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Lord Buckley

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Buckley, an accomplished cultural assimilator, adopted for his hipsemantic persona the lingo of poor black Southerners, jazzy beatniks, and British aristocracy. He dressed exuberantly and sported a mustache in the style of Salvador Dalí. None of this was an act, because by all accounts he stayed in character off stage, “holding court” at his home (frequently in the nude) and dubbing all his friends and family with noble titles. His personal philosophy was one of love and respect for his fellow man, consistently reflected in his elaborate references to Christian brotherhood (e.g. his famous piece “The Nazz”).

Beginning his show business career running dance marathons in the 1930s and vaudeville shows in the 1940s, during the 1950s Buckley was cast as a comedian, one of America’s top hipsters, a “way-out” “swinger” enjoying cult status and respect from those who were exposed to his work. He died in 1960 at Columbus Hospital, probably from a stroke aggravated by malnutrition and a kidney ailment; various causes were reported at the time. His death has been often reported to relate to the seizure of his New York City Cabaret Card.

Occasionally performing to music and singing, he frequently punctuated his monologues with nonlinguistic vocal sounds. Most Buckley recordings are solo tours de force on themes of real gravity. His most enduring tracks are his retelling of historical or legendary events, most fictionalized to a certain degree, imbued with his scandalous and high-brow humor.

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  • IamFlood

    he was right on the edge of the razor's flip

    30 Jan 6:48pm Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    Go away, Muse fans.

    11 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Neilarmius

    Mad respect for those hip swinging Muse cats for the old recommendaroo via CD playlist in the hip swinging Neuvo Musico Exprreeeessss. Much love.

    8 Jan 2013 Reply
  • bygonerr

    spokenword-uttered... and swung- lenny's olderuncle- rick

    22 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Peleiades

    thank you Tom! this guy is so interesting, and his voice is like heaven.

    8 Sep 2011 Reply
  • GigiNYC

    One of the hippest cats to ever stomp this sweet swingin' sphere...!

    3 Jan 2010 Reply
  • StereoNazi

    of course all of you NME kids don't like it, you're reading all that garbage, you're blind baby!

    1 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Punkroutine

    DIDN'T DIG IT!

    25 Jul 2009 Reply
  • TippinMyStuff

    Their best track

    7 Mar 2009 Reply
  • ragland_caravan

    yea, i watched that tom waits interview too, where he mentioned lord buckely.

    20 Dec 2008 Reply
  • nickwafer

    I actually discovered Lord Buckley through Tom Waits not some NME cd...and I dig him.

    16 Nov 2008 Reply
  • corey-riverdog

    So happy to find my man has made it into the cybercollectiveconsciousness. I haven't heard him since 1970 or so. A genius like his is rare and to be treasured. I hope you young folks will get hip to his sweet virtuostic hipness!

    6 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Mokami

    His Royal Hipness

    31 Aug 2008 Reply
  • schizodanny

    Huh? Muse like The Lord? I'm... baffled.

    13 Mar 2008 Reply
  • pelirroja22

    Qué temazo xD.

    1 Jan 2008 Reply
  • pelirroja22

    Haha, I'm not the only person who has listened to this song because of the NME cd.

    1 Jan 2008 Reply
  • bowdowntomono

    really, that cd in NME is weird as hell and this guys the weirest... dont like it.

    3 Aug 2007 Reply
  • rismurder

    BAHAHAHA. Bellamy has the best taste in music EVER. xD

    20 Jun 2007 Reply
  • HaikuMarukuChan

    I listened to this because of the NME CD from muse

    18 Jun 2007 Reply
  • hibsta9

    hmmm...interesting lol

    17 Jun 2007 Reply
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