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During the 1980s the Butthole Surfers represented the further extremes of the Indie Rock underground. Where other bands attempted to finesse their ‘60s influences or subtly spike their punk credentials, the Butthole Surfers looked to obliterate whatever genre they tackled. The Texas combo would take the basic premise of psychedelia and twist it into a true LSD trip, treating sound as something to be put through a funhouse mirror until only the distortions remained. Earlier EPs and albums rooted themselves in punk, rockabilly and other garage rock, but with 1987’s Locust Abortion Technician, the group looked to decimate their own sound until the songs were less songs than audio experiments meant to test the limits of your stereo equipment. “Sweet Loaf” begins as a Black Sabbath parody of their tune “Sweet Leaf” and takes it down from there. “Human Cannonball” is positively perky in comparison, a virtual hit single for the group. But “Graveyard,” “Kuntz,” and the truly disturbed “22 Going On 23” represent the group’s malicious undertow, reveling in audio experiments while the rhythms churn like a stomach digesting a foreign object.

Customer Reviews


No, not the record, that's brilliant. What is odd is that all of the reviews for this album have been erased. I seem to recall there being about 15 or 16 of them. So it goes. Back to the review then. This is a piece of art, a very deranged piece of art. The songs are hilarious, thought-provoking, and a nightmare to those acustomed to MTV rock. I actually think this would scare them...horribly. Heh. Anywhoo... if you don't buy this immediately a giant moose/squirrel hybrid named Alphonse will come and eat your face.

What does regret mean?

Locust Abortion Technician is one of those trips that starts out funny and then gets angry and then furniture gets smashed. Or a large house plant (to wit: a ficus) gets bullwhipped. But I absolutely don't speak from experience. I put Locust on a cassette years ago and a stripper friend grabbed the tape by accident when she was rushing out the door on her way to work and she ended up having to dance to Sweatloaf. Awesome.

This album rules!

This album smokes, anyone who has heard this knows that though.


Formed: 1982 in San Antonio, TX

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Arguably the most infamously named band in the annals of popular music -- for years, radio found their moniker unspeakable, and the press deemed it unprintable -- Butthole Surfers long reigned among the most twisted and depraved acts ever to bubble up from the American underground. Masters of calculated outrage, the group fused the sicko antics of shock rock with a distinct and chaotic mishmash of avant-garde, hardcore, and Texas psychedelia; sleazy, confrontational, and spiteful, songs like "The...
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