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Birth Name:
Brian Carroll


Years Active:
'90s, '00s, '10s



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.

Top Albums

It Smells Like Frogs, Buckethead
1. It Smells Li..
You Can't Triple Stamp a Double Stamp, Buckethead
2. You Can't Tr..
Coat of Charms, Buckethead
3. Coat of Char..
Wishes, Buckethead
4. Wishes
Electric Tears, Buckethead
5. Electric Tea..
Kaleidoscalp, Buckethead
6. Kaleidoscalp
Enter the Chicken, Buckethead
7. Enter the Ch..
Jordan, Buckethead
8. Jordan
Crime Slunk Scene, Buckethead
9. Crime Slunk ..
Electric Tears, Buckethead
10. Electric Tea..
Electric Sea, Buckethead
11. Electric Sea
A Real Diamond In the Rough, Buckethead
12. A Real Diamo..
Albino Slug, Buckethead
13. Albino Slug
Giant Robot, Buckethead
14. Giant Robot
Captain EO's Voyage, Buckethead
15. Captain EO's..
Shadows Between The Sky, Buckethead
16. Shadows Betw..
Bucketheadland 2, Buckethead
17. Bucketheadla..
Pepper's Ghost, Buckethead
18. Pepper's Gho..
Elephant Man's Alarm Clock, Buckethead
19. Elephant Man..
It's Alive, Buckethead
20. It's Alive

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Soothsayer (dedicated to Aunt Suzie)Crime Slunk Scene9:04$0.99
Electric TearsElectric Tears5:32$0.99
Nottingham LaceEnter the Chicken6:33$0.99
Squirrel on a PerchHide in the Pickling Jar3:45$0.99
CountersunkHide in the Pickling Jar7:41$0.99
Hide in the Pickling JarHide in the Pickling Jar9:21$0.99
Snow OwlYou Can't Triple Stamp ..3:06$0.99
Tea and StrumpetsYou Can't Triple Stamp ..2:10$0.99
Prominent GhostsYou Can't Triple Stamp ..3:18$0.99
CripesYou Can't Triple Stamp ..1:46$0.99
You Can't Triple Stamp a Double ..You Can't Triple Stamp ..2:27$0.99
Ascending SoulWishes2:55$0.99
Jettison Part 6Coat of Charms2:21$0.99
Jettison Part 5Coat of Charms3:20$0.99
Jettison Part 4Coat of Charms2:41$0.99
Jettison Part 3Coat of Charms2:29$0.99
Jettison Part 2Coat of Charms2:29$0.99
Jettison Part 1Coat of Charms4:31$0.99
Coat of CharmsCoat of Charms8:34$0.99
Hall of AluminumCoat of Charms3:13$0.99
Gold Dragon Part 5It Smells Like Frogs3:42$0.99
Gold Dragon Part 2It Smells Like Frogs3:37$0.99
Gold Dragon Part 1It Smells Like Frogs3:49$0.99

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