The Meat Puppets

The 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.

The World Takes (DJ Bonebrake from X)

STEPHEN MAGLIO - Guitar, Vocals

stephen maglio is a musical nut ball who defies not description, but worthiness of it. it really doesn't matter what the fuck he has done or is doing - just listen to the music from the collective he leads called "the world takes". he also leads several other bands including "the pigeon sisters", "every ten seconds in america", "the footprint of the american chicken" and "it's only fucking music terry lyne".

JIM STAGER - Bass, Vocals

jjim stager grew up in the philadelphia area where he played bass since grade school. he was voted most nerdy musician and was voted most likely to teach marching band oboe in his senior year of high school. boy were they wrong! his coolness started playing electric bass guitar with the blistering power punk band the balls. he later had a successful run in 'huffamoose" a sassy-smart pop rock powerhouse that spawned major label releases as well as successful us tours and an award winning documentary. he is making a true mark with "the world takes" - a spectacular diverse ass kicking collective of musicians led by the musical nutcase stephen maglio.


Donald James Bonebrake (yes, that is his real name) grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley. He began drumming at the age of 12 and studied classical and traditional music while playing in various rock n roll bands. After several years of touring and recording with the band X took a brief hiatus and DJ began earnestly building his reputation as a talented and dependable live performance and session musician, playing drums, percussion, and mallet instruments with a variety of musicians and music groupsToday, in addition to playing drums, DJ is gaining a reputation as a talented vibraphonist, playing in both jazz and rock and roll settings.

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