Some of the best tracks on this album (in my opinion) are “Pepper”, “Thermador” (reminds me a little of a track from the X-Files: Fight the Future movie album, and reminds me a lot of Ten Benson) and “Ah Ha”. Songs like “TV Star” actually got a little country for me. I’m not particularly a fan. It’s kind a odd to hear a song like that on a Butthole Surfers album (especially when it’s followed by a crazy-weird song like “My Brother’s Wife”). It was certainly unexpected for me, though I haven’t exactly had a ton of exposure to them. Then there’s “Let’s Talk About Cars” which is basically just two people talking to each other in French, presumably about cars, over a pretty steady, pretty unchanging musical segment in the background.
Jesus christ, this is an awful album, when looking at it in a BHS direction. I don’t know if the surfers all got normal or they were under control by a major label with a whip?
Mabye both. If you have heard the old, lunatic-era of the band, then you should keep well away from this. If you’re a starter, go for independent worm saloon first. It’s relatively normal and still a bit far out. If you buy this, you will regret it after a while even if you liked it at first. This is only for making your collection complete.
But there still manages to be a few good tracks here though. The cool “The Lord is a Monkey”, the psychedelic “Let’s Talk About Cars”, with a neat effort from Paul Leary, and “Space”.It gives the record a half star upwards.
But seriously. How could the band that released some of the goofiest, wildest, best noise rock ever put out something like this? Will history show that Teresa Taylor was the true genius behind the Buttholes after all?
Man, I thought you guys were cool.
It’s pretty good music, kind of like Beck meets R.E.M. meets. well, something else. Maybe Bloodhound Gang in a really weird sort of way? It’s got that same kind of 90s feel to it. And it’s got this just-coming-out-of-the-80s electronic nature hiding behind kind of pounding, king of droning bass noise. You could also throw Queens of the Stone Age and even System of a Down (“Jingle of a Dog’s Collar”. ) into the mix somewhere in this “sounds like” pot.
I don’t believe in nothin’ no more. I’m goin’ to law school!
What a weird band name. I remember finding out about this band really early on because they had a song in the Dumb and Dumber soundtrack. And now, listening to this album all the way through, I remember the song “Pepper” pretty well also, not sure where from. I also kind of felt like I knew the song “The Lord Is a Monkey”, though it was a very vague could be kind of memory.
For some reason, my version of this album includes another song at the end called “Space”. Just figured I’d point that out on here to remind myself of its existence.
Electriclarryland, an Album by Butthole Surfers. Released 14 May 1996 on Capitol (catalog no. CDP 7243 8 29842 2 1; CD). Genres: Alternative Rock. Featured peformers: Gibby Haynes (vocals, organ), Paul Leary (guitar, synthesizer), King Coffey (drums), Butthole Surfers (writer), Tom Bunch (manager), Paul Mavrides (cover art, illustration), Will van Overbeek (photography), Tommy Steele (art direction), Wendy Dougan (art direction, design).