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Butthole Surfers - The Hurdy Gurdy Man (Best Audio Quality)

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I'm not one for covers...but leave it to the Surfers to put together an amazing rendition of Donovan's classic - "The Hurdy Gurdy Man." Enjoy!
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abel sanchez (4 days ago)
back in the day I didn't know this was a cover and it took me many years to realize he was actually singing words and not a bunch of gibberish.
The guitar solo sounds like some sort of snake twisting and turning through my eyes, mouth and ears singing here comes the hurdy gurdy man. The crying of humanity. Words that are relevant more so today.
Xardox17 (7 days ago)
The last time I took LSD (many, many years ago) I was listening to this song. While I did not particularly like acid, the circumstances sure are great memories. It was a very different time.
Mark Placker (15 days ago)
A parody cover. Amazed they had potential to make a hit of this again yet instead did this lol
Gabe G (24 days ago)
No one can make better music of the Hurdy Gurdy man than the original singer Donovan
Gabe G (24 days ago)
Awful music you can't even hear what their saying
sailboat explosion (1 month ago)
Wasn't this whole album meant to piss off the record label??
sailboat explosion (1 month ago)
piouhgd
Peter Wesley Bastone (1 month ago)
Remake/Remodel...shared to the Netshows Radio "Program 131" Playlist on youtube
Russell Crawford (2 months ago)
Gabby Hayes loves large intestine
Aaron Martinez (2 months ago)
Anybody wanna fuck
Donovan Scott (3 months ago)
I wrote this in a field full of psilocybin mushrooms .
1991 drinking down I-95 heading home from NYC after GG ALLIN cancelled The Bank show,my gf at the time only had a CD player in her 87 Nissan Pulsar,listed to this on repeat for miles and miles,not a care in the world... never knew that I'd be listening to this 30 years later
Endang Nuryaman (4 months ago)
from 1994 and now feb 2019, and i still hear this weird great cover
james teeter (4 months ago)
The 90s brought me here
Oldskoolrailroad (5 months ago)
I heard this song first on the Abandoned series (New Orleans Diyit) from VICE. Epic track !
Spoopy Sauce (5 months ago)
This song is an acid trip.
Turkey Wildman (5 months ago)
1. Press Play on this song 2. Salvia 3. Enjoy the next 4 minutes
Dudley Middleton (5 months ago)
This delivers what the world needs - REAL music!
Filippo Boatti (6 months ago)
A great rendition challenging with the original, without being too respectful.
Raul Duke (7 months ago)
*sustained, uncontrollable, psychotic laughter*
The Great Hawk (7 months ago)
Holy shit!
Sr Alguém (8 months ago)
HERMES E RENATO
TransmetSpider (10 months ago)
“Anyone who can’t understand the lyrics is a fuckin’ scrub!” -Transmetspider, fuckin scrub
Dan Scibek (10 months ago)
LMFAO
The Real DJ Wheels (1 year ago)
LUV IT! GR8 VERSION!
Ron Carter (1 year ago)
This is what everything sounded like the first time I took in a big shot off a tank of Freon in 1993, wow wow wow wow wow.
Masashi Tashiro (1 year ago)
Abandoned brought me here
MrsDeeMic (1 year ago)
this sucks!! Hahaha
Austin Little (1 year ago)
Ya know, I think they could've actually done a good job covering this song if they'd taken it seriously. I got excited when I saw the video.
Matt Smith (1 year ago)
Serving instructions for listening to the Butthole Surfers: 1) Acquire some LSD 2) Or mushrooms, they'll do 3) Take your drugs 4) Listen
Donovan Scott (2 months ago)
Buy your drugs never take them.
It's My Day Off (3 months ago)
this is three steps dumbass, one and two should be in the same step
Rkk O'Tilley (1 year ago)
methinx they do this song better than donavan...uh huh yup I do....I like it a lot
David Cooley (1 year ago)
And the video is something else
David Cooley (1 year ago)
Requiem 900. I can't stand covers either but the boys really hit this one out of the park . even more psychedelic than the sixties
Jim Halpert (1 year ago)
Both versions are fucking great. Enough said.
Donovan Scott (2 months ago)
The Frilly boys did a great cover but was only available as a bootleg tape.
Dom Cruz (1 year ago)
agreed.
rafanellys (1 year ago)
After all this time, I still can't listen to the first 20 or 30 seconds of this cover without almost soiling myself laughing. In fact, I think I actually did pee in my pants a little bit when I first heard it!!! teehee :D
rafanellys (1 year ago)
This is so much fun, I couldn't stop laughing when I first heard this, an awesome piss-take, sheer brilliance , a fantastic cover and far better than the original!!!
Analogmp3 (1 year ago)
If only the vocals weren't shit. It would be a great cover.
Dom Cruz (1 year ago)
Right? Too shivering and robotic for me, but all the rest of this song, is fucking great man. Donovan's version beats it though.
Paul Brown (1 year ago)
pure shit
Kostas Mantzouranis (1 year ago)
genious
Juan Jacobo Guzman (1 year ago)
This cover is just too insane, you don't need to be stoned to enjoy it, it has the joint or LSD included, and I love it.
Paul Canis (1 year ago)
This not a parody. It is a cover. What is wrong with you people? It's like you never been to Austin or something,
Donovan Scott (1 month ago)
I went something once.,was shit.
Micah Motumz (1 month ago)
@Rainer Korn Sucks to suck!
Rainer Korn (6 months ago)
Yeah,i never been
Andrew Coates (1 year ago)
Damn... I like this band and I love the original version of this song but this is terrible LOL.
CelestialWoodway (1 year ago)
Shitty taste. Fuck off.
Brittannia Moon (1 year ago)
major douche-fest........this really sucks
ron krill (1 year ago)
love the electric guitar
Don Perry (2 years ago)
Aloha, anyone aware of the rumor that Jimmy Page and John Bonham may have been session musicians on this track? I've not seen them given credits for their work except on a NoiseCrumbs July 10, '16 blog titled, "Some stuff you may not know about the Butthole surfers". The only thing I knew was that drummer "Teresa Nervosa appeared in the 1991 Richard Linklater film, 'Slacker'. She’s the character on the street trying to sell Madonna’s pap smear." Parts of this blog were repeated on an April 6, '17 blog, "A quick (unfunny) Devo joke"...anyone? Mahalo, Aloha
slimturnpike (1 year ago)
It's a myth. Alan Parker played guitar. John Paul Jones played bass and produced the session. Clem Cattini played drums. JPJ has confirmed it in interviews.
Vin S (1 year ago)
Gibby was in a Johnny Depp western in a cameo. he was getting head on a porch / alley way
Morag MacGregor (1 year ago)
Don Perry ~ Update! John Paul Jones produced the band's 1993 album Independent Worm Saloon. Maybe he heard the rumor.
Morag MacGregor (1 year ago)
Don Perry ~ the Wiki says they played behind Donovan's original so that's probably how the rumors started. But this EP was released in 1990 and sadly, Bonham was 10 years dead by then.
Xenium Xneum (2 years ago)
don't want to stick my head above the wall but you know this is pre parody. chuck some lysergic in ya x
Kym Eternus (2 years ago)
I love this song it fucking rocks
Metrolynn (2 years ago)
Not really a fan of butthole surfers but this cover is much better than Donovan's version imo
NebulousBlue (1 year ago)
Fancy Seeing You Here Poop!!!!
rodney (2 years ago)
vicelands abandoned brought me here...
soaringvulture (2 years ago)
Is that vocal just massively flanged or did they something else to it? It's got the psychedelic sound for sure.
Vin S (1 year ago)
tremolo. They took the origonal lightly effected version and just cranked it to How Soon is Now? levels :)
LeatherCladVegan (1 year ago)
Boogs, that's no Leslie bro ;)
"Leslie Spinning Speaker" effect- or possibly a real Leslie system but they are exceedingly rare now. Some studios have one around.
lucifersam99 (2 years ago)
there's a really intense tremolo on it for almost the entirety of the song. also sounds like they did a bit of editing to make Gibby's voice sound a little more disjointed at points. either way, I really dig this. it's a good modernization of a classic.
jrod_421 (2 years ago)
Thank you 'Abandoned' for bringing me here.
BrkTnl (2 years ago)
This is the very best one lol song I've ever seen. Can't stop laughing all along the song.
HugoStiglitz1000 (2 years ago)
fuck you youtube
ElToritoFilms (2 years ago)
It sounds like a fly is singing this song.
Rainer Korn (6 months ago)
Hope you have any Fly ears to hear it
CanadaMotorSports (8 months ago)
I couldn't resist.... just couldn't
CanadaMotorSports (8 months ago)
You're* ;-)
nominal name (9 months ago)
"Your welcome". --the Butthole Surfers
Jinky McFuckits (2 years ago)
yup
Raven Meadows (2 years ago)
I did not expect to like this!,,,,,,,,,,,,, I was wrong!
Jono Edwards (2 years ago)
009meiuqer, ytuaeb, tsop taerG
MrLee2e (2 years ago)
anyone remember the surfers when they were on the larry sanders show , classic
RAMMSTONE (2 years ago)
Sheets of blotting paper soaked in LSD. The tickets you have before Minstry. Shit I fried my brain at these gigs.
Manuel Bucci Riedel (8 months ago)
so did i.jesus built my hotrod.gibby is karma cameleon,never heard vokals like this.how did he made that.
Jinky McFuckits (2 years ago)
yes sir... agreed.
Louise ed (2 years ago)
fart!
cruizahkimo2 (3 years ago)
I first listened to Donovan around 23 years ago.. Honestly thought this was mocking the song at the intro but then later I realized this is actually a pretty sick song! Good cover. They're equally great in my opinion because this one rock's more.. Mahalo for posting. aloha
Cora Visser (3 years ago)
wauw this is real amazing fantastic.
STRATCAT101 (3 years ago)
steve hillage does an amazing version of this song check it out on you tube its excellent.
slimturnpike (1 year ago)
Indeed he does.
DuncanM (3 years ago)
LOU REED
Donovan Scott (1 month ago)
DuncanM pee’d
toddsk1961 (3 years ago)
excellent? yes. better than Donovan? naaah
CelestialWoodway (7 months ago)
I like this much better.
WildFungus (2 years ago)
its surprisingly similar. its funny how the buttholes dont really fuck with genius much. compare it to say their cover of American Woman. which is not genius at all. but their cover is.
toddsk1961 (2 years ago)
+Andre Chandler it on here man...type in Donovan, it'll pop up
Andre Chandler (2 years ago)
Yes, exactly right. I'm here because I can't find the Donovan studio version on YT
Trent Buckingham (3 years ago)
donovan wouldnt be mad at this
Anne Wistaff (3 years ago)
+Trent Buckingham I think he'd love it !!!
Alex K (3 years ago)
It would have been oddly hilarious if they used this rendition in the Zodiac.
Jennifer Mahar (1 year ago)
Alex K HAHAHA!! hell yea.. lighten it up with some surfers. oh fuk lol yeah
adrien clerc (3 years ago)
same here!
BM151 (3 years ago)
I literally was just thinking that and now I'm crying laughing!
Joao A. Martins Jr (3 years ago)
sem nocao, hein
MerkinMan J (3 years ago)
damn the buttholes did this song justice!! I'm impressed!! as weird as they are I thought they would do some kind unlistenable rendition.. but this is great!
O.P. Yates (1 month ago)
@Donovan Scott People WITHOUT ears are the LUCKY ones ❗☠☢☣
Donovan Scott (1 month ago)
People with no ears.
O.P. Yates (1 month ago)
It IS unlistenable to some people.
lmen1990 (3 years ago)
awful
Collyman (3 years ago)
Do no van xD
Jeff Taylor (3 years ago)
I'm an old fart and I love this version! Butthole Surfers are really good. They have some good psyche rock. Peace JEFF T. PGH PA (and some real great other music that our faggot radio execs won't play on the air. Pepper wasn't their only fucking song!)
WildFungus (2 years ago)
no they played Dracula from Houston on the radio a bit too.
Daxel101 (3 years ago)
Dumb & Dumber brought me here
O.P. Yates (1 month ago)
And now you are likely Dumb AND Dumber simply but having been in the room where this was played. And may God have mercy on your soul.
Dildis Mc_swaggins (3 months ago)
Life's like that Harry.. one minute you're eating a burger, next minute you're dead meat.
Gerardo Godoy (11 months ago)
Daxel101 me too. i like that movie.
Rev Eddro (3 years ago)
great
Kaylyn Zoe (3 years ago)
All the farts are going to hate because this version is much better.
Dom Cruz (1 year ago)
Lmfao Not even.
marion cobaretti (3 years ago)
@Michael Libert suk on my pulpit 
Michael Libert (3 years ago)
+harry escarole preach
marion cobaretti (3 years ago)
+!KxM ! i luv pussy farts
greg raines (3 years ago)
'Sall good. Enjoy.
Nomercy (3 years ago)
Great beat. Great tune. Great artist
Max Pheby (3 years ago)
This is my funeral song.
DiegoND (3 years ago)
Jagger
Fred Azbell (4 years ago)
Cream Corn from the Socket of Davis
Donovan Scott (1 month ago)
Filth spills from your mouth ,disgusting.
BlackestOfTheBlack (3 months ago)
@WildFungus except this track is on piouhgd
WildFungus (2 years ago)
its the name of the album.
marion cobaretti (3 years ago)
+Fred Azbell ya smoked a lot of corn to think that up
Leo Leoner (4 years ago)
One of the best covers ever!!
Donovan Scott (1 month ago)
Thanx.
Michael Johnson (4 years ago)
As good as Pepper is, the original is much better. This is just shit.
Robert Jenkins (1 year ago)
i think he lost his point after the comma, meandered away from it. the comma should have been a period.
Matt Smith (1 year ago)
Paradox95 has a point.
Microphoric 2nd (1 year ago)
paradox95 you seem very triggered. Did you take your red pill today?
CelestialWoodway (1 year ago)
Vocals are the coolest part.
CelestialWoodway (2 years ago)
@Jigsaw Herp Derp
TheArchivist (4 years ago)
He emulates donovan's singing voice so well!
Hermunkle (4 years ago)
Holy Shit Help ME!  I've turned fucking Blue!  Wait what!?  MY HEAD!!  My Fucking head is floating away!
Christopher White (3 years ago)
+MentokTheMindTaker Since he hasn't replied to you in the last 8 months, I think it's safe to assume no.
MentokTheMindTaker (3 years ago)
+Hermunkle So ... Did you ever get your head back?
leiriaroyal (4 years ago)
FUCK SO NICE
Dr. Winston O'Boogie (4 years ago)
Best cover ever!
Mike Poitras (4 years ago)
I remember,oddly enough,seeing the video of this with my Grandmother. She chuckled. So did I. I knew who they were. I'm sure she didn't know what she was hearing or seeing. lol. Thanks.
Xardox17 (7 days ago)
Cool Grandmom. Like I'm going to be with my Grandson. His parents are WAY too uptight. A first child thing.
Morag MacGregor (1 year ago)
Peace, young man. Donovan made a lot of us smile. There was usually stoned-out giggling as well. We weren't grannies then.
rafanellys (1 year ago)
Hurdygurdy Mike Poitras Or maybe, your nan chuckled because she wistfully remembered being piledriven by Donovan, with carefree abandon whilst wearing a flower in her hair, back in the day! Who knows maybe he's your grandad? teehee
Xãmurai Perado (4 years ago)
I'm the only one who read "butthole suffers"?
Xãmurai Perado (4 years ago)
@Glorbin Highbit Either cases reinforce I may not be the only one.
Dan D. Warhol (4 years ago)
Yeah you are. Because you are either very young. Or you lived under a rock during the 80's and 90's. With your fingers in your ears, while humming show tunes.
Mr22thou (4 years ago)
I'm sure they were making fun of this song, but even though I love the original from '68, I must say, it deserved a parody.
Rainer Korn (4 months ago)
@MrCarter'sRods Yeah man,same shit here. Not a thing for years. Too old to get any...
El Diablo (1 year ago)
Lol "sorry I'm chatty af" I remember this from an MTV latin american bumper and I thought it was memorable but i never really adopted a taste for it, I just thought it was kinda "ok" I Re-discover this in one of my old hard drives 2 months ago but last night it appeared in my spotify recommendations (those fckn algorithms are scary) and I came to the conclusion that there is something beyond being foolish and radical, it is actually genius.
MrCarter'sRods (1 year ago)
Mr22thou Actually Donovan praised this version. Music that people make while using copious amounts of LSD tends to be appreciated by others who also do tons of LSD lol. I miss me some good acid. Been craving it for 6 years now but Im unable to get any. Wish there was hallucinogenic section at my local convenience store lol.
Jennifer Mahar (1 year ago)
I'm pretty sure they did that choppy yet timeless still better than a hell of a lot of these electronic fucks that are booking huge festivals and like. below mediocre.. yea I said it and it's the damn truth. won't drop names and prolly don't need to. oh! ok so BHS REMIXES IT AND RELEASES A WHOLE JOKE AND SOME ABSTRACT DONOVAN DISS? I doubt it
Jennifer Mahar (1 year ago)
Mr22thou i used to think that way back whenever the hell decades agp... but I'm on a serious BHS BINGE BENDER TYPE DEAL LIKE NOT DOING ANYTHING ELSE PAST 2 WHOLE DAYS..EXCEPT LISTENING TO THE SURFERS . i can't get enough THE BHS GOT FUCKING BETTER!!! and I'm not 1 to get stuck in the past. I like a lot of the newer EDM or whatever .. bassnectAr AND Odesza. also Starfucker but sorry I'm chatty af.. I always liked BHS doin this song . it's beautiful & yea for all the bizarro darkness and chaos BHS compose beautiful and melodic and intense, asymmetrical tracks and I ain't GONNA lie now.. THE LAST HALF *all of it but the lasr half is just a full on full blown multi layered and multi dimensional and shit how many octaves are just exploited and set free it's both extremely fluidl and STILL it's tight. ao yea i recall that the gen consensus was they're making fun or joke. I'M CONVINCED THAT IT'S NOT A JOKE. No artist musicians of their caliber which believe me is off on its own floating in ether unattainable and inexplicable .. reveling in the wonder of it's existence like we do It's cool at first but the last half? it's damn near ANTHEM LIKE - THAT WHOLE LAST HALF AND PLAYED WITH GUSTO. FERVER IF YOU WILL... PLUS they busted this out LIVE t way roo many times for anyone with audacity to say it's their joke .. Hey let's just go with the joke concept but the guys had to LIKE IT AT LEAST FOR THEM TO ROCK A FLOW OF MAYHEM AND SHEER RAGING AWESOMEBESS. I've been thinkin about sampling some of their well just a few things on a few dif tracks so ONLY we would hear it AND know it... and there ya go. srsly trying to stay focused sorry so long and stuff. Thoughts? hey maybe I am so wrong.. sure it's possible. But as an artist and having to make or perform repeatedly what was a joke - or something i didnt respect maybe abhorred.. hey there just isn't enough drugs in the world to RIGHT that WRONG. Now consider they played it with passion and recompiled it and fucked it up soop good!
Jose Cruz (5 years ago)
Tuff song to cover one of my favorites since the late sixties, well done, my compliments! Great job, loved it!
Jennifer Steel (5 years ago)
Butthole Surfers - The Hurdy Gurdy Man cover is SWEET. Encore! Histories of ages past Unenlightened shadows cast Down through all eternity The crying of humanity It is then when the Hurdy Gurdy Man Comes singing songs of love Then when the Hurdy Gurdy Man Comes singing songs of love...
Jordan Strom (5 years ago)
The guitars playing in unison gives me shivers. So cool!
Jennifer Mahar (1 year ago)
Jordan Strom my favorite
SamuelTheSparrow (5 years ago)
TAKE A PEEP!
shamus mcguillicutty (5 years ago)
this song is one of them main reasons I believe in ULTRA-VIOLET DEMONS AND FEAR DROWNING AND GARGLING OR EVEN SINGING IN THE SHOWER. luv it!
shamus mcguillicutty (5 years ago)
somehow, I knew I would...and I miss them like mad
aburg10s (5 years ago)
This is the funniest song I have heard in my life.
Polly Pearsol (5 years ago)
Brilliant
spiccybaby (5 years ago)
piouhgd is one of the greatest albums ever - even the band don't like it. It's had a lot of plays in my household, rest assured.
Eric Chilton (5 years ago)
What the fuck did I just listen to? Im gonna turn this off now and go eat a whole sheet of acid to relax from this.
vacantgaze (5 years ago)
fucking awesome.....sortt of.....mabe....pepper/ donnovan

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