Meat Puppets

Getting name-checked as a favorite by Kurt Cobain is quite a nice addition to any band's resume, but the Meat Puppets received perhaps the highest accolade ever by Mr. Cobain: he personally invited Curt and Cris Kirkwood to perform three Puppets classics ("Plateau," "Oh, Me," and "Lake of Fire") on Nirvana's MTV Unplugged taping, which has gone down as arguably the greatest episode ever.

Singer/guitarist Curt Kirkwood has always been the group's primary songwriter. And in addition to appearing on fourteen Puppets studio albums over the years - including such classics as 1984's Meat Puppets II, 1985's Up on the Sun, and 1994's Too High to Die - he has also issued a solo recording (2005's Snow) and collaborated with Nirvana's Krist Novoselic and Sublime's Bud Gaugh in Eyes Adrift (who issued a lone, self-titled album in 2002).

I've interviewed Curt many times over the years, and quite thoroughly for my 2012 book, Too High to Die: Meet the Meat Puppets, which covers the group's entire history. Featured are extensive interviews with Puppets members past and present, as well as quite a few renowned admirers/pals (Flea, Peter Buck, Henry Rollins, Ian MacKaye, Kim Thayil, Lee Ranaldo, J Mascis, etc.).

On the eve of the release of the Puppets' latest album, Rat Farm (released April 16th via Megaforce Records) and forthcoming worldwide tour, Curt took the time out to discuss his approach to songwriting, who he'd be interested in collaborating with, and a peculiar encounter with Joey Ramone.


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