The Meatmen

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The Meatmen
Background information
Origin Lansing, Michigan, United States
Genres Punk rock, hardcore punk, heavy metal
Years active 1980–1997, 2008–present
Labels Touch and Go, Homestead, Caroline, Pravda, Go-Kart, Meat King
Associated acts Negative Approach, The Fix, Blight, Minor Threat
Members Tesco Vee
Dan Gillies
John Lehl
Kevin Roberts
Past members Rich Ramsey
Gregg Ramsey
David Howse
Brian Baker
Lyle Preslar
Todd Swalla
Jim Forgey
Eliot Rachman
Mike Achtenbourg
Graham McCulloch
Eric Zelzdorf
Stuart Casson
James Cooper
Mark "Gooly" Kermanj
Tommy "Dog" Cohen
Norman Voss
Mark Davis
Mark Glass
Rob San Pietro
Ian "The Pit Viper" Sugierski
Dave Malosh
Andy "Lord Vapid" Lucas
Leighton Mann

The Meatmen are an American punk band headed by Tesco Vee, originally existing from 1981 to 1997. They reformed in 2008[1] and continue to tour and record.


The Meatmen formed in Lansing, Michigan in 1981.[1] 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.[2] 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/Hindu Kush), 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.

In 2014, The Meatmen announced (via their Facebook page) the forthcoming release of a new album, Savage Sagas, on Self-Destructo Records.


Studio albums[edit]

  • 1985 – War of the Superbikes (Homestead)
  • 1986 – Rock & Roll Juggernaut (Caroline)
  • 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)
  • 2014 – Savage Sagas (Self-Destucto)

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • 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)
  • 2013 – "The Tribute with Two Heads" split 7" with Antiseen (TKO)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • 1983 – We're the Meatmen...and You Suck!! (Blüd Sausage EP plus live set) (Touch and Go)
  • 1990 – Crippled Children Suck (Touch and Go)
  • 1991 – Stud Powercock: The Touch and Go Years 1981-1984 (Touch & Go)
  • 1994 - We're the Meatmen... And You Still Suck! (Caroline)
  • 2000 – We're Not the Meatmen, But We Still Suck! (Crazy Bastard Records) [A compilation of covers of Meatmen songs by various punk artists]

Other releases[edit]

  • 1981 – Demo
  • 1981 – "Meatmen Stomp" on Process of Elimination 7" compilation EP (Touch and Go)


  • 2008 – The Devil's in the Details, Vol. 1


  1. ^ a b "The Meatmen | Touch and Go / Quarterstick Records". Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography" Allmusic. Retrieved on April 30, 2007.

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