History Music / ButtholeSurfers

10th Nov '16 9:00:59 AM erforce
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The Surfers began in 1980, when lead man Gibby Haynes met Paul Leary while going to college in Texas, where they became friends due to their shared overall weirdness and interest in strange music. They published a magazine, Strange V.D., with a lot of [[{{Squick}} pictures of strange diseases and illnesses]], long before they actually started playing in 1981. They were small names until their album ''Electriclarryland'' was released, containing their first big hit, "Pepper", which topped the Billboard Modern Rock charts in 1996. Afterwards, they became featured on many movie soundtracks, such as ''WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet'' and Creator/JohnCarpenter's ''Film/EscapeFromLA''.

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The Surfers began in 1980, when lead man Gibby Haynes met Paul Leary while going to college in Texas, where they became friends due to their shared overall weirdness and interest in strange music. They published a magazine, Strange V.D., with a lot of [[{{Squick}} pictures of strange diseases and illnesses]], long before they actually started playing in 1981. They were small names until their album ''Electriclarryland'' was released, containing their first big hit, "Pepper", which topped the Billboard Modern Rock charts in 1996. Afterwards, they became featured on many movie soundtracks, such as ''WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet'' ''Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet'' and Creator/JohnCarpenter's ''Film/EscapeFromLA''.
8th Jul '16 1:30:17 PM MarkLungo
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** Their live shows during the 1980's on the other hand, are ''undoubtedly'' examples of this trope. For starters, the band would be playing at absurdly loud volumes, flashing strobe lights at the audience at speeds that would induce ''nausea and seizures in some members of the audience'', and displaying a combination of 16mm films Gibby had fraudulently obtained[[note]][[BavarianFireDrill He pretended to be a doctor in order to get films meant to be seen by people in medical school, for example]][[/note]] of things like male to female sex change operations, autopsy footage, driver's ed gore, medical examinations of people with sexually transmitted diseases, and even "innocent" things like episodes of shows like Series/CharliesAngels - played upside down in reverse, of course. The band would then compliment this with a series of props/stunts (flaming cymbals, dual-drummers, papier-mache dummies being ripped to shreds, copious amounts of fog, a naked dancer...), and improvised various other stunts on top of that to create a complete hellscape of a live show.

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** Their live shows during the 1980's on the other hand, are ''undoubtedly'' examples of this trope. For starters, the band would be playing at absurdly loud volumes, flashing strobe lights at the audience at speeds that would induce ''nausea and seizures in some members of the audience'', and displaying a combination of 16mm films Gibby had fraudulently obtained[[note]][[BavarianFireDrill He pretended to be a doctor in order to get films meant to be seen by people in medical school, for example]][[/note]] of things like male to female sex change operations, autopsy footage, driver's ed gore, medical examinations of people with sexually transmitted diseases, and even "innocent" things like episodes of shows like Series/CharliesAngels ''Series/CharliesAngels'' - played upside down in reverse, of course. The band would then compliment this with a series of props/stunts (flaming cymbals, dual-drummers, papier-mache dummies being ripped to shreds, copious amounts of fog, a naked dancer...), and improvised various other stunts on top of that to create a complete hellscape of a live show.
8th Jul '16 1:28:54 PM MarkLungo
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* CoverVersion: Of a more interesting version, "Dum Dum" is basically an original composition over the drum beat from Music/BlackSabbath's "Children of the Grave". They'd revisit the idea of sampling portions of Sabbath songs later in their career when they slightly altered the main riff to "Sweet Leaf" for the opening track of Locust Abortion Technician, appropriately titled "Sweat Loaf".

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* CoverVersion: Of a more interesting version, "Dum Dum" is basically an original composition over the drum beat from Music/BlackSabbath's "Children of the Grave". They'd revisit the idea of sampling portions of Sabbath songs later in their career when they slightly altered the main riff to "Sweet Leaf" for the opening track of Locust ''Locust Abortion Technician, Technician'', appropriately titled "Sweat Loaf".
30th Apr '16 11:32:12 AM MarkLungo
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* NonAppearingTitle: "Pepper", "The Annoying Song", "Sweat Loaf".

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* NonAppearingTitle: Too many to list, but well-known examples include "Pepper", "The Annoying Song", Song" and "Sweat Loaf".
30th Apr '16 11:30:58 AM MarkLungo
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* UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan: Mentiuoned in the lyrics of "P.S.Y.".
-->''Nikki was in the KKK\\
and Lisa was a Nazi too\\
they both had half a brain\\
so together they were sane\\
and looked about as smart as their shoes''
30th Apr '16 11:18:12 AM MarkLungo
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!!Butthole Surfers Provide Examples Of:

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!!Butthole Surfers Provide Examples Of:
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21st Apr '16 4:58:50 PM MarkLungo
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* {{Scatting}}: Used a lot, one notable example being The O-Men.

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* {{Scatting}}: Used a lot, one notable example being The O-Men."The O-Men".
13th Jan '16 11:54:23 AM MikeK
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* NoTitle: None of the songs on ''Hairway To Steven'' had titles, and were instead marked by [[StylisticSuck crudely-drawn sketches]]. However, the self-released LiveAlbum ''Double Live'' featured almost every song from ''Hairway To Steven'', and the tracklisting to that album revealed the "real" song titles - or at least the ones the band used on written setlists. The one ''Hairway To Steven'' track that didn't appear on the live album is pretty much universally referred to as "Julio Iglesias" due to its lyrics.

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* NoTitle: None of the songs on ''Hairway To Steven'' had titles, and were instead marked by [[StylisticSuck crudely-drawn sketches]]. However, the self-released LiveAlbum ''Double Live'' featured almost every song from ''Hairway To Steven'', and the tracklisting to that album revealed back cover gave them actual names instead of drawings, so those are generally treated as the "real" proper song titles - or at least the ones the band used on written setlists.titles. The one ''Hairway To Steven'' track that didn't appear on the live album is pretty much universally referred to as "Julio Iglesias" due to its lyrics.
13th Jan '16 11:50:38 AM MikeK
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* NoTitle: ''Hairway To Steven'' uses crudely drawn, often ToiletHumor-based sketches instead of song titles. However, nearly all of the same songs also appeared on the LiveAlbum ''Double Live'' under more conventional names, so those are usually treated as the proper titles.
13th Jan '16 11:50:07 AM MikeK
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* NoTitle: ''Hairway To Steven'' uses crudely drawn, often ToiletHumor-based sketches instead of song titles. However, nearly all of the same songs also appeared on the LiveAlbum ''Double Live'' under more conventional names, so those are usually treated as the proper titles.
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