2007; last updated 9/21/14)
Gibby Haynes is a Texas-born musician most famous for being
a co-founder of the band The Butthole Surfers in 1981. The son of a
show personality, "Mr. Peppermint," he was originally studying to
become an accountant. Haynes met fellow Trinity University
student Paul Leary, and they began playing together. Along
with drummer King Coffey, they soon formed the core of The Butthole
Surfers, which has also
included a number of other musicians over the years. The
music is a blend of electronic, metal, punk and psychedelic genres
infused with a lot of off-color humor. Their most recent
album was released in 2001. In 2004, Gibby hinted that there
will likely be another Butthole Surfers album; however, to date, none
has been released. However, they have still been doing live shows as of 2011.
Gibby met Johnny Depp when Johnny was
in Texas to film What's
Eating Gilbert Grape. Together with Bill Carter
and Sal Jenco, they formed a band called P, which performed at SXSW in
1993, at a number of shows at Depp's Viper Room during the mid 90's,
and at two shows in Vienna, Austria in 1997. (See the Johnny
Depp Rocks! P
page for more!). Gibby has appeared in two movies
with Johnny: Dead Man
and The Brave.
He and Johnny also co-directed a shortform video, entitled Stuff, about Red
Hot Chili Peppers band member John Frusciante.
More recently, Gibby formed a new
band called Gibby Haynes and his Problem, releasing an album in 2004.
He has also been involved with a sideproject as a member of
the industrial band, The Revolting Cocks. And in July 2007 he
served as a DJ at the Siren Music Festival on Coney Island, NY.
In a more interesting collaboration, he recently did
background vocals for Tiny Masters Of Today, a brother and sister act
(ages 13 and 11) who released their first feature-length album
in September of 2007. He also appears in their Hologram World
video. In 2009, he produced an album of cover songs by The
Lemonheads called Varshons; the album evolved from many mixtapes Gibby
has given to Evan Dando over the years. He also guested on a new album
by an electronic group called Soulsavers.
In February of 2008, he joined the Paul
School Of Rock All Stars (aged 11-17) for six concerts, playing
Butthole Surfers music. (See below for links to YouTubes from
some of the shows). Gibby must have enjoyed playing with the
Stars, because in June and July of 2008, he once again joined them for
a 14 date tour, with shows in the US and Europe. This time,
brought along the classic 1980's lineup of the Butthole Surfers,
reuniting for the first time since 2002! Toward the end of
final concert at Webster Hall in New York, Gibby was escorted offstage
by security following an altercation with the club's soundman, leaving
the All Stars and the remaining Surfers to finish the show.
just like the good old days! They also performed in Austin
the first time in this lineup since 1989, at Stubb's on September 27,
2008. A full North American tour took place in the fall of
2009, with the tour opener (Sept. 24 in Houston) and
closer (Oct. 31 in Austin) both taking place in Texas.
An established artist as well as
musician (Gibby created the artwork for the P album), his works were
featured in the Business Unusual II: Room At the Top show in NYC in
2005, at the Power Pathos
show at the Station Museum of Contemporary Art in Houston TX in 2006,
the Draw Tour at the Gallery Lombardi in Austin TX in 2007, the
Rock Paper Scissor Exhibition at the Robert Berman Gallery in 2009, and
the Recess Activities space in the Kidd Yellin Gallery in Brooklyn
Gibby has also collaborated with the improv comedy troupe
In September 2014, Gibby collaborated with Georgia
metal band Mastodon for a track called Atlanta, released by Adult Swim.
The song can be streamed here.
Also in 2014, Gibby participated in Dave Grohl's
Foo Fighters project Sonic Highways, in which the Foo Fighters visited
eight different American cities: Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los
Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington, DC and New York, and
recorded one song in each city. Gibby represents the Austin
session. The album will be released on November 10, and the
project will also be accompanied by an eight part HBO documentary
series chronicling each recording session. The series starts in
In a rare
clarity, Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers once quipped that "art is
merely the last three letters in fart."
(click to enlarge):
Gibby Haynes and his Problem album cover, 2004:
Haynes and his Problem group shot:
with his Burning Poppies piece at the Power Pathos exhibit, 2006:
Green School Of Rock All Stars concerts, February 2008:
Green School Of Rock All Stars concerts, June-July 2008:
at the MoMA's Second Annual Film Benefit, Honoring Tim Burton, November
helpful sites for Gibby Haynes and The Butthole Surfers:
- (see YouTube for links to other related videos
Butthole Surfers, Gibby Haynes and his Problem, and the School Of Rock
Links to some of Gibby's art at
Gibby Haynes Compositions
the Butthole Surfers releases contain authorship attributed to several
band members including Gibson Jerome Haynes. See the
copyright records here.
Similarly, Gibby is listed as an author of the P album as
well as (Peaches vs.) Gibby Haynes and his Problem(s) (see records here).
It is therefore impossible to tease out what Gibby's exact
contributions were to these compositions, relative to the other band
members. However, I think
it's safe to assume that his input was considerable.
Discography - The Butthole Surfers
||Butthole Surfers (EP)
||Live PCPPEP (EP)
||Psychic... Powerless... Another
||Cream Corn from the Socket of Davis
||Locust Abortion Technician
||Hairway to Steven
||The Hurdy Gurdy Man (EP)
||Independent Worm Saloon
||The Hole Truth...And Nothing Butt
(originally a bootleg)
||Humpty Dumpty LSD (outtakes
Discography - Other
||The Jackofficers: Digital Dump
||Gibby Haynes and his Problem
Discography - Guest
||Ministry: Keianh (Psalm 69) (Jesus
||Choreboy: Good Clean Fun My Ass
||Dan Hicks: Selected Shorts (That
Ain't Right - Gibby Phones It In Mix)
||Revolting Cocks: Cocked and Loaded
||Revolting Cocks: Cocktail Mixxx
||Psychic TV: Hell Is Invisible...
Heaven Is Here (background vocals)
||Tiny Masters Of Today: Bang Bang
Boom Cake (Texas)
Discography - Producer
||Reverend Horton Heat: The Full
Custom Gospel Sounds
||Reverend Horton Heat: Holy Roller
||Whatever: The '90s Pop &
||The Lemonheads: Varshons
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