Butthole Surfers - Hairway To Steven

$40.00 (AUD)


The Surfers followed up the quintessential "anti" album, Locust Abortion Technician, with their most accessible album to date, Hairway to Steven. This would be their last album with second drummer, Teresa Nervosa, and their final full length on their longtime label, Touch & Go. After this one Gibby Haynes and crew would undergo several overhauls in an attempt to win over a large audience - attempts that would ultimately fail with the exception of their breakout Beck-wannabe "Pepper" single. But before all of that nonsense, The Butthole Surfers were the unsung heroes of the indie avant-garde, churning out slabs full of irreverent filler material that sounded like a bunch of kids goofing around in a studio... and those who understood, loved them for it.

The Butts were so hardcore so as to not even include song titles for Hairway to Steven - each song instead represented by its own individual doodle. The tunes eventually obtained names through bootlegs and live albums over time. Right off the bat Gibby Haynes shows that his use of the infamous "Gibbytronics" machine is in full swing with a down-tuned "I'm soiled, soil me... Soil all of you..." His vocals take the same road as the previous album with sped-up and slowed-down multi-tap delays, reverbs, and pitch-shifters. Long gone are the days when he would just scream his head off through a megaphone - this is high-tech studio wizardry in a 1988, independent band sort of way. He alternates between his typical wailing and his talk-sing free banter. Whether or not Gibby wrote lyrics or winged it in the old days is still up for debate in my book.