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Genre: rock

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Butterfingers

Company: Six Little Indians

Catalog: none

Year: 1998 reissue

Country/State: USA

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: still in shrink wrap; super heavy sleeve and vinyl; number 274 out of a 450 pressing

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4237

Price: $50.00

Cost: $20.00


One of those true mystery groups (knowledgeable collectors think they may have been from southern Texas, but can't even agree whether these guys were white or black - our guess is white), Butterfingers appeared on the collectors' scene via a couple extremely rare 1970 test pressings.  Issued in a generic white sleeve by the Pot label (catalog number SLP-457), originals will cost you an arm and a leg, making the 1998 Six Little Indians reissue the way to go.


So what's "Butterfingers" sound like?  Cartoonish hard rock comes to mind.  Whoever he was, the lead singer had a decent voice, though he also exhibited an irritating habit of trying to sound overly soulful and continually injected needless 'whoops', 'screeches'' and other sound effects into the mix.  We've seen at least one review that says he sounds like a female Janis Joplin. To us a more apt comparison is a cross between Randy Bachman and Tony Joe White.   Musically the set bounces around between conventional hard rock ("Has the Buggerman Got You" and "5 O'clock Trip"), more commercial pop sounds ("Key" and the oddball MOR ballad "In the Shade of the Night") and some pseudo-blue eyed soul moves ("Look Out Now").  There's quite a bit of fuzz guitar throughout (the instrumental "High Walkin'" is actually quite nice) and the set (particularly the second side which sports three longer titles), boasts a certain stoned-vibe that will probably appeal to some folks.  "I Feel Like An Elephant" is worth hearing for the dumb lyrics, while the closing number "Bootleg" boasts some super cheesy studio production effects.  Nothing great, but we've heard far worse.

"Butterfingers" track listing:

(side 1)

1.) Key - 2:16

2.) Has the Buggerman Got You - 2:15

3.) Look Out Now - 2:06

4.) 5 O'clock Trip - 2:04

5.) In the Shade of the Night

6.) High Walkin' (instrumental) - 2:37

7.) I Feel Like an Elephant - 2:35


(side 2)

1.) Where Ya Gonna Hide - 4:54

2.) Why Get High - 3:54

3.) Bootleg - 5:42



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