CDP 529842 Electriclarryland
Produced by Paul Leary, Steve Thompson
Released on May 6, 1996
US CHART POSITION #31 . . . GOLD RECORD
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T he trouble with being ahead of your time is that time has a way of catching up with you. And so the hallucinogenic strangeness of Butthole Surfers, shocking in 1986, had worn off some in 1996 when Electriclarryland was released. Alternative rock was the new norm, and in such an upside-down world it was only logical that Electriclarryland would be a Top 40 album. Long-suffering fans didn’t like the new math; they smelled a sell out, took their boards and went home. The real heroes of this story are the MTV generation and their Alternative aesthetics. Their spumescent waves of adulation, usually lasting for fifteen minutes, lifted the likes of Primus, Butthole Surfers and White Zombie into the pubic eye. All of this on the Butthole’s behalf for one little song, “Pepper.” Mixing rap and psychedelic fuzz rock, “Pepper” was an accident waiting to happen, and when it did people couldn’t help but slow down and look at it. Of course, longtime fans had been watching the Surfers perform open-heart surgery for years, so “Pepper” was hardly a distraction. “The Lord Is A Monkey,” “Birds,” “L.A.,” now that’s more like it: demonic, demented, delicious. In defense of the those who cried “smell out,” I’ll concede that Electriclarryland doesn’t push so many (brown) buttons as it might. But as “TV Star” shows, the band can be even creepier when they’re pretending to be normal. If you really want to ride with Butthole Surfers, think Psychic or go Locust. And bring a clean pair of underwear; you’re gonna need that.

CDP 529842 back sleeve
CDP 529842 back sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. BIRDS
  2. COUGH SYRUP
  3. PEPPER
  4. THERMADOR
  5. ULCER BREAKOUT
  6. JINGLE OF A DOG'S COLLAR
  7. TV STAR
  8. MY BROTHER'S WIFE
  9. AH HA
  10. THE LORD IS A MONKEY
  11. LET'S TALK ABOUT CARS
  12. L.A.
  13. SPACE

    All songs written by Butthole Surfers

CREDITS

KING COFFEY --
GIBBY HAYNES --
PAUL LEARY -- mixing
Bill Carter -- bass guitar (2,12)
Mark Eddinger -- keyboards (3)
Fooch -- peddle steele guitar (7)
John Hagen -- cello (2)
Danno Saratak -- drum programming (3,10)
Andrew Weiss -- bass guitar
Stuart Sullivan -- engineer, mixing
Chris Shaw -- engineer, mixing
Paul Mayrides -- front cover & inlay illustration
Will Van Overbeek -- photography
Tommy Steele -- art direction
Wendy Dougan -- art direction & design

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US May 6, 1996 Capitol CD/2LP/CS CDP 5/29842  
UK May 1996 Capitol CD CDEST-2285  
EUR May 1996 EMI CD 829842  

 

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