ok... here's the origin of red red meat directly from my dad.
FOB was originally tim rutili, glynis, and blackie onassis. after playing out for a while, blackie quit FOB to join urge overkill. tim and glynis kept playing, but had no drummer. they did a show in 89 in chicago that my dad's post-crows project, glow worm, opened for. glynis and my dad hit it off right away and dad ended up hooking up with FOB. in need of a drummer, tim turned to ben masserella, whom he had been friends with for a while, to round out the band. thus, Friends of Betty had a new incarnation.
tim and glynis already agreed to some shows in europe in late 89/early 90, so the band geared up and started getting ready for a euro tour. around this time ben's mom was diagnosed with cancer, and he couldn't go on the tour. left with no drummer again, the band turned to joe page from the hollowmen to fill in on drums in europe.
after returning from europe in march 1990, the band started recording regularly with brad wood at idful studios. they brought in ben again since they couldn't find another drummer. they also got jimmy chamberlain to come in and play drums(before he joined smashing pumpkins actually. he could have been the drummer for RRM, but billy corgan nabbed him.) another drummer that recorded with them was brian deck, who worked at idful at the time. brian was working full time at idful, and playing in a band called starboy in his off time. one day tim went up to brian and asked why the hell he was playing in a crap band like starboy, which really pissed off brian. after telling tim off and refusing to work with him anymore, brad wood actually told brian that he should quit idful, quit starboy, and join friends of betty because they are going places. brian did just that, tim dropped ben, and the band that would be red red meat was formed.
after recording a bunch of tracks they realized they should probably change the band name since FOB was known around chicago and this band had obviously evolved from the FOB sound. one night tim, glynis, and dad were chillin at their place and dad was reading a local indie zine that had a review of FOB playing "peacefest" (a rock festival for a bunch of hippie-types) from before he joined the band. turns out since they knew there were going to be a bunch of tree huggin, vegetarian hippie types in the audience, FOB figured they would do the really punk rock thing and scrawl things like "EAT MORE RED MEAT" or "MMM MEAT IS GOOD" on their shirts with little pictures of cows or something. one of the lines the guy wrote in the review was "what... is the next FOB album going to be called 'red meat for the masses'?". dad jokingly said THAT should be the band name, and glynis and tim laughed it off and said it was too long and goofy. dad remained fixated on this and said, "but yeah... that's a good name. like RED MEAT... RED, RED MEAT..." to which glynis said "THAT'S IT!", and thus the band was named. after that they released the single for hot nikkety trunk monkey themsleves on perishible records (which they created to put out their music).
i WAS mistaken about a lot of things. you'll have to excuse my ignorance, but i didn't really see dad much when i was a kid. i only met glynis a few times before she died, and dad toured a lot with RRM until he quit.
if anyone cares, i can fill you in on more later. i just wanted to clear up the story i posted before.