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Never Mind The Bootlegs: Aaron Dilloway's Favourite Music
Jennifer Lucy Allan , July 14th, 2021 10:25

Aaron Dilloway picks thirteen 7"s, LPs, bootleg VHS and cassettes for his Baker’s Dozen, which veers from field recordings of bigfoot to experimental classical music from the early 20th century


Butthole Surfers - Brown Reason To Live

This was the first punk music I ever heard. I was in fourth grade at hockey practice and a kid on my team brought it in and played it for us in the locker room. His older sister was a punk and had crazy jet-black hair that was super tall – she was the coolest person I'd ever seen at the time. He was like, 'this is punk music,' and he played what I later learned was 'The Shah Sleeps in Lee Harvey's Grave'. We all laughed because there were tonnes of swear words, and the name of the band was hilarious to a little kid. But I was in fourth grade, so I never thought to ask him for a copy. Two years later, I met a girl in my class whose sister was a punk, and she was a punk too, with the side of her head shaved. She made me a tape that had tracks from that first Butthole Surfers record, all of Circle Jerks' Group Sex, a couple of Misfits tracks, and a couple by Suicidal Tendencies. It was my first punk tape.

Before that, I had just seen what was ‘punk’ on MTV. So, I'd maybe seen a picture of Johnny Rotten or something, Devo, Rocky Horror Picture Show. I had this idea in my head of what punk was, but Butthole Surfers... that's what punk was, creating this chaos. When I finally heard something like the Sex Pistols, I felt like, meh, it's not as crazy as I thought. It wasn't really until years later in high school that I found anything as crazy as the Butthole Surfers, when I first saw Couch play.