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UGLY ATONAL EIGHTIES SERIES #1: Butthole Surfers

September 16, 2006

Psychic, Powerless… …Another Man’s Sac
Fundamental

The post punk American landscape spawned some mighty ugly music. Festering out of the hardcore punk scene, and perhaps due to punk establishing an orthodox, perhaps even fundamentalist ethos, bands came around that truly sounded threatening again. Some – like the Butthole Surfers – had strong, chemical fueled psychedelic leanings. The Buttholes came out of the already fertile Austin Texas scene and released a pair of EPs on Alternative Tentacles (Brown Reason to Live and the PCPEP – virtually a live recreation of the former). Their sound is driven by manic twin drummers (literally!) and some loopy, frenzied psychedelic guitar work by Paul Leary. By the time of their first full-length LP, they mastered a grungy (long before it became a household word, it described music such as this – I kid you not!), vomit-tinged sound from some dank dungeon. Formerly un-punk elements such as backwards tape manipulation, loads of guitar effects and Gibby Hayne’s (offspring of a TV kiddie-show host) patented megaphone vocal distortions (now de-riguer among generic rockers) all made for bad trip to nowhere that had me wearing out the disc. Strictly apolitical, nothing is sacred with the BH’s. Lyrics were meaningless and scatological and were stream-of-conscious in a way that would be unsuccessfully imitated by later grunge-munchers. The Buttholes are true originals.

Psychic, Powerless…

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3 comments

  1. Big heap thanks for this one. Owned it twice and sold both of ’em when I was short of cash. Great timing too, was just thinking about it yesterday. Here’s more (found) Buttholes: http://rapidshare.de/files/21364779/LocustSurfers.rar pw=wholovesska
    And to add to the SMWRG, here’s The Bobby Soxx 7″:
    http://www.7inchpunk.com/?p=241
    Now if anyone wants to post the PCPPEP CD and Rembrandt Pussyhorse, I’ll be your best friend (or I won’t. The choice is yours.)


  2. great post Chardman, Butholesurfers to good also from an intensive good productive alternative music time a lot thanxx
    and anonymous thanks to for that beauty album
    gracias


  3. Thanks for the Abortion!
    I’ve been too lazy to rip my vinyl of it.

    Yeah – the PCPEP would be grand. I have it on vinyl, but due to many years of hard play, nobody wants to hear MY rip of it.
    I do have Rembrandt.
    I will have to rip it up soon.



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