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Butthole Surfers

Arguably the most infamously named band in the annals of popular music -- for years, radio found their moniker unspeakable, and the press deemed it unprintable -- Butthole Surfers long reigned among the most twisted and depraved acts ever to bubble up from the American underground. Masters of calculated outrage, the group fused the sicko antics of shock rock with a distinct and chaotic mishmash of avant-garde, hardcore, and Texas psychedelia; sleazy, confrontational, and spiteful, songs like "The Revenge of Anus Presley," "Bar-B-Q Pope," and "The Shah Sleeps in Lee Harvey Oswald's Grave" seemed destined to guarantee the Buttholes little more than a lifetime of cultdom. Yet, by the mid-'90s, they were left-field Top 40 hitmakers, success perhaps their ultimate subversion of mainstream ideals.

The seeds of their formation dated back to 1977, when future frontman Gibby Haynes, the son of the Dallas-based children's TV host known as "Mr. Peppermint," met guitarist Paul Leary while attending college in San Antonio. Four years later, Haynes -- then completing his graduate work in accounting -- and Leary formed the Ashtray Baby Heads, later dubbed Nine Foot Worm Makes Home Food; they became Butthole Surfers only after a radio announcer mistakenly took the title of an early song to be the group's name. In 1981, they signed to Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra's label Alternative Tentacles, and two years later issued their hallucinatory eponymous debut, also issued on colored vinyl under the name Brown Reason to Live.

After a number of bassists and drummers, the Surfers' lineup fell into place in 1983 with the addition of drummers King Coffey (formerly of the Hugh Beaumont Experience) and Theresa Nervosa; at the same time, their bizarre live gigs -- a traveling freak show combining nude dancers, film clips of sex-change operations, and Haynes' pyromaniacal behavior -- began to win a devout cult following, and in 1984 they issued the concert set Live PCPPEP. A move to the Chicago-based indie Touch & Go precipitated a turn toward even greater thematic offensiveness, as evidenced by tracks like "Concubine" and "Lady Sniff" from 1985's Psychic...Powerless...Another Man's Sac.

After the EP Cream Corn From the Socket of Davis, the Buttholes resurfaced in 1986 with Rembrandt Pussyhorse, a twisted trip into neo-psychedelia featuring a brutal deconstruction of the Guess Who's "American Woman," as well as new bassist Jeff "Tooter" Pinkus. The introduction of Haynes' "Gibbytronix" vocal effects unit increased the level of dementia for 1987's Locust Abortion Technician, an extremist fusion of punk, metal, art rock, and worldbeat rhythms. Following 1988's faux-Zeppelin rant Hairway to Steven, the group issued Double Live, a mock bootleg released through their own Latino Bugger Veil imprint; after a pair of EPs, 1989's Widowermaker! and 1990's The Hurdy Gurdy Man, they remained uncharacteristically silent until 1991's uneven Pioughd, recorded for the Rough Trade label.

For many observers, the biggest shock in a career built on outrageous behavior arrived in 1992, when the Buttholes signed with major label Capitol, which promptly reissued Pioughd following the demise of Rough Trade. After entering the studio with producer and former Led Zep bassist John Paul Jones, they emerged in 1993 with the LP Independent Worm Saloon; the first single and video, "Who Was in My Room Last Night?," both garnered a surprising amount of airplay, much to the chagrin of the many media outlets which begrudgingly referred to the group as "BH Surfers." Following a series of side projects -- most notoriously Haynes' group P, which also featured movie star Johnny Depp -- the band (now a trio consisting of Haynes, Leary, and Coffey) returned in 1996 with Electriclarryland, scoring a major chart hit with the trip-hop-flavored "Pepper." In 1998, they recorded a follow-up, After the Astronaut, but disputes between the Surfers and Capitol prevented the album from being released, though advance copies were sent to reviewers. Three years later, Butthole Surfers emerged with their first for Hollywood/Surfdog Records, Weird Revolution, which recycled some of the songs from After the Astronaut, but in new recordings. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Humpty Dumpty LSD

1. Night Of The Day

2. One Hundred Million People Dead

3. I Love You Peggy

4. Space I

5. Perry Intro

6. Day Of The Dying Alive

7. Eindhoven Chicken Masque

8. Just A Boy

9. Hetero Skeleton

10. Earthquake

11. Ghandi

12. I Hate My Job

13. Space II

14. Concubine Solo

15. All Day

16. Dadgad

17. [Untitled]

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Track List: Electric Larryland

1. Birds

2. Cough Syrup

3. Pepper

4. Thermador

5. Ulcer Breakout

6. Jingle Of A Dog's Collar

7. TV Star

8. My Brother's Wife

9. Ah Ha

10. The Lord Is A Monkey

11. Let's Talk About Cars

12. L.A.

13. Space

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Track List: Independent Worm Saloon

1. Who Was In My Room Last Night?

2. The Wooden Song

3. Tongue

4. Chewin' George Lucas' Chocolate

5. Goofy's Concern

6. Alcohol

7. Dog Inside Your Body

8. Strawberry

9. Some Dispute Over T-Shirt Sales

10. Dancing Fool

11. You Don't Know Me

12. The Annoying Song

13. Dust Devil

14. Leave Me Alone

15. Edgar

16. The Ballad Of Naked Man

17. Clean It Up

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Track List: Hairway To Steven

1. Jimi

2. Ricky

3. I Saw An X-Ray Of A Girl Passing Gas

4. John E. Smoke

5. Rocky

6. Julio Iglesias

7. Backass

8. Fast

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Track List: Locust Abortion Technician

1. Sweat Loaf

2. Graveyard

3. Pittsburgh To Lebanon

4. Weber

5. Hay

6. Human Cannonball

7. U.S.S.A.

8. The Omen

9. Kuntz

10. Graveyard

11. 22 Going On 23

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Track List: Rembrandt Pussyhorse

1. Creep In The Cellar

2. Sea Ferring

3. American Woman

4. Waiting For Jimmy To Kick

5. Strangers Die Everyday

6. Perry

7. Whirling Hall Of Knives

8. Mark Say's Alright

9. In The Cellar

10. Moving To Florida (Bonus Track)

11. Comb (Bonus Track)

12. To Parter (Bonus Track)

13. Tornadoes (Bonus Track)

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Track List: Psychic ... Powerless ... Another Mans Sac

1. Concubine

2. Eye Of The Chicken

3. Dum Dum

4. Woly Boly

5. Negro Observer

6. Butthole Surfer

7. Lady Sniff

8. Cherub

9. Mexican Caravan

10. Cowboy Bob

11. Gary Floyd

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Track List: Brown Reason To Live / Live Pcppep

1. The Shah Sleeps In Lee Harvey's Grave

2. Hey

3. Something

4. Bar-B-Q Pope

5. Wichita Cathedral

6. Suicide

7. The Revenge Of Anus Presley

8. Cowboy Bob (Live)

9. Bar-B-Q Pope (Live)

10. Dance Of The Cobras (Live)

11. The Shah Sleeps In Lee Harvey's Grave (Live)

12. Wichita Cathedral (Live)

13. Hey (Live)

14. Something (Live)

15. Gary Floyd (Live)

16. Matchstick (Live)

17. Sinister Crayon

18. Something (Demo)

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Track List: Piouhgd / Widowermaker!

1. Revolution Part 1

2. Revolution Part 2

3. Lonesome Bulldog

4. Lonesome Bulldog II

5. The Hurdy Gurdy Man

6. Golden Showers

7. Lonesome Bulldog III

8. Blindman

9. No, I'm Iron Man

10. Something

11. P.S.Y.

12. Lonesome Bulldog IV

13. Barking Dogs

14. Helicopter

15. Bong Song

16. The Colored F.B.I. Guy

17. Booze, Tobacco, Dope, P**sy, Cars

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Long live the Butthole Surfers
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One hit wonder
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jessemontgom e r y 2 5
Bet they get more p**sy then your d&d playing a** dark sorcerer.
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mwootton444
@Snow This is my Primus station, not alot of main stream stuff that is typical of Pandora compares. If it wasn't for their later Pepper I doubt we have them here.
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Have you ever tried to make a Butthole Surfers station? Bands that aren't even close. I ran out of thumbs-downs trying to steer it. Primus comes on, but they come on my Primus station, so that isn't satisfying. Butthole Surfers play on my Primus Station more than my Butthole Surfers station. So I'm deleting it.
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jessemontgom e r y 2 5
Ha, that makes sense. Ditto on that this band is way above the herd¥
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In Tx families, if you don't have a natural sense of humor you will develop one as a defense mechanism. I worked at a diner where the coffee-clutc h gang always harassed the sheriff as soon as he walked in the door. The reason he kept getting re-elected was because he was the funniest one of them all. Keepin' it dry and keepin' it real, nothing is sacred when it comes to the Surfers. Audacious irreverence!
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Love this band!
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Beautiful people
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I am an enormous Butthole. Fan. Mr. Surfer, if you read these comments, please know that I appreciate you art and have since the 80's. And will continue to be a big Butthole. Fan. Until the day I die.
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Love it!
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Greatest Band in the world..perso n a l friends..see n em many times..Goody misses u Guys..Lots of Love xoxo
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I am 10.
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That is pouring like an avalanche coming down the mountain. I don't mind the sun sometimes, something something something. I CAN SMELL YOU ON MY LIPS AND TASTE YOU IN MY CLOTHES????? No sense
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Makes no sense, but that's what I like!
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Good band
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Father,
YES SON?
Dp you know what regret means?
Well son the funny thing about regret is that it is better to regret something you have done than to regret something you havent done. Oh and when you see your mother this weekend tell her Satan Satan Satan
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I love these jackholes. Do another tour so I can see you guys live, says the random guy on Pandora.

*censored swear word*
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F**K
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I LOVE THEM
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Thank you Butthole your the best!!!
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I bid u hello from the great RECTUMUSs¿¿¿
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Gotta see these master mind f**kers live to appreciate the true butthole experience.. . f * * k i n g no band touches their shows, hopefully I can go Surfing again soon
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One of the best bands of all time never to be duplicated
Saw them in 91 great show
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Heheh. You said, "annals"
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fozy121
annal
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codylalonde0 1
The greatest band name in the history of music
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I can't get enough
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anthony64702
hairway to Steven \ Rembrandt p**sy horse \ the pink Floyd of punk rock Gibby's bad a@@ hole surfer.
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anthony64702
we'll go eat some cream corn then!!
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bzaske2
This band is freaking gay
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stgnola
saw the butthole surfers 92 Baltimore ,
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isawickyleon a r d
People think I'm weird for liking these guys when I'm only 12
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isawickyleon a r d
I don't give a f*** about anything!! AHHHHHHHHHHH H H H H H H H H
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Independent Worm Saloon is still one of my all time favorite albums. There's just so much variety in that album yet it all goes together perfectly.
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DUST DEVIL.....WH O WAS IN MY ROOM LAST NIGHT?.....G O O F Y ' S CONCERN MY 3 FAVES
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Love their voice and style i love the song pepper most
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aktrollo
The similar artists list is yawn at best, I like those bands yet only Primus is one that could compare. What about Laughing Hyenas, God Bullies, or Elvis Hitler?
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You can tell alot about somebody
By what kind of person they
Are!!!
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the funny thing about regret is that it's better to regret
something you have done than
to Regret something that you haven't done
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Pepper is my favorite
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Hairway is the best album by any band EVER!
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Coming down... Boom!
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how I feeling old to ead the commoents.>>
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Good music to cut meat to.
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I just discovered these guys! They're badass!
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I love Pandora's ESP, I was just thinking about this song at work a few hours ago!
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There's a time to f**k, and a time to crave, but the Shah sleeps in Lee Harvey's grave!!!
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There's a time to f**k, and a time to pray, but the Shah sleeps in Lee Harvey's grave!!!
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How about The Annoying Song?
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