First Catalog of Butthole Surfers Rereleased by Matador Records

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This Butthole Surfers Arguably one of the most confrontational rock bands of all time, they exploded as a hardcore band from Texas in the early 1980s and then turned into an acid-soaked surrealist nightmare with their notorious frenetic concerts featuring blinding flashlights, nudity, feedback and deafening volume. . The band eventually developed a commercially friendlier sound (relatively speaking) and recorded an alternative radio hit in the 1990s with “Pepper,” which cleverly combined psychedelic rock sound with vocalist Gibby Haynes’ talk-rap.

Still, there was a lot of chaos before this hit, and Matador Records re-released most of the band’s recorded outputs in their first decade: “Psychic…Powerless…Another Man’s Sac”, “Rembrandt Pussyhorse”, “Locust Abortion Technician” albums. According to the announcement, “Hairway to Steven” and “piouhgd” are EPs and other material recorded during the band’s “strange, grotesque and ultimately unique first decade.” All albums owned by the group but licensed by Matador are now available on streaming services; Information on physical releases is expected in the coming weeks.

A feature-length documentary about the group (pictured above in 1984) is scheduled to premiere next year.

The band was formed in 1981 by Haynes and guitarist Paul Leary, with drummer King Coffey joining in 1983, and they remain the band’s three permanent members. The band’s profile was published by Michael Azzerad in his book about the 1980s American indie scene.

“The most surprising and rewarding chapter to write was Butthole Surfers,” he said. “I always thought of them as drug addict reproprobes – which maybe they were – but it turned out to be more complicated than that.”

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