My collection of band memorabilia contains a staggering amount of press. The Meat Puppets released quite a few albums, but all the interviews that appeared over the years could fill twice as many thick tomes.
We did a lot of radio interviews over the years as well, including a sweet handful of live-in-the-studio performaces. But once we got involved with Polygram, these became fairly regular occurances. After we mastered the “unplugged” approach, we were able to do even more of them. “Radio Meat,” which can be found at the Wohlers archive is the best example of these. Originally broadcast on WBAI-FM in New York City, Polygram released the entire show on a promotional cassette.
I recently found a small cache of nationally syndicated shows on CD, some of which revealed some real treasures. They vary in length in quality; some of them are funny, some of them are grumpy, but some of them are as good as anything we released. One thing that strikes me about these shows is how odd “alternative” content sounds in such a mainstream format. While I hesitate to question the sincerity of anyone invovled (Yours Truly excepted, of course), to my ears the entire effort comes off as craven, clueless and condescending.
Whatever; it’s still cool stuff. Special thanks to Tom Quitasol for sending me the disk with “It’s A Small World,” which I don’t remember at all.
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Best Of College Radio – 1991: “It’s A Small World”
TDK New Music Report – 1991: “Charles In Charge,” guest deejays, interview, “That’s How It Goes”
Brave New Radio – July 1994: Why,” “Oh Me,” “Confusion Fog,” interview
Spin Radio – 1994: Interview w/ Cris & Curt
Concrete – Oct 1995: Tour anecdote by Curt
Static – Fall 1995: “Predator,” interview