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Butthole Surfers Still Catching Big Waves

Wednesday, Sept. 7, Egyptian Theatre

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During the '80s, rock bands were not immune to the "more is more" motto. But the best bands experimented with the word "more" by adding unique sounds and vocalizations instead of flashy special effects or big hair. The bands that really understood what more could mean became classics. Texas-born post-punk band Butthole Surfers is a classic act in the truest sense.

A lot of folks only know of Butthole Surfers because of the No. 1 hit "Pepper." It's unfortunate that's the only tune some people know, but it does give evidence to the fact that this band, known for outrageous behavior, scatological humor and an obsessive need to shock and awe, also damn well knew how to make music. And now, 30 years after forming, King Coffey, Gibby Haynes, Paul Leary and Jeff Pinkus are still performing, still know excess and still really know music.

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