The Meanies - History


In the 1990s they performed primarily in Melbourne, and toured in Australia, Japan and Europe with acts including Nirvana, The Lemonheads, Pop Will Eat Itself, Redd Kross, Beastie Boys, Pearl Jam and Bad Brains. They played at the Australian Big Day Out festival in 1992, 1993 and 1994.

In 2006 they released a DVD entitled The Meanies: A Seminal Australian Punk Tale, which features a documentary, Sorry 'bout the Violence, 11 video clips and a live concert filmed in 1994. The band toured the east coast of Australia in support of it in August–September 2006.

In 2008 the Meanies performed to promote the release of a series of 7” singles featuring previously unreleased tracks and cover versions of Meanies tracks performed by bands such as Cockfight Shootout, Digger and the Pussycats, The Drones, Dan Kelly and You Am I.

On 14 February 2008, original member Dennis DePianto, better known as D.D. Meanie, died at St. Vincents Hospital in Melbourne. He was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy as a child, and towards the end of his life he also suffered a short battle with cancer. He was in The Meanies from their inception until 1995.

Guitarist Tas Blizzard died 1 August 2008, as a result of a car accident. His blue Ford station wagon went out of control as he was driving along the Bellarine Peninsula in wet conditions around 3pm Friday, 1 August. The car spun into a dam alongside the road and was almost completely submerged. Blizzard was the only person in the car.

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