Blue Meanies

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Blue Meanies
Background information
Origin Carbondale, Illinois
Years active 19892001
Label(s) Thick Records
Asian Man Records

Blue Meanies were a ska-core band founded in Carbondale, at Southern Illinois University, in 1989. They broke up in 2001, but reunite evey now and then since 2004 to play a few concerts a year.


They debuted in 1991 with the release of their first single; "Grandma Shampoo/Dickory Dock". This single would be the start of a lengthy discography and revolving lineup.

Although their personnel was continually changing, The Meanies' sound would remain consistent as they released the albums Peace Love Groove (1991), Pave The World (1992), Kiss Your Ass Goodbye (1995), Full Throttle (1997), and the live Sonic Documentation Of Exhibition And Banter (1998). By the time they signed with MCA Records, a total of 22 musicians passed through the band since their formation. Their sixth full-length album, The Post Wave, was released in late 2000. This album is musically the most different from the other five albums. This change in sound along with the title of the album probably resulted from the crash of the third wave ska scene within the US. In late 2001 the band took the rights to The Post Wave back from MCA records and reissued it on Thick Records in August 2001. Soon afterwards the band ceased touring, though they never issued an official break up statement.

Main Lineup

  • John Paul Camp - saxophone/vocals
  • Sean Dolan - guitar
  • Jimmy Flame - trumpet/vocals
  • Chaz Linde - keyboard/vocal
  • Dave Lund - bass/vocals
  • Billy Spunke - vocals/megaphone
  • Bob Trondson - drums

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