Prepare to be: disgusted, amazed, and shocked... Just warning the weaker hearted of you.
(However, in case you read the article are wondering the song in question; "What's This Sh*t Called" was not played. Hold onto that thought for later, though.)
Skeleton Dick played a wide ranging sound that included elements of Pop-punk, Thrash, Metal, and good old fashioned Punk. Song topics included: Diarrhea, Robots fighting Dinosaurs, and some more X rated topics that are equally whimsical, and insulting. The crowd wasn't extremely kind to them, but it almost seemed to be more like a running joke after the first two songs where they called the quite audience out for being so lame. I don't think there's much better of a band that could've opened for The Meatmen.
The Energy played a unique melodic Punk that had influences from all sorts of music. Bits of Garage Rock could be heard, and even a trace of Ska due to some of the choppier portions of songs.(Keep in mind they never devolved to the choppy ska beat, though.) Their lead singer used a seeming lack of enthusiasm as part of the stage presence, while the other members did things how ever they felt like. It made for an interesting almost misfitted presentation that complimented the unique music. They got the first mini-pit of the night.
Against The Grain played a slightly Trash influenced Punk. They attained something I've never witnessed, and never though possible; a 1 man pit. No joke. On top of that they had one of the most hilariously dysfunctional pits ever. All that aside, they played fast and tight, and the ripped out a brilliant cover of the Dead Boys anthem "Sonic Reducer". They raged through about a half hour, and got everybody in prime pit form for the approaching chaos.
Meatmen(minus Tesco) took the stage in a strange get up that seemed to be mocking MC5 at first glance. Upon the bassist asking the crowd "Are you ready to testify for the Meat!?" the suspicion seemed stronger. Finally they began a cover of "Ramblin' Rose", at the end of which Tesco made his way on-stage in full Satan worshipping clothes. They played through "ABBA, God, & Me" before reaching the awaited "Meatmen Stomp"(which came with the obligatory intro, "We're The Meatmen, and You SUUUCK!!!"). They played an amazing of list of classic songs like: "Mr. Tapeworm", "Becoming A Gay Man", "Dumping Ground", among others. There would periodically be new props presented on stage including guns that shoot white confetti, and various masks, hats, and other things to help further their efforts insulting the desired person. Another highlight are the various patches Tesco would show the crowd, and usually throw out to be swallowed by the rabid crowd. The entire Suck Trilogy was highlighted by different props for each group that highlighted in it.
One very special moment came when Tesco announced to the crowd that they were "among Punk Royalty", and invited Robert Conn of Chelsea Hotel and The Pagans to share vocal duties in a cover of The Pagans "What's This Sh*t Called Love"(I told all of you things would be going down at this show, didn't I!?). Some other notable covers that night include: Gang Green's "Alcohol", and Fear's "Beef Bologna". Probably the only thing the band wouldn't oblige the crowd in was highly demanded(at least in my small circle) performance of "TSOL Are Sissies", since they are also playing Walter's in a few weeks. Some fans even threw flyers for the upcoming show, but Tesco did advise the crowd to tell them that "Uncle Tesco says 'Hello'". Oh, well. As Tesco said in a different context "Reall, lot's more things Suck, but there's only so much time in a day". The band went out with a two song encore featuring "Buttocks", and "Rock 'n' Roll Juggernaut". One thing that was apparent by the end of the set was that the Meatmen know how to play extremely tight(as odd as that may sound), while at the same time ripping through the rawest show around. Yes, it's true; "They're the Meatmen, and we suck."