May 10, 2015 – 3:09 pm

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Germany 1986 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Club Ritz, Aachen, Germany; May 11, 1986. Very good audience recording.

It was 29 years ago today…

Rooted in the 1980s hardcore punk scene, Butthole Surfers quickly became known for their chaotic and disturbing live shows, black comedy, and a sound that incorporated elements of psychedelia, noise, punk rock and, later, electronica, as well as their use of sound manipulation and tape editing… Although they were respected by their peers and attracted a devoted fanbase, Butthole Surfers had little commercial success until 1996’s Electriclarryland. - wikipedia

Thanks to Dimenew who recorded the show; and to Creatured for sharing it at Dime.

Dimenew wrote:

Didn’t know what to expect, just being told, that these guys are worth seeing. Club Ritz is a small club downtown Aachen, at Wirichsbongardstrasse, close to the famous Elisenbrunnen, where crowned celebrities of former centuries got their healing by the famous Aachen sulphur springs. Can’t tell if Gibby and team had a taste as well, whatever they took, they blew us away. I remember having stood on a bench on the left side of the stage (seeing from the stage on their right) fairly much in the front. And after roughly 20 mins I was wondering if I had taken some acid, as this show was soooo f*** insane.

Fancy, i wasn’t even 21, Aachen not really the epicenter of alternative music and we had all hardly gotten over the post punk/wave era, and then we got the Surfers. Stories about their outrageous behaviour made the tour, someone told me that they were arrested on that tour, as they were accused of having raped a girl backstage days before the Aachen show. If some history lovers know the whole story, do tell!

Tape turned out splendid, think some asshole took my tape to make the “Extasy” bootleg, show has left significant traces in my gig-memory. Listen to this and it will leave traces at your end, too.

Creatured added: “If you love the Buttholes and don’t have this recording, you def need to download this as the quality is excellento! - killer quality!”

Vivanco EM180 > Sony WM-D6 Master > cdr > EAC (secure mode) > wav > Flac 8

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Track 01. Graveyard 2:50 (4.8MB)
Track 02. To Parter 3:43 (6.2MB)
Track 03. Hey 2:29 (4.2MB)
Track 04. Sweatloaf 3:51 (6.5MB)
Track 05. John E Smoke 6:22 (10.7MB)
Track 06. Mark Says Alright 4:26 (7.5MB)
Track 07. Creep In The Cellar 2:15 (3.8MB)
Track 08. Pittsburg To Lebanon 2:36 (4.4MB)
Track 09. The Shah Sleeps In Lee Harvey’s Grave 2:06 (3.5MB)
Track 10. Moving To Florida 3:59 (6.7MB)
Track 11. Cherub 7:34 (12.7MB)
Track 12. Suicide 1:51 (3.1MB)
Track 13. No Rule 2:27 (4.1MB)
Track 14. Lady Sniff 3:39 (6.1MB)
Track 15. 100 Million Dead 5:24 (9.1MB)
Track 16. Psych Jam 8:32 (14.3MB)
Track 17. Gary Floyd 1:49 (3.1MB)
Track 18. USSA 3:28 (5.8MB)
Track 19. Lou Reed 10:34 (17.7MB)
80 mins

The tracks Graveyard, Sweetloaf, John E Smoke, Pittsburg To Lebanon and USSA would appear on Locust Abortion Technician (1987).

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  1. 25 Responses to “BUTTHOLE SURFERS - GERMANY 1986”

  2. only 2 songs any good by these guys have ever

    done, Pepper and

    Jesus built mu hotrod w/Ministry

    By lickme on May 10, 2015

  3. I’ve recently started downloading from this site (and this Butthole Surfers will def be one of them). My question is how to deal with the cover art: I use coverXP (free version) and am used to just having the single jpg’s. I can’t figure out how to extract these and keep them full-size from the .pdf. Any help will be appreciated! ^v^

    By Tony on May 11, 2015

  4. @ Tony - my suggestion is don’t open the PDF file. Instead, right-click on each individual image and select “save image as” and you’ll be able to save it as a .jpg file.

    By MrBill on May 11, 2015

  5. @lickme - I’m partial to “I saw an x-ray of a girl passing gas”.

    By MrBill on May 11, 2015

  6. I’ve know about these guys since the 80’s. They win just because of their name

    By DanC on May 11, 2015

  7. @MrBill - Thanks for that. It works fine, except for, in this case, both covers are in the 200 x 200 pixels range. That makes for really poor resolution when printed standard cover size. Again, thanks for your suggestion!

    By Tony on May 11, 2015

  8. Great post!!! Thanks!

    By Phil on May 11, 2015

  9. @lickme - Have to disagree with you here. Their early material is pure Texas hardcore gold. Gary Floyd, Hey, Something She Said to Me, Strangers Die Every Day, BBQ Pope, just to name a few that have stuck with me through the years. Maybe you had to see them live under the right “circumstances” to really appreciate their genius?

    Big O, you have scored big once again. Many thanks for this one!

    By golgo hakase on May 11, 2015

  10. @Tony - In the absence of Adobe Acrobat Pro, I usually open the PDF in Reader, then zoom to 100% and take a screen capture. I edit this in Paint for example to trim off the excess and save as a PNG for best quality. A little troublesome, but it gets the job done…

    Good luck!

    By golgo hakase on May 11, 2015

  11. @golgo hakase - Nice. I can already picture this working. Thanks!

    @golgo hakase>>@lickme - Agrees. While there are quite a few BS fav songs for me, the version of Lady Sniff on The Hole Truth and Nothing Butt makes me smile every time… ^v^

    By Tony on May 11, 2015

  12. @Tony - ditto what golgo said, but rather than taking a screen capture, you can use the Snipping Tool (part of Win 7, unsure if XP has it). With this tool, you just draw a square around the image and save it as cover.png (or whatever).

    By dorgunr on May 13, 2015

  13. By Allen Peck on May 13, 2015

  14. By Allen Peck on May 13, 2015

  15. Thank you, Allen.

    By Rick on May 13, 2015

  16. @dorgunr - Another excellent idea. I have Win7, so can do this. If I have time this coming weekend, I will d/l this concert and try these ideas out on the cover art. Thanks!

    By Tony on May 14, 2015

  17. My original comment had every intention of posting, however, it got last minute … stage fight?

    By Allen Peck on May 14, 2015

  18. And the original comment was, Mr. Rock, as follows:


    By Allen Peck on May 14, 2015

  19. I love the Surfers! Thanx Big-O, Thanx 100 Million!

    By Allen Peck on May 14, 2015

  20. Listening to this right now. Wasn’t expecting anything other than Epic, considering the date. Yus, this is teh full BS live experience, wonderfully captured. This my eleventh Butthole Surfers boot. On two discs, I split it like this: 1-10; 11-19.

    By Tony on May 17, 2015

  21. First saw these guys in ‘81 or ‘82 in Austin; saw them play in several cities in widely-varying settings over the next 10 years - but this has to got be the BEST live bootleg I’ve ever heard - recording is good; performace is astonishing. By this point, they’d really hit their stride with Jeff Pinkus on bass, and still had two drummers. And that LEATHER NUN song in their setlist!

    By Him on May 18, 2015

  22. I love you…!

    By Craig Stewart on May 18, 2015

  23. Many thanks for this. Saw them many times in the late 80s. They were one of the best live bands on the planet in this period. Unfortunately, an audio only recording doesn’t do them justice. A Butthole Surfers concert was a true audio-visual experience!

    By Voodoo Guru on May 18, 2015

  24. Lickme, the two songs that you picked out as being the Surfers’ only good music are actually two of their least inspired, most tedious tracks. Of course, one of them is just Gibby screaming over a Ministry track, so that doesn’t count. You are obviously pretty limited in your Butts experience. Go listen to Psychic…Powerless…Another Man’s Sac, Cream Corn From The Socket of Davis, Rembrandt Pussyhorse, Locust Abortion Technician, and Hairway To Steven. If, after hearing all of this beautiful, scary psychedelic Dadaism, you still think that the Surfers aren’t the greatest band of the 1980s, by all means return to your well-worn Christopher Cross, John Denver, and Night Ranger LPs. Oh, and to have experienced the Surfers live in a small, dark venue, Gibby playing guitar with his Sterno covered hands on blue fire, a naked woman dancing at the lip of the stage in tripping bliss, and with a backdrop of movies of a penis reconstruction surgery, actual gory car crash scenes, and upside-down Charlie’s Angels episode, all projected at once, overlapping, is to have fully been enveloped into the Butts’ twisted vision. Oh yeah, sometimes a crazed Gibby would pull out a real shotgun, shooting beach balls above the audience’s head. A vintage Butthole Surfers show felt truly dangerous, like real rock music should.

    By Lightnin' Popkins on May 20, 2015

  25. By the way, John E. Smoke is not on Locust. It had to wait until Hairway to Steven before it was released on record, although it had been played live for years.

    By Lightnin' Popkins on May 20, 2015

  26. you`d have to be lobotomized to enjoy this dreck

    By olympic swimmer darth on May 20, 2015

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