Psychic... Powerless... Another Man's Sac


Psychic... Powerless... Another Man's Sac

Infobox Album
Name = Psychic... Powerless... Another Man's Sac
Type = Album
Artist = Butthole Surfers


Released = December 1984 (US)
July 1985 (UK)
Recorded = 1984
Genre = Punk
Length = 35:04
Label = Touch and Go (US)
Fundamental (UK)
Producer = Butthole Surfers
Reviews =
* Allmusic Rating|4|5 [http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:xf2vad8kv8w3 link]
* Robert Christgau (B+) [http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?name=butthole+surfers link]
Last album = "Live PCPPEP"
(1984)
This album = "Psychic... Powerless... Another Man's Sac"
(1984)
Next album = "Cream Corn from the Socket of Davis"
(1985)
Misc = Extra album cover 2
Upper caption = Back cover
Type = Studio album

Extra album cover 2
Upper caption = Alternate cover
Type = Studio album


Lower caption = UK cover

"Psychic... Powerless... Another Man's Sac" is the first full-length studio album by American punk band Butthole Surfers, released in December 1984. All songs were written and produced by the Butthole Surfers.

This was the Surfers' first album on Touch and Go, and was originally released on clear vinyl. It was reissued on Latino Buggerveil in 1999.

The album's back cover and label photos were produced by artist Michael Macioce. [Michael Azerrad, "" (New York, Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 2001) 306.]

Music

The band embarked on a decidedly more psychedelic direction with their first LP. However, while the album's first half, and in particular "Cherub," have definite psychedelic qualities, elements of traditional punk ("Butthole Surfer"), blues ("Lady Sniff"), surf rock ("Mexican Caravan"), and country rock ("Gary Floyd") are also on display.

"Dum Dum" is also notable for being another song in the Butthole Surfers' catalogue to be based around parts of a Black Sabbath song whilst the lyrics revolve around an entirely different concept from the original. The drums are lifted in this instance, from "Children Of The Grave", from the "Master Of Reality" album.

Many of "Psychic..."'s tracks were enhanced with extensive tape editing and, in some cases, the addition of non-traditional instrumentation, including the barrage of bizarre sounds (spitting, vomiting, Spanish radio station, etc.) heard in "Lady Sniff." Lead vocalist Gibby Haynes debuted a new vocal technique by singing through a bullhorn for some songs, and played saxophone on "Negro Observer" and "Cowboy Bob." This was the first Surfers studio album to feature double drummers King Coffey and Teresa Nervosa, and the last with bass player Bill Jolly, who had also performed on the band's first two releases.

Approximately half the songs on this album, including "Negro Observer," "Lady Sniff," "Cherub," "Mexican Caravan," "Cowboy Bob," and "Gary Floyd," are staples of the Surfers' live shows.

Background

According to guitarist Paul Leary, "Psychic..." was recorded in a very substandard studio. Leary also claims he and Haynes were living in a tool shed at the time of the sessions. [ [http://www.austinchronicle.com/issues/vol18/issue52/music.buttholes.html Ken Lieck, "Reissuing the Butthole Surfers," "The Austin Chronicle" Newspaper Vol. 18 Issue 52] ]

The Surfers weren't under contract to any record label when they recorded this album. Upon its completion they offered it to Alternative Tentacles, who had released the band's first two EPs but could not afford to distribute the new project. [Michael Azerrad, "" (New York, Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 2001) 281.] This, combined with questions the group had regarding Alternative Tentacles' handling of royalties from "Butthole Surfers" and "Live PCPPEP", resulted in the album ultimately being released on Touch and Go. [ [http://ngro_obsrvr.tripod.com/articles/recordcollector.html Mark Paytress, “The Butthole Surfers: Mark Paytress Unravels the Career of the Cult American Band,” "Record Collector" No. 114, February 1989] , archived at Butthole Surfers fan website, [http://ngro_obsrvr.tripod.com/ Negro Observer] ]

Track listing

All songs written and produced by the Butthole Surfers.

ide 1

# "Concubine" – 2:27
# "Eye of the Chicken" – 1:36
# "Dum Dum" – 3:47
# "Woly Boly" – 2:45
# "Negro Observer" – 3:39
# "Butthole Surfer" – 3:02

ide 2

# "Lady Sniff" – 3:45
# "Cherub" – 6:22
# "Mexican Caravan" – 2:46
# "Cowboy Bob" – 2:55
# "Gary Floyd" – 1:56

UK CD bonus tracks

#

  • "Moving to Florida" – 4:32
    # "Lou Reed" – 4:57
    # "Two Part" – 4:20
    # "Tornadoes" – 2:36

    Personnel

    * Gibby Haynes - lead vocals, saxophone
    * Paul Leary - guitar, vocals on "Mexican Caravan" and "Gary Floyd"
    * Bill Jolly - bass
    * King Coffey - drums
    * Teresa Nervosa - drums

    References


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