Tuesday, May 25, 2004

The Butthole Surfers were one of my favorite bands in the '80's. I must have seen them at least a half dozen times including a monumental free concert in the mud on the Washington Mall sometime in the '80s. One weekend, me and some others phone-bombed WHFS, the so-called "alternative station" in DC with requests for them -- they finally relented and announced the song as "something from the B-hole Surfers." I was recently tooling around the dial and the "new HFS" was playing "Mexico" from their last (spotty) album. Unfortunately, the station is now incredibly more obnoxious (they were obnoxious when they were laid back as well -- anyone remember Weasel and Bob Here?).

Even while Gibby and Paul have been dormant, they have still managed to put up what I would say is one of the best fan-oriented website around (others should take notes). This is not surprising as they were always quite accessible to their fans.

Like the band could be at times, the website takes a little getting used to but eventually you'll find your way around. There are literally hours of MP3s here -- from self-recorded DAT bootlegs to a generous amount of cuts from their albums. If you haven't ever "gotten them", here's a chance to do it risk-free. Eventually, I'll get around to their albums and I think I even some bootlegs in my cassette collection.

Butthole Surfers Website

Selected MP3s
To Parter is perhaps my favorite cut...

Human Cannonball

4 comments:

Mark said...

Ahh, The Butthole Surfers - did you happen to go to the 9:30 club show (late 80's) when they came on stage, poured rubbing alcohol on the cymbals and caught the club on fire before even performing one song? The club was evacuated and there were 200+ Butthole Surfers fans flooding 9th and F with nowhere to go except the peep-show porno shop. Like VH1 says, I love the 80's. And, yep - I remember Weasel, do you remember Milo and Tom Terrell? Great blog by the way, I'll be putting a link here on my own blog. Cheers!

Jason said...

Their 'Independent Worm Saloon' album used to be a college Friday night staple for myself and all of my nerdy music drinking buddies. There's one bar where we went to in Buffalo, NY where would hassle the DJ to play the Surfers.

Yea for comments!

Jim H said...

Ah, yes, I remember the show well. Just surprised there wasn't a riot that night. The Buttholes also had a topless dancer at that show, if I remember correctly. I enjoyed your page as well -- thanks for stopping by. You know Milo was a bit before my time although I did know Mitch Parker for a time. Tom Terrell sounds familiar, too, but I'm currently drawing a blank. Did he DJ as well?

Mark said...

HA! Yeah!! The show started out with a slighty dirty/grimy topless dancer that had something like a long soul-patch glued on her chin, and she did some sort of "snake dance" while they lit the cymbals on fire - ha!, I nearly forgot about that part! The "show" lasted all of, what, 2 minutes before the club evacuated us? HA! Wow - memory lane.

Tom Terrell was an overnight DJ on the 102.3 'HFS in the early 80's and he also did the Sunday night reggae show. He later went on to work for Verve Records in NYC.