Bad Examples were formed in March 1987 by Ralph Covert, Terry Wathen,
and Greg Balk. They asked lead guitar player Tommy O'Brien to join
as well, but O'Brien was playing in four or five other bands at the
time. The band began gigging almost immediately, and made the recordings
which became the MEAT album within the first two months of the band's
Ralph Covert recalls the band's first days:
"On March 15, 1987, Terry Wathen, Greg Balk, and I were in
my parent's basement, wedged between the couch, the TV, and a
six foot long wooden horse my Uncle Marv gave my family years
ago. Greg and I had been auditioning drummers for months, trying
to put a band together. Several musician friends had mentioned
Terry to me, saying they thought his playing would be a natural
fit for my music - they were right. We played one song, "Bad Girl,"
and we all knew we had a match.
We needed a tape to get gigs, so near the end of May we went into
the studio to make a club demo. We blasted through six songs,
using only thirteen hours of studio time for recording, overdubbing,
and mixing. The addition of two songs I had recorded prior to
putting the band together made just enough material to fill some
odd length tape someone had given me, so we made some covers at
Kinko's, duped the tapes on my dubbing deck, and Meat was born.
Feeling the need for a gimmick to get the attention of the drunks
in the dive bars we were playing, we taped a condom to every tape
-- you can bet we considered ourselves quite brazen at the time.
These were the days before safe sex and condom machines, and I've
always suspected a couple of our early sales were to people buying
a rubber with a tape attached.
There were no plans to make any more copies after the original
48 tapes were gone, but to our surprise we began getting requests
from people who had heard it and wanted their own copy, so we
happily made more. Several times after that we decided to just
let Meat fade away, but fan interest always mounted until we finally
realized the obvious -- whether or not we intended it to be an
album, it was one."
By October 1987 Joe Campagna had joined
the band on lead guitar. In early 1988 the band met with Michael
Freeman to discuss plans for Freeman to work with the band on
its next album. Freeman had heard MEAT, and had been impressed
enough by what he'd heard that he was interested in taking a chance
on the young band.
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