Album #286: Butthole Surfers – Psychic… Powerless… Another Man’s Sac

  • Released: 1984 (1985 in UK)
  • Origin: San Antonio, Texas, USA
  • Label: Touch and Go/Fundamental
  • Best Track: Woly Boly

Anything completely weird like the Clown Core album I did earlier this week instantly makes me think of Butthole Surfers. They’re a band I’ve dipped in and out of rather than exhausting their catalogue, so let’s hear what their first album sounds like.

It sounds a lot like Butthole Surfers, is the answer. There’s more of a straight-up punk sound in parts, like on ‘Butthole Surfer’ and the brilliant ‘Woly Boly’, but it’s always laced with psychedelia, and often unsettling experimentation.

‘Lady Sniff’ sees Gibby Haynes add sounds like spitting, vomiting, belching and loud fart noises to the mix, while ‘Cherub’ wobbles and hovers, sounding like a dystopian but low-budget sci-fi film.

I like this a lot, with the conventional punk edge a welcome antidote to Haynes’ comfortingly standard strangeness.

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