Drop everything and watch this concert film of the Butthole Surfers in Detroit in 1985, shot at Traxx

by

comment
The Butthole Surfers played two shows at Traxx in Detroit in early March of 1985. Our own Michael Jackman was almost part of the camera crew that shot the event, which was edited together with whimsical snippets of the band being whimsical (mostly all in bed together with Gibby Haynes holding court), and released later in 1985.

The original VHS tape, released as Blind Eye Sees All —which I owned when it was released, as I was a fan and saw them half a dozen times in their mid 1980s heyday— came packaged with a clear vinyl 5" recording of their cover of "American Woman." The hilarious thing was that most turntables would automatically return before playing it, as it was the circumference of a normal record's label. The Buttholes —or Buttonhole Surfers, as their shows were listed in the N.Y. Daily News at the time— were nothing if not always up for a good practical joke.



We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.