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The Butthole Surfers have always been pretty weird, but their weirdness has never been more experimental than on Weird Revolution. Sure, early releases conveyed the sense that these guys really didn't know what they wanted to do until it was done, and their last release, 1996's Electriclarryland, did have hints of programmed beats and technology. But it wasn't until now that the two combine for a full-on electronic freak show.

While the first single, "The Shame of Life," was co-written by Kid Rock (a fact weird in and of itself), the only convincing evidence of his input is the chorus ("I love the girls and the money and the shame of life") and the laid-back hip-hop beats. That laid-back vibe is a factor in just about every track on the album, from the catchy, radio-ready (yet still strange) "Dracula From Houston" to the delicate, almost Enya-like pianos and samples of "Yentel." All the while, frontman Gibby Haynes' rants about the clash of "normal people" and "weirdos."

Is Weird Revolution a work of musical and philosophical genius or merely the product of schizophrenic madmen? Take your pick.

Butthole Surfers perform Sun., Oct. 21, at the Cotton Club.


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