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  • Audio CD (August 28, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • ASIN: B00005NHJX
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,510 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Weird Revolution
2. The Shame Of Life
3. Dracula From Houston
4. Venus
5. Shit Like That
6. Mexico
7. Intelligent Guy
8. Get Down
9. Jet Fighter
10. The Last Astronaut
11. Yentel
12. They Came In

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There was a time when the Butthole Surfers had a choice position in underground rock, as they twisted psychedelic noise and punk-metal to the brink of hardcore. Between a moniker that the mainstream media refused to use, excellent if freakish live shows, and song lyrics as confrontational as their name, radical rockers worshiped the Surfers from the mid-'80s to the early '90s. Time seems to have warped the warped act back towards the tepid mainstream, though, as Weird Revolution doesn't live up to its name as much as old fans of the act are going to like. The newest album is heavy on the industrial dance tip, blending power-tool effects with cheesy, washed-out beats. The sound comes off something like Smashmouth and Cake taking lessons from MC 900 Ft. Jesus. Even with all the cutting and pasting of vocals and noise on tracks like "The Last Astronaut," harder industrial songs like "Intelligent Guy" and the humor of songs like "Shit Like That," Weird Revolution is a very flat offering from a band known for spiking out the fringes of rock. --Jennifer Maerz

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This album has great pop songs with fun lyrics.
Nathan Pease
Actually this album is better than many albums by many bands and it is still the Butthole Surfers, so I cannot hate it.
2 cents
This album is a great example of their work and evolution as artists.
Daniel R. Ingwersen

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Chet Fakir on December 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
How could the Butthole Surfers, the greatest post modern punk band in existance not change? Electric Larryland was the tolling funeral bell for the old Butthole Surfers sound. That album was inconsistant and scattershot, the Surfers obviously didn't know where to go. "Should we write songs with the old punk rock esthetic in mind, should we do pop music, WHAT!?!?" After all, how many ironic gross out guerilla punk songs with distorted gibbytron vocals can you do? How many times can you redo Psychic Powerless... or Locust Abortion Technician? At the time of Electric Larryland the Buttholes sounded bored with their old sound and clueless as to what direction they should take. And who wouldn't be? They'd taken their sound as far as they could and were obviously losing interest. So they took some time off, recorded an unreleased album, got kicked off their label and went back in the studio to record this, one of their most oddly accessible and forward looking albums in a decade. This is a Butthole surfers album to be sure, there's that Gibby sensibility to the oddball lyrics, there's still that Paul Leary guitar. But the music is not punk rock or rock anymore, rather the Buttholes are making semi-accesible electronic pop all the while subverting it to their own ends. The music is an ironic look at modern rock, contemporary conventions and a good humored swipe at electronica. Check out the ridiculous lyrics and twilight zone guitar on Intelligent Guy and tell me these guys want to be taken as "serious" pop musicians a la Britney Spears. Or on Get Down: "I mean get down get down get down get down, yee haw!" These guys are masters of the humorous and ironic piss-take. The idea of a band with the name of Butthole Surfers "selling out" is in itself ironic isn't it?Read more ›
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By B. Reese on August 30, 2001
Format: Audio CD
In my mind there will always be at least two incarnations of the Butthole Surfers. The first is the twisted, drug-soaked noise rock of their earlier works, where Gibby's electronically altered voice was complemented by the frenetic guitar work of Paul Leary, joining together in a cacophony guaranteed to make even the most grounded curl up in the corner in a fetal position. This is the Butthole Surfers from the days of Rembrandt Pussyhorse, Psychic Powerless ... Another Man's Sac, or better yet, Locust Abortion Technician.

Then there's the newer Butthole Surfers, with Gibby rapping his now understandable lyrics over a highly electronic background, followed by a little guitar weirdness from Paul and a catchy chorus. This is the Butthole Surfers of Independent Worm Saloon, Electric Larryland, and, somewhat regrettably, Weird Revolution.

There's nothing innately wrong with the music on this new album. It's alternately catchy, fun, and humorous. However, it's lacking the very quality touted in the title--weirdness. At times it's easy to forget you're listening to those acid sweating guys from Texas whose live shows were as violently scary as they were fun to watch. Some songs on this CD could easily be confused with other alterna-rockers like (sorry Gibby) the Bloodhound Gang, who specialize in frat-boy rap-rock and, while clever, don't necessarily break any new ground.

If you've never listened to the Butthole Surfers and enjoy what passes as "alternative" music these days, you'll enjoy this album. It's got just enough edge to annoy your parents, enough rock to distinguish it from N'Sync, and enough electronics to make it danceable.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ClownSon on September 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Compared to other old-school BHS albums, I'd have to agree with the other reviews- that Weird Revolution is nowhere near as weird as Rembrandt Pussyhorse, or even Hairway to Steven. However, compared to the current grotesque crop of clone-heavy 98N'StreetBackSyncBoysOnTheBlock/BrittneyAguilera/etcAdInfinitum bubblepop that gets overplayed on every major US radio station, these guys are still the acknowledged masters of weird. Yes, they've traded in their hard grunginess for a little more techno polish- a trend that arguably started somewhere around Pioughd. However, they don't seem to have lost weirdness as much as gained technical sophistication. The main reason I'm writing this review is in response to that Bloodhound Gang comment. That was the cruelest cut of all, and for the record, the Bloodhound Gang wishes that they had as much creativity and style as Gibby & Co. I've been a Surfers fan for many many years- I even still have my original Cream Corn on vinyl! (Yes, kids- VINYL!)- and I was not disappointed by this album. Like any/every band, they have evolved throughout their long career- every album has been slightly more polished and produced than the last, and this latest is no exception.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Spokey Dokey on August 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
YES, it's true that the Butthole Surfers never really took themselves seriously -- so why do people find it so hard to believe that they didn't take "Weird Revolution" seriously either?

The same goof-ball lyrics are still in place,just with a different sound to back them up. Honestly, I think the BH Surfers wear their techno/dance suit very well, especially considering that this album was released at the height of some of the worst pop music ever created (do I need to give names?). The BH Surfers keep it "weird", and try to break some new ground to boot...and it's really quite refreshing, especially when considering that some of the newest rock acts out there don't have this much originality by a long shot. So what are people complaining about?

If you like the BH Surfers, and you don't mind some electronic music, then by all means give this disc a shot. Don't expect the world of it, especially when compared to other Butthole Surfers releases, and then you'll certainly find yourself to be quite content with the outcome.

By the way,the major musical highlight on this album for me definitely has to be "The Shame of Life", a cool little ditty with some heavy guitars.
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