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Curt Kirkwood


Besides Dark Flag’s Greg Ginn, the Meats Puppets’ Curt Kirkwood was among the best guitarists to emerge from the ’80s U.S. punk rock and roll movement. However in truth, Kirkwood’s playing and composing have little regarding punk (besides getting filled with punk’s energy and unpredictability) — he’s generally listed such traditional rockers as ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons as well as the Pleased Dead’s Jerry Garcia as his biggest electric guitar affects, while his performing and songwriting consists of components of such nation legends as George Jones. Created January 10, 1959 and elevated in Phoenix, AZ, Kirkwood shaped the Meats Puppets in the first ’80s alongside bass-playing sibling Cris and drummer Derrick Bostrom, liberating a string of basic albums on Dark Flag’s SST label. Whereas many punk rings frowned upon acoustic guitar solos, a lot of the Meats Puppets’ tracks spotlighted Kirkwood’s six-string skills, especially such paths as “Enchanted Porkfist,” “Magic Plaything Missing,” “Trip from the Open fire Weasel,” as well as the 1994 edition of “Lake of Open fire” (the second option included as an unlisted reward track on TOO MUCH to Die). Furthermore to his music, Curt’s additional love can be painting — a lot of his drawings possess graced the Puppets’ recording covers (Meats Puppets II, Through to sunlight, Mirage, etc.), and he provided the recording cover artwork for the 1996 debut by friend’s Dez Cadena and George Hurley’s music group, Vida. The Meats Puppets’ music and Curt Kirkwood’s excellent guitar skills had been limited to the underground for some from the ’80s as well as the 1st half of the ’90s, until a complete fresh generation of enthusiasts were fired up towards the trio through their association with Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain. Cobain was a longtime lover from the music group, and asked the Kirkwood brothers to try out three tracks using their traditional 1984 release, Meats Puppets II, for Nirvana’s MTV unplugged program, which shown in 1994. Because of all the fresh publicity, the trio liked their biggest industrial success making use of their 8th full-length recording, TOO MUCH to Die, which reached yellow metal certification on the effectiveness of their radio strike “Backwater.” With sibling Cris experiencing addiction from the past due ’90s, Curt Kirkwood shaped a new edition from the Meats Puppets (also sans drummer Bostrom), gearing up for the brand new lineup’s 1st launch in 2000. After restoring to Austin, TX and recruiting people of Pariah, Kirkwood released Golden Lies. And even though a live record followed, bit more was noticed from the Meats Puppets camp until 2005, when Kirkwood came back with the single effort Snow.

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Full Name Curt Kirkwood
Profession Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Nationality American
Siblings Cris Kirkwood
Music Groups Meat Puppets, Eyes Adrift, Volcano
Music Songs Stone Eyes, Rotten Shame, Tiny Kingdom, Armed and Stupid, Fly Like the Wind, Damn Thing, Enemy Love Song, Sometimes Blue, The Monkey and the Snake, Pieces of Me, Sewn Together, Take Off Your Clothes, Rat Farm, New Leaf, Incomplete, I’m Not You, One More Drop, Open Wilde, Endless Wave, Radio Moth, Push the Button, Intro, Lamp, Spit, Hercules, Lantern, Nursery Rhyme, Baby Don’t, Batwing, Light the Fire, The Spider and the Spaceship, Love Mountain
Albums Lollipop, Rise to Your Knees, Snow, Meat Puppets Live, Golden Lies, Rat Farm
Movies We Jam Econo, History Lesson Part 1: Punk Rock in Los Angeles In 1984

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1 Meat Puppets disbanded in 2001, but reformed and his brother Cris returns on bass and former Primus drummer Tim Alexander joins as the band's new drummer. The band has already made plans to write and record an album featuring new material.
2 Brother of Cris Kirkwood, who also played bass for his band Meat Puppets.
3 Also the singer for Eyes Adrift, featuring Nirvana's Krist Novoselic and former Sublime's Floyd Gaugh. Curt was also in a band called Volcano which also featured Floyd Gaugh.
4 Singer/guitarist for the band Meat Puppets.



Cobain: Montage of Heck 2015 Documentary writer: "Oh Me Live from MTV Unplugged", "Come as You Are"
Parashat Ha-Shavua 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Final Rinse 1999 writer: "The Void"
SubUrbia 1996 writer: "Scum"
White Man's Burden 1995 writer: "Animal"
Love and a .45 1994 writer: "Animal"
Chasers 1994 writer: "SAM"
Lovedolls Superstar 1986 writer: "Teenagers", "Seal Whales" - as C. Kirkwood

Music Department

Music Department

The Reinactors 2008 Documentary composer: stock music



Freaks in Love 2011 Documentary Himself
A History Lesson Part 1 2010 Video documentary Himself - Meat Puppets Guitarist
Pancake Mountain 2008 TV Series Himself
We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen 2005 Documentary Himself - Meat Puppets
Meat Puppets: Backwater 1994 Short Himself
Unplugged 1993 TV Series documentary Himself

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Archive Footage

Cut Shorts 2006 Video

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