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The Butthole Surfers is an American indie and punk band. The band was founded by Gibby Haynes and Paul Leary in San Antonio, Texas in 1982; the pair met while students at Trinity University. Incorporating elements of hardcore, psychedelia, and performance art, their live shows also made heavy use of strobe lights, background films and naked dancers.

While their line-up changed frequently through the years, they had a core membership of Jeff Pinkus on bass, with King Coffey and Teresa Taylor on drums in addition to Haynes (vocals) and Leary (guitar). Mark Kramer (of Bongwater and Shimmy Disc) also briefly played bass.

They recorded their debut EP on Alternative Tentacles, before moving to Touch & Go to release their debut album Psychic...Powerless...Another Man's Sac. Along with The Teardrop Explodes in the UK this album might be said to have begun the psychedelic revival (psychedelia having been extremely unfashionable in the five years since punk). It also showed the influence of heavy metal (especially Black Sabbath), again, many years before this sound became fashionable: in marrying punk and heavy metal it might be seen as one of the first precursors of grunge. Their second album Rembrandt Pussyhorse showed the increased influence of the European avant-garde (e.g. bands such as Throbbing Gristle and Einsturzende Neubauten) as well as American eccentrics like Frank Zappa and The Residents. They recorded two more albums and numerous EPs for Touch and Go before leaving to record an album (Pioughd) for Rough Trade Records. In 1991 they were part of the first Lollapalooza tour. Soon afterwards they signed to Capitol Records and this one time underground band eventually became a mainstream commodity with songs on modern rock radio and Beavis and Butt-head. They also contributed songs to the soundtracks of Baz Luhrman's Romeo + Juliet and Mission Impossible around about this time.

The band's most famous song is "Pepper" from the album Electriclarryland in 1996, which recounted the somewhat sordid stories of several high school students in Texas. However, probably their best album is the critically lauded Locust Abortion Technician (Touch & Go - US/ Blast First - UK). The story of the creation of this album is told in Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad (Little, Brown) amidst other tales from the American underground in the 1980s.

In 1996 the band brought a legal action to recover rights from Touch and Go to their back catalogue, a case they eventually won in 1999. Those records are now in print on their own Latino Buggerveil record label. At the same time a huge legal battle with Capital records began which ended up with the band being kicked off the label and signing to Hollywood Records (a subsidiary of Disney).

In the early 'nineties Gibby Haynes and Jeff Pinkus released a side project (The Jackofficers) which produced a highly psychedelic take on House music. As the 'nineties went on, the band became increasingly influenced by electronica, with Gibby namechecking Massive Attack, Tricky, and The Chemical Brothers as influences. This culminated in 'The Weird Revolution' (a reworking of an aborted album recorded for Capital called 'After the Astronaut') their most electronic album to date.

Samples

  • Download sample of "Pepper" from Electriclarryland

Discography

  • Butthole Surfers EP (1983) (alternate title: "A Brown Reason To Live")
  • Live PCPPEP (1984)
  • Psychic... Powerless... Another Man's Sac (1984)
  • Cream Corn from the Socket of Davis EP (1985)
  • Rembrandt Pussyhorse (1986)
  • Locust Abortion Technician (1987)
  • Hairway to Steven (1988)
  • Widowermaker EP (1989)
  • Double Live (1989)
  • Pioughd (1990)
  • Independent Worm Saloon (1993)
  • Electric Larryland (1996)
  • After the Astronaut (unreleased) (1998)
  • Weird Revolution (2001)
  • Humpty Dumpty LSD (2002)

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This culminated in 'The Weird Revolution' (a reworking of an aborted album recorded for Capital called 'After the Astronaut') their most electronic album to date. Billboard Mainstream Rock Charts. As the 'nineties went on, the band became increasingly influenced by electronica, with Gibby namechecking Massive Attack, Tricky, and The Chemical Brothers as influences.
. In the early 'nineties Gibby Haynes and Jeff Pinkus released a side project (The Jackofficers) which produced a highly psychedelic take on House music. They scored a Top 10 Rock smash with "Counting The Days" the same week. At the same time a huge legal battle with Capital records began which ended up with the band being kicked off the label and signing to Hollywood Records (a subsidiary of Disney). The album entered at #66 on the Billboard 200, after a string of promotional club/radio appearances, including a sold-out show at Los Angeles' Roxy Theater, performing a high-energy show.

Those records are now in print on their own Latino Buggerveil record label. They released "Youth" under their own label, El Music Group. In 1996 the band brought a legal action to recover rights from Touch and Go to their back catalogue, a case they eventually won in 1999. On November 2004, Collective Soul released sixth studio album "Youth" with new guitarist Joel Koesche. The story of the creation of this album is told in Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad (Little, Brown) amidst other tales from the American underground in the 1980s. In 2001, the lead guitarist, Ross Childress, left the band, eventually being replaced by his own guitar tech, Joel Koesche. However, probably their best album is the critically lauded Locust Abortion Technician (Touch & Go - US/ Blast First - UK). Subsequent singles flopped, such as "Perfect Day" (a duet with Elton John) and "Vent", which barely cracked the Top 40 on the Rock chart.

The band's most famous song is "Pepper" from the album Electriclarryland in 1996, which recounted the somewhat sordid stories of several high school students in Texas. It entered at #22 on the Billboard 200 but produced no more than one bona fide hit with "Why Pt 2" peaking at #2 at their strongest format. They also contributed songs to the soundtracks of Baz Luhrman's Romeo + Juliet and Mission Impossible around about this time. In 2000, Collective Soul released fifth studio album "Blender" which achieved modest success. Soon afterwards they signed to Capitol Records and this one time underground band eventually became a mainstream commodity with songs on modern rock radio and Beavis and Butt-head. Collective Soul was one of the Top 5 most played bands on the Mainstream Rock format in the 1990s. In 1991 they were part of the first Lollapalooza tour. At the end of 1998, "Heavy" was the #2 rock song of the year.

They recorded two more albums and numerous EPs for Touch and Go before leaving to record an album (Pioughd) for Rough Trade Records. It garnered moderate success on alternative, hot AC and the Top 40 formats but became somewhat of a cult favorite. bands such as Throbbing Gristle and Einsturzende Neubauten) as well as American eccentrics like Frank Zappa and The Residents. (Since then, the record for the longest stay at #1 was broken in 2000 by 3 Doors Down, who stayed at #1 for 21 weeks with "Loser") "Run", a softer ballad, was released to mainstream radio and was featured in the movie "Varsity Blues". Their second album Rembrandt Pussyhorse showed the increased influence of the European avant-garde (e.g. The former became a Top 5 Alternative smash and a #1 hit on Rock radio for a record-breaking 14 weeks. It also showed the influence of heavy metal (especially Black Sabbath), again, many years before this sound became fashionable: in marrying punk and heavy metal it might be seen as one of the first precursors of grunge. Two tracks, "Heavy" and "Run" were simultaneously released to radio.

Along with The Teardrop Explodes in the UK this album might be said to have begun the psychedelic revival (psychedelia having been extremely unfashionable in the five years since punk). In 1998, Collective Soul released "Dosage" amidst critical acclaim. They recorded their debut EP on Alternative Tentacles, before moving to Touch & Go to release their debut album Psychic...Powerless...Another Man's Sac. However, it added two to Collective Soul's tally of #1 hits. Mark Kramer (of Bongwater and Shimmy Disc) also briefly played bass. Third studio effort "Disciplined Breakdown" did not fare as well, producing no real crossover hits. While their line-up changed frequently through the years, they had a core membership of Jeff Pinkus on bass, with King Coffey and Teresa Taylor on drums in addition to Haynes (vocals) and Leary (guitar). Both were #1 Mainstream Rock hits, with "December" repeating "Shine"'s success by winning the Billboard award for the Top Rock song of 1995.

Incorporating elements of hardcore, psychedelia, and performance art, their live shows also made heavy use of strobe lights, background films and naked dancers. Their second album bore five hit singles, along with two crossover smashes, "December" and "The World I Know". The band was founded by Gibby Haynes and Paul Leary in San Antonio, Texas in 1982; the pair met while students at Trinity University. Subsequent single "Breathe" did not fare as well on the charts but the band returned to the studio to release their best-selling album to date, the self-titled Collective Soul. The Butthole Surfers is an American indie and punk band. "Shine" also became the #1 Album Rock Song of 1994 and won a Billboard award for the Top Rock song that year. Humpty Dumpty LSD (2002). The multi-format smash also became an MTV staple.

Weird Revolution (2001). "Shine" became a #1 rock smash for 8 weeks, peaked at #4 on alternative and hit #8 on the pop chart. After the Astronaut (unreleased) (1998). Collective Soul broke through in 1994 with their hit "Shine". Electric Larryland (1996). Collective Soul eventually paved the way for bands such as Matchbox 20 to achieve enormous success. Independent Worm Saloon (1993). These bands created a sound of their time following the grunge movement in the early 1990s which took the international music world by storm, led by Nirvana and Pearl Jam.

Pioughd (1990). Collective Soul achieved the most success among bands in the mid-1990s rock scene which produced hooky melodic clean rock, such as the Gin Blossoms, Better Than Ezra and Live. Double Live (1989). Ed Roland cites Elton John and the Cars as main influences, though their music can be as heavy as Led Zeppelin. Widowermaker EP (1989). Collective Soul enjoyed much more success on mainstream rock radio, as they created hook-laden melodies on top of crunchy guitar riffs reminsicent of classic rock bands from the '70s and '80s. Hairway to Steven (1988). Throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s, they enjoyed moderate popularity on alternative rock radio.

Locust Abortion Technician (1987). Collective Soul is an alternative rock band from Stockbridge, Georgia, USA. Rembrandt Pussyhorse (1986). 2005 "Better Now". Cream Corn from the Socket of Davis EP (1985). 2004 "Counting The Days" #8 (so far). Another Man's Sac (1984). from Youth

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    Powerless.. 2000 "Vent". Psychic.. 2000 "Perfect Day". Live PCPPEP (1984). 2000 "Why Pt 2" #2. Butthole Surfers EP (1983) (alternate title: "A Brown Reason To Live"). from Blender

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      Download sample of "Pepper" from Electriclarryland. 1999 "Tremble For My Beloved" #32. 1998 "No More No Less" #10. 1998 "Run" #12 Hot AC. 1998 "Heavy" #1(14).

      from Dosage

        . 1997 "Blame" #12. 1997 "Listen" #1(1). 1997 "Precious Declaration" #1.

        from Disciplined Breakdown

          . 1996 "The World I Know" #1(4) / #11 Pop. 1996 "Where The River Flows" #1(2). 1995 "Smashing Young Man" #8.

          1995 "December" #1(9) / #20 Pop. 1995 "Gel" #2. from Collective Soul

            . 1994 "Breathe" #12.

            1994 "Shine" #1(8) / #8 Pop. from Hints, Allegations & Things Left Unsaid

              . Joel Kosche - guitars. Shane Evans - drums, percussion.

              Dean Roland - rhythm guitars. Will Turpin - bass, percussion. Ed Roland - vocals, keyboards, guitars.

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