How Beavis and Butt-Head Roasted These Metal Acts
Beavis and Butt-Head was an animated series produced by Mike Judge (who would later go to create King of the Hill and the film Office Space) about two dumb teenagers who loved metal and spent their days sitting on a couch commenting on music videos. Surprisingly, their simple sense of humour and basic storylines became an unlikely hit, quickly becoming two of the most recognizable characters on MTV. They even released a movie in 1996 called Beavis and Butt-Head Do America.
Today, the Beavis and Butt-Head format would seem a bit out of place, as the concept of music videos and a non-streaming channel built around them may sound a bit alien. Despite this, Mike Judge has managed to produce a movie titled Beavis and Butt-Head Do The Universe and a new season of the show itself. However, as Loudwire explains, the duo will not just make an unexplained time jump to 2022. They will appear as middle-aged men, and instead of sitting on their couches watching cable TV, they will use modern platforms like YouTube and TikTok.
In between, the brand has been kept alive with a release of books, comics, and DVDs and even a revival in 2011. However, if there’s a medium where Beavis and Butt-Head thrived, it was video games. Back in the day, Beavis and Butt-Head were featured in graphic adventures for the Super SNES, Sega Genesis, and PC. But their most successful game came from an unexpected genre: the duo feature in a modern-day online slot game on Ladbrokes, namely Beavis and Butt-Head, which boasts not only their likeness but also soundbites from the show. There’s also a mobile soundboard repeating some of the most popular quotes from the duo, which has been downloaded more than 50,000 times from the Play Store.
Beavis and Butt-Head may have been treated as a low form of entertainment, but their popularity turned them into some of the most influential music critics in the early 90s. They seldom praised even the most popular bands, and frequently treated giants like Black Sabbath and Metallica like punching bags, as demonstrated by these awful roasts.