11 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

For their debut album, after a series of EPs, Psychic…Powerless… expands on the band’s shock-rock origins and delves even deeper into their sonic mischief. Guitarist Paul Leary leads the attack with guitar lines that rarely fall back on tradition and when they do (“Gary Floyd”), it’s to subvert the genre they’re playing with. To some, this will sound like chaotic noise. However, patience and a bizarre sense of humor will help to better understand the distorted chaos of “Concubine,” the noise patrol of “Eye of the Chicken” and the multiple-drummer attack of “Dum Dum” that keeps disappearing in hallucinatory sonic shifts. “Woly Boly” sounds like Elvis Presley having a mental breakdown. “Negro Observer” settles into folk-rock with singer Gibby Haynes unable to sit still. “Butthole Surfer” is more a tribal chant than an actual theme song. “Lady Sniff,’ ”Cherub” and “Mexican Caravan” represent the best of the band to this point with its crazy mutterings, cryptic guitar lines and off-kilter rhythms.

EDITORS’ NOTES

For their debut album, after a series of EPs, Psychic…Powerless… expands on the band’s shock-rock origins and delves even deeper into their sonic mischief. Guitarist Paul Leary leads the attack with guitar lines that rarely fall back on tradition and when they do (“Gary Floyd”), it’s to subvert the genre they’re playing with. To some, this will sound like chaotic noise. However, patience and a bizarre sense of humor will help to better understand the distorted chaos of “Concubine,” the noise patrol of “Eye of the Chicken” and the multiple-drummer attack of “Dum Dum” that keeps disappearing in hallucinatory sonic shifts. “Woly Boly” sounds like Elvis Presley having a mental breakdown. “Negro Observer” settles into folk-rock with singer Gibby Haynes unable to sit still. “Butthole Surfer” is more a tribal chant than an actual theme song. “Lady Sniff,’ ”Cherub” and “Mexican Caravan” represent the best of the band to this point with its crazy mutterings, cryptic guitar lines and off-kilter rhythms.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

FrancisYorkMorgan ,

One of the most essential albums of the 80s

Easily one of my favorite albums of all time. Completely insane, hilarious, and an all-around good time. Don't be fooled by the bland grunge cash-in that is "Pepper", the Butthole Surfers were one of the most original and innovative bands of the 1980s. Each song is a trip but Dum Dum, Woly Boly, and Mexican Carivan in particular are standouts.

Zachary D. Turner ,

Best Album Ever!

This is by far my all time favorite album. It is the Butthole Surfers at the top of their game. Absolute Perfection!

Otto Zin ,

Cowboy Bob #1

C.B. has the greatest vocal in the history of sound. A primal scream that 'll make the malenky hairs on my plot stand end-wise.

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