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(1992 – present)

Buckethead is an American musician, songwriter and guitar virtuoso, famed for his distinctive stage outfit and elaborate stage shows. He has released over 100 solo albums and performed on over 70 more since 1992. He has also made guest appearances on more than 40 different albums by various artists. His music spans such diverse areas as heavy metal, funk, ambient, jazz, electronic, and avant-garde music.

When performing in his theatrical persona, Buckethead used to wear a KFC bucket (emblazoned with an orange bumper sticker that read “FUNERAL” in black block letters) on his head and a plain white costume mask (commonly found in costume shops and used primarily for dramatic theater productions). More recently, he has switched to a plain white bucket no longer bearing the KFC logo. He also incorporates nunchaku, robot dancing, and toy trading into his stage performances. Buckethead’s persona represents a character who was “raised by chickens” and has made it his “mission in life to alert the world to the ongoing chicken holocaust in fast-food joints around the globe.”

Although a multi-instrumentalist, Buckethead is best known for his electric guitar playing. He has been voted number 8 on a list in GuitarOne magazine of the “Top 20 Greatest Guitar Shredders of All Time.”


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  • GackTMN

    there's Footsteps, City of Ferris Wheels, Pitch Dark..and Grand Gallery if you're looking for Death Cube K styled material

    Yesterday 4:28am Reply
  • storytellingman

    But since we both know he's not gonna just go download B's whole discography, you gotta sink him as efficiently as possible.

    Yesterday 3:56am Reply
  • storytellingman

    "if you're looking for ambient/chill-out/downtempo material from him" -- I haven't heard MOST of the Pikes, I'll say that, but from what I have heard there's very little that fits that description. Much of it is still very worth listening to.

    Yesterday 3:54am Reply
  • GackTMN

    v - Why are you saying to avoid the pikes?

    Yesterday 2:24am Reply
  • storytellingman

    If you're looking for ambient/chill-out/downtempo material from him, check out older albums like Electric Tears, Colma, and more literally his side project Shin Terai -- not any of his recent "Pike" series.

    Yesterday 1:48am Reply
  • GackTMN

    Pike = Album; he's definitely got a whole lot more in his discography that you'd likely be interested in if you were into Balloon Cement, like Telescape, Pepper's Ghost and Empty Space

    Yesterday 5:10pm Reply
  • Rakoontay

    P.S. what the F is a Pike????

    22 Nov 5:43am Reply
  • Rakoontay

    For some reason this was recommended in the ambiennt/psychill/psy scene and I found it to be more psychedelic rock. having that been said, however, it was awesome and I kept the album i got, and will listen to it more again.

    22 Nov 5:42am Reply
  • Treats4TheSOUL

    Pike 93 'Coaster Coat' buy one fools

    21 Nov 12:40am Reply
  • Treats4TheSOUL

    He should make more that are strictly standard editions, as Pike 13 is the only one to speak of. I felt that was a really great choice.

    20 Nov 4:55am Reply
  • GackTMN

    He's got a good business strategy with making some pikes not available for download months after the signed version is released, as frustrating as it is to not have artwork and track names and such with them

    19 Nov 7:06pm Reply
  • Treats4TheSOUL

    v Very True. But it's obvious at this point, that isn't really his concern. I remember back when he started doing this last year the signed ones would sell out so fast assumably because we all thought it was a temporary thing, but by #35 or so I realized it wasn't gonna stop. I bought a standard signed edition of #71 last week which came out in august, just to see what number i'd get. I got #44 of 300, so obviously people aren't really selling them out to make him think standard editions are in dire need.

    19 Nov 4:34am Reply
  • xxEUROBOYxx

    The more Pikes he releases, the less chance for standard editions of the other ones. There are so many of them that the manufacturing costs would be crazy even by paying for it from the sales of the digital albums.

    17 Nov 10:56pm Reply
  • patron29

    People listen Electric Tears and Colma, but there are so many other cool albums... Genius!

    17 Nov 6:25pm Reply
  • Treats4TheSOUL

    buy a signed drawing edition you broke fucks, we're almost to 100.

    16 Nov 3:07am Reply
  • GackTMN

    #92: The Splatterhorn

    15 Nov 11:36pm Reply
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    15 Nov 1:10am Reply
  • Treats4TheSOUL

    Is anyone else like blown the fuck away by You Can't Triple Stamp A Double Stamp? Seriously that pike is unreal

    7 Nov 6:51am Reply
  • GackTMN

    Buck's really smelling that teen spirit

    5 Nov 2:54am Reply
  • mistatwinkies

    v Lol no idea where you got that from, please elaborate METALEROARG

    4 Nov 11:41pm Reply
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