Austin, Texas, experimental rockers the Butthole Surfers will resurface Aug. 28 with the release of their ninth full-length album and first for Hollywood/Surfdog, “Weird Revolution.”
Produced by guitarist Paul Leary, who has produced albums by Sublime and the Meat Puppets, “Weird Revolution” is the follow-up to 1996’s “Electriclarryland.” That album peaked at No. 31 on the Billboard 200 and spawned the hit “Pepper,” which topped Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart for three weeks in 1996, and was the genre’s No. 1 single of that year.
The trio — which also includes vocalist Gibby Haynes and drummer King Coffey — recorded an album titled “After the Astronaut” for intended release on Capitol in 1998, but the record was scrapped after a falling out between the band and label. A number of the songs from the aborted album have been re-worked for “Weird Revolution.”
Rob Cavallo co-produced five of the new album’s tracks with Leary, who also mixed the album with Chris Lord-Alge. Nathan Calhoun plays bass on most of “Weird Revolution.” First single “The Shame Of Life,” which ships to radio in July, was co-written by Haynes and Kid Rock.
The Surfers cultivated a large following in the mid-’80s via a series of albums and EPs featuring demented, edgy rock, absurdist lyrics, and outlandish titles (such as “Hairway to Steven” and “Locust Abortion Technician”, both on Touch & Go). The band is also infamous for its over-the-top live shows.
The group shocked its fanbase in the early ’90s by signing to major label Capitol. The Buttholes’ major-label debut, 1993’s “Independent Worm Saloon” included the single “Who Was In My Room Last Night?,” which hit No. 24 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.
Here is the full track listing for “Weird Revolution:”
“The Weird Revolution”
“The Shame of Life”
“Dracula From Houston”
“S*** Like That”
“The Last Astronaut”
“They Came In”