Locust Abortion Technician is the third full-length studio album by American rock band Butthole Surfers, released in March 1987. The album was originally released on both vinyl and CD on Touch and Go, and was remastered on CD on the band's label, Latino Buggerveil, in 1999.Wikipedia
As a former locust abortion technician myself, I can confirm that this record truly represents what an under appreciated role we have society. It really gives us a voice.
the first comment on youtube is this "My wife and kids not only hated it, they think I may have lost my mind. How do I tell them that this album touched my consciousness like a greasy finger dipped into a puddle - the oily rainbow slick instantly spreading accross the entire surface of my mind - altering, imbuing, opening. Perspective is the greatest gift we ever got." fair enough - it wasn't quite a greasy finger up the bum like this guy had but i did enjoy it.
I gave this a cursory listen and was about to mark it “1” and move on but the last few songs on the LP grabbed me. I liked the Asian sounding guitar work that kicks off Kuntz. Also, the last song (22 Going On 23) is powerful. It sounds like a radio show where a very hurt and / or deranged woman calls in and the host has nothing useful to say to her. It’s pure magic how the guitar playing captures the mood of the talk show dialogue. These two tunes motivated me to listen again and pay more attention and I'm glad I did. The album starts w Sweat Loaf. I quite like it but can’t for the life of me figure out why. The song transitions back and forth from quiet and almost whisper like to aggressive and heavy. Nirvana later did this very effectively on Heart Shaped Box. The lyrics on Sweat are measured. This the case on most songs on this LP. No excess verbiage, no references to Greek Philosophers or obscure contributors to the Bible. Nothing here is even one inch pompous and, if I remember correctly, being pompous was quite fashionable in 1987. In Graveyard, I like the distorted voice. It’s reminiscent of Black Sabbath’s Iron Man but I couldn't for the life of me (pardon the pun) understand the lyrics without my friendly internet connection. It’s a dark and creepy song which is up my alley. Another angst filled song I also like is Human Cannonball (although Human Cannibal seems to be the better name???) By the time we get to U.S.S.A. and The O-Man the LP has disintegrated to the stage that all that remains is noise. The lyrics to U.S.S.A. are by any definition terse. The words are: U.S.S.A, U.S.A, U.S.S.R, U.S.S.A. No Pulitzer Prize coming anytime soon but I doubt they'd want one. The interesting part about using such terse lyrics is the listener can decide what the song's about. The words do evoke thought and I can think they have a meaning related to the Bay of Pigs while another person can think they relate to the different kinds of poverty and crime in the two then super powers. The beauty of simple lyrics is that the customer is always right. This is also the second album sent to us in the last week where barnyard sounds figure prominently. Hey if it’s good enough for Sgt Pepper . . . I told a friend about the LP tonight and as I was doing so I couldn’t help but worry that the fact I like this LP so much might cost me a friend. lol.
I gotta say fellas, this is some of the most fucked up shit. It has a vibe. And I do enjoy noise 4/5
A thundering volley of whingeing fuck knuckles.
Worst one yet! My horizons are expanding but I don't want them to.
That was a wild ride. A good time, but not one that I think I'll go on very often if ever again. Favorite Track(s): "Sweat Loaf" and "Graveyard" (the second one)
Avant garde noise rock at its finest. Definitely not everyone's cup of tea and I totally get that.
My first Butthole Surfers experience. It's loud and I liked it. I've always heard of the band but never heard the music. I really loved the first track and how it sounds oh so similar to Sweet Leaf by Black Sabbath...let me see, what was that song called. Oh yeah, Sweet Loaf. I liked this band right from the start! Ok, it took 1+ minutes, because of that slow load into the guitar riff. Ok, some of the songs have lyrics - I guess. I think they are saying something in "The O-Men" but It could just be nonsense... it doesn't matter. Their noise is interesting. Kuntz is a song sung in Thai... where'd that come from! I'm sure they picked the word because it sounds like cunt! Songs like Graveyard, pound hard and make me turn it up a bit more... I turned it up to 11 on a 10 scale :) There are some really interesting sounds in the song "Hay". Calling it a "song" is a stretch. It is more of an experience in sound than a song. Human Cannonball is probably the most "radio-worthy" song. It seemed like a complete song that I would easily expect to hear on College Radio back in 1987. It has lyrics you can understand too! Halfway through U.S.S.A. I smiled. That guitar riff, that nonsense babble just got me. The into of "22 going on 23" is baffling. She sounds more like 82 going on 83... Great guitar riffs throughout this one. Standout tracks: Sweet Loaf Human Cannonball.
Throw genre out the door because it has no place on this record. Perhaps we could call it noise punk; it certainly fits the punk ethos. This album conjures feelings of disconnection and seems to be a gross parody of music and society. However, for whatever reason, it really appeals to me and I throughly enjoyed this album.
Nightmare Fuel. Recommended for fans of Sonic Youth, Ween’s pre-Chocolate and Cheese albums, LSD
Here's a record that I feel like I should have listened to a long time ago. This is right up my alley; heavy, weird, funny, trippy. I love how it leans into how badly recorded it is, and goes heavy into the weirdness. Lots of effects and strange production techniques on what is a pretty punk album, which makes it sound like nothing else. I love the fired take on Black Sabbath ('Sweet Loaf'), plus the backwards tape, effects, sound effects and found tape. It is pretty unsettling, but there are songs o n here that rock pretty hard, and few memorable riffs (if no tunes to speak of). I've listened to this three times through today, and really dig it. (I do like that it doesn't outstay its welcome. 30 minutes is about perfect timing for it to barge in, mess your head up, and then ride off into the sunset.). I really would liek to give this 3.5 stars, but I can't, so I'm going to lean towards 4, because this was a lot of fun, and I will buy a copy next time I see one at a reasonable price.
Well it took about 10 seconds of each song for me to physically become ill. That’s not a good sign.
Truly appalling. I own 1001 albums that are better than this and not on the list.
Really weird and punk. Gave it a few rotations and loved it
Love the album. Reminds me of highschool.
Strong 4. Dark and hard as nails. Not a huge huge fan of the pure noisy tracks but the feeling is understood. Standout Tracks: Pittsburgh to Lebanon, Hay, Kuntz, Graveyard (2), 22 Going On 23
Punk as all hell
SATAN SATAN SATAN Great album
This album is an experimental blend of punk rock, heavy metal, and psychedelic music. The music is creative as the band recorded everything themselves, but it's also supported by great guitar playing. The entire album was a trip, whether that be nightmarish or awesome, is up to the listener to decide. For sure an interesting album nonetheless.
Clearly a really influential album for some big grunge artists of the 90s, I love the almost broken guitar sounds, huge fuzz and mad reverse sections and messed up vocals. Can't say it will be an album I will go back to time and time again but from an influence, production and pure madness point of view this deserves recognition. Gets a boxbat special 3.5 from me
Some of these songs made me want to jam a screwdriver into my ears to make it stop. Some were okay.
Butthole Surfers. What a name. I don't like this, but I like it more than that Scott Walker album, it's more interesting. It's loud, dark, and aggressive, but there are a few bright spots. For the '80s, it's a little impressive. These guys clearly aimed to shock and offend. Sorry boys, I was just a little bored. Also, big shout out to Alden for discovering that Albino Andrew was in this band. Favorite tracks: Kuntz, 22 Going on 23 Album art: We love clowns, don't we folks? These clowns are having the time of their lives training a pup. I'd love it if this happy picture tricked some unsuspecting rubes into buying this. 2/5
The Sweat Leaf riff is a good start if you wanna get college radio play. The noise rock is a bit hit & miss. I liked “the O-Men”. “Hay” not so much. It seems to me that their only contribution to the Phloen Phromdaen song was turning it into toilet humour. I would give this a higher mark, if not for “22 going on 23.” While I think it’s at times unfair to look at lyrics through a 2020 lens, building a song around (and mocking) a woman’s recounting to a radio host of how her rape gives her nightmares was surely over the top even way back in 1987. It’s too bad because the song itself is well-realized, so dark and heavy, and since so many US radio talk shows are also dark and heavy, there should have been no shortage of other material (though it might not shock and disgust to the same extent).
this is fucking amazing! Noisy and wild. I listened to another album right away
this i should like and do a lot
I love this album name so much
Fun, experimental punk album with a few great songs
Good old punk. Some heavy lyrics...breaking some taboos. Their messages still apply to our society today.
Fast ein Meisterwerk. Neben der Napalm Death-Scheibe ist diese Platte bislang die ungewöhnlichste in dieser Liste. Und damit eine wohltuende Abwechslung.
this is some real ass music. so many great features of this album including the cover and name. somehow nostalgic and just really great 😏
Wow I enjoyed this way more than I thought. I’m not sure why. It just hit right.
Hah hah, gloriously weird, very noisy, exactly my type of thing. Fave track - "Graveyard" maybe, although I did enjoy the faux metal glossolalia of "The O-Men" a lot
I would say it’s a 3.5 for me, I enjoyed my listen but I don’t see myself coming back to the album as a whole, maybe some of the specific tracks like “Kuntz” and “22 going on 23.” But I’m giving a four just because of how interesting an experience the whole album is
I think I love it. Tough call between this and electriclarryland, at least 7/10.
Classic album that got me into these guys.
Sounds exactly like something you'd expect from a band called Butthole Surfers
The first metal album I have ever listened to, can't say I absolutely loved it, but it was pretty damn cool.
peak BH, very evocative. and if you see your mom this week...
It’s an EP, really, but still completely fucking awesome.
You know what? it's a vibe.
Loved it. I had never listened to their music before. I kind of feel bad that I missed it when I was younger.
I love the first song, like the rest a lot.
weirder than I thought - liked bits of it, but some was a bit too experimental to be enjoyable. Like what they're aiming for here though so I'll round this 3.5 up to a 4. Tbh feels like a mid-late 90's album more than late 80's
Sweet, sweet, butthole music.
Listened to this while extremely sleep deprived, this was a perfect fit. fuck knows if I'd like it when my brain's working tho.
One of the best albums from one of the bands most influential on 90s alternative rock. Although not currently in the lowest rated albums in this project, I've seen it down there before, and it's probably in the top 10% of albums on here.
A band I knew the name of but not any music. Clearly shock-artists, they were ahead of the times of the early 90s, but I can see how they were influential to MTV-vibes and Grunge feels. Musically I am into noise/experimental/punk energy so overall I enjoyed it a bunch. Sounds like live would be an absolute spectacle... but not sure I would want to be there. Not sure what 22 going on 23 is supposed to say, but feels kinda gross. Musically I like it, but the shock humor is kind of stupid to me, it would be more hilarious if the music was high-brow taking itself seriously and then just keep the name... Butthole Surfers.
I thought I was going to hate this more than I did. I wasn't starting with much preconception, other than knowing their name, but I did end up liking the sharp edge on the music which sounds like a precursor to a lot of stuff I like now (like Ty Segall, for example and any number of contemporary west coast "grunge" bands). There were moments that I hated, but the vast majority I was impressed with, especially for it being as early as 1987.
goofy corny nonsense i love it
I started listening to them with independent worm saloon and never explored the back catalogue. This was a great surprise.
Haha, daar was ik wel even aan toe.
I had not listened to the Butthole Surfers until now and I'm pleasently surprised with this pick. It's incredibly noisy, chunky, and melodic. If I had known this is what they made I would have listened to them a long time ago.
I'd pick up a $8 used. Funny, twisted, interesting album. Lots of not fully baked ideas here. This is closer to what I'd consider exciting or interesting when a album comes up on this service. I've heard it before, but almost as background music. Like sweet loaf, pittsburgh to lebanon, just really cool guitar tones, sludge, solos, etc.
I don’t hate it and I don’t do enough drugs to love it. One of the most surprising albums to grow on me. Second listen and something clicked, it feels like the fringe of society vocalized. Upsetting, psychotic, anxiety inducing and angry. It’s a parody of music and society. Fuck it.
Really fantastic, like Mr. Bungle with less porn and more LSD.
Seems like a spiritual predecessor to grunge in some ways. Slower, heavier music. Human Cannonball is one of my faves so far because it veers more into the punk sound. Clearly most people including me only know Butthole Surfers via songs like Pepper and Who Was In My Room Last Night? (which rule btw) but this is interesting to hear more of their music before those songs popped.
Look up the term 'grunge' and they should appear.
This album doesn't sound fully realized, nor does it feel completely serious. But it's dark, immersive, irreverent, and probably inspired your favorite 90s band. Nothing to sneeze at, once you get over the weirdness.
Definitely one of the strongest record of the genre of that period which is also an interesting evolution of the sound of the band. Their style remains unique and all the tracks are relevant and enjoyable. In conclusion, the cover is very nice.
Every time I get a bottom ranking album, I approach it with a little bit of dread, but I really liked this album. Musically it's pretty excellent, and more clever than I expected it to be. Noisy and trippy, grinding and grungy, gleefully weird, sometimes with a dash of humor. Love the experimentation with distortions and noise. The outlier is "22 Going on 23," which is dark and twisted, but brilliant. Fave Songs: Sweat Loaf, Human Cannonball, 22 Going on 23, Graveyard, Pittsburgh to Lebanon, Kuntz
One of those albums that you have to hear and appreciate, but you'd have a hard time listening to on repeat. I love it when bands are pushing the envelope and this record certainly does that in spades. Helps that Kurt Cobain and Doug Martsch cite this as one of their biggest influences.
Noise rock outsider art. Fantastic
Kool and krazy
Enjoyable rascally noise
This record is everything pure Butthole Surfers, and whether or not that's your thing will depend on how you feel about it. It feels like a nightmare acid trip just dripping with a sludginess that feels so quintessential to the band's best music. Great record.
Uplifting but little cheesy
Everything about this album is a lot.
Good album. Not at all what I was expecting.
It was ok, a little noisy in some areas.
Scary album ;)
I kind of want to give this another go, as I fear I wasn't listening carefully enough...
I've heard a couple of their other songs but no idea what to expect here. The first song is called sweet loaf haha. And lol it even sounds like sweet leaf. 3/5 joke rock, noisy bullshit. Hard to give an actual score cause it's so dumb, but it's pretty short so 3/5.
Fun time for background music
didn't hate at all, maybe I was just in a good mood. 2.9
straddles that fine line between deliberately annoying and inspired genius. Leans more toward annoying though. +1 star for giving orbital that sample for the beginning of Satan.
Was planning on giving this a 2-star, until I heard 22 going on 23. This song alone is worth an extra star. What an amazing riff and the vocals of PTSD is horrifying. Truly a great song which saves this acid-trip of an experimental album by a band I thought I knew. Also a local Dallas-area band. The lead singer's dad was Mr. Peppermint!
I don't know. I used to like them a lot, still dig the overall tone and the boundless creativity behind it all. But I'm old now, some of this just hurts my head, and honestly if I paid money for an album of music based on some tracks I like and found out later it was half full of donkey noises and shit I would not be happy.
Interesting experimental punkish rock. Not familiar with this album - I liked their later music much more than this. 2.5 stars and rounding up for their audacity to call themselves The Butthole Surfers back in the 1980s.
More interesting than I expected
Interesting prog stuff
what the fuck did i listen to?
Original, but not right for me
You know when you watch a movie and think: "that was really good but I don't want to watch it again"? That's how I felt about this album. I respect the noise, the alternative directions, the pushing of boundaries, but it's not enough actual music to make me want to revisit
I enjoyed the songs that played with the contrast between sweet little tune and aggressive/manic sound.
2.8 - starts out strong and somewhat melodic, but devolves into a bad acid trip about halfway through. Just not really my cup of tea.
Locust Abortion Technician by Butthole Surfers comes at a period of fun, schlocky punk rock. MOD, SOD, and Scatterbrain helped make this genre popular. Not the bet representation of the sound, but I liked it nonetheless. 3.5/5.
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What the fuck... Orgazoid vibes.
Well what an opening crazy energy. Crushing hellish messy aesthetic. Overall the album mixes fantastic freak outs with decent thrashy/sludgy music and then nauseating experiments and jokes.
This legitimately sounds like it comes from a seedy underground pre-internet version of the darkweb. They would fit right in playing a closing number at the Bang Bang Bar in Twin Peaks: The Return. I'd imagine the Venn diagram overlap of people who like gory B horror movies and LSD users is where you find most of your fans of The Butthole Surfers. This is only saved from being a 2 by "Human Cannonball" and its driving rhythm - which I genuinely like. Other than that it just sounds like some weird nerds that are into some dark shit getting revenge on the world by torturing people with their music.
Was thinking about it as a punk album that I didn't really love, but once I started thinking about it as a key precursor to grunge, it really opened up. Lots of fun. Strong 3
What a bizarre, disturbing and delightful listen. Never bothered to pay attention to this band in the early 90's but knowing this was released in '87, it's easy to identify that the sound and experimentation influenced much of the 'grunge' that followed it. The amount of one star ratings on this album earned it an extra from me but I doubt I will ever listen to it again.