Friday, March 31, 2023

Full Length Review: The Meatmen "Rock and Roll Juggernaut" (Caroline) by Devin J. Meaney

Band: The Meatmen
Location: Lansing, Michigan
Country: USA
Genre: Punk, hardcore
Full length: Rock and Roll Juggernaut
Format: CD, digital
Label: Caroline
Release date: 1986 (reissued 2009)
Feeling a bit nostalgic I hit up YouTube to listen to some Tesco. Tesco Vee and the Meatmen were a legendary act I first heard of years ago when I was listening to a lot of G.G. Allin. The Meatmen came up in one of my online searches well over a decade ago—and here I am in 2023 still listening to them!
The Meatmen did a lot of standard punk stuff but my favorite album by them is by far “Rock and Roll Juggernaut” and it features a sound that can only be described as scum punk/scum rock! G.G. Allin was the original scum punk but Tesco is just as entertaining—and I can go out on a limb and say that he is probably actually a bit more talented than G.G. in the long run!
Featuring tracks like “Rock and Roll Juggernaut”, “True Grit” and “Twisted Road” Tesco and the Meatmen push forward with a full-length blast of awesome riffs and revelry—and I can state that each track is quite epic in its own right! The musicianship on this is tight and the production quality is perfect. Although I have never physically owned an album by The Meatmen I would absolutely love to hear some of their music on vinyl or cassette!
In conclusion—The Meatmen might not be for everyone—but for anyone looking for some high energy upbeat punk rock and rolling I’d suggest giving Tesco and his band of scallywags a go! And if you can’t dig what Tesco has to offer—you’re probably just a weenbag! -Devin J. Meaney

Tesco Vee: Vocals
Stuart Casson: Guitar
James Cooper: Guitar
Graham McCulloch: Bass
Eric Zelsdor: Drums

Track list:
1. Rock 'N' Roll Juggernaut
2. True Grit
3. Centurions Of Rome
4. French People Suck
5. Turbo Rock
6. Come On Over To Mah Crib
7. Nature Boy
8. Dichstrudel
9. The Sweetest Kittens (Have The Sharpest Claws)
10. Rock 'N' Roll Juggernaut - The True Story
11. The American In Me
12. Twisted Road
13. Pillar Of Sodom [live]
14. I've Got A Problem [live]
15. French People Suck [live]
16. Go Chemical

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