Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Butthole Surfers. Veni, Vidi, Vici

Butthole Surfers show in Seattle was way good. One of my favorite bands. A top thing about it was what they didn't play: not a single song from Electriclarryland. Thank god for that. Larryland was their breakthrough album that most probably became a stone around their necks. Calling it breakthrough though isn't quite accurate because they'd been around for about fifteen years before it came out, making their mark with really experimental hardcore psychedelia, noise, and punkish rock. But it was the album that hit the big time coming on the wave of Grunge and alternative rock that broke then, and no doubt playing stuff from it at shows came to be sort of a hassle, with fans liking this stuff but not really caring about the more experimental stuff that they'd been doing. Now, with thirteen years between then and now the push by record labels to play the popular stuff has long subsided and they're free to play what they really want to play now.

So...lots of stuff from Locust Abortion Technician, the PCP/EP, Rembrandt Pussyhorse, and Independent Worm Saloon, with "Who was in my room last night?" from Worm Saloon being the closest thing they got to playing hits from Larryland.

And their visual show was really great as well. Lots of sex and death, transgression, gore. On balance, more sex would have added to it, but it's no doubt easier to get approval for violence at shows, unfortunately. I do believe that it's possible to show sex without thereby contributing to the objectification of women, even though our culture tends to want to pigeon hole representations of sex into repressive categories. Awesome ending where they filled the stage with smoke and then did a strobe light into it so that it looked like a wall that was pulsing on and off.

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