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This is a band with heart (hey, they're from the "heartland"). The Chainsaw Kittens are from Norman, Oklahoma and I've been a fan since they started up in 1989. I've been lucky enough to see them play many times (and to know them - they're all real nice guys). They've made a bunch of excellent records (see below) and been on some big tours (with Jane's Addiction, Smashing Pumpkins, Iggy Pop) but are still not too well-known. They've been pretty much over since probably 2000. They don't claim to be officially broken up, so they might play now and then. They played at the first Norman Music Festival in 2008. And they played an even longer show (2 hours) the night before at the Consevatory in OKC.

Tyson Todd Meade is the leader, singer, and songwriter. Prior to starting the Kittens, he was in Defenestration, a Norman band that made a couple of good records but didn't quite take off. They made a lot happen around here, though. Currently, and for the last few years, the rest of the band is Trent Bell on guitar, Matt Johnson on bass, and Eric Harmon on drums. Tyson also plays guitar. These guys are all great musicians. Eric is a very powerful drummer. (He breaks sticks!) Matt and Eric were in a band here called American Boyfriend. Eric's current project is The Toothman. Trent has his own recording studio called Bell Labs, where he helps many bands make their records. The Kittens are kind of pop/glam/punk/rock, they have a loud wild sound but with lots of nice melodies. They definitely have their own sound, yet you can't say that there is a "sameness" about their songs - there's been continuous creativity. Tyson has a unique voice and puts a lot of emotion into his songs. Quite a few of the Kittens' songs (from all of their records) are very strong (like with powerful melodies and interesting lyrics) - if the radio hadn't been killed so long ago, they would be all over it. The Kittens deserved much more success than the record industry allowed.

I recommend picking up some of their records - the first two are my favorites but they're all good. Some may be hard to find, but they turn up on eBay alot. I think most of their stuff can still be ordered from Mammoth Records. I saw them play at VZD's in OKC (03/11/00) and got to hear a bunch of new songs from newest record, The All American. Got to see them again 11/10/00 at the Deli. Great show. The Kittens rock!

* * * *    Some Links    * * * *

Chainsaw Kittens Scratchin' Post at Shadowplay Records

iMusic Showcase Page

A Large Fan Site (lots of video clips)

A Page by Trent Hays (lots of pictures)

Mammoth Records (sound clips, ordering)

AllMusic Guide

Tyson's Blog - shanghaiedtyson.blogspot.com

* * * *    The Records    * * * *

Violent Religion - 1990 Mammoth
Loaded with hits and chainsaw guitar. Awesome self-made debut record!
The Songs: Bloodstorm, Skinned Knees (kitten theme), Boyfriend Song, Mother (of the ancient birth), I'm Waiting (leanne's song), Here at the End, Bliss (we're small), Feel Like a Drugstore, Savior Boyfriend Collides, Violent Religion, Death-out at Party Central, She's Gone Mad.
Tyson Meade - vocals, guitar, Mark Metzger - guitar, lead guitar, Kevin McElhaney - bass, Ted Leader - drums.
Produced by Tyson Meade

Flipped out in Singapore - 1992 Mammoth
This is an INTENSE record!
The Songs: Connie I've Found the Door, High in High School, Second Theme, Flipped Out in Singapore, My Friend Delirium, She Gets, Never to Be Found, Shannon's Fellini Movie, When You Shoot, Hold, Ezekial Walks Through Sodom And Gomorrah, Angels Self-Destruct.
Tyson Meade - vocals, Mark Metzger - guitar, Clint McBay - bass, Aaron Preston - drums, Trent Bell - guitar.
produced by Butch Vigg (and yes it has a monsterous awesome sound)

Angel on the Range (EP) - 1993 Mammoth
The Songs: Kick Kid, Angel on the Range, John Wayne Dream, Mary's Belated Wedding Song, Lazy Little Dove, Sgt. Whore, Little Fishies.
Tyson Meade - vocals, guitar, Trent Bell - guitars, Matt Johnson - bass, Eric Harmon - drums

Pop Heiress - 1994 Mammoth/Atlantic
The Songs: Sore on the Floor, Loneliest China Place, Pop Heiress Dies, Closet Song, Dive Into the Sea, Burn You Down, I Ride Free, Silver Millionaire, Media Star Hymn, Soldier on My Shoulder, Justine Heaven, We're Like...
I'd say there's about 5 hits on this one (songs 1,2,3,7 & 8).
Tyson Todd Meade - vocals, guitar, Trent J. Bell - guitars, Matt Johnson - bass, Eric E. Harmon - drums
Produced by John Agnello

Candy for You (EP) - 1995 Scratchie Records
The Songs: Grandaddy's Candy, Bones in My Teeth, Strange (Galaxy 500), Bury My Heart.

Chainsaw Kittens - 1996 Scratchie Records/Mercury
Another pile of hits, including the first 4 songs. This CD melted my Yamaha receiver! It killed my stereo!
The Songs: Dorothy's Last Fling, Heartcatchthump, Tongue Trick, King Monkey Smoke, Bones in My Teeth, Waltz Across Debris, Ballad of Newsman 5, Mouthful of Glass, The Leash, Bicyclehead, All (No Surprise), Sounder, Mad Hatter's Blues, Speedway Oklahoma.
Tyson Meade - vocals, guitar, Trent Bell - guitars, Matt Johnson - bass, Eric Harmon - drums
Recorded by Trent Bell, Mixed by John Agnello

The All American - 2000 Four Alarm Records

The Kittens cover "We Got the Beat" on the Go-Go's Tribute record, Unsealed, which is on Four Alarm Records. The next Kittens record may be on Four Alarm (or maybe not).

And Tyson also has a very interesting solo record. Its called Motorcycle Childhood and is on Echostatic Records.

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