Published Apr 17, 2009Ranking slightly below the likes of G.G. Allin and El Duce, Lansing, MI-based creeps the Meatmen are one of the most offensive, yet influential, punk rock outfits to date. Kicking up dust and dander since 1979, albums such as We're The Meatmen... And You Suck! and Crippled Children Suck are infamous with the nastier punk freaks.
All of that said, the band haven't broken up but at the same time, they haven't bothered to release anything since 1996. That's why this comes as a wonderful shock to hear that they've finally gotten their act together and recorded Cover The Earth, 24 tracks of the band's favourite tunes, as related in their own personal idiom.
Never ones to do something predictable, the band have opted to balance obvious choices such as Fear, G.G. Allin and Johnny Thunders with what-the-fuck-were-they-thinking? numbers from Jimmy Dean, 10CC and the Temptations. Sure it's strange but we're guessing it'll still be quite interesting. The album will also feature a full-colour 12-page booklet.
Even weirder is that the band have also created a figurine of front-man Tesco Vee to coincide with the album's release. This limited-edition figure (1,000 numbered units) stands seven inches tall and is made of polyresin. As Vee points out in his announcement of the toy, it is "accurately sculpted right down to the ABBA pants and clogs."