You just knew that whatever happened when the Butthole Surfers got their hands on a computer, it would be weird.
You just knew that whatever happened when the Butthole Surfers got their hands on a computer, it would be weird. Perhaps the strangest thing on Weird Revolution, though, is how mainstream the album sounds. The technology may update the cult rockers' unique blend of outrageous lyrics and trippy orchestration, but the set doesn't seem quite so edgy coming from a band that has so staunchly avoided conventionality. The oddball humor and stream-of-consciousness lyrics of these former underground heroes have already been popularized by acts from Beck to Cake, and the techno flavors of Weird Revolution certainly don't achieve anything Odelay didn't. Still, the experimentation leads to some interesting and often catchy songs, including first single "The Shame of Life" (co-penned by Kid Rock) and the Beck-like "Shit Like That." Moreover, no longer smothering their musical sensibilities in distorted mire, the Surfers have made their cleanest, most accessible record to date.—SB