07/xx/1983 'A Brown Reason to Live' released

Setlist:

1) The Shah Sleeps in Lee Harvey’s Grave
First known live performance: 3/12(?)/83, Lawndale Art Annex, Houston, TX
Last performance: 12/31/10, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Most definitely debuted well before its first recorded debut, and remaining a live staple always. The classic ending "I see you trembling...' words are not sung by Gibby, but by Keith Rumbo, singer of the Marching Plague, who helped the band through the recording process of the EP, since they had no bassist or drummer upon starting the recording process.
2) Hey
First known live performance: 12/xx/83, The Stone, San Francisco
Last performance: 12/31/10, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Played pretty consistently between its debut though 1986, "Hey" is dropped fer most of 1987-1988. It re-emerges in Dec 1988 after a long hiatus. It remains in the repertoire, if not a staple.
3) Something
First known live performance: 12/19/81, Studio 29, Austin, TX
Last performance: 10/31/09 Stubb's BBQ, Austin, TX

Played with relative consistency though 1985, then very sporadically. It made a very unexpected one-off appearance opening the 11/7/87 VAC show, then another on 12/31/88, which can be heard on ‘Double Live’. Shelved until the brief 2002 tour, then brought back in 2009
4) BBQ Pope
First known live performance: 5/27/82, Bonham Exchange, San Antonio, TX
Last performance: 12/31/10, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
A staple played almost every show through 1985, but only a handful of times once Jeff joins the band in 1986. Another oldie re-emerging on the brief 2002 tour. Once again in 2008.
5) Wichita Cathedral
First known live performance: 2/4/83, Studio 29, Austin, TX
Last known performance: 10/29/10 Scoot Inn, Austin, TX
Paul would switch to bass duties when they pulled this one out live. Though the last known recording is on 8/3/85, Mike Portera, who was in one of the opening bands, claims he requested, and the band played, this song at the Birmingham show in Sept if 1985. Brought back fer Set 2 of the complete LAT performance at the Scoot Inn...for first time in over 25 years!
6) Suicide
First known live performance: 2/4/83, Studio 29, Austin, TX
Last performance: 12/31/10, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Dropped after 1986, for the most part, though it does make a couple of rare appearances in 1987. It re-emerges again on some select 1991 dates, then it's dropped until the 2002 mini-tour. Back again for the reunion tours.
7) The Revenge of Anus Presley
First known live performance: 3/10/83 The Skyline, Austin, TX
Last known performance: 8/9/86, The Roxy, LA, CA

Perhaps the irony of Gibby having the reputation of the insane genius of the band is that he doesn't sing on this, nor at the end of 'Shah'. Of course he earned the reputaion later, in spades, but on this EP, Keith Rumbo is the one who was the man behind the the most drastic vocals, not Gibby.
According to King, the band did perform "The Revenge of Anus Presley" with Keith Rumbo singing (in a wrestling mask) at the Skyline. That is the first known performance of the song. Despite Gibby not being the voice of Anus, the band still did manage to play this one a handful of times between January and August of 1986.

All songs recorded at BOSS, San Antonio, TX between Oct 1982 - Jan 1983

Line-Up:
Gibby (vox on 2,4,5,6; bass on 2; guitar on 5), Paul (vox on 1,3,4; guitar, bass on 5), Bill Jolly (bass on 1,3,4,6,7), King (drums on 4,5) Brad Perkins (drums on 1,3,7), Gene DeLibero (drums on 2), Kevin Leman (drums on 6), Keith Rumbo (1, 7)

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  • Later reprinted on vinyl by Alternative Tentacles in 1993 under the name 'Pee Pee The Sailor' and again with the title ‘Brown Reason To Live’ printed on the sleeve.
  • According to King, the EP is really self-titled, but 'Brown Reason to Live' was Biafra's pet name fer it...or some such...and the name kinda stuck.
  • Some of these later re-pressings (unknown quantities) were on brown vinyl. A grey vinyl repress, also of unknown quantity, exists. The original pressing was on black vinyl. A couple of alternate fonts of the band's name on the cover exist too.
  • Original UK pressings came with a FREE 7" record. The record inside was not a Butthole Surfers record, but a record by the band Voice Farm.
    KING:
    I'm not for sure, but it could be the European version of the first EP. Some copies had a sticker that said free 7" inside. But it wasn't by us, it was by another band on Alternative Tentacles called Voice Farm, that we had zero to do with. The UK label just had way too many of that 7" and tried to get rid of them by sticking them in Butthole Surfers 12"s.
  • Paul (Chris Smart interview, 2001):
    PART OF OUR TRIP TO L.A. WAS TO RECORD WITH SPOT WHO PRODUCED BLACK FLAG. WE OWED SPOT A COUPLE HUNDRED DOLLARS AND WE HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO GET THE TAPES BACK SINCE. THAT WAS THE FIRST RECORDING WE DID BUT SINCE WE DIDN’T GET THE TAPES WE COULDN’T PUT IT OUT. WE RETURNED TO TEXAS DRUMMER LESS. WHEN WE RECORDED OUR 1ST RECORD WE DIDN’T HAVE A DRUMMER WE WERE JUST USING ANY ONE WHO WAS WILLING TO SPEND ANY TIME WITH US AT ALL WHICH WASN’T VERY MANY PEOPLE. I DON’T REMEMBER IF GIBBY AND I WERE JUST EXCHANGING BASS DUTIES OR WHAT. I DON’T KNOW IF WE HAD A BASS PLAYER OR WHAT. GIBBY AND I WERE SLEEPING IN THE TOOL SHED BEHIND THE STUDIO WITH A PET COCKROACH NAILED TO THE WALL. WE COULD MAKE IT DANCE BY HOLDING A LIGHTER UNDERNEATH IT. EVENTUALLY IT DIED AND WE ENDED UP MAKING MANY PHOTO COPIES OF IT. THE THING STAYED UP FOR ABOUT A WEEK STILL ALIVE. ABOUT TWO THIRDS OF THE WAY THROUGH OUR FIRST ALBUM KING SHOWED UP. WE KNEW HE WAS GONNA BE OUR DRUMMER. HE CAME STUMBBLING IN WITHOUT ANY SHOES AND HE DIDN’T HAVE A KICK DRUM SO WE KNEW HE WAS GOING BE LIKE A PERFECT MATCH. WE’D SEEN HIM PLAY WITH THE HUGH BEAUMONT E. WE THOUGHT HE WAS COOL WITH THAT BAND. HE PLAYED STANDING UP.
  • King (Chris Smart interview, 2001):
    I’M NOT REALLY QUITE SURE HOW IT PLAYED OUT BUT I GUESS THEY LIKED MY RETARDED WAY OF PLAYING. THEY WERE TRYING TO FINISH UP THEIR FIRST EP IN S.A. THEY WERE LITERALLY GOING THROUGH A DRUMMER EVERY TWO WEEKS. THERE’S 7 SONGS ON THAT EP AND THERE’S 5 DIFFERENT DRUMMERS. HUGH B BROKE UP PARTIALLY DUE TO A CHECK WRITING SCAM THAT SOME OF THE MEMBERS GOT INVOLVED IN AUSTIN SO THEY FLED TO CALI TO ESCAPE THE LONG ARM OF TEXAS LAW. THAT COMPLETELY FREED ME UP TO JOIN THE SURFERS FULL TIME. IN 1983 I WAS THE ONLY DRUMMER WHICH THEY KNEW WHO WAS WILLING TO DO IT. . I JUST PLAYED ON BAR B QUE POPE AND WITCHITA CATHEDRAL. I KNOW THAT THE DRUMMER FOR THE MARCHING PLAGUE PLAYED ON THE SHAW SLEEPS AND I THINK THE REVENGE OF ANUS PRESLEY. SOME STUDIO DRUMMER I WAS TOLD PLAYED ON HEY. FOR WHATEVER REASON, HE HAD TROUBLE PLAYING THE BEAT SO HE HAD TO RECORD EACH PIECE OF THE DRUM KIT SEPERATELY. I WOULD THINK BILL JOLLY PLAYED BASS ON A BIG CHUNK OF THE FIRST EP.HE WAS KIND OF A JAZZBO BUT HE WAS THERE WHEN I ARRIVED. HE INITIALLY EXPRESSED SOME DIFFICULTY WITH ME JOINING BECAUSE I WASN’T REALLY A MUSICIAN. IT WASN’T UNTIL WE PLAYED A COUPLE OF BLUE CHEER SONGS ON TWO DRUMS THAT HE GOT TURNED AROUND AND THOUGHT IT WOULD BE OKAY. IT WAS GIBBY, PAUL, BILL AND ME ON MY TINY KIT AND THE SOUND WAS SORT OF LACKING.
  • Brad Perkins:
    "There were 4 drummers that recorded songs on the first record. The liner notes (at least the copy I have) don't give any credits. In addition to myself, Kevin recorded some songs as did a studio drummer that worked at the B.O.S.S. I think his name was Gene D(something). It was pronounced Duh Lib Ree Oh or something like that. He was often referred to as "Studio Gene". This guy was a "professional" musician . he probably did a lot of ad work like playing on jingles, And of course King. I don't know who specifically plays on the other songs. It might have been that I recorded with them at the same time MP (Marching Plague) was recording Rock N Roll Asshole. Gibby and Paul were both present at those sessions. Gibby says "Pussy" at the end of RnR Asshole. Paul screams out "Should have shot your ugly ass instead" on Oh No."
  • Brad mentions that he played on a number of other tracks that were recorded, but didn't make it to the record. This may mean he also plays on "Go To Hell and Die", and "Matchstick" too, both of which have surfaced on the 'Anus Presley Demos'.
  • 'Brown Reason to Live' promo poster shown: