Electriclarryland

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Electriclarryland
The Butthole Surfers Electriclarryland.jpg
Studio album by Butthole Surfers
ReleasedApril 2, 1996
GenreAlternative rock, psychedelic rock
Length51:22
LabelCapitol
ProducerPaul Leary
Steve Thompson
Butthole Surfers chronology
The Hole Truth... and Nothing Butt
(1995)
Electriclarryland
(1996)
Weird Revolution
(2001)
Alternative Cover Art
Electriclarryland Alternate Cover Art.jpg
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB[3]
NME2/10[4]
Pitchfork8.0/10[5]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[6]
Spin7/10[7]

Electriclarryland is the seventh studio album by the American rock band Butthole Surfers, released in April 1996 (see 1996 in music). This album brought Butthole Surfers their first Top 40 hit with "Pepper". The album was certified gold by the RIAA on August 20, 1996.[8] The title of this album is a parody of Jimi Hendrix's third studio album entitled Electric Ladyland. This is the second time the band has used a parody title for one of their releases. The first was Hairway to Steven which references the song "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin. The album's original title was going to be Oklahoma!, but fearing lawsuits, Capitol forced the band to change the name.[9]

The album was also released in a "clean" version with profanities removed, an alternate album cover, and the band being credited as "B***H*** Surfers".

The song "The Lord Is a Monkey" was featured in two 1996 films, an alternate "Rock Version" in the Beavis and Butt-head Do America soundtrack and the original in Black Sheep. Additionally, the band performed "Ulcer Breakout" on an episode of The Larry Sanders Show.

Album Cover[edit]

The album cover depicts a man's eardrum being impaled by a pencil. The original album artwork was inspired by the 1974 Hi-Fi murders[citation needed]. It was then replaced by a cover depicting a prairie dog due to the graphic image.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Birds"3:10
2."Cough Syrup"4:33
3."Pepper"4:57
4."Thermador"4:35
5."Ulcer Breakout"2:34
6."Jingle of a Dog's Collar"3:08
7."TV Star"3:06
8."My Brother's Wife"5:13
9."Ah Ha"3:31
10."The Lord Is a Monkey"4:46
11."Let's Talk About Cars"4:34
12."L.A."2:46
13."Space"4:25

All songs written by the Butthole Surfers.

Personnel[edit]

Butthole Surfers[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Andrew Weissbass (Tracks 4, 6, 7, 9, 10)
  • Bill Carter – bass (Tracks 2 & 12)
  • John Hagen – cello (Track 2)
  • Fooch – pedal steel guitar (Track 7)
  • Mark Eddinger – keyboards (Track 3)
  • Danno Saratak – drum programming (Tracks 3 & 10)
  • Steve Thompson – producer
  • Christopher Shaw – engineer, mixing
  • Stuart Sullivan – engineer, mixing
  • Paul Mavrides – illustrations, cover design, cover art
  • Will Van Overbeek – photography
  • Tommy Steele – art direction
  • Wendy Dougan – art direction, design

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1996 The Billboard 200 31

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1996 "Pepper" Mainstream Rock Tracks 19
Modern Rock Tracks 1
Top 40 Mainstream 38

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Butthole Surfers Electriclarryland Review". AllMusic. Retrieved March 17, 2010.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011-05-27). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857125958.
  3. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon (1996-06-21). "Electriclarryland". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2018-10-07.
  4. ^ Perry, John (2000-08-17). "Electriclarryland". NME. Archived from the original on 2000-08-17.
  5. ^ Josephes, Jason (2000-08-16). "Butthole Surfers: Electriclarryland: Pitchfork Review". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on 2000-08-16. Retrieved 2017-10-02.
  6. ^ Young, Charles M. (2004). "Butthole Surfers". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9780743201698.
  7. ^ Michel, Sia (June 1996). "Records". Spin. SPIN Media LLC. pp. 111–2. Retrieved 2018-10-07.
  8. ^ "Searchable Database - Search: Electriclarryland". RIAA. Retrieved 2013-12-10.
  9. ^ Butthole Surfers - The Anal Obsession