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Hairway To Steven

20 July 1999 | Format: MP3

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12:38
30
2
2:36
30
3
4:56
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6:40
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3:45
30
6
3:05
30
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6:07
30
8
1:35
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 30 Nov. 1987
  • Release Date: 20 July 1999
  • Label: Latino Bugger Veil
  • Total Length: 41:22
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B003JXJQMS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,739 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. K. Lane on 2 July 2003
Format: Audio CD
When listening to this CD you don't get a tame introduction at all, in fact quite the opposite, its brilliant yet disturbing. The lyrics on this album make you wonder what is going through the writer's head, he sings about things that have neve been sung before. This album is very diverse and you can really appreciate the guitar and bass. (...). This is one of the gems in my collection, up with the greats like Meat Puppets II, sometimes the guitaring sounds very similar.
The vocals aren't particularly amazing,(...) If you're trying to turn yourself onto different music you never knew was out there, buy this CD, if you don't like it, at least it has a cool cover. The only disapointing thing about the album is the length, sometimes it seems too short. You probably won't like the album straight away, it's one of those cd's where it needs a good few spins to really be appreciated, but it's not a cd you can like, you'll either love it, or hate it.
(...)if you're looking for the next best thing, you don't need to look anymore.
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By Raven maid on 26 May 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
that's another old favourite now on cd. Nothing new, loved it then and nothing has changed except I no longer have a turntable
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. C. Haylett on 20 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
1. Jimi
2. Ricky
3. I Saw an X-Ray of a Girl Passing Gas
4. John E. Smokes
5. Rocky
6. Julio Eglesias
7. Backass
8. Fart Song
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Luv it
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Amazon.com: 25 reviews
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Ten feet tall, with a KNIFE! 11 Jan. 2002
By High Y - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is my favorite Buttholes album by far, and I'll tellsya why. You've got pieces of the sick brilliance of the oldest stuff, mixed in with hella-solid "real songs" like what would take over subsequently... and, of course, none of that electronic Beck-ripoff crap that came way later. Track 1 is great, especially once the pitch-shift sodomy gives way to the heavenly acoustic part with bowling pens and sheep. "X-ray of a Girl Passing Gas" is terrific, and the story of Johnny, the little crippled midget lesbian boy who stood 10 feet tall with a KNIFE, may make you wet your pants. And WHAT was Julio Iglesias doing in outer space? Take the Hairway and find out. It's the deepest Butthole there is.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
An all time great...... 9 July 1999
By "hilzabub" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Having not heard the remaster of Hairway to Steven yet, I can only tell you that in its orignal version on Touch and Go (1988), this was where I felt the Buttholes were most together and its a creative high point of their career. Capturing their full 5 person lineup, this is a tight, demented and rocking album, featuring little of their previous albums sound colleges and more straight up, blistering rock. This album alternates between humorous and terrifying, with terrific lyrics and great interplay between guitar, bass and drums. The packaging was confounding and inspired, from the cover photo of the "band", to the fact that no song titles are listed, just little pictures that represent the songs. I always felt that Janes Addiction's entire sound was stolen from this record, but with out any of the Buttholes demented humor. A classic that you should not be without! Ron Hill
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A Twinkie with a Halo Storm In It 16 May 2000
By Kirk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
An exhilirating, merciless, death defying leap of rock'n'roll derring-do which, for all of the album's shrieks and groans, somehow refines that slab of crude, turgid gold that was Locust Abortion Technician. On Hairway to Steven, the Buttholes have revealed their whole bag of dirty tricks - tortured guitarwork, lyrical acrobatics, psychobilly call-and-response, mangled sound compressors - in all their stupendous glory. This delicious, undigested smorgasboard of musical mayhem features many spooky and majestic bits, but for me the part that puts the spice in the chicken is the gently winding melody of the second half to 'Jimi,' where the dwarves whisper to chanting birds, a cock crows languidly, and bowling pins crash to the meter of a gently ebbing tide. HTS is an album well worth a Cadillac drive through the desert southwest on a bellyful of mescal, volume cranked to the big swirling sky, as you hallucinate ten-foot tall Johnny on the dashboard.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
THEIR 2'ND BEST 16 Jun. 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
their 2'nd best next to locust abortion technician, from the sickening music and artwork, to the members of the band and their freakish onstage antics, they scored pretty good with this, i think. since there are no song titles on the album, i thought i'd put them here and how long they are.

1. jimi (12:48)

2. ricky(2:36)

3. i saw an x-ray of a girl passing gas (4:56)

4. john e. smokes (6:40)

5. rocky (3:45)

6. julio iglesias (3:05)

7. backass (6:07)

8. fast song (1:35)

5 stars+
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Crazy F-ing World! Ha ha HA! 19 Jan. 2005
By Gunther Haagendazs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Hairway to Steven is definitely the surfers' strangest/beautiful/trippy/artistic record out there. Released in their prime with the two drummers and a lot of acid, they managed to create a unusual masterpiece. While it may only contain eight songs, the material here is complex yet simple while at the same time brilliant. Throwing in the gibbytronix (a lot!), acousitic guitar, several sound effects, and no official song titles given (only those from the Double live records), they are only titled with crude yellow drawings. (I read somewhere that it was a tour buddy or groupie who drew them). Paul Leary's guitar work is only topped by his work on Independent Worm Saloon, as it is truly deranged on Jimi while hypnotic on Backass. I will also add the fact that this is also their most perverted record, what with songs like I Saw an X-ray of a Girl passing gas, Julio Iglesias, and the "child" in Jimi yelling "Daddy don't touch me!", and lets not forget the crippled midget lesbian boy who stood ten feet tall with a knife, named John E. Smoke. Anyone who would be offended by those things clearly doesn't need to be reading this (yeah that's right Buzz off!) It's an enjoyable ride is what I can say. This is definitely a record to listen to in the dark as it will freak you out. Here is a breakdown of the Hairway.

1. Jimi 10/10 (12:38)
(pt. 1) a deranged nightmare that sounds like it could belong on Locust Abortion Technician, A creepy dedication to Jimi Hendrix is obvious from the acid guitar work from Paul.
(pt.2) Once the enjoyable Nightmare is over it calms the listener down with the final half bein acoustic, very strange, Gibby is clearly mumbling in the background but its extremely difficult to make out what he's saying, but that doesn't matter because this part really leaves you in a state of mind.

2. Ricky 8/10 (2:36) a very catchy slightly acoustic song, that's much faster and one of the "friendly" tracks here.

3. I Saw an X-ray of a Girl passing Gas 9/10 (4:56) A very funny song that makes absolutely no sense what so ever, I enjoy the drums particularly. Gibby makes connections between random people such as Jesus, Budda, Hitler, and Santa. Pretty funny.

4. John E. Smoke 10/10 (6:40) Don't let the audience fool you, this isn't live, its just for effect, and if the last song didn't prove to you that Gibby is out of his mind, then this certainly well.

5. Rocky 8/20 (3:45) A partial sequel to Ricky (or at least that's how I see it) the Acoustic Guitar returns as well as old friends going insane.

6. Julio Iglesias 7/10 (3:04) A funny song, its not really meant to be taken seriously, what with talking about 69 with the pope.

7. Backass 10/10 (6:07) The guitar sounds like it was drenched in acid and then combined with a Cello. Yeah I know, that doesn't seem to make much sense and that's exactly the point!

8. Fast (AKA Fast Song) (1:35) 9/10 The Hairway starts with the longest song and ends with the shortest, Gibby returns with the Gibbytronix, and its well, FAST! Although it may seem right but amazon.com has misspelled this song as fart song.

One thing that I love about Hairway to Steven is that you can listen to it again and again. It's a very bizarre experience, once the album ends, just press play again. It's weird because for me you just can't do that very easily with their earlier or later records as easily as Hairway can. Only problem is that this record is VERY difficult to find, and outside of the one that ordered from amazon.com, I haven't seen it anyplace else. Go ahead click the buy button, I hoped this helped.
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