Butthole Surfers

Genres: Drama Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": alternative punk psychedelic noise rock rock alternative rock experimental indie Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

It is difficult to be indifferent about the Butthole Surfers; it’s a simple love or loathe. Tagged as the sickest band in the world, they thrive on their own antics, which include simulated sex, urinating and masturbation on stage. This tends to mask their musical ability and commercial potential.

Formerly known as the Ashtray Baby Heads, this maverick unit from Austin, Texas, USA, made its recording debut in 1983 with a self-titled EP (the name Butthole Surfers comes from an early song about beach transvestites). Gibby Haynes (Gibson Jerome Haynes, USA; vocals) Paul Leary Walthall aka Paul Sneef (guitar) and King Coffey (drums) were initially indebted to the punk/hardcore scene, as shown by the startling ‘The Shah Sleeps In Lee Harvey’s Grave’, but other selections were inspired by a variety of sources. Loping melodies, screaming guitar and heavy-metal riffs abound in a catalogue as zany as it is unclassifiable. Lyrically...

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