Last week MTV posted a preview of the network's reboot of Beavis & Butthead. And while I remain optimistic that the show might be worthwhile (or at least entertaining), the fact that the network is throwing in clips from reality shows like Jersey Shore and Teen Mom with the standard rotation of music videos that the duo riff on, leaves me with the sense that it's not likely to be much more than an pointless MTV circle jerk.
In its prime, it was one of the smartest shows about idiots ever made, and the roster of music videos featured on the show stands as pretty much the best of medium. One of the greatest travesties of the DVD era is that fact that the box set of Beavis & Butthead includes a mere fraction of the great videos included in the show. So I've decided to post a video that has the distinction of being one of the only ones in the series that the duo watches without mocking or riffing on it. If you manage to catch the episode, they simply watch it and enjoy (sadly I can't for the life of me find video of this, so you'll have to trust me). . .
The Butthole Surfers are largely remembered as a novelty one-hit wonder of the mid-90s, but for those who saw or heard about their live shows, they were one of the most ridiculous showmen this side of GG Allin, and this video is probably the closest approximation of the band's live act that one can imagine (minus the live sex shows and genital mutilation films). I mean, the song kicks fucking ass. It's got trippy Ed Roth-inspired animation, and a hot rod race showdown with the grim reaper. What more could you ask for?
Two things you might not know about this song/video: 1) the song (along with the rest of the album that spawned it) was produced by Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, which largely accounts for its high level of rocking, and 2) the bartendender in the video is indeed none other than Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist and coolest-motherfucker-of-all-time award-winner Flea.