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Meat Puppets

  • The Meat Puppets are an American rock band formed in January 1980, in the "Sunnyslope" neighborhood of Phoenix, Arizona.
  • The Meat Puppets later gained significant exposure when the Kirkwood brothers served as guest musicians on Nirvana's MTV Unplugged performance in 1993.
  • The band broke up twice, in 1996 and 2002, but reunited again in 2006.
  • In 2008 they performed their classic second album live in its entirety at the ATP New York festival and are set to perform it again in London during December.
  • Though the band's drug use included cocaine, heroin, LSD and many others, Cris' use of heroin and crack cocaine became so bad he never left his house except to obtain more drugs. At least two people (including one of his best friends and his wife) died of overdoses at his house in Tempe, AZ during this time.
  • By the release of 1984's Meat Puppets II, the bandmembers "were so sick of the hardcore thing," according to Bostrom. "We were really into pissing off the crowd."

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