Jeff Pinkus is an American bassist best known for his work with American punk band Butthole Surfers from 1986 to 1994 and the 2009 reunion.
In 1990, he and Butthole Surfers' lead vocalist Gibby Haynes released Digital Dump, the only album from their psychedelic house music side project The Jackofficers.
Upon leaving Butthole Surfers, Pinkus worked full-time with the Austin trio Daddy Longhead, which he had assembled during his waning months in the band, and which included longtime Atlanta associate Jimbo Young on guitar and Rey Washam on drums. Daddy Longhead retired after 10 years, leaving Pinkus free to explore other projects including Skinny Leonard and Areola 51. Pinkus played with Helios Creed on his albums 'NUGG: The Transport' and 'Activated Condition' , and has also collaborated with Bad Livers frontman Danny Barnes several times in a live setting.
He currently leads Honky and as of January 2008 plays weekly on Monday nights at the Jackelope, in Austin, Texas, with an assortment of other musicians called the Git Down Syndrome. Pinkus also performs with Pure Luck, but leaves his bass to play guitar.
On their 30th anniversary tour in 2013, Pinkus joined the Melvins in place of Jared Warren (on paternity leave) as well as performing with the opening Honky. He subsequently joined the Melvins full time, touring with them in 2014 in support of the album Hold It In, which also featured Butthole Surfers founder Paul Leary, and again in 2015. He will appear on the bands upcoming album Basses Loaded on the song "Captain Come Down" which was previously released on a split release, Chaos as Usual, with Le Butcherettes in 2015.