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Butthole Surfers

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Corpus Christi TX, United States (1981 – present)

The Butthole Surfers are an American band founded by Gibby Haynes and Paul Leary in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1981. Incorporating elements of , , , and performance art, their live shows also made heavy use of strobe lights, background films (of note, footage of penis reconstruction surgery) and naked dancers. The band has a well-reported appetite for recreational drugs, particularly psychedelics, an evident influence on their sound. These live performances added a dimension that completely side-stepped the grandiosity and secured them a prominent place in the annals. Their best known songs are 1994’s “Pepper” (a left-field Top 40 hit) and 2001’s “Dracula From Houston”.

The band has had numerous personnel changes, but the core lineup of Haynes (vocals), Leary (guitar), and drummer King Coffey has been together since 1983. Teresa Nervosa served as second drummer from 1983 to 1985 and from 1986 to 1989, and they have employed a variety of bass players, most notably Bill Jolly, Jeff Pinkus and Mark Kramer (of Bongwater and SHIMMY DISC).

Their song “Who Was In My Room Last Night?” can be found on the hit console game Guitar Hero II (without most of the ‘I’m flying’ intro)

The Buttholes are best known for their chaotic and disturbing live shows, black humor, a sound that incorporates elements of punk rock, psychedelia, heavy metal, noise rock, and electronica, as well as their use of sound manipulation and tape editing.

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