36 minutes | Mar 5, 2020

BH008: Life Makes Me Nervous; I Like Butthole Surfers (...and Stick Men With Ray Guns)

From the English post-punk response discussed last episode we move to Texas in Episode 8, to find two anti-punk agitators of the 1980s. In Butthole Surfers, we find an unhinged band who took the absurdism and hallucinogens of the '60s counter-culture, and painted the punk and hardcore underground with it. When they then hit the '90s, signed to a major label, scored a hit with 'Pepper,' and sued the DIY label who made them...they ended up as DIY anti-christs. Later in the episode, we look at their close friends Stick Men With Ray Guns: a mirror image of the Surfers who never left Texas, never released a record in their time, and were left to fade into obscurity alongside their troubled frontperson Bobby Soxx. Erratum! In the show intro, the rise of the '90s Clintonite/Blairite centrist politic was mistakenly referred to as 'the New Left' (a form of progressive politics rising out the of civil rights era). This was a conflation of 'New Labour' in the UK, and should probably be re-recorded with 'the new left' cut out and replaced by 'THE THIRD WAY.' Apologies for this major narration error! - Max~~ Help fund Season 2! Subscribe to our zine and cassette mail order at https://patreon.com/barelyhuman ~~Barely Human was written and hosted by Max Easton and produced by Jason L'Ecuyer and Marty Peralta of Output Media. Theme song by Sydney punk band Tim & The Boys. Visit the website for show notes featuring extra discussion, sources, further reading and detailed credits here: https://www.barelyhuman.info/2020/03/ep-8-life-makes-me-nervous-i-like.html The accompanying playlist called 'The Anti-Punks' can be found here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5BRSdRokzqycZ4mqj67s5a Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, all @barelyhumanpod
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