The Meat Puppets is an American rock band. It was formed in Phoenix, Arizona, in January 1980. The band's original member was Curt Kirkwood (guitar/vocals), his brother Cris Kirkwood (bass guitar), and Derrick Bostrom (drums). Curt and Chris Kirkwood met Bostrom while attending Brophy Prep High School in Phoenix. The three then moved to Tempe, Arizona (a Phoenix suburb and home to Arizona State University) where the Kirkwood brothers buy two homes, one of which had a "shed" in the back where they practiced.
The Meat Puppets started as a punk rock band, but unlike other they established their own unique style, merging punk with country and psychedelic rock, and Curt's different variations of singing. During the release of the album Meat Puppets II in 1984, the band are not happy anymore in playing hardcore music. Thats why they experiment acid rock and country western sounds. Although the album is recording in 1983 but SST released it after a year. Along with all band of SST they established the genre which so called " cow punk". In 1993, The Meat Puppets gained major exposure when the Cris and Curt Kirkwood invited as guest musicians on Nirvana's MTV Unplugged performance. The band released their 1994 album "Too High to Die" which became the most successful album of theirs. The band disbanded twice, in 1996 and 2002, but regoup again in 2006.
The Meat Puppets have influenced several rock bands such as Pavement, and Soundgarden, Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr.