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|Origin||Lansing, Michigan, United States|
|Genres||Punk rock, Hardcore punk, Heavy metal|
|Years active||1980–1997, 2008–present|
|Labels||Touch and Go
|Associated acts||Negative Approach
|Past members||Rich Ramsey
Mark "Gooly" Kermanj
Tommy "Dog" Cohen
Rob San Pietro
Ian "The Pit Viper" Sugierski
Andy "Lord Vapid" Lucas
The Meatmen formed in Lansing, Michigan in 1981. The original band, existing for two years, comprised Tesco Vee, Rich Ramsey, Gregg Ramsey and David Howse. They were known for their outrageous stage antics and offensive lyrics. After releasing two EPs, Vee relocated from Michigan to Washington D.C., releasing solo EP Dutch Hercules before reforming the Meatmen with a rotating cast of members, including Brian Baker and Lyle Preslar of Minor Threat, and Todd Swalla of Necros. During the period, the band changed their sound dramatically to a more heavy metal sound on their first two studio albums, War of the Superbikes (1985) and Rock & Roll Juggernaut (1986). During the 1990s, Vee released a solo album under the moniker Tesco Vee's Hate Police, titled Gonzo-Hate-Vibe, before releasing three more albums with the Meatmen in a metal-influenced punk style: Toilet Slave, Pope on a Rope, and War of the Superbikes, Vol. 2.
A reunited 2008 lineup included new members Ian "The Pit Viper" Sugierski on drums, Dave Malosh on guitar, and Andy "Lord Vapid" Lucas on bass. This lineup went on to tour the U.S. through 2009 and performed on the Cover the Earth album.
In 2010, Vee recruited three members of Detroit-based rock band Chapstik, who had toured the U.S. with the Meatmen the previous year. This lineup quickly became the newest iteration of "Tesco Vee's Hate Police", which transformed into The Meatmen shortly thereafter. This updated lineup included guitarist Leighton Mann (Hal Seitan), bassist Dan Gillies (Biff Balogna/Danny Dirtbag) and John Lehl (Swarthy "Bun-Length" Franklin) on drums. Mann was soon replaced by guitarist Kevin Roberts (aka Hindu Kush) in 2012.
Although tongue-in-cheek by nature, several of the band's songs include lyrics which target gays and minorities for ridicule and harassment. While not disowning the songs, Tesco Vee later expressed disappointment that one of them, "Blow Me Jah", a virulently anti-Rastafarian song, continued to receive airplay. Vee claims he is not racist or homophobic.
Vee has stated that his racist and homophobic rhetoric is merely part of a stage persona and an act. In an interview with Robert "Bo" White, Vee stated, "I won't play the race card overtly – OK, I may have used a few ethnic slurs along the road to punk rock infamy but only out of necessity." Nevertheless, the words to "Tooling for Anus" and "Lesbian Death Dirge" openly express violently anti-gay perspectives, and the song "Camel Jockeys Suck" graphically describes violence against Arabs.
- 1985 – War of the Superbikes (Homestead)
- 1986 – Rock & Roll Juggernaut (Caroline)
- 1990 – Crippled Children Suck (Touch and Go)
- 1994 – Toilet Slave (Meat King)
- 1995 – Pope on a Rope (Meat King)
- 1996 – War of the Superbikes, Vol. 2 (Go-Kart)
- 2009 – Cover The Earth (Meat King)
Singles and EPs
- 1982 – Blüd Sausage 7" EP (Touch and Go)
- 1983 – Crippled Children Suck 7" EP (Touch and Go)
- 1984 – Dutch Hercules 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 (Touch and Go)
- 1995 – College Radio Loser 7" EP (self-released)
- 1996 – 3/3/95 (Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL) live 7" EP (V.M.L.)
- 1996 – Evil in a League With Satan CD EP (Go-Kart)
- 2011 – Happy Fucking Easter, Asshole 7" EP (TKO)
- 1983 – We're The Meatmen...and You Suck!! (also contains tracks from the Blüd Sausage EP) (Touch and Go)
- 1988 – We're the Meatmen...And You Still Suck!!! (Caroline)
- 1991 – Stud Powercock: The Touch And Go Years 1981-1984 (Touch & Go)
- 2000 - We're Not The Meatmen, But We Still Suck! (Crazy Bastard Records) [A compilation of covers of Meatmen songs by various punk artists]
- 1981 – Demo
- 1981 - "Meatmen Stomp" on Process of Elimination 7" compilation EP (Touch and Go)
- 2008 – The Devil's in the Details, Vol. 1
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