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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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  • omaCore

    Start with the old ones.

    15 May 5:09am Reply
  • Cpt_Dickhead

    BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH

    1 May 2:59pm Reply
  • OneDrunkWalking

    Also: Psychic, Powerless... Another Mans Sac

    8 Apr 2:41am Reply
  • AnaalForsage

    Hairway to Steven

    24 Mar 11:44pm Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    I only have Locust Abortion Technician and Independent Worm Saloon. Help, which album(s) should I get next? Thanks!

    15 Mar 9:14pm Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    The fact that Pepper is the top played track by such a wide margin pains me. [2]

    5 Mar 9:54pm Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    Pretty interesting alternative rock. Yup like The Jesus Lizard, I found them out through Beavis & Butthead.

    5 Mar 2:20am Reply
  • juliacfonseca

    Pretty fucking shit! Loved ♥

    11 Feb 1:41am Reply
  • AnaalForsage

    The fact that Pepper is the top played track by such a wide margin pains me.

    1 Feb 3:09am Reply
  • Du-Hast

    What do they know about love, my friend?

    24 Jan 9:55pm Reply
  • silvertightrope

    and by the way, if you see your mom this weekend would you be sure and tell her SATAN SATAN SATAN

    21 Jan 7:09am Reply
  • Treats4TheSOUL

    I wouldn't call Weird Revolution a sell-out album, i'd just call it a perplexing disappointment of an album. Butthole Surfers sold out as soon as Independent Worm Saloon came out, and so what? You would've too if you had been through as much shit as them over a 9 year period.

    30 Dec 2014 Reply
  • MisterJunior

    If Gibby or the band as a whole wanted to "sell out" they could've done plenty of things a lot differently than they did in the mid-90s during the whole post-Nirvana fallout and after "Pepper." The most truly commercial sounding records they released were probably Independent Worm Saloon and Electriclarryland, particularly the former, and no one really complains about those (as well they shouldn't, because they kick ass). Both of those records feature plenty of fairly accessible rock songs; Electriclarryland features some pretty weird shit thrown in there too but IWS is far from the type of bizarre shit they did in the 80s.

    12 Dec 2014 Reply
  • bobo9390

    I like weird revolution. [2] calling it a sell out album is asinine. It's no more accessible than anything else they did post-80s. They just replaced the noisy guitars with goofy off kilter electronic parts. The weirdness was still present.

    19 Oct 2014 Reply
  • ecat13

    melvins

    14 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Duckman888

    https://soundcloud.com/adultswimsingles/atlanta Here's Gibby on the new Mastadon track. Plus Paul and Pinkus are on the new Melvins album, which is like a Melvins/Butthole Surfers collaboration or something. (https://soundcloud.com/ipecacrecordings/melvins-brass-cupcake#t=0:00) Maybe one day they'll actually tour or release some new stuff. But we can always dream.

    5 Sep 2014 Reply
  • dr_bun

    There's a time to shit and a time for god, the last shit that I took was pretty fucking odd!

    15 Aug 2014 Reply
  • leeisfreee

    jesus christ

    12 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Duckman888

    On September 8th, via the adult swim singles, Mastadon will release a new track featuring Gibby Haynes.

    21 Jul 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    мне всегда нравились, все в порядке у ребят и с музыкой, и с чувством юмора.

    19 Jul 2014 Reply
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