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Beavis and Butt-Head wasn’t meant for kids,
but they probably watched it anyway, because it was hilarious. But now that the children
of the nineties have grown into adults, they should watch the show again to catch everything
they missed the first time around. You can tell that Beavis and Butt-Head are
metalheads because when a metal video comes onto the TV, they shout things like “This
rules!” while they headbang and play air guitar. And of course, Beavis is always wearing a
Metallica T-shirt, while Butt-Head rocks one for AC/DC. As you’re probably aware, these are both famous
metal bands that even casual music fans are familiar with. But to an older viewer, it’s
clear that creator Mike Judge didn’t just pick those two bands randomly. Early on in
the show, Beavis is the more serious and demented of the two, generally wanting to cause destruction.
It makes sense that he wears a Metallica shirt, as that band takes itself very seriously and
is dedicated to a nonstop sonic assault. Butt-Head, however, just wants to have a good time, much
like the Australian band behind party hits like “You Shook Me All Night Long” and “T.N.T.” And then there’s Stewart, the nerd who emulates
Beavis and Butt-Head and desperately wants to hang out with them. He just can’t get it
right, though. He wears a shirt in support of Winger, a cheesy hair metal band nowhere
near as legit as Metallica and AC/DC. In other words, Winger is lame, and so is Stewart. For a sizeable chunk of the nineties, teenagers
across the land imitated Beavis and Butt-Head’s ridiculous laughs and catchphrases. There
probably wasn’t ever a single junior high lunch period without some kid pulling his
shirt over his head, proclaiming himself “The Great Cornholio” and yelling, “I need T.P.
for my bunghole!” “I am Cornholio! I need T.P. for my bunghole!” But looking back on the show with the wisdom
and education afforded by adulthood, it’s clear now that Beavis and Butt-Head’s vernacular
had no basis in reality. Nineties kids delighted in calling each other “bunghole” as if it
was a dirty word, but in fact, it isn’t, or at least it didn’t used to be. While Beavis
and Butt-Head may have made “bunghole” synonymous with another kind of hole, it turns out that
it’s actually just the name for an opening in a barrel. One of the most frequent targets of Beavis
and Butt-Head’s shenanigans was their neighbor Tom Anderson. Tom is a patriotic, conservative,
beer-drinking guy. He likes to work with tools and mow his lawn, he gets easily upset, and
he speaks in short sentences in a high-pitched Texas drawl. Does that sound familiar? It
should, because Tom Anderson shares virtually the same appearance and speech patterns of
a later, more famous cartoon character: Hank Hill on King of the Hill. That show, like Beavis and Butt-Head, was
created by Mike Judge, who also voiced both Tom and Hank. Hank, like Tom, is a patriotic,
conservative, beer-drinking, lawn-and-tool obsessed guy. Even Tom’s wife Marcy looks
quite a bit like Hank’s wife Peggy. The only difference is that while the Hills are middle-aged,
the Andersons are well into their golden years. Beavis and Butt-Head’s whole deal is that
they’re stupid. They enjoy stupid things, they do stupid things, they’re barely functional
at school and in society, and they never stop laughing their stupid laughs. But almost everybody can find their niche
in this great big world, even those who are as stupid and seemingly useless as Beavis
and Butt-Head. For them, their skill is music criticism, honed by countless hours of watching
music videos. Even if they can’t get the names of the musicians
right, they know what they like and what they don’t. Their attitude toward music could easily
be applied toward all of life. Butt-Head once stated, “I like stuff that’s cool” and “I
don’t like stuff that sucks.” That may sound like a logic loop, but maybe it’s really just
a prompt for a challenging philosophical conundrum. Do we like something because it’s cool, or
is it cool because we like it? Is inherent quality non-existent, or at least irrelevant,
because it’s impossible to view things objectively independent of our own perceptions and tastes?
Beavis and Butt-Head really makes you think. Most TV shows are about something, insofar
as they have a premise or a point. The Office, for example, mines humor out of the workplace,
a near-universal experience for most adults. Modern Family, meanwhile, focuses on the home
life of a group of relatives. But only Beavis and Butt-Head was audacious and transgressive
enough to be about another aspect of the day that eats up a lot of time: the act of watching
TV. To get more specific, Beavis and Butt-Head
was about two guys that sat around on a couch, channel-surfing and looking for stuff that
was cool. That a TV show about watching TV could exist and even thrive is basically some
kind of postmodern commentary on the degradation of culture and human interaction. At the same
time, all those segments of Beavis and Butt-Head watching TV are a very subtle form of advertising.
In the original series, all they viewed were music videos, which is essentially a constant
directive to viewers to stay tuned to MTV. “Whoa. My life was cool.” Check out one of our newest videos right here!
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James Carver

48 Replies to “Things Only Adults Notice In Beavis And Butt-Head”

  1. 2nd Beavis and Butthead was so good omg talk about being 13 again….. When I saw Beavis and butt-head do America in the movie theaters I laughed so hard

  2. Wow man 🤣🤣🤣🤣this was my child hood. Used to lose my shit when they punched each other in the nutts🤣🤣🤣I let my son watch the movie he was in stitches 🤣

    Tp for my bunghoooolle🤣💩

  3. Butt-head : I don't understand what the big deal is about breaking up. I'd just be like "Hey baby, get lost. We can still do it and stuff, but I'm gonna have to ask you to leave."
    Beavis: I hope there's a human head inside!

  4. What 12 years old boys doesn't like Beavis and Butthead? Yeah, this show was never intended for kids but more the male demographic such teenagers and college kids of the 90s

  5. Look up the King Turd collection on torrents. AFAIK the most complete way of watching it, including all the music videos

  6. They rarely praised metal music videos. They were more critical of metal. They praised gangsta rap. Please stop making these videos on subjects you know nothing about

  7. AC/DC is not, never were and never will be considered metal by any metal fan. They're considered to be hard rock, rock & roll or classic rock.

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