Teresa Taylor

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Teresa Taylor
Also known as Teresa Nervosa
Born Arlington, Texas
Genres Punk
Occupation(s) Drummer
Associated acts Butthole Surfers

Teresa Taylor (born 1962),[1] also known as Teresa Nervosa, is an American musician and actress. She is best known as being a drummer for the American punk band Butthole Surfers.


Taylor was born in Arlington, Texas.[1] She began drumming by playing for various high school marching bands in Texas' Fort Worth and Austin areas. King Coffey, another Surfers drummer who remains with the group to this day, was one of her fellow performers in high school.[2]

Taylor was one of two Surfers drummers from 1983 through 1989 (the other being Coffey), with the exception of a brief leave of absence from late 1985-1986. In that band, she and Coffey would drum in unison on separate, stand-up drum kits. Her drumming can be heard on a number of key Surfers albums, including Psychic... Powerless... Another Man's Sac, Rembrandt Pussyhorse, Locust Abortion Technician, and many others (see "Discography" section).

Shortly after leaving the band in 1989, Taylor was diagnosed with an aneurysm and subsequently underwent brain surgery. She also started to suffer from strobe light-induced seizures.[3]

Additionally, Taylor had a small role in director Richard Linklater's 1991 film, Slacker. She played a woman who was trying to sell a pap smear from Madonna.[4] Taylor's character, listed as "Pap smear Pusher," also appeared on the movie's poster and subsequent home video media covers.

In 1995, Coffey indicated that Taylor was employed at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and was working on a book about her experiences touring with the Butthole Surfers.[5]

In 2008, she returned to the Butthole Surfers—the band's website announced 2009 tour dates including "Teresa Taylor".[6]

Family confusion[edit]

During her time with the Butthole Surfers, Taylor and Coffey repeatedly referred to themselves, and were referred to, as siblings.[2][5][7] However, in his 2001 book on the American punk movement, Our Band Could Be Your Life, author Michael Azerrad asserts that the two only presented themselves as brother/sister due to their similar appearances, and were not actually related.[8]


All albums released by the Butthole Surfers.



  1. ^ a b Teresa Taylor's page at IMdB.com
  2. ^ a b Interview, Flipside #46, conducted September 22, 1984, archived at Butthole Surfers fan website, Negro Observer
  3. ^ Joe Nick Patoski and John Morthland, "Feeding the Fish: An Oral History of the Butthole Surfers," Spin Magazine, 1996, archived at Butthole Surfers fan website, Negro Observer
  4. ^ Slacker page at IMdB.com
  5. ^ a b King Coffey interview, SonicNet.com, conducted February 22, 1995, archived at Butthole Surfers fan website, Negro Observer
  6. ^ www.buttholesurfers.com
  7. ^ Butthole Surfers article at Trouser Press
  8. ^ Michael Azerrad; Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991; Little, Brown; 2001