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Butthole Surfers is a NoiseRock band formed in San Antonio, Texas in 1981, well known for its disturbing lyrics, heavy synthesizing, and macabre live shows. They also use a lot of BlackComedy in their lyrics.

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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* ''Psychic... Powerless... Another Man's Sac'' (1984)
* ''Rembrandt Pussyhorse'' (1986)
* ''Locust Abortion Technician'' (1987)
* ''Hairway to Steven'' (1988)
* ''piouhgd'' (1991) --[[ItIsPronouncedTroPay Pronounced Pee-Owed]]
* ''Independent Worm Saloon'' (1993)
* ''Electriclarryland'' (1996)
* ''Weird Revolution'' (2001)

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* Gibby Haynes - lead vocals, guitar, saxophone 1981–present
* Paul Leary - guitar, vocals 1981–present
* King Coffey - drums 1983–present
* Jeff Pinkus - bass 1986–1994, 2008–present
* Teresa Nervosa - drums, 1983-1989, 2008-present

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!!Butthole Surfers Provide Examples Of:

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* BlackComedy: A lot. Especially "Pepper" and "Jimi".
* CarefulWithThatAxe: "Jimi", to a disturbing extreme.
* CountryMatters: Subverted with their song "Kuntz" -- The clip is edited to make it sound like the other word, but it's really just the Thai word for "itch".
* 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".
** "Kuntz" is a remix of a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-tqI0D1CAU song]] by Thai artist Phloen Phromdaen the band allegedly found on a mix tape at a takeout place they frequented.
** Music/{{Donovan}}'s "Hurdy Gurdy Man" from ''pioughd''.
** They've also covered The Lovin' Spoonful's "Summer In The City" for the benefit album ''M.O.M., Vol. 3: Music for Our Mother Ocean'', Music/The13thFloorElevators' "Earthquake" for a Roky Erickson tribute album, The Guess Who's "American Woman", and the ''WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}'' theme for ''Saturday Morning Cartoons' Greatest Hits''.
* HarshVocals: Possibly parodied by "Mark Says Alright", which uses the growls of a pitbull as "vocals".
* ICallItVera: Non-weapon example. Lead singer Gibby Haynes named his system of [[http://blogs.houstonpress.com/rocks/BHS%202.JPG distortion pedals/effects]] that he's used in studio/live since the ''Locust Abortion Technician'' era his "Gibbytronix" system.
* InTheStyleOf: When they re-recorded their early song "Something" for ''pioughd'', they did it in the style of Music/TheJesusAndMaryChain as a joke. This version is in fact deliberately [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong suspiciously similar]] to JAMC's "Never Understand".
* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: [[ShmuckBait Just try to say Butthole Surfers in a public conversation. Or, the names of most of their songs.]] College radio [=DJs=], wishing to avoid the wrath of the MoralGuardians, usually referred to them as the [[{{Bowdlerise}} B.H. Surfers.]]
* LongName: They come up with some... ''interesting'' titles in this vein. A good example: "I Saw An X-Ray Of A Girl Passing Gas".
* NonAppearingTitle: "Pepper", "The Annoying Song", "Sweat Loaf".
* RecycledLyrics: Recycled ''{{scatting}}'', actually - Much of Gibby Haynes' manic {{scatting}} on Music/{{Ministry}}'s "Jesus Built My Hot Rod" was taken from a Butthole Surfers song called "Watlo". "Watlo" was being played live before "Jesus Built My Hot Rod" was released, but a studio version didn't come out until afterward (it appears on ''Independent Worm Saloon'' as "Some Dispute Over T-Shirt Sales").
* {{Scatting}}: Used a lot, one notable example being The O-Men.
* SensoryAbuse: Arguably, in the case of their music. The earlier into the band's discography you go, the more likely their music will fall under this category, especially to those who aren't used to noise rock.
** 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.
* TheSomethingSong: "The Annoying Song", "The Wooden Song"
** "Fast" is also known as "The Fart Song" among fans.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Paul Leary sings "The Shah Sleeps in Lee Harvey's Grave," "Something," and "Bar-B-Q Pope", all from the self-titled debut EP. This actually means he sings exactly as many songs as Gibby does on that particular release [[note]]The EP had seven songs, one of which featured a guest vocalist[[/note]], but after that he'd never get a lead vocal on a Butthole Surfers song again.
* StudioChatter: "Birds" begins with Gibby Haynes saying "alright, what are we doin' here?" over the intro, then laughing and clearing his throat, before starting the song more properly [[CarefulWithThatAxe with a scream]].
** "Lady Sniff" has a brief sampled musical interlude (if it could be called that) where a barely audible "Got it?" can be heard before it cuts back to the song itself.
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: "The Wooden Song", a FolkRock-influenced ballad featuring acoustic guitar, is probably the straightest example they have.
* TitleByNumber: "1401" (aka "The Colored FBI Guy"), named after the address of the home the band lived in at the time.
* TitleOnlyChorus: "Kuntz" again, if you consider that to be a chorus.
** Also Hay, except its the ''[[UpToEleven ENTIRE SONG.]]''
* ToiletHumor: Starting with the band name.
* WordSaladLyrics: "The Annoying Song", "Lady Sniff", "I Saw an X-Ray Of A Girl Passing Gas"...hell, a decent chunk of their discography have WordSaladLyrics.
** "Moving To Florida", though it seems to just be written from the point of view of a TalkativeLoon:
--->Well I been movin' down to Florida.
--->I'm gonna potty train the Chairman Mao
--->I'm gonna make the governor write my doodoo a letter, child
--->And I'm gonna grind me up a White Castle slider out of India's sacred cow
* WordSaladTitle: Almost every album, and many of the songs as well.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: An audio version can be found in "Clean It Up" from the ''Independent Worm Saloon'' album.
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* AllLowerCaseLetters: The title of ''piouhgd'' is always rendered this way.
* EarAche: The cover for ''Electriclarryland''. Apparently it was potentially squicky enough that the "clean" version of the album substitutes a closeup of a groundhog (which is one of the pictures inside the booklet of the explicit version).
* ExtraEyes[=/=]EyesDoNotBelongThere: The cover for ''Hairway To Steven''.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''The Weird Revolution'' had a more electronic sound and added more RapRock elements (as did the more experimental MissingEpisode album ''After The Astronaut'', which had different versions of many of the same songs). The new direction was hinted at by some of their late-90's soundtrack work - "Whatever (I Had A Dream)" from ''Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet'' was a moody trip-hop song, while "Tiny Rubber Band" from the live action ''Film/{{Spawn}}'' film featured contributions from Music/{{Moby}}. A less direct precursor was The Jackofficers, an [[HouseMusic Acid House]]-influenced electronic side project of Gibby Haynes and Jeff Pinkus, who put out their only album (''Digital Dump'') in 1990.
* NoPronunciationGuide: ''piouhgd'' again. It's supposed to be pronounced [[WordOfGod "Pee-Owed"]], as in the euphemism for "pissed off", but the album doesn't let you know that.
* 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.
* NonIronicClown: The cover for ''Locust Abortion Technician''.
* PunBasedTitle: ''Hairway to Steven'' is a play on the title of the Music/LedZeppelin classic "Stairway To Heaven".
** ''Electriclarryland'' is a {{Parody}} of Music/JimiHendrix's ''Electric Ladyland''.
** ''Sweat Loaf'' is a parody of ''Sweet Leaf'' by Music/BlackSabbath. Bonus points for (sort of) using the same riff.
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* TheCameo: Music/RedHotChiliPeppers' Flea shows up as a bartender in the "Who Was In My Room Last Night" video.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Apparently some images in the "Hurdy Gurdy Man" video looked too [[{{Squick}} squicky]], so they had captions put on them, such as "Belly Button" and "Foamy Apple Juice".
* FightFurYourRightToParty: Played Straight ''and'' Inverted in the music video for "Shame of Life". If you're wondering, the inversion involves men in squirrel costumes and black business suits coming to drag people away and ''stop'' the party.
* SurrealMusicVideo[=/=]DerangedAnimation: The video for "Who Was In My Room Last Night".
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