It’s been a rough couple of years for metal. Postponed tours, cancelled festivals and a general air of pandemic- related anxiety. Luckily, 2022 is offering a few glimmers of hope – not least in the shape of the return of Beavis And Butt-Head.
Beavis And Butt-Head creator Mike Judge recently revealed that the iconic animated duo will make their comeback later this year. “Beavis and Butt-Head will be returning this year with a brand new movie and more on Paramount+,” wrote Mike on Twitter. “No exact date yet, but soon. They need some time to get back in shape.” The post included sketches of the pair as middle-aged, pot-bellied and balding versions of their younger selves.
The return of these unlikely cultural figureheads 30 years after they first debuted on MTV’s Liquid Television is cause for celebration. Despite – or maybe because of – being two ‘dumb, crude, thoughtless, ugly, sexist, self-destructive fools’ (Mike Judge’s own description), Beavis and Butt-Head were a genuine phenomenon. Their TV show attracted millions of viewers, their album, The Beavis And Butt-Head Experience, featured a who’s who of 90s alt and metal stars like Nirvana, Megadeth and Primus and went double-platinum, and their movie raked in more than $60 million dollars in the US alone.