A musical favorite of mine since first hearing their instantly addictive, hardcore/dark psychedelia around 1986. The Butthole Surfers always deliver the artistic and entertainment goods that us weirdos are hungry for. The reunited 80s lineup (Gibby Haynes, Paul Leary, Jeff Pinkus, King Coffey and Teresa Taylor) returns to Boston with a show at the Paradise this Wednesday - September 30 and as a salute I've dug up this earlier MySpace blog full of vintage clips from the Butthole Surfers.
The following two clips are from a NYC cable access show in 1984, I think that's the year. Captures the band with the double drummer set-up that really is a special element of their sound. The tribal, pulsating beat matches perfectly with the acid soaked guitar skronk Paul Leary serves with Gibby Haynes howling goodness.
Butthole Surfers Live Dates for Fall 2009
Sep. 24 - Houston, TX - House Of Blues
Sep. 25 - New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
Sep. 26 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Sep. 28 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
Sep. 30 - Boston, MA - Paradise
Oct. 1 - Montreal, PQ - Pop Montreal (@ Olympia)
Oct. 2 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix
Oct. 3 - Detroit, MI - Royal Oak w/ Built to Spill
Oct. 5 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
Oct. 6 - Madison, WI - Barrymore Theatre
Oct. 7 - Chicago, IL - Metro (kick off for Riot Fest)
Oct. 9 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
Oct. 10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
Oct. 12 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
Oct. 13 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
Oct. 14 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
Oct. 16 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom w/ The Melvins
Oct. 17 - San Diego, CA - Canes w/ The Melvins
Oct. 18 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia w/ The Melvins
Oct. 30 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre w/ Peaches
Oct. 31 - Austin, TX - Stubb's w/ Peaches
Another YouTube find, a student made film featuring
great live footage from the Butthole Surfers, circa 86/87.
Lil interview segment weirdness, circa mid-late 80s.
Butthole Surfers "BBQ Pope"
live Olympic Auditorium, LA,CA - Nov. 16. 1984
Live performance of "Cherub" in Detroit - mid 80s
"Fast" - circa late 80s, from BBQ movie...
Can't forget this great interview segment and "100 Million Dead"
live in Detroit from "The Blind Eye Sees All" - 1985
"Locust Abortion Technician" promo - 1987