Brown Reason To Live
Red Vinyl LP - $10.00
You may have seen them on 'MTV' in the 1990s & 2000s, but this is where it all began for these acid casualty reality trippers. Brown Reason To Live is their very first release; it came out in 1983. Here it is on vintage thick wax. 12" vinyl, 7-song ep- their first classic slab o' wax, and still as crazed and lysergic as ever! This pressing is just in time for its 30th Anniversary!
The band later compiled this and the other AT 12" Live PCPPEP on CD, also available through Alternative Tentacles.
Recent pressing history:
Brown vinyl, 332 pressed, 2009
Gold vinyl, 500 pressed, 2011
Blue vinyl, 500 pressed, 2011
White vinyl, 500 pressed, 2013
Red vinyl, 500 pressed, 2013
P.S.- And the answer to the timeless question, "what speed is this meant to be played on?" It's meant to be played at 69 rpm, of course! (But if your turntable doesn't have a "69" setting, try it on 45 instead.)
"'I am the ultimate god!' followed by the sounds of a man nearly breaking down in tears- it's one of the most emotional and honest moments in rock history. Oddly enough it's at the end of a song called 'The Shah Sleeps in Lee Harvey's Grave' off of the superb Butthole Surfers debut EP 'Brown Reason To Live.' It's that accidental shift from extreme bravado to mournful regret that most bands only dream of pulling off, and it's all courtesy of some of America's most drug-addled pranksters. The following 6 tracks put experimental punk on the map. No one was quite sure what to make of it. Was it psychedelia, was it punk rock, or was it just crap? But everyone was certain that it was nothing like anything else. Insane, but not cheesy, lyrics that sounded passionate while the music sometimes grooved, rocked, irritated, or just became noise... this sounds brilliant. Drums that pound and words have the clarity required to catch such oddball lines as 'I got a stiff upper lip because I'm half dead' and 'they shot the pope's ass... and I feel good!" Kids, everyone, this is required listening. This is their peak..."
- Punk Planet
"Gibby Haines' [sic] insane crew started life on AT with this appropriately scatologically-themed mini-album ["Brown Reason To Live"]. Song titles include "The Revenge of Anus Presley"- enough said."- Rock-A-Rolla