90s in 90 Days #35: The Blue Meanies

90s in 90 Days #35:  The Blue Meanies
The Blue Meanies were a powerful local draw in the 90s, and had a respectable share of punk fans around the country.  As their audience grew, the audiences of the bands they toured and hung out with grew as well–only exponentially more so.  Singer Billy Spunke explains, “I do remember a running joke in the van for the Meanies…you had to play with us before you became famous. The list is long—from Blink-182, Goldfinger—hell, the Blue Meanies headlined the Warped Tour the very first year.  It was bands like NOFX and L7 who were warming up for the Blue Meanies.  We had a joke like all these bands were forced to play withthe Blue Meanies before they could become popular.”



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90s in 90 Days

Over the course of 90 days (not consecutive, though I’ll try), I’ll be offering up a capsule look at something about Chicago music from the 90s.  It could be a radio memory.  Thoughts on a song, show, band, or album.  Maybe a review aided by hindsight.  Whatever it is, it’ll be original content just for this site, and not found in my book.  

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