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Buckethead

Buckethead is one of the most bizarre and enigmatic figures in American underground and experimental music since Parliament-Funkadelic birthed their bevy of cosmic characters in the mid-'70s. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist best known for his virtuosic command of the electric guitar, Buckethead is one of the instrument's most recognizable contemporary innovators, his rapid-fire riffing, near-robotic fretwork, and idiosyncratic lead lines combining elements of Yngwie Malmsteen, Adrian Belew, Slayer's Kerry King, P-Funk's Eddie Hazel, and avant-improv artist John Zorn's Scud-attack sax abuse. His first group, the San Francisco-based metal-funk combine the Deli Creeps, were a regional success, but disbanded before they could release anything. Buckethead's solo career has been more productive, thanks mostly to the motivation of Zorn and Bill Laswell, the latter of whom Buckethead has also recorded and toured with in Praxis. Laswell has also produced a number of Buckethead's solo albums (including Dreamatorium and Day of the Robot) and included him on more than a dozen one-off recordings with the likes of Hakim Bey, Bootsy Collins, Anton Fier, Jonas Hellborg, and Bernie Worrell. In addition to releases including 1998's Colma, Buckethead has also contributed soundtrack material to such films as Last Action Hero and Street Fighter. Buckethead returned in 1999 with Monsters and Robots, after which he joined the short-lived re-formation of Guns N' Roses. A steady stream of releases followed into the 21st century ranging from the contemplative Electric Tears to a more electronica/rock hybrid, and collaborations with San Francisco's underground hip-hop scene. In the following decade, he averaged a few releases a year, teaming up with dozens of artists, including Les Claypool, Iggy Pop, and Mike Patton, and in 2008, he collaborated with actor/musician Viggo Mortensen for Pandemonium from American. A dizzying string of releases would follow before the actor and the enigmatic guitarist worked together again in 2011 on Reunion. The following year, Buckethead released Electric Sea, a follow-up to his 2002 album, Electric Tears. ~ Sean Cooper
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Kaldeidoscalp

1. Frankenseuss Laboratories

2. Stun Pike And The Jack In The Box Head

3. Music Box Innards

4. Breakfast Cyborg

5. The Bronze Bat

6. The Last Ride Of The Bozomobile

8. The Sticker On Hallucinogens

9. Pylon Shift

10. Citadel

11. The Slunk, The Gutter, And The Candlestick Maker

12. The Android of Notre Dame

13. She Sells Sea Shells By The Slaughterhouse

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Track List: Population Override

1. Unrestrained Growth

2. Too Many Humans

3. Population Override

4. Humans Vanish

5. Cruel Reality of Nature

6. A Day Will Come

7. Earth Heals Herself

8. Clones

9. Super Human

10. . . .

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Track List: Bucketheadland 2

1. Welcome

2. Slaughter Zone Entrance

3. The Cobra's Hood

4. Transportation Options

5. Machete Mirage

6. Slaughter Buddies Outside The Revenge Wedge

7. We Cannot Guarantee Bodily Harm

8. John Merrick-Elephant Man Bones Explosion

9. Taxidermy Tots (feat. Albert)

10. Bloody Rainbow Spiraling Sherbert Scoop

11. Can You Get Past Albert?

12. Vladimir Pocket's Incredible Bloated Slunk Show

13. The Ballad Of The Inside-Out Face (feat. Albert)

14. The Battery Cage Brawls

15. Ferris Wheel Apology

16. Can You Help Me?

17. Grimm's Sponsorship

18. Realistic Coop Replica

19. Frozen Brains Tell No Tales

20. Rooster Landing / Lime Time

21. Two Pints

22. Health & Safety Advisory

23. Digger's Den

24. One-Way Ticket To Grab Bag Alley

25. Fun For You (feat. Albert)

26. Carpal Tunnel Tomb Torker

27. Today's Schedule

28. The Corpse Plower

29. Unemployment Blues

30. Slaughter Zone Exit (feat. Albert)

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Track List: Electric Tears

1. All In The Waiting

2. Sketches Of Spain (For Miles)

3. Padmasana

4. Mustang

5. The Way To Heaven

6. Baptism Of Solitude

7. Kansas Storm

8. Datura

9. Manta Ray

10. Witches On The Heath

11. Angel Monster

12. Electric Tears

13. Spell Of The Gypsies

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Track List: Colma

1. Whitewash

2. For Mom

3. Ghost

4. Hills Of Eternity

5. Big Sur Moon

6. Machete

7. Wishing Well

8. Lone Sal Bug

9. Sanctum

10. Wondering

11. Watching The Boats With My Dad

12. Ghost/Part 2

13. Colma

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Track List: Albino Slug

1. The Redeem Team

2. Siege Engine

3. Pink Eye

4. Dawn At The Deuce

5. Flee Flicker

6. Symmetrical Slug

7. The Bight Of Benin

8. Fear Of Salt

9. Spooner Arks

10. Electric Bell Blanket

11. Tide Pools

12. Shell Substitutions

13. Forgotten Trail

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Track List: Crime Slunk Scene

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Track List: Pepper's Ghost

1. Pepper's Ghost

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Thanks for coming by and performing.
david...
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The sicker the better.
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Hearing soothsayer; I like his riffing shreds, but the backbeat is too fn repetitive. Gets annoying.
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He's a good shredder 4 sure. Haven't heard enough variety here. This one tune siege engine has no bridge; just repetitive enough to be irritating. Hardly compares to Ynguie ,Timmons, Petrucci, in that respect.I would like to hear more of his newer stuff , open to changing my critique.
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Buckethead is so busy making great music! If you want to hear more go to Bucketheadpi k e s . c o m he has over 200 releases not available anywhere else.
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loubro2006
Doesn't he have tons of music from the BucketheadLa n d series? I don't blame pandora not adding much because he has a lot of music this time. So much in the last three years, but man he put some good stuff last year. Pandora put it please????
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Come by my ( david...radi o ) station.
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Me and Buckethead are in my profile pic ⬅️
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I have the biggest crush on this man. After seeing him live in July of this year in SLC my crush has only gotten bigger. He's talented, so intriguing and tall as hell. His website is the weirdest in the best way. Brian? Mr head? Call me.
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Whose that guitar playin sunza bich
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Had no idea he was so out there. . . I really like this
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KFC on... Liked CD enough to buy it.
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christine000 7 2 0 0 2
G-N-f'n-R
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Just good stuff!
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He adds whole other new demissions to musci
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This guy is a genius?
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@Johndonnan1 9 you must be deaf. You couldn't even come close to the talent this man has. Now go away.
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I understand that sometimes we must work with those that are less talented...b u t Bucket head playing with Guns & Roses is like David Gilmour ( My Guitar Mesiah) playing with KC and the Sunshine Band.
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Buckethead is different yet Awesome at the same time. Totally Cool !
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Where's that confounded bridge???
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Haven't heard your s**t
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Are any of you actually LISTENING to this music? This guy is just a TERRIBLE incompetent guitarist. what he does u can hear in any music shop anywhere on the planet on any Saturday morning. Zero originality, clumsy technique, dull s**t that 40,000 other guitarists can do.
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prichardtayl o r
Chicken???.. . . . w h a ? ? ?
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jsbaltes
saintcecilia 4 1 'Lord Buckethead' ....that sizes it up nicely. Well said sir.
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Costume is weird
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There's not one buckethead album that I thought was less than a masterpiece. He is Lord Buckethead to me.
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Tylosargerch i a . . . . . . I t ' s because his guitar style is very similar to David Gilmore!
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I want to know how Pink Floyd and David Gilmour are considered similar artists to Buckethead.
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This is a shockingly bad bio.
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Much better without guns & roses
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Okay, and I dig ya. But....hmmmm we got to work on the name. Damn it, it's about marketing. If I was your manag......s o r r y Pandora again and their sh.........
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I just love this beautiful guitar playing! Buckethead makes sure your brain is fed!
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Siege Engine was great until about 3 1/2 minutes into the 7 minute song had the exact same 3 chords on repeat until the very end while he soloed over them. The progression is actually cool (and the soloing was superb), but it got tiring when played over and over and over again. I love Buckethead , but that was a bit much for me.
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Buckethead is one of the most bizarre and enigmatic figures in American underground and experimental music since Parliament-F u n k a d e l i c birthed their bevy of cosmic characters in the mid-'70s. An accomplished multi-instru m e n t a l i s t best known for his virtuosic command of the electric guitar....

Write that yourself, B'head?
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Why the clown outfit?
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I am a bucket head.The Rock I love this song
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Always thought like that song needed a telephone ringing in the background
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Buckethead Absolutely spectacular !!!
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Where was I, I almost missed this. Soooo good.
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bassett_stev e
Saw Buckethead at Emo's in Austin last night with great anticipation . Very entertaining , way too heavy on the shred-metal stuff, never got to anything melodic or emotional enough to highlight that talent. Nothing like what my Buckethead Pandora channel covers. 15 minutes of finger exercises to prove you're the fastest player on earth is enough, move on. A missed opportunity to blow us away.
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Obviously the person who wears the bucket changes.
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Add em' all
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Buckethead played the State Theatre in St. Petersburg FL this past thursday 5/26/16 and I didn't know about the show until 2 days before and I was already committed to another engagement.. . drats
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Exactly the kind of story you'd expect to hear about him
The depth, sophisticati o n , heart and virtuosity he plays with is without peer
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rmahoney
He said he used to hide out in the Haunted Mansion and the organ player taught him how to play the piece he plays in the dining room.
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I am blessed to see him May 31, 2016, in Pensacola, Florida. Hope I don't die before then. After the show, fine.
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No she ain't
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There is a God. And he ain't named Jim, Eric, Steve or Yngwie.
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Ive been listening to him for nearly 20 years and Ive yet to discover and hear everything he's put out. Amazing and inspiring. I guess when your born in a coup and raised in a cage and sneak out to the graveyard to play all night to the faces made of stone you become one BADASS guitar player.
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he cant never stop workin hard
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