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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. Jack Owen departed Cannibal Corpse in 2004 due to lack of interest. Jeremy Turner of Origin is replacing him on tours, but it is still unclear if he will become a permanent member. 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 1994, Chris Barnes was kicked out of the band for musical differences and was replaced with Monstrosity's vocalist George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher. In the early 'nineties Gibby Haynes and Jeff Pinkus released a side project (The Jackofficers) which produced a highly psychedelic take on House music. (Carrey actually insisted to have the band perform in the movie because they were his favorite band.). 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). Cannibal Corpse also enjoyed a brief cameo in the 1994 Jim Carrey film Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.

Those records are now in print on their own Latino Buggerveil record label. In May 1995, then-Senator Bob Dole mentioned the band by name and accused them of violating "human decency". 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. Song titles include "Entrails Ripped From a Virgin's Cunt", "Fucked With a Knife" or "Necropedophile". 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. Their albums are censored and banned in several countries, including Germany, where they are not allowed to play any song from one of their first three albums in concert, not allowed to play at all in the state of Bavaria, not allowed to display the original cover images (drawn by Vincent Locke), or print the lyrics in the CD booklets, etc. However, probably their best album is the critically lauded Locust Abortion Technician (Touch & Go - US/ Blast First - UK). Cannibal Corpse's music is very fast, complex and is known for its violent lyrics.

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. The band had a brief appearance in the movie Ace Ventura, Pet Detective. They also contributed songs to the soundtracks of Baz Luhrman's Romeo + Juliet and Mission Impossible around about this time. The band is on the Metal Blade Records label. 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. Cannibal Corpse is a United States death metal band, noted for its controversial and ultra-violent lyrics and imagery, founded in 1988 by Chris Barnes, Bob Rusay, Jack Owen, Alex Webster and Paul Mazurkiewicz. In 1991 they were part of the first Lollapalooza tour. Jack Owen - original lead guitarist - (1988-2004).

They recorded two more albums and numerous EPs for Touch and Go before leaving to record an album (Pioughd) for Rough Trade Records. Rob Barret - Guitar - (1993-1998). bands such as Throbbing Gristle and Einsturzende Neubauten) as well as American eccentrics like Frank Zappa and The Residents. Bob Rusay - Guitar - (1988-1993). Their second album Rembrandt Pussyhorse showed the increased influence of the European avant-garde (e.g. Chris Barnes - Vocals - (1988-1995). 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. Jeremy Turner - Guitar - (2004-).

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). Paul Mazurkiewicz - Drums - (1988-). They recorded their debut EP on Alternative Tentacles, before moving to Touch & Go to release their debut album Psychic...Powerless...Another Man's Sac. Alex Webster - Bass - (1988-). Mark Kramer (of Bongwater and Shimmy Disc) also briefly played bass. Pat O'Brien - Guitar - (1997-). 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). George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher - Vocals - (1996-).

Incorporating elements of hardcore, psychedelia, and performance art, their live shows also made heavy use of strobe lights, background films and naked dancers. 15 Year Killing Spree [Collector's Box] - (2003). The band was founded by Gibby Haynes and Paul Leary in San Antonio, Texas in 1982; the pair met while students at Trinity University. Live Cannibalism [VHS/DVD] - (2000). The Butthole Surfers is an American indie and punk band. Live Cannibalism [Live] - (2000). Humpty Dumpty LSD (2002). Monolith Of Death Tour 1996-1997 [VHS] - (1997).

Weird Revolution (2001). The Wretched Spawn - (2004). After the Astronaut (unreleased) (1998). 15 Year Killing Spree - (2003). Electric Larryland (1996). Worm Infested [EP] - (2002). Independent Worm Saloon (1993). Gore Obsessed - (2002).

Pioughd (1990). Bloodthirst - (1999). Double Live (1989). Gallery Of Suicide - (1998). Widowermaker EP (1989). Vile - (1996). Hairway to Steven (1988). The Bleeding - (1994).

Locust Abortion Technician (1987). Hammer Smashed Face [EP] - (1993). Rembrandt Pussyhorse (1986). Tomb Of The Mutilated - (1992) (reissued 2002). Cream Corn from the Socket of Davis EP (1985). Butchered At Birth - (1991) (reissued 2002). Another Man's Sac (1984). Eaten Back To Life - (1990) (reissued 2002).

Powerless.. Time: 1988-. Psychic.. Status: Active. Live PCPPEP (1984). Country: United States. Butthole Surfers EP (1983) (alternate title: "A Brown Reason To Live"). Genre: Death metal.

Download sample of "Pepper" from Electriclarryland.

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