King Coffey

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King Coffey
Birth nameJeffrey Coffey
Born1964 (age 58–59)
GenresHardcore punk

King Coffey (born Jeffrey Coffey; 1964) is an American drummer, known for being the drummer of the psychedelic/noise rock band Butthole Surfers.[1]

He began drumming in a Fort Worth hardcore punk band called The Hugh Beaumont Experience in high school. Around that same time, he also published a fanzine called Throbbing Cattle. He saw the Butthole Surfers for the first time in 1982 at a time when Scott Matthews was their drummer. Coffey replaced him in 1983[2] and is still the band's official drummer.

In 1990, Coffey founded the independent record label Trance Syndicate,[3] and released records by primarily Texas-based artists,[4] including his band Drain.[5] In 1995, he co-founded the Emperor Jones record label with his husband Craig Stewart.[6][7]

Besides the Butthole Surfers and Drain, Coffey played in Rubble, Same Sac, Air Traffic Controllers, and guested on Daniel Johnston, Richard Buckner, and Shit and Shine recordings.[8]

In 2001, Coffey was elected into the Austin Music Awards Hall of Fame.[9]

Coffey currently runs the Latino Buggerveil record label, home to the Butthole Surfers' indie catalog, and drums for the noise rock band USA/Mexico.


  1. ^ Leland, John; Robbins, Ira (2007). "Butthole Surfers". Trouser Press. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  2. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Biography: Butthole Surfers". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 June 2010.
  3. ^ Beets, Greg (20 November 1998). "Weird Bands From Texas". Retrieved 18 January 2022.
  4. ^ "The Complete Trance Syndicate Discography". 20 November 1998. Retrieved 18 January 2022.
  5. ^ "Butthole Surfers". Trouser Press. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  6. ^ Blackstock, Peter. "Record label exec and SXSW fixture Craig Stewart voted into Austin Music Industry Hall of Fame". austin360. Retrieved 18 January 2022.
  7. ^ Chamy, Michael (21 November 2003). "Sheiks of Industry". Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  8. ^ "King Coffey". Discogs. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  9. ^ "King Coffey - Winner - Austin Music Awards - 2000 - Hall of Fame - The Austin Chronicle". Retrieved 18 January 2022.

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