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Locust Abortion Technician

20 July 1999 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 30 Nov. 1986
  • Label: Latino Bugger Veil
  • Total Length: 32:35
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  • ASIN: B003JXLDCE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,993 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 15 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
People have this strange ideas regarding the 80s, that it was all Duran on a yacht and synthesisers at dawn & somehow invalid compared to the 'reality' of trad-retro like Oasis. But the 1980s had been a fertile period in underground music- it was a decade when the indie-ethic ruled on both sides of the Atlantic & Butthole Surfers were part of that. They made perfect sense in a world that had time for Big Black, Sonic Youth, Scratch Acid, Pussy Galore, Ministry, Beat Happening, The Wipers & Teenage Jesus & the Jerks. Locust Abortion Technician remains their best album, though Hairway to Steven and Rembrandt Pussyhorse ought to be considered almost as great. It's a demented album of soundscapes and derangement, making perfect sense when listened to alongside records like Stinkfist (Lydia Lunch/Clint Ruin), Thaw (Foetus Interruptus), Body to Body Job to Job (Swans), Two Nuns and a Pack Mule (Rapeman) & The Whitey Album (Ciccone Youth). Of course there's nothing that sounds quite like it- imagine Roky Erikson set loose on samplers and various other sound effects with a loveably deranged sense of humour...
The opening track, Sweat Loaf, is almost famous- the introduction having been sampled for Orbital's single Satan- a child talks to his father who responds "If you see your mother next week, be sure to tell her SATAN SATAN SATAN SATAN!!!"- and in pulses a grinding take on Black Sabbath's Sweet Leef riff with Gibby hollering about desire and demented voices all over the shop. Then it gets quiet again- predicting something like Like Herod by Mogwai- & we're into the sonic brine again. Has to be one of the greatest opening tracks to an album ever?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Mar. 2006
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Rock critic David Stubbs once called the Butthole Surfers “One part giant surge of flesh, one part holy revelation”. For a definitive statement encapsulating the Buttholes oeuvre it hit’s the rotting nail on the head. No band before, or since, as far as I’m aware has balanced the pristine and profane so well. They take their (un) healthy obsession with perversion and physical and psychological filth and transmute it into something that can sound sacred, deferential and quite often moving.
“Locust Abortion Technician “is where the bands oxymoronic approximation really burst forth. Their previous fixation with punk’s anger, disgust and energy still existed but their sound had warped and expanded, taking on all manner of stylistic flourishes. So they used slowed down tapes, treated sound effects, echo, fuzz box, distended wah wah to create an orgiastic feast of noise/melody. While doing so their musical influenced inadvertently expanded to take in prog rock, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd and Hawkwind.
Hence a song that nods to Sabbath like “Sweat loaf” who’s opening “Satan Satan Satan” gives way to colossal walls of distorted guitar and Gibby, s berserk wailing before pastoral interludes creep surreally in ….then it all kicks off again. There are numerous mainly instrumental interludes , and when I say instrumental I mean instrumental in the loosest most rancid , incongruous way before an actual song proper blasts it’s way in. “Human Cannonball” is a fantastic precursor for their next album “Hairway To Steven” , with a jet propelled gurgling bass line and Gibby Haynes , singing or near as dammitt ,about being “Cut to the bone” . “U.S.S.A.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By david.bennison@artesiaservices.be on 30 Oct. 2000
Format: Audio CD
For perhaps 2 or 3 years I was utterly immersed in this album, the Buttholes and their live tours - it was a great great time! Listen to this LP and realise how weak the scene has become in comparision. Live they were an evil Mothership Connection nightmare - 'Pittsburg To Lebanon' must be the most swamped-up take on delta blues ever recorded while 'Sweat Loaf' is the Butthole Surfers at their most heavy and is one of the closest representations of their live experience at the time. The other tracks are equally chilling (22 Going On 23, Graveyard with it's sublime Paul Leary spazz guitar) but I wouldn't single any out as this LP truely belongs in the seminal section of anyones collection. Along with Scratch Acid and Daniel Johnston - Austin Texas was the centre of my world for a while!
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By A Customer on 4 Mar. 2005
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I recently bought a copy of this album on CD after not hearing it for around 15 years. It's awesome. At their peak The Butthole Surfers were one of the most inventive alternative rocks bands of the 80s, this album takes on everything from Thai folk music to death metal and everything in between. Much use is made of samples, cut up tape loops, and very strange vocal fx. Some people criticise it for being short but I would disagree, it's an intense half hour packed full of ideas and musical invention, and you know what they say - 'always leave 'em wanting more...' Also check out 'Rembrandt Pussy Horse', avoid 'Electriclarryland' and the later stuff. 'Psycic, Powerless' is also v. good.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. RJ Graham on 19 Nov. 2013
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I can't understand the highs and lows in the quality of their music. Still nowhere near as good as Electriclarryland.
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