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Butthole Surfers: Locust Abortion Technician (Touch and Go)

Chuck Eddy, Spin, July 1987

THE ONLY WAY to analyze a Butthole Surfers record is to separate the good (hard, funny) bullshit from the bad (soft, tedious) bullshit, which ain't always easy, 'cause bullshit's bullshit, after all. And at individual song level, at least, these Lone Star stoners are capable of hard tedious bullshit ('Moving To Florida') and soft funny bullshit ('Hey'), too. But albumwide, the bullshit standard is generally effective, and the Buttholes' new Locust Abortion Technician is harder and funnier than their worst record (1986's Rembrandt Pussyhorse), but softer and more tedious than their best record (1985's Psychic... Powerless... Another Man's Sac). Which is to say, it's pretty good.

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