Butthole Surfers
Weird Revolution


1.5
very poor

Review

by Sean H. CONTRIBUTOR (107 Reviews)
April 3rd, 2019 | 4 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Chapter 9: Why, why, we gotta die?

The opening speech on “The Weird Revolution” was most likely an attempt at a mission statement, but the proclamation in favor of the social rejects and weirdos, a sort of empowerment for those who lie outside of “the normals,” falls flat on its face when directly followed by the substandard pop rock song “The Shame of Life,” with its Kid Rock-written hook and made-for-MTV melodies. This shallow, vapid song that tries both too hard and not hard enough to be “weird,” but is still more out there than the follow up; a bright, sugary, dated, hook-driven mess titled “Dracula from Houston.” Both of these songs make that speech on how the “normals” will take everything from you seem like empty Hot Topic-esque platitudes made for the kinds of people that think that embracing their lack of friends is a personality trait.

I’d say the diatribe does fit on here, and not because it’s as obnoxious and self-congratulating as the rest of the record. If anything is the result of “the normals” invading and perverting the ways of “the weirdos,” it's late era Butthole Surfers. The group had let the popular music scene rob them and their sound of what made them so interesting from the start - suddenly all of the danger and edge of their sound was replaced with the turn of the century and now❓ Now their sound was that of movie soundtrack filler (the singles) and boring, limp, formulaic, trip-hop infused rock. There are glimmers of danger on songs like “*** Like That” and “Intelligent Guy,” but it’s just that - small pieces in songs that feel a hell of a lot longer than their runtime. The group never gets more wild than Soul Coughing or Jesus Jones, but this LP is also significantly worse than either act.

There really isn't much to say about this one. Its really bad, yeah, but not in a particularly interesting way. Most of the songs, such as “Venus,” “Mexico,” and “Get Down,” have really bland grooves and uninspired compositions. Almost every song has a repetitive backbeat with clean synths, airy atmospherics, half asleep vocal deliveries, and bland leads layered on. It’s definitely stuck in the time and in it’s ways, with even the story track “Jet Fighter” robbed of all intrigue and life with the record’s incredibly deadpan and bland production.

It’s no secret that this record is a significantly neutered version of a previously worked on record titled After the Astronaut. While that record isn't perfect (it honestly suffers in a lot of the same ways as this one and I don’t even think I’d call it good), it’s definitely more worthwhile with its rougher production and unique tracks that were cut in favor of the singles (“Turkey and Dressing” and “Junkie Jenny in Gaytown” for example). Listening to it, you can hear how some of these ideas that make very little sense on Weird Revolution were supposed to sound originally. They’re a bit more lively and a bit more dangerous. But, divorced from any intentions or demo cuts, Weird Revolution fails to stand for anything, especially its own thesis of a revolt of the freaks and misfits.



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Bloon
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April 2nd 2019


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Album Rating: 1.5

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ArsMoriendi
April 2nd 2019


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How can something with such a good album cover be this bad? :O

I've only heard bad things about this one though, so I believe you

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Kompys2000
April 2nd 2019


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Great job on these man.

I actually kind of like "The Shame of Life" even though it's obviously a half-baked attempt to re-hash "Pepper". Sounds like the other songs aren't much better :/

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BMDrummer
April 3rd 2019


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still have never heard anything from this, can only imagine lol



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