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Episode 428 - Curt Kirkwood

Curt Kirkwood, founder and lead singer of the influential rock band the Meat Puppets, is the only WTF guest to survive a plane crash. Curt tells Marc about how that incident, as well as his obsession with almost every genre of music, shaped his life and his artistic output. This episode is sponsored by GoToMeeting with HD Faces. Click on the Try It Free button and use the offer code WTF.

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Sean September 30, 2013 at 5:00 am


Great interview.  Quick correction -meat puppets from Arizona, not Tejas.

Sorta Totally September 30, 2013 at 6:48 am


I clicked on this week’s p-cast and immediately thought “no fucking way - Curt Kirkwood”? Marc has really pushed his cred into rarified air. I spent years learning Kirkwood riffs, some by watching from a few feet away, and for years not a week goes by that I don’t play through a couple Pups songs or some form the solo album Snow. Hendrix, Garcia, Kirkwood, Page, R. Thompson, etc.

Sorta Totally September 30, 2013 at 6:51 am


oops “from"not “form”
Sean -  Kurt, though,  has based out of TX now for longer than he was based out of AZ.

Bumper September 30, 2013 at 10:35 am


Aw man.. Thanks for having Curt Kirkwood on. What a sweet guy. What a great interview. Helped me relive some of the best times of my high shool life. “There’s an ocean with a wind that never blows.”

TREVOR September 30, 2013 at 11:43 am


1st mention of Sun City Girls on WTF. The worlds are closer together now. Do it.

Joe Tily October 01, 2013 at 5:48 am


Great interview . . . really enjoyed this one. Any podcast that mentions the disgusting demented genius of S. Clay Wilson’s ‘Checkered Demon’ is cool as fuck in my opinion!

Beelzebud October 01, 2013 at 12:57 pm


I really enjoyed this one.  When I was about 12 my cousin gave me Meat Puppets II, and I’ve been a fan since then.  I saw them in 1995 in Springfield IL opening for Primus and they were so amazing live.

Lizardly October 03, 2013 at 1:51 pm


Man, what a great interview! It warmed my heart. Thank you!

smitty October 03, 2013 at 9:31 pm


i sort of lost my mind and cracked up, when he spoke of his brother being inspired to play the banjo, from watching “Deliverance”  that’s just funny..

Jackmo October 12, 2013 at 8:07 pm


Thanks for having Curt on I enjoy the well rounded conversation about art and music. I wish i had a notepad near me to write down some of the people and things were talking about but I was driving and thought that should take precedence.  Thank you Marc, as always. It is such a pleasure to commute with you during the week. You are the best co-pilot a girl can have.

pornstar4hire October 24, 2013 at 9:28 pm


everyone has problems at 50 but most 50 year olds dont have a need to improve themselves, so you have that going for you Marc. Just know no matter what you do your gonna die with unfinished business unless you just give up on improving yourself.

Andy G. Happyhenranch November 08, 2013 at 3:50 pm


THANK YOU Marc for hosting Curt!  Great guy.  Great interview.  I remember meeting the Puppets at a record-signing in Boulder CO in the late ‘80s and telling Cris that they were the best country and western band that I’d ever heard.  It was great (and easy) to make him laugh.  An interview in the local paper back then listed one of the group’s major influences as Mahavishnu Orchestra (HOORAY!) among many diverse others, and their primary inspiration was (I paraphrase from memory) “taking off our clothes, going out in the desert and throwing rocks at each other.”  I was immediately as in love with the group as their music.  I encourage everyone to discover early Meat Puppets.  Thanks Marc and Curt!




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