Veteran punk band reconnects with fans old and new
With song titles like “Crippled Children Suck,” and “1 Down, 3 to Go” — written just after John Lennon was assassinated — The Meatmen have always been known for vulgar and oddball punk rock songs. Tongue planted firmly in his cheek, Tesco Vee, the Lansing band’s legendary mastermind and vocalist, broke into the hardcore punk scene in 1979. That's when he co-founded the Touch and Go fanzine and record label (which later, under a different owner, evolved into an enormously influential indie label). In 1980, Vee decided to not only write about bands, but to start his own — and to add some raunchy and politically incorrect humor, something he thought the scene lacked.