Often cited as The Godfather of Alternative Rock, Meade was the vocalist for Norman, OK based 90’s rock band Chainsaw Kittens, and before that with mid 80’s influential band Defenestration. Meade was cited by Kurt Cobain as an influence, his friends The Flaming Lips covered Tyson's song 'She's Gone Mad,' and Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins credits the Chainsaw Kittens as one of his favorite bands, writing Meade during the recording of the SP album 'Gish' to express his appreciation.