The Meanies got together in 1989 and by the early nineties The Meanies had established themselves as one of Australia’s pre-eminent underground rock bands through cultivating a huge all-age following and upsetting the rock establishment by breaking attendance records in the nation’s capital cities.
The Meanies toured Australia and then ventured to Seattle America to record their second album, “10% Weird”. While recording in Seattle they squeezed in shows with the likes of The Supersuckers and made friends and fans with many of the locals including Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam, who invited The Meanies onto Pearl Jam’s 1994 Australian tour (much to the chagrin of Pearl Jam’s promoter who was heard to yell in his office, “who the fuck are The Meanies?”).
The Meanies have performed with such international luminaries as Nirvana, Beastie Boys, Bad Brains, Redd Kross, Superchunk, Fugazi, The 188.8.131.52′s and performed at festivals including the Big Day Out, Livid and Push Over..
It was in fact an invitation from the 184.108.40.206′s who returned to Australia in September 1998 that got The Meanies back into performing mode. In front of a huge house in Melbourne .The Meanies performed an incredible set that reaffirmed their stature as one of the great bands of the era. They toured around Australia in March 1999 and have been gigging steadily over the decade since.