Founded by brothers Curt (guitar/vocals) and Cris Kirkwood (vocals/bass/guitar) who recruited Derrick Bostrom (drums), Meat Puppets came to be in 1980 with their debut Meat Puppets arriving in 1982 on the infamous SST' label boasting a howling country style that barely hinted at the style they would evolve into. Meat Puppets II (1983), the follow-up, proved to be a hybrid of Greatful Dead psychedelia that fused hardcore Punk with the country vocals of Cris. Indeed, the album proved to be the blueprint for much of their future work.Up On The Sun (1985) saw their sound maturing and receiving critical acclaim and by the follow-ups, Out My Way (1986) and Mirage (1987) they had come full circle to prove their worth with the latter featuring such band classics of Beauty and Confusion Fog. But despite the acclaim, the album failed to sell, so they returned to a more ZZ-Top inspired boogie and dance style with Heuvos (1987). A deal with London' records came after their more mainstream Monsters (1989) release. Their major label debut of Forbidden Places (1991) lacked the intensity of their earlier work. Still, Too High To Die (1994) managed a 62 U.S. before a long break occurred for the release of No Joke! In 1995. No Joke arrived on the heels of the whole Nirvana/grunge movement, nonetheless they reaped some of the financial rewards with sales now exceeding into the half-million mark.
After the release, Kirkwood would re-emerge in Austin, Texas with the membership of Andrew DuPlantis (bass) and ex-Pariah members Kyle Ellison (guitar/vocals) and Shandon Saham (drums) to release Golden Lies (2000), an album less like much of their back catalogue.