|01) Who is Buckethead?
Buckethead is the masked, inverted KFC bucket wearing, "mutant guitar virtuoso"
that stunned audiences during Primus's set at OzzFest '99, toured the world
with Praxis and GR2, joined Guns n’ Roses in 2000 and has graced many a movie
soundtrack/score. His major label debut as a member of the avant-funk
outfit Praxis in 1992 opened ears and minds to his unique character and musical
stylings. He has since released several solo albums (under his name and Death
Cube K) and participated in many group settings (including, but not limited
to, the Deli Creeps, Praxis, Zillatron, Giant Robot, Giant Robot 2, Thanatopsis,
El Stew and Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie’s Brains) and performed/recorded
numerous collaborations with other adventurous musicians and artists.
There has been much speculation as to the identity of Buckethead. We do
know that he was raised in a chicken coop by chickens. And possibly due to
the unusual circumstances surrounding his upbringing, he is a very private
person. He doesn't grant many interviews, and shuns most conventional means
of contact. The mask and bucket add an eerie air of mystery to his activities
and serve as a harbinger for his otherworldly musical stylings and sensibilities.
He would prefer that his fans accept his eccentricities, focus on his art
and enjoy the wonderland of joy that is Bucketheadland.
He draws inspiration from science-fiction and horror movies, musicians,
artists, writers, athletes and has a bizarre fixation on Disneyland. His dream
is to complete his own park--Bucketheadland, "Where all your dreams and
nightmares can come true." This theme runs through many of his recordings
and was first introduced to the public through his Psychobuddy columns in
Guitar Player magazine back in 1991. (see also THE BUCKETHEAD STORY
02) Oh, really…I bet he’s really someone famous incognito…Isn’t
Buckethead really [insert suspected person(s) here] in disguise???
"Okay, rattle ‘em off! …No…nope…huh uh…negatory…no…sorry…not a chance…aww,
c’mon try a little harder…no…nope." (Buckethead is just Buckethead, k?)
03) What albums has Buckethead released?
Buckethead has released and participated in a wide range of albums throughout
his career. This list is just a sample. Hop on the Terror Tram for some recommended
discographical information destinations.
*This is the
US Release of Giant Robot that was originally only available as an import
from Sony Japan.
Robot (1994 Sony Japan)
of the Robot (1996 Sub Meta)
(1998 Cyber Octave)
and Robots (1999 Cyber Octave/Higher Octave Music/Virgin)
Robot (2000 Cyber Octave/Higher Octave Music/Virgin)*
Over the Slaughterhouse (2001 Stray Records)
Weaver (2002 Ion Records)
Triangle (2002 Catalyst Entertainment)
Tears (2002 Meta Records)
Bucketheadland 2 (2003 Ion Records)
Coo Coo Clocks from Hell (2003 Catalyst Entertainment)
Diorama Theater (2003 Catalyst Entertainment)
With Death Cube K:
04) Giant Robot (1994 Sony Japan)? Giant Robot
(1996 NTT)? Giant Robot (2000 Cyber Octave/Higher Octave Music/Virgin)?
Giant Robot 2?…. I’m confused!!! Help!!!
(Mutatis Mutandis) (1992 Axiom)
Live (1998 Douglas)
With Zillatron (aka Bootsy):
the Harvest (1993 Black Arc/Rykodisc)
(aka Cobra Strike II) (2000 Ion)
the Testimony (1997 Axiom)
Dub (1999 Black Hole Records)
Chest Live at Slims (1999 ALCA Japan)
Brown Cow? (2001)
(1996 Cassette Demo)
New CD due
2 (due 2003
Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie’s Brains
II – Everything Must Go (Ion)
No Hesitation) (1999 OM)
(2003 Catalyst Entertainment/Buckethead’s Toystore.com)
Well it’s really pretty simple. The late '60s Japanese TV show Giant Robot is a huge influence
on the Bucketed One. Ever since he was a young coop dweller, taking in movies
at the drive-in theater behind his coop for eggs, Buckethead has looked
to Giant Robot for inspiration. You’ll notice Giant Robot in almost everything
Giant Robot the solo album
the solo album entitled Giant Robot (released initially in
Japan in 1994 and then re-released in 2000 in the USA sans the comic insert).
Giant Robot the band
Giant Robot was also the name of a band with Brain and Pete Scaturro. They
played some gigs and released the self-titled Giant Robot CD on a small
label, NTT. That band broke up after Brain joined Primus.
Giant Robot 2 the band
Buckethead moved on and formed Giant Robot 2 (aka GR2). This incarnation
included Pinchface on drums, Louie on Bass and T-Disc (now known as Phonosycographdisk)
on turntables. They toured a lot, but never released a proper album.
Giant Robot the ride
There is also a popular ride in Bucketheadland based on the Giant
Robot TV show. It is located in Robotland south of the Robotland Factory.
the Giant Robot theme song
is also a staple of Buckethead's live shows and has shown up on many
of his recordings including Bucketheadland (twice including a remix),
the first Praxis album Transmutation, and even the album Giant
Robot by the band Giant Robot not be confused with the album
Giant Robot not by the band Giant Robot.
is all 100% clear and concise, but, uh, what is Giant Robot NTT again?
GIANT ROBOT by Buckethead
(CyberOctave re-release - originally released by Sony)
self-titled by Giant Robot
"NTT" refers to the tiny label that released the self-titled album from
the band Giant Robot. The band Giant Robot consisted of Buckethead, Brain
and Pete Scaturro. This is considered by many to be one of Buckethead’s best
albums, but few were printed so it is difficult to find an original without
paying sky-high e-bay prices. The song "Jowls" was later re-recorded for
Monsters and Robots, while "Hog Bitch Stomp" became a staple
of Buckethead’s live performances.
06) How do I get a copy
of Giant Robot (1996 NTT)?
Due in part to the difficulty of clearing the samples, there are no plans
to re-issue this album. Fortunately there are many kind souls on the Bucketboard
willing to make copies in exchange for blanks and postage, and originals
do turn up on auction sites from time to time.
07) What does Buckethead sound like?
Buckethead's musical stylings range from raw-power riffing and hyper-speed
metal licks to idyllic, yet edgy chordal passages and heartrending melodic
lines. His music is very difficult to categorize because each release tends
to have its own flavor and context. Heavy Metal, Funk and Hip Hop styles
figure formidably in the mix, but he's not limited to the cliches of those
genres. He's equally at home chicken pickin' country or re-creating the sound
of a roller coaster with his guitar.
Compositionally speaking, many of his tunes are initially conceived to
be soundtracks for rides at his theme-park--Bucketheadland. Brutal, grinding
rhythms suddenly give way to serene floating passages, like you're inside
a video game or experiencing an out of this world thrill ride.
08) Does Buckethead have any formal musical training?
Buckethead has cited lessons with Paul Gilbert, classical guitar lessons,
Nicolas Slonimsky's book Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns, instructional
books and videos (by Steve Trovato, Danny Gatton and Albert Lee), and the
writings and works of Glenn Gould as major points of his musical studies.
And in an interview in the Wire by James Rotondi: "I’m actually much more
interested in the way athletes train than the way musicians do," says Buckethead,
who finds musicians’ tawdry drug histories more tragic than mythic. "I love
when people are at the top of their game. Jordan has all the money he could
possibly need, but his drive to win is still the main thing. A lot of people
lose that. He really lives it."
09) How old is Buckethead?
By most accounts he is in his late 20s/early 30s.
10) Where is Buckethead
In lieu of joining Giant Robot in space, Buckethead and Maximum Bob or
Throatrake (the details are unclear) left their backwoods stomping grounds
in Arkansas ("where the river flows wide and the river flows small") for
Cali-forn-i-a, and never looked back (except maybe once…something about
"a femur" and "bar-b-que").
11) When did Buckethead join Guns n’ Roses? Why???
Buckethead joined Guns n’ Roses in 2000 when singer Axl Rose gave him a
Leatherface doll for Christmas. It is reported that he signed his contract
at Disneyland. Later the band built him a chicken coop to record in.
12) I read that Guns n’ Roses cancelled a tour allegedly
due to an illness of Buckethead…is he better now?
He really was sick, but he has gotten better. Rumors that he was training
any army of young Bucketheads to replace him have not been confirmed. See the song "Night
of the Ulcer" on Somewhere Over the Slaughterhouse for more information.
13) Was it Buckethead or Death Cube K that I saw
at that show?
Why? Did you notice anything peculiar??? Perhaps the pirary properties
of Infra-Ultrapolation disjointing in a splayed out manner?? This is very
disturbing. One time there was…gorey head stump…pin feathers…augmented wedges…disembodied…Oh,
the horror. Please, if you see any irregular abnormalities during your stay
file an eyewitness report here. This is a
most urgent matter requiring your immediate attention! Thank you.
14) Does Buckethead allow taping and trading of shows?
So far it doesn’t seem to bother him.
15) What are Buckethead's influences?
Buckethead has cited Michael Jackson, Paul Gilbert, Shawn Lane, Yngwie
Malmsteen, Bootsy Collins, Angus Young (AC/DC), Django Reinhardt and Bruce
Lee as major inspirations as well as the experience of playing with Bill
Laswell, Bernie Worrell, John Zorn, the Invisibl Skratch Piklz and other
artists with whom he has played and collaborated. He also finds inspiration
in books ("magic" is a favorite topic), magazines (Guitar Player, Creepy,
Eerie), movies (Voyage into Space, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,
The Golem, Captain EO, Halloween), TV shows
(Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Gumby, the Classic Sports Channel), video
games (Mario Bros., Ghouls n’ Ghosts, Mortal Kombat…), athletes (most notably
Michael Jordan), and Disneyland.
16) Was Buckethead the guitarist on the Mighty
Morphin Power Rangers TV theme?
No. The songs from the TV show are credited "performed by Aaron Waters."
Buckethead did play a solo on Graeme Revell's song "Firebird," which appeared
on the soundtrack album to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie.
It was also released as the B-side for Shampoo’s single "Trouble" off of
the soundtrack. That was Buckethead's only contribution and he was disappointed
by the offensive portrayal of giant robots in the film.
The rumor that Buckethead played the theme song seems to have stemmed from
some mislabelled MP3s on Kazaa.
17) I’m new to Buckethead, what album(s) should I
I would suggest starting with the easiest for you to find. Any of the albums
that you can get your hands on from FAQ #2 should get you started nicely.
18) What is Buckethead’s best selling album?
Monsters and Robots is his best selling solo album, although
there were no figures available at this writing. Some of the smaller labels
press between 500 and 5,000 at a time.
19) Does Buckethead endorse any products?
Buckethead appeared in ads for Jackson guitars during his Monsters and
Robots album and tour. He prefers the older style KFC buckets and Disneyland
merchandise that does not include the newer "Disneyland Resort" designation.
This FAQ contains a listing the musical and grave robbing equipment he uses.
20) What musical equipment does Buckethead use?
Guitars: Jackson Flying V, Steinberger GS (aka "Kaiser’s
Gift"), ESP MII, Gibson Chet Atkins, Ibanez X-Series Flying V, Takamine Acoustic,
'59 Les Paul Custom (used on some Laswell-related projects), Parker Fly, Gibson
SG. ’69 Gibson Les Paul Custom (used on the Cobra Strike and Viggo Mortensen
projects recorded at Travis Dickerson Recording Studio), oversized white
Gibson custom made Les Paul.
Amplifiers: Peavey Reknown, misc. Marshall & Mesa Boogie heads,
a Matt Wells head, Harry Kolbe Cabinets, Diezel amps, Peavey 5150.
Effects: Roland SE 50, Rocktron Intellifex, Rockman, a Zoom multi effects
unit, Alesis Midiverb II, Lexicon JamMan, A wah wah, Electro Harmonix Micro
Synthesizer, Pro Co Rat, Digitech Whammy Pedal, and many other assorted
pedals, Misc Toys.
Other: D’Addario .009 guage strings for electric gtr. Amp Farm amp
simulator plug in for Pro Tools (on Cobra Strike, Thanatopsis and Deli Creeps).
21) What graverobbing equipment does Buckethead use?
Shovels and picks: Ames Kodiak label round point with custom
engraved 48" wooden D handle – size 2, antique ditchmaster – rusted over label,
heavyweight pick/mattock combo american hickory handle with cushion-grip.
Bags and wrapping: custom burlap sack, U-line 55 gallon
round bottom drum liners, Kraft 36" white butcher paper.
Other: rusty oil drum, various aprons, Giant Robot dolls
(various sizes and makes), Fun 4 All Corp. "talking" Michael Meyers doll with
custom mask, vintage 1969 KFC bucket.
Disclaimer: Bucketheadland does not condone
graverobbing outside of the Bucketheadland Cemetery.
22) Is there any Buckethead guitar/bass tablature available?
Many tabs are available at bingeandgrab.com. The following
Psychobuddy columns from Guitar Player are available at the Deadly Snake
and Crane Guitars of the Buckethead Clan/Temple of Deadly Sonic Arts.
Scoop From The Coop-June 1991
Some of the
Psychobuddy columns were reprinted in the How to Play Guitar series
from GPI/Miller Freeman publications. These issues came with the audio examples
on CD (played by a studio guitarist, not Buckethead).
The Rip Your Face Off Lesson from the November 1996 Guitar Player unmasked
many techniques for guitar playing Buckethead enthusiasts to get a grip on.
23) What bands or artists has Buckethead recorded/performed
This ever increasing list includes Deli Creeps, Henry Kaiser, Bill Laswell,
Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Praxis, Herbie, Jonas Hellborg, Michael
Shrieve, MCM and the Monster, Tony Williams (w/ Arcana), Giant Robot, Giant
Robot 2 (aka GR2), Parliament-Funkadelic, Primus, Zillatron, Death Cube K,
Painkiller, John Zorn, Company Week '91, Anton Fier, Julian Schnabel, Invisibl
Skratch Piklz, Buckshot LeFonque, Bill Moseley, Michael Kamen, George S.
Clinton, Pieces (Buckethead and Brain), Cobra Strike, Viggo Mortensen, El
Stew, Ben Wa, Mike Keneally, Iggy Pop, Banyan, phonosychographDISK, DJ QBERT,
William Ackerman, Jon Hassell and Bluescreen, Wingnut, DJ Kilmore (Incubus),
Moonraker (w/ Mike Patton & DJ Flare), Guns N’ Roses, Colonel Claypool’s
Bucket of Bernie’s Brains, Cajun Fried Recipe (w/Rob Wasserman, Mike Clark,
Ben Ellman, Brian Jordan, & DJ LOGIC)... For discographic discoveries
aplenty visit Bingeandgrab.com
and Turning Groove.
24) Who are the Deli Creeps?
The Deli Creeps are Buckethead's first band that gained notoriety in the
SF Bay area. Mike Patton (Faith No More/Mr. Bungle/Tomahawk) was once quoted
in Rolling Stone as saying, "They're so good they piss me off."
There are some
amazing bootlegs/demos floating around. A long form video to the band is available
through the coop. There is a full length studio album in the works, for more
information on that check the Bucketboard and/or tdrsmusic.com. At the time of this writing
they have been playing a series of gigs with a new bassist named Bockles
sitting in for Cousin Tony who lives in Florida now.
25) I see a lot about a fella named Herbie…who
The following expose is courtesy of the Bucketheadland Historical Society:
"…the answer to your question is more complicated than you might expect
because there is more than one possible correct answer.
been credited as an assistant or vocalist on some of Buckethead’s recordings.
It is unclear which of these Herbies above (if any) this refers to."
the dummy. One of Buckethead’s best friends growing up was a dummy named
Herbie. This Herbie can be glimpsed in some of Buckethead’s earliest home
videos. He is also referred to in at least one of Buckethead’s "Psychobuddy"
columns that ran in Guitar Player magazine. If you look at the
funhouse in Bucketheadland the black head on the upper left, attached
to the robot body, once belonged to the Herbie dummy.
*artist's interpretation of robotic Herbie;
does not represent actual Herbie heard on Bucketheadland album.
the robot. On Buckethead’s first album Bucketheadland, we meet Herbie
who is a bucketbot. Bootsy describes him as "Buckethead’s buddy." He makes
sounds reminiscent of (but not identical to) R2D2. One theory is that Herbie
the dummy transforms into Herbie the robot the moment he sets foot in Bucketheadland.
the severed head. Sometimes during performances Buckethead carries a yellow
skinned talking severed head who has been called Herbie. This head has actually
spoken on behalf of Buckethead on a Japanese TV show called Space Shower
TV and more recently on MTV. The MTV interview (conducted in Tacoma, WA by
Kurt Loder) is possibly still available online.
26) Who is Death Cube K?
The story goes that Death Cube K is an anagram for Buckethead coined by
Tom "Doc" Darter. Buckethead assumed this identity so he could release a solo
record (Dreamatorium on Strata) while his contract with Sony was in
dispute. It has since stuck and become an alias for Buckethead to release
his edgy ambient albums.
Many believe, however, that Death Cube K is a separate entity that looks
like a photographic negative version of Buckethead with a "black chrome mask,
like Darth Vader." This apparition haunts Buckethead and appears in his nightmares.
Writer William Gibson borrowed the name in his novel Idoru (G.P.
Putnam's Sons, 1996). He entitled the first chapter of the book Death Cube
K, which, in the book, is a bar in Japan with a theme based on Franz Kafka's
In the Penal Colony. Nice place to visit, but you shouldn't
get drunk there.
27) Which monsters and robots has Buckethead battled?
Unfortunately there are no readable records of robot battles in Bucketheadland.
However, Buckethead is believed to have fought and defeated Bansheebot, Aquabot,
Double Man and Tekadon D. He has also sparred with Slipdisc henchthings such
as Centipede Woman, Broiler and Chickenhawk as well as the Haddonfield killer
Michael "The Shape" Meyers.
28) What soundtracks/scores has Buckethead played
Last Action Hero (soundtrack and score)
Mortal Kombat (soundtrack and score)
Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie (soundtrack)
Beverly Hills Ninja (score)
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (score)
Dragon Ball Z (soundtrack)
All-American Massacre (score to unreleased short)
Shackler’s Revenge (score to lost film)
John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars (soundtrack and score)
Flesh for the Beast (soundtrack)
29) Where is the sample in [insert song] from?
Samples from movies include Voyage into Space (aka Johnny Sokko
and his Flying Robot), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Willy Wonka
and the Chocolate Factory, Enter the Dragon, A Clockwork Orange,
Tetsuo the Iron Man, Blue Velvet, Naked Lunch,
The Hills Have Eyes, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer,
Mad Max, Sling Blade, Death Race 2000, El
Topo, Chopper…He has also used various talking books and video
30) What songs does Buckethead cover?
Theme from Giant Robot. Theme from Godzilla. "Mr Sandman." "Oh Susannah."
Various Disney themes including "A Pirate's Life for Me," "It's a Small World"
and "When You Wish Upon A Star." "Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka.
"Michael Myers Theme" from Halloween. Themes from Star Wars.
"Close to You" by the Carpenters.
31) I bought season passes to Bucketheadland, but
before we even went through the entrance my kid started crying and we had
to go home. Can I get my money back?
"We're sorry, we don't offer cash refunds at Bucketheadland. But, as a
token of our appreciation, here are coupons for your entire family that
are redeemable at The Cantina for a free small soft drink and Giant Robot
pendant upon your next visit!"
32) What videos have been released?
The video for "The Ballad of Buckethead," directed by Dave McKean, was
released in conjunction with Monsters and Robots (1999 CyberOctave).
The "Animal Behavior" video from Praxis Transmutation (Mutatis Mutandis)
was aired on MTV Amp #113. It is also included on Binge Clips Vol. 2.
The "If 6 was 9" video from Axiom Funk (featuring Bootsy Collins) is rumored
to have been played domestically on BET and has a Buckethead appearance (he
plays the intro to the song).
The Binge Clips series available from Buckethead's Toy Store features Buckethead
and his pals in his different projects in performance and at play.
Various cameo appearances include: Brain’s Shredding Repis on the Gnar
Gnar Rad drum instruction video and DVD (Warner Bros.), "Give Up the Funk"
(Undercova Funk) video by Snoop Dogg featuring Bootsy Collins, and Q Bert’s
animated film Wave Twisters.
He recorded tracks for John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars, and you
can witness it on the DVD’s featurette "Scoring Ghosts of Mars".
Secret Recipe, Buckethead’s first DVD, will be a 13-year pile of
highlights including live performances, home videos, most of the music videos
listed above, exhaustive galleries and discographies, and many exciting accessories
and action features. As of this writing it is nearly complete and slated
for a late summer release from Catalyst Entertainment.
33) Does Buckethead have any hobbies?
Taxidermy, Sports, Martial Arts (Nunchukas), breakdancing (robot-style),
video games, and visiting Disneyland. He has been there over 500 times. "I
like Disneyland. I want to be buried there--parts of me in It's a Small World,
Haunted Mansion, and Pirates of the Caribbean, plus parts in Tokyo Disneyland,
Euro Disneyland, and Florida Disney World. There are enough bones to go around."
34) When is Buckethead Plays Disney going
to be released?
This highly anticipated album, once listed in an Avant catalog, has yet
to be completed. It is Buckethead's most precious personal project so he won't
record or release it until he knows he is ready. It is slated for release
sometime before the burial ritual described in question #33.
35) Is there really a Texas Chainsaw Massacre
video game, as mentioned on "Last Train to Bucketheadland"?
Yes, it was developed for the Atari 2600 by Wizard Video Games, who were
also responsible for a Halloween video game. But in this case the player
gets to be Leatherface!
36) Was that the Bucketheadland ferris wheel I saw tipping
over on TV?
No. The mainstream media remains blissfully unaware of Bucketheadland and
37) What is Buckethead’s all time favorite recording?
It’s a Disney album, The Main Street Electrical Parade. He also has mentioned
liking Wu-Tang Clan and the Chemical Brothers.
38) When will Buckethead come to [insert your geographical
Unfortunately Buckethead is only one man and can only be in one place at
a time. His travels have taken him all over the world but he spends most
of his time in the state of California. He’ll try to make it to your neck
of the woods before you die and we promise to post tour information whenever
39) What is that really fast song I heard him play
during his solo show?
If it was sort of spacey it may have been "Big Sur Moon" from the album
Colma. If it was a raucous hootenanny kind of sound it was
probably "Hog Bitch Stomp" from the Giant Robot NTT album.
40) Does Buckethead use any nonstandard guitar tunings?
Buckethead primarily relies on the standard tuning, and variations thereof
(i.e., down one half step). Some of the Deli Creeps stuff may be tuned down
even lower to accommodate vocals. Some of what you may think of as a detuned
guitar may actually be a distorted bass guitar
41) What is that special button on Buckethead’s guitar?
That special button is a "Kill Switch" that enables Buckethead to turn
his guitar on/off like a DJ would do through a mixer.
42) What is "Kaiser’s Gift"?
"Kaiser’s Gift" is the Steinberger GS that was given to Buckethead by renowned
experimental guitarist/composer Henry Kaiser (Yes, he is related to that
Henry J. Kaiser). Mr. Kaiser was quite impressed with Bucket, and he
asked Buckethead to play on his Hope You Like Our New Direction (1991
Reckless Records). Bucketheadland held a contest in 2002 to pass this beloved
guitar that was used on The Praxis Transmutation CD to a worthy youngster.
43) Who was the "Kaiser’s Gift" contest winner?
Admin Rupert Pupkin posted to the Bucketboard that a winner was chosen,
but was unreachable. The winner of "Kaiser’s Gift" has yet to be officially
announced as of this writing.
44) Why wasn’t the comic book from the Giant Robot
(1994 Sony Japan) included in the domestic release?
Rumour has it that Buckethead didn’t like it. For a better idea of Buckethead’s
idea of Bucketheadland, get your hands on a copy of the Dave Mckean comic
that was released in conjunction with Monsters and Robots or just have a
look-see around Bucketheadland.com.
45) What are the lyrics for "Binge and Grab?"
This question is brought about by the instrumental version on Giant
Robot (1994 Sony Japan & 2000 Cyber Octave/Higher Octave Music/Virgin)
CD. It was originally a Deli Creeps song; a live version appears on the self-released
Deli Creeps video, but the lyrics are hard to decipher.
46) Why are some of the Buckethead/Death Cube K/Praxis
tracks found on miscellaneous compilations?
The people that own the rights to the Subharmonic/Strata releases have
regurgitated some previously released tracks on to new compilations. These
should probably be avoided due to dubious quality, and the musicians and
artists involved no longer receive any compensation.
47) How do I get a Subharmonic/Strata release?
They are all out of print, and some of them that are still around may be
of inferior quality if they are not from the initial pressings. Listen before
48) Why is 1984 so different from other
The labeling of 1984 is misleading. It is actually a repackaging
of the Material 12" Praxis, originally released in 1984 on Celluloid
Records. Buckethead does not appear on this recording.
49) What happened to the rumored project with Rammelzee?
This project, initially conceived by Bill Laswell, turned into the Praxis
Sacrifist album that was released on Subharmonic. Laswell
saw the direction it was taking and at the suggestion of John Zorn called
it a Praxis project. A Rammelzee inspired project called Altered Beats
did come out on Axiom some time later, but Buckethead wasn't on it.
50) I have a copy of Praxis’ Sacrifist and I think
its f’ed up…
If it runs as one long track, and near the end Lightnin’ Rod’s Hustler’s
Convention starts playing erratically you definitely do have a version
from a pressing that was tampered with.
The legitimate copy of Sacrifist has a four panel jewel-case insert
with the artist/title in gold. Artwork takes up both inside panels with a
landscape layout. Text is the aligned to the right side and includes the song
titles, writing credits, and the cast of the album along with production
credits. The CD tray is black. The back cover has the song titles, cast
of the album in a gold color.
In at least one pressing, the bogus copy has a four panel jewel-case insert,
but in contrast, looks darker. The artist/title is in white. Inside panel
two has the cover art with a purplish stripe through the upper middle. Panel
three has the song credits but is less detailed. The CD tray is clear with
a white liner. The back cover of the bogus CD has the song list, cast of the
album and the distinctive "Realization by John Matarazzo" underneath the
51) Where is Buckethead playing next?
Buckethead shows are announced at the Bucketheadland Attractions
news section of bucketheadland.com.
52) Has Buckethead won any awards?
He regularly placed in the top three in the "Best Experimental Guitarist"
category when Guitar Player magazine held its annual readers poll and was
named one of the "Top 30 Trailblazers" by the same magazine in the January
1997 issue. In the April 2003 issue of Guitar One Buckethead was named among
the "Top 10 Fastest Shredders of All Time" with the likes of Yngwie, Shawn
Lane, Paul Gilbert and others.
53) Does Buckethead have any special powers to battle
monsters and robots?
Buckethead harnesses the spirits of all the slain and martyred chickens
through the chicken bucket on his head. Without it he is helpless.
Buckethead has many special weapons and tactics for battling the monsters
and robots in Bucketheadland. His guitar fighting style is somewhat documented
in the Temple of
Deadly Sonic Arts.
54) Why does my copy of Zillatron have 8 Tracks when
there are 9 listed on the liner notes? Am I missing something?
No. "C.B.I. Files" and "Bugg Lite" were (mistakenly?) indexed as one track
instead of two, causing the discrepancy between the CD and the track listing.
55) Has Buckethead recorded with Shawn Lane?
Shawn Lane is a huge influence on Buckethead's playing style. They played some shows together, most notably in 1997 at the Wetlands NYC, in which Shawn Lane did a powerful and spot on vocal performance on "Jowls". Mr.Lane passed away in late September 2003 after a long illness. It is unclear as to whether any recordings of Buckethead and his hero Shawn will surface in the future.
Upon the news of his passing Buckethead had this to say:
"I feel very lucky for the Few moments i got to spend with him and they are very special memories. He was by far the greatest guitar player that ever lived. More importantly, he was a great man."
For more information on Shawn Lane click here. http://www.noproblemhere.com
56) Did Trey Spruance (Mr Bungle/Secret Chiefs 3)
really sit in on bass at a Deli Creeps gig?
Yes, he filled in on bass at one show. Back in the late ‘80s/early ‘90s
the Deli Creeps shared stages with the likes of Mr Bungle, the Limbomaniacs
and Primus in the SF area.
57) Did Buckethead really audition for the Red Hot
Yes. One journalist’s account reported that the lead singer picked Buckethead
up at the airport and found out that Buckethead had not heard any of their
tunes. The audition proceeded anyway, and Buckethead played in his inimitable
fashion (i.e., robot dance, hyper-metal licks etc...). When he finished the
band applauded raucously. Flea confirmed that they auditioned BH saying that
he was "sweet and normal," but they wanted someone "...who could also kick
58) Does Buckethead do any drugs?
59) Is the Slaughter Zone…safe?
I’ve been assured by the Assistant Turnstile Sharpener, and a grunt-bot
from the Bolt Loosener Dept., that every ride is almost certain to go off
the tracks at some point. So, you have nothing worry about.
60) What are the "Personalized Recordings" that
I read about on the Bucketboard?
For a short time in 1999 Buckethead made an unusual offer to individually
record albums for fans. The Bucketboard post announcing the offer was as
"For any of you who want, Buckethead will make personalized
recordings. The chicken coop has holes in the roof and the chickens
are getting angry there will be different binge catagories each recording
is a half hour long but has no indexed tracks the catagories are...
made a handful of these personalized recordings, and may even still owe recordings
to a few fans. There are no plans to ever repeat this offer.
(1) Slaughterhouse which will be creepy horror like
sounds over fast beats
(2) Lullabies for the dead in the style of Colma
(3) D.J. binge using breakbeat records with disembodied
guitar over the top indicate if you want slappin' bass binge with that
(4) Halloween sound track for your next halloween
(5) binge buddy recordings with Maximum Bob just going
requests within these catagories are welcomed but please
dont be dissapointed if they are not met... carpal tunnel acts up at all
the price is $50.00 for each recording send your disembodied
catagory request and payment to:
no longer valid)
we hope this is a fun bag for all the buddies"
61) What articles/information is available?
The most authoritative article appeared in the November 1996 issue of Guitar
Player magazine. It is a ten page feature written by James Rotondi, which
also includes an in-depth lesson which unmasks elements of Buckehead's guitar
style, written by Rotondi and Jesse Gress.
62) Are there any bootlegs available?
Yes, there are some shows available for trading among tape traders.
63) Can somebody burn me a copy of [insert title]?
Maybe, but if you can’t find [insert title] locally, you might try checking
online stores and auction sites. In the days of the internet it’s not as
hard to find obscure, out of print albums as it used to be. Don’t you want
the real album?
64) Why does Beck have the bucket for his head pixeled
out in the video for his Loser song?
You’ve got the wrong FAQ, fella. But this question does bring to mind an
article in Vanity Fair in which Beck detailed some of his favorite album
covers. One of them was the 1977 John Cale album Guts which Beck said
"reminds me of Buckethead" because it showed Cale playing a flying-V wearing
a goalie mask.
65) Hey!!! I kept getting hit by wild pitches at
the Home Run Derby!! I thought that it was supposed to be virtual!!…
"Ohh…was that you???…sorry."
66) Does Buckethead belong to, or practice, any
In the Ballad of Buckethead song we learned that he is "the bastard son
of a preacher man," but after that details just get sketchier.
67) I want to be Buckethead for Halloween. How do
I get started?
Well, some folks think ya need a mask, but other folks don’t see one a’tall.
If’n you do get one o’ them white featureless masks, be sure to cut out
a hole for the mouf.
68) What is Bucketheadland?
Bucketheadland is Buckethead's own theme park, "Where all your dreams and
nightmares can come true." For more information, please visit the park's
official web site, The Bucketheadland
Visitor Information Center.