Drop everything and watch this concert film of the Butthole Surfers in Detroit in 1985, shot at Traxx

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The Butthole Surfers played two shows at Traxx in Detroit in early March of 1985. Our own Michael Jackman was almost part of the camera crew that shot the event, which was edited together with whimsical snippets of the band being whimsical (mostly all in bed together with Gibby Haynes holding court), and released later in 1985.

The original VHS tape, released as Blind Eye Sees All —which I owned when it was released, as I was a fan and saw them half a dozen times in their mid 1980s heyday— came packaged with a clear vinyl 5" recording of their cover of "American Woman." The hilarious thing was that most turntables would automatically return before playing it, as it was the circumference of a normal record's label. The Buttholes —or Buttonhole Surfers, as their shows were listed in the N.Y. Daily News at the time— were nothing if not always up for a good practical joke.

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Mike McGonigal

Metro Times music editor Mike McGonigal has written about music since 1984, when he started the fanzine Chemical Imbalance at age sixteen with money saved from mowing lawns in Florida. He's since written for Spin, Pitchfork, the Village VOICE and Artforum. He's been a museum guard, a financial reporter, a bicycle...
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