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Feeding the Fish: An Oral History of the Butthole Surfers

John Morthland, Joe Nick Patoski, Spin, November 1996

CAST OF CHARACTERS Jim Berry Road sound engineer for the Butthole Surfers, 1985-92. Jello Biafra Lead singer of the Dead Kennedys and self-described "absentee thoughtlord" of Alternative Tentacles, which issued the first two Bullhole Surfers records. King Coffey Drummer for the Butthole Surfers, 1983-present; head of Trance Syndicate, which has released albums by Bedhead. Crust, and his own Drain, among others. Phil Costolfo Senior vice president of promotions, Capitol, which released the Electriclarryland and P albums. Tim Devlne Former vice president. Capitol. Brent Grulko Austin, Texas, scenemaker. Gibby Haynes Butthole Surfers lead singer. Jerry Haynes "Mr. Peppermint," the dean of Texas kiddie-television hosts; father of Gibby Haynes. Robbie Jacks Austin actor, musician, artist, and bon vivant. Jerry LaTouf General manager, Texas Sky Festival park, Corpus Christi, Texas. Paul Leary Butthole Surfers guitarist. Qulnn Mathews Butthole Surfers bassist, 1981-82. Flynn Mauthe Opened for Butthole Surfers in early '80s as a member of the San Antonio band Marching Plague. Hale Milgrim Former president and CEO of Capitol. Margaret Moser Austin Chronicle writer. Jeff Pinkus Butthole Surfers bassist, 1985-95, now of Daddy Longhead. Joe Pugliese San Antonio music promoter. Scott Stevens Butthole Surfers bassist, 1981. Stuart Sullivan Recording engineer at Arlyn Studios in Austin. Roland Swenson Director of the South by Southwest Music and Media Conference. Mike Taylor Studio engineer at Bob O'Neil Sound Studios in San Antonio. Teresa Taylor Drummer for the Butthole Surfers, 1983-89. Don Walser 61-year-old yodeler and country-music singer.

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