- Teresa Taylor
Teresa Taylor (born
1962), [ [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102943/fullcredits Teresa Taylor's page] at [http://www.imdb.com/ IMdB.com] ] also known as Teresa Nervosa, is an American musicianand actor. She is best known as being a drummer for the American punk band Butthole Surfers.
Taylor was born in Arlington,
Texas. [ [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102943/fullcredits Teresa Taylor's page] at [http://www.imdb.com/ IMdB.com] ] She began drumming by playing for various high school marching bands in Texas' Fort Worthand Austin areas. King Coffey, another Surfers drummer who remains with the group to this day, was one of her fellow performers in high school. [ [http://ngro_obsrvr.tripod.com/articles/flipside.html Interview, "Flipside" #46, conducted September 22, 1984] , archived at Butthole Surfers fan website, [http://ngro_obsrvr.tripod.com/ Negro Observer] ]
Taylor was one of two Surfers drummers from 1983 through 1989 (the other being Coffey), with the exception of a brief leave of absence from late 1985-1986. In that band, she and Coffey would drum in unison on separate, stand-up drum kits. Her drumming can be heard on a number of key Surfers albums, including "
Psychic... Powerless... Another Man's Sac", " Rembrandt Pussyhorse", " Locust Abortion Technician", and many others (see "Discography" section).
Shortly after leaving the band for good in 1989, Taylor was diagnosed with an
aneurysmand subsequently underwent brain surgery. She also started to suffer from strobe light-induced seizures. [ [http://ngro_obsrvr.tripod.com/articles/feedfish.html Joe Nick Patoski and John Morthland, "Feeding the Fish: An Oral History of the Butthole Surfers," "Spin Magazine", 1996] , archived at Butthole Surfers fan website, [http://ngro_obsrvr.tripod.com/ Negro Observer] ]
Additionally, Taylor had a small role in director
Richard Linklater's 1991 film, "Slacker". She played a woman who was trying to sell a pap smearfrom Madonna. [ [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102943/fullcredits "Slacker" page] at [http://www.imdb.com/ IMdB.com] ] Taylor's character, listed as "Papsmear Pusher" (sic), also appeared on the movie's poster (see image).
In 1995, Coffey indicated that Taylor was employed at the
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and was working on a book about her experiences touring with the Butthole Surfers. [ [http://ngro_obsrvr.tripod.com/articles/kingchat.html King Coffey interview, SonicNet.com, conducted February 22, 1995] , archived at Butthole Surfers fan website, [http://ngro_obsrvr.tripod.com/ Negro Observer] ]
During her time with the Butthole Surfers, Taylor and Coffey repeatedly referred to themselves, and were referred to, as siblings. [ [http://ngro_obsrvr.tripod.com/articles/flipside.html Interview, "Flipside" #46, conducted September 22, 1984] , archived at Butthole Surfers fan website, [http://ngro_obsrvr.tripod.com/ Negro Observer] ] [ [http://www.trouserpress.com/entry.php?a=butthole_surfers Butthole Surfers article] at [http://www.trouserpress.com Trouser Press] ] [ [http://ngro_obsrvr.tripod.com/articles/kingchat.html King Coffey interview, SonicNet.com, conducted February 22, 1995] , archived at Butthole Surfers fan website, [http://ngro_obsrvr.tripod.com/ Negro Observer] ] However, in his
2001book on the American punk movement, " Our Band Could Be Your Life", author Michael Azerradasserts that the two only presented themselves as brother/sister due to their similar appearances, and were not actually related. [Michael Azerrad; "Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991"; Little, Brown; 2001]
The fact that Taylor and Coffey have different surnames (Coffey's birth name is Jeffrey Coffey) adds further doubt to their claim, but does not necessarily preclude them from being related. Regardless, based on their reports of shared high school band experiences, it is certain that they at least knew each other since late adolescence, if not earlier.
All albums released by the
Psychic... Powerless... Another Man's Sac"
Cream Corn from the Socket of Davis"
Locust Abortion Technician"
Hairway to Steven"
Double Live (Butthole Surfers album)"
The Hole Truth... and Nothing Butt"
Humpty Dumpty LSD"
Butthole Surfers/Live PCPPEP"
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