Sagas (Self Destructo)

Singles and EPs

  • 1982 - Blüd Sausage 7" EP (Touch and Go)
  • 1983 - Crippled Children Suck 7" EP (Touch and Go)
  • 1984 - Dutch Hercules (as Tesco Vee and the Meatkrew) 12" EP (Touch and Go)
  • 1985 - "The Making of War of the Superbikes" 7" flexidisc single (Caroline)
  • 1986 - "Rock 'N' Roll Juggernaut... The True Story" 7" flexidisc single (Caroline)
  • 1987 - Vintage Meat 7" single (Perpetual Disc)
  • 1995 - "Drugs & Masturbation"/"True Grit" split 7" with Boris the Sprinkler (Bulge)
  • 1995 - College Radio Loser 7" EP (self-released)
  • 1996 - Evil in a League with Satan CD EP (Go-Kart)
  • 2011 - Happy Fucking Easter, Asshole 7" EP (TKO)
  • 2013 - The Tribute with Two Heads split 7" with Antiseen (TKO)

Live albums and EPs

  • 1988 - We're the Meatmen... And You Still Suck! album (Caroline)
  • 1996 - 3/3/95 (Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL) 7" EP (V.M.L.)

Compilation albums

  • 1983 - We're the Meatmen...and You Suck!! (Blüd Sausage EP plus live set) (Touch and Go)
  • 1990 - Crippled Children Suck (Touch and Go)
  • 1990 - Stud Powercock: The Touch and Go Years 1981-1984 (Touch and Go)

Compilation appearances

  • 1981 - "Meatmen Stomp" on Process of Elimination 7" compilation EP (Touch and Go)

Videos

  • 2008 - The Devil's in the Details, Vol. 1 (MVD)

References

  1. ^ a b "The Meatmen | Touch and Go / Quarterstick Records". Tgrec.com. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Poop and Boners: An Interview with Tesco Vee". Antigravitymagazine.com. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "Jim Forgey (2)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "Mr. X (14)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "Various - Process Of Elimination E.P." Discogs.com. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "Meatmen - Blood Sausage EP". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "Meatmen - Crippled Children Suck EP". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "Mike Achtenberg". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ "The Meatmen* - We're The Meatmen And You Suck!". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ "Tesco Vee and The Meatkrew* - Dutch Hercules EP". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography" AllMusic. Retrieved on April 30, 2007.
  12. ^ "The Meatmen* - War Of The Superbikes". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ "The Meatmen* - Rock 'N' Roll Juggernaut". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ Grandjean, Pat. "'Meatman' Vee talks about life and homophobia". Collegian.psu.edu. Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ "The Tesco Vee Experience - Twisted Road". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2017.
  16. ^ "The Meatmen* - We're The Meatmen... And You Still Suck!!!". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2017.
  17. ^ "The Meatmen* - War Of The Super Bikes II". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2017.
  18. ^ "Various - We're Not The Meatmen...But We Still Suck". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2017.
  19. ^ "Meatmen, The* - Happy Fucking Easter, Asshole". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2017.
  20. ^ "Antiseen / Meatmen - The Tribute With Two Heads". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2017.
  21. ^ "The Meatmen Are Back, and Tesco Vee Is Still Here to Call You a Weenbag". Noisey.vice.com. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 2017.

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