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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Deep Cuts From Bloggy's Vault: Psychobilly

Butthole Surfers
The odds of having a band called the Butthole Surfers and getting any music into mainstream media are not so great. Gibby Hanes' psycho-billy outfit, using rock-a-billy, heavy Black Sabbath riffs, landed a few Top 40 hits (including "Pepper") and featured on the Romeo + Juliet soundtrack in 1992.

What's really a kick-in-the-nuts is that none of these "hits" contained any of the raw, inspired grace that was the unlikley product of this ugly little band from Texas.

At the peak of their live shows in 1987, the Surfers performed bizarre black comedy onstage, had two drummers, genius level guitarist Paul Leary, thundering bassist from Jeff Pinkus and surreal, biting, and whip smart vocals from Hanes, his own bad self.

Butthole Surfers - Ricky (Live).mp3 (8mb)

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