#180 ‘Pepper’ by Butthole Surfers (13 Dec)

Album: Electric Larryland, 1996

Justification: For a long time the Butthole Surfers were nothing more to me than a band that really knew how to name an album – I always thought Hairway to Steven was one hell of an album title – but then heard this single in 1996 when Triple J were thrashing it and went “oh, they’re one of those ironic white-boy hip-hop things like Beck” and promptly ignored them (and Beck) for another couple of years for some idiotic reason. I think it was that this has a similar drum pattern to ‘Loser’, and that both were getting played far, far too much at the time. And, also, because I was kind of an idiot.

The reason this came back into my head is because I saw Blue Mountain kids Cloud Control play at Meredith on the weekend and they dropped a ‘Pepper’ verse and chorus into their song ‘Gold Canary’. Which was awesome.

This was the Surfers’ one and only stab at mainstream acceptance, so much so that – according to the good people at Wikipedia – it even got a cover by a Christian parody band (yes, such things apparently exist) who, presumably, wouldn’t have been big fans of the band beforehand. The parody was called ‘People’, was about Christ’s disciples and was parenthetically credited as being a parody of “the Buttonhole Surfers” because God gets angry when you mention bits of the body for which he was presumably responsible. And also, I seem to remember the original song being a metaphor for the spread of HIV. Oh, Christian humourists ApologetiX, you’re so going to hell.

One hell of a video too. Gibby Hayes, you look far more convincing as white trash being questioned by police than a shiny variety show performer.

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