124. Butthole Surfers – “Electriclarryland”

When looking at the CD shelves, I sometimes cringe at the choices there.  Often its not about the presence of particular artist, but rather the album chosen from within their discography.

The Butthole Surfers Electriclarryland album coverThis sole glimpse into the world of the Butthole Surfers is well and truly in that category.

I know they were supposed legends of the US underground, holders of the Dead Kennedys flame, more credible than The Ministry, more shocking than The Cramps. And I know after a decade and half of well-credentialed obscurity, they delivered this CD and rode a wave of fame on the back of the  Pepper single.

Pepper sits out there with tunes by Cake and Chumbawamba, as ridiculously catchy, and embarrassingly smile-inducing.  You sort of know you should sneer but you cant.

Of course, as to be expected, has nothing else like the hit.   Some of the punky stuff is fun and horribly dated.  The more grindy industrial ‘tunes’ are skip-worthy.

The band does show genuine pop sensibilities at time.TV Star could be a Dando track. Cough Syrup jumps genres intriguingly and effectively. Jingle of  a Dog’s Collar sees the B-52s take on Pavement.

I just suspect there was more of substance in their back catalogue.

File under: Arriving too late at the party

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