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Butthole surfers pioughd.jpg
Studio album by Butthole Surfers
Released February 20, 1991
Genre Avant-garde, hardcore, psychedelia
Length 51:39
Label Rough Trade (original release)
Capitol (1992 reissue)
Latino Buggerveil (2007 reissue)
Butthole Surfers chronology
Hurdy Gurdy Man
Independent Worm Saloon
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[3]

piouhgd is the fifth studio album by American alternative rock band Butthole Surfers, released in 1991 on Rough Trade Records. The album was reissued on Capitol Records in 1992, due to the album being out-of-print following the American branch of Rough Trade closing its doors the previous year. The album was reissued yet again in October 2007 by Butthole Surfers' own label, Latino Buggerveil, and included the four songs from their 1989 EP Widowermaker as bonus tracks.

Title confusion[edit]

Rough Trade press releases stated that the album was pronounced "pee-owed" (a euphemization of "pissed off") and that it meant "I told you" in the Navajo language. Pinkus stated that this explanation was fabricated by the label unbeknownst to the band, and that the album title was created with the intention of it being unpronounceable.[4]

The album is spelled as "piouhgd" on original Rough Trade releases. On the 1992 Capitol Records reissue, the album title is printed on the spine as "pioughd." However, the original "piouhgd" spelling is still used on the back cover art of the Capitol release. The album has been referred to under both titles, as well as various misspellings.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Revolution Part 1" 2:18
2. "Revolution Part 2" 7:28
3. "Lonesome Bulldog" 4:42
4. "Lonesome Bulldog II" 0:39
5. "The Hurdy Gurdy Man" 3:59
6. "Golden Showers" 3:17
7. "Lonesome Bulldog III" 0:37
8. "Blindman" 3:40
9. "No, I'm Iron Man" 2:25
10. "Something" 2:06
11. "P.S.Y." 12:12
12. "Lonesome Bulldog IV" 0:41

CD bonus track[edit]

  1. "Barking Dogs" – 7:28

2007 CD reissue bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Helicopter" – 6:47
  2. "Bong Song" – 3:40
  3. "The Colored FBI Guy" – 2:46
  4. "Booze, Tobacco, Dope, Pussy, Cars" – 2:19

"The Hurdy Gurdy Man" is a cover of the 1968 Donovan song Hurdy Gurdy Man. "Something" sets the lyrics of the band's early 80's original song of the same name to the music and arrangement of The Jesus and Mary Chain's "Never Understand." "P.S.Y." has lyrics sung on the album version that are hardly ever heard during live performances, making it a more of a jam song.



  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. "allmusic ((( Piouhgd > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved March 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan. "Butthole Surfers". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. November 2004. pg. 123, cited March 17, 2010
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Butthole Surfers". robertchristgau.com, Retrieved on March 17, 2010.
  4. ^ Cohen, Marci, "Butthole Surfers: Rifle Drone," B-Side Magazine Oct/Nov 1991