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Record Store Diary: Butthole Surfers Didn’t Have To Substitute “U” For “V” To Get Your Attention

Replacing “u” for “v” must stop. Now.

Photo: All photos by Sun Jung (IG: @sunofajung)

By Sun Jung

I’m not a huge fan of replacing “u” with “v” trend that is going on with a lot of bands – I get that adapting “Cvnt” as your artistic moniker helps you to get around content censorship, but it’s not creative at all. There are so many ways of naming your band – if I didn’t have the singing voice of a possessed demon child, I would’ve started a bunch of bands like Frissonholics, Ape Balls, NoEntiendo 64, and The Vapesmokers (which immediately guarantees competition against The Chainsmokers). For a long time (like the past 2 months), I felt like an alien slowly hating this trend. Every time I got a submission from an artist using “v” instead of “u,” it really made my guts cringe and had to force myself to be more…open-minded, I guess.

This feeling of guilt has been persisting until Saturday when the universe gave me a revelation in the form of Butthole Surfers. I was casually strolling through the streets of Hollywood along with tourists and hobos without any specific destination in mind until I came across the legendary Amoeba Music. Since the store will be closing sometime in the near future, I decided to pop in and dig through the grave of physical music and films that dominated a good chunk of my pubescence. Most of the CDs were a fair mix of my mom’s playlist and current ones. Since I wanted to see how extensive the range of musicians that the store carried, I decided to look for an obscure Irish band called Butterfly Explosion to find if the store had it. It didn’t, but I found this gem:

That’s right. They literally named themselves Butthole Surfers and had decades worth of music career that go as far as the 80s. The American rock band was formed back in 1981 in Texas by the vocalist Gibby Haynes and guitarist Paul Leary. As you can see from the photo, Electriclarryland was their commercial breakout album. It includes their hit track “Pepper” which topped numero uno on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks category. Listen below:

Now, I’m neither a huge classic rock aficionado nor bought the CD (I’m living in a tampon string budget, give me a break); however, the Butthole Surfers just showed how witty and unafraid artists were when it came to picking their stage names in the past. Sure, it’s important to pick up a name that is easy for people to remember, but don’t go around doing what everyone else is doing – which is substituting “u” for “v.” It’s unoriginal, unfunny, and waste of good artistic name. It’s far interesting to tell someone your band’s name is called “Butthole Surfers” rather than “Cvnt with a v instead of u.” Don’t fvck the fun.

Sun with a “u” is the shitty photographer, occasional contributor, and editor for Aupium. If you see her IRL and want her to write a review about your albvm, please buy her pizza. It takes 3,000 calories to pump out a review.

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