Artist: Butthole Surfers
Label: Touch & Go
Producer: Butthole Surfers
Cover art: Arthur Sarnoff
‘KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD,’ says the slogan on t-shirts and bumper stickers in the Texas capital, an attempt by local businesses to promote the city’s quirky charms. But in 1987, there was something far stranger brewing in a house on the northern border of Austin than the city’s citizens could ever have imagined. Locust Abortion Technician is an album of such singular peculiarity that its mere existence has made the entire world, let alone Austin, a much stranger place.
We… come from the same place of just hating what we heard, and wanting to make something that was even worse that people would hate even more and somehow get paid for it. That’s what we were trying to do; make the worst records possible.
Paul Leary, Our Band Could Be Your Life, 2001
Formed: 1981, Texas, USA
Featured album: Locust Abortion Technician (1987)