GIANT ROBOT

DARRYL STERDAN

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GIANT ROBOT
Buckethead
(Virgin / EMI)

"Buckethead's this guy that was raised by chickens in a chicken coop and without the bucket on his head, he's helpless." So claims an anonymous voice by way of introduction on Giant Robot -- and for all we know about the mysterious avant-guitar whiz, it could very well be true. A bizarre character who never reveals his name, hides behind a kabuki mask and sports a KFC barrel for a helmet (no, we're not kidding), Buckethead forges an equally unique sound from P-Funkadelic grooves, shoddy sci-fi dialogue samples and the wickedest six-string shredding this side of Steve Vai. Giant Robot, a typically screwball, half-baked concept album likening him to Godzilla and featuring a guest list including Bootsy Collins, Bill Laswell and Iggy Pop, is in fact a 1994 album previously available only in Japan. But don't let its age deter you -- while it isn't as cutting-edge as last year's jaw-dropping Monsters and Robots (notice a theme here?), Giant Robot is still pretty freaking wondrous.

Track Listing 1.Doomride
  02.Welcome To Bucketheadland
  03.I Come To Peace
  04.Buckethead's Toy Store
  05.Want Some Slaw
  06.Warweb
  07.Aquabot
  08.Binge And Grab (Instrumental Version)
  09.Pure Imagination
  10.Buckethead's Chamber Of Horrors
  11.Onions Onleashed
  12.Chicken
  13.I Love My Parents
  14.Buckethead's T.V. Show
  15.Robot Transmission
  16.Pirate's Life For Me
  17.Post Office Buddy
  18.Star Wars
  19.Last Train To Bucketheadland
 


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