“I sent David Immerglück ‘Confused 22’ and I said ‘ok so imagine this song and it’s basically if John Lennon went into a time machine and wound up at the Led Zeppelin III sessions but in the next room Rickie Lee Jones and Black Francis from The Pixies were having a fist fight. That’s what I want this song to sound like’. And he’s like ‘Got it!’”
An excellent conversation with Tyson Meade from Chainsaw Kittens about his new solo record, Robbing The Nuclear Family, and the Kittens 1996 self-titled album, both released this Record Store Day, April 21st. We chat about his surly muse for the new record, living in China, his time with the Kittens, all infused with a whole lotta rock n roll.
My introduction to Tyson Meade and Chainsaw Kittens came at 2 am one Sunday night back in 1992 (a very good year for music) when I just happened to catch the premiere of their ‘Connie, I’ve Found The Door’ video at the end of 120 Minutes on MTV. A song so powerful and exciting, it woke me straight up with that thrilling feeling you get from the best songs, and I still feel that way about it all these years later.
Another fave, perhaps even more thrilling and ass-kicking, is ‘Sore On The Floor’ from their next album Pop Heiress. Released in 1994, it looked like the Kittens were about to break big. Read Tyson’s blog post about it here, and check out the other blog posts too about Tyson’s life in rock n roll and living in China.
And the killer title track from that album:
Two songs from the self-titled Chainsaw Kittens album from 1996 on Scratchie (James Iha & D’arcy Wretzky from Smashing Pumpkins’ label) that is being released on vinyl for the first time this Record Store Day, April 21st, 2018.
“In many ways Tomorrow is an electronic update of the Kittens. Tyson’s glam-dripping three-octave voice, his unique lyrical slant and delivery, the enticing way he staggers and repeats as he conjures these tunes into being…The album sees him experimenting more, taking risks and pulling them off, and producing some of his finest material to date.” My full review of Tomorrow In Progress for The Quietus here.
‘Buddy Dash’ (duet with Nicole Fiorentino from Tomorrow In Progress)
New album, Robbing The Nuclear Family, is released this Record Store Day, April 21st, 2018 on Jett Plastic Recordings.
The very John Waters video for ‘He’s The Candy’ starring The Play Babies:
A great video about Tyson’s awesome Jackson Pollack-esque artwork and his creative process: