Giant Robot (Buckethead album)

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Giant Robot
Studio album by Buckethead
Released November 3, 1994[1] (Sony Japan)
September 18, 2000 (CyberOctave)
Genre Heavy metal, experimental rock, experimental metal, hard rock, funk, alternative, jazz fusion, funk metal, progressive rock, experimental, ambient
Length 73:31
Label Sony Japan / CyberOctave
Producer Bill Laswell
Buckethead chronology
Bucketheadland
(1992)
Giant Robot
(1994)
The Day of the Robot
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]

Giant Robot is the second studio album by avant-garde guitarist Buckethead (not to be confused with the 1996 Giant Robot, also featuring Buckethead) and loosely following the same "amusement park" concept as his previous album (Bucketheadland). It has some re-hashed songs from Buckethead's band Deli Creeps, as well his earlier demo tape Bucketheadland Blueprints. One could describe this album as a more "rock" or "musical" album. Re-hashed songs have lost their "basement" or "video game" sounding beats and guitar licks compared to his debut album. Again, the album was originally a Japanese only release.

Unlike later Buckethead solo albums the Bill Laswell produced Giant Robot contains many vocal bits from illustrious guests such as Iggy Pop, Bill Moseley, Throatrake and Julian Schnabel's kids Stella and Vito.[3]

The album also features many high profile instrumentalists such as Sly Dunbar, Bootsy Collins and Karl Berger.[4]

The reason "Binge and Grab" is noted as being an "instrumental version" is because it was originally a Deli Creeps song with lyrics by Maximum Bob. There is no known studio recording of the Deli Creeps version but there are many bootleg copies from live shows which can be found among collectors.

The track "Pure Imagination" features an introduction message that sounds like Mudbone, Richard Pryor's most famous character.

Overall, the music has been described as "an equally unique sound from P-Funkadelic grooves, shoddy sci-fi dialogue samples and the wickedest six-string shredding this side of Steve Vai."[5]

The cover art features a shadow of a giant robot and sets the tone for the music on the album. The original release contains a comic inside the booklet.[6]

The album was re-issued in 2000 through CyberOctave, making it more widely available.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Doomride"     0:57
2. "Welcome to Bucketheadland"   Buckethead 3:42
3. "I Come in Peace"     6:03
4. "Buckethead's Toy Store"     8:02
5. "Want Some Slaw?"     4:30
6. "Warweb"     3:06
7. "Aquabot"     5:57
8. "Binge and Grab" (Instrumental Version)   5:17
9. "Pure Imagination"   Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley 1:49
10. "Buckethead's Chamber of Horrors"     4:49
11. "Onions Unleashed"     2:20
12. "Chicken"     1:07
13. "I Love My Parents"     4:13
14. "Buckethead's TV Show"     3:18
15. "Robot Transmission"     2:59
16. "Pirate's Life for Me"   George Bruns 1:01
17. "Post Office Buddy"     6:40
18. "Star Wars"   John Williams 1:54
19. "Last Train to Bucketheadland"     5:47
Total length:
73:31

Welcome to Bucketheadland[edit]

"Welcome to Bucketheadland" is the second song of the album and was produced by Bill Laswell.

An earlier version of the song, the Bootsy Collins produced "Park Theme", can be found on Buckethead's 1992 debut album Bucketheadland, featuring a different voice-over reciting of the song's title[7] as well as some other spoken words and a more "electronic feel", due to the use of a drum machine in contrast to the drumming of P-funk's Jerome Brailey on the 1994 version.[8]

Another version, "Park Theme Extension", is included on the second disc of Bucketheadland (the "dance remixes"), being longer and more electronica orientated.[9]

In 2007 Buckethead re-issued his 1991 demo tape Bucketheadland Blueprints with what might be the original version of the theme, "Intro to Bucketheadland".

The song is used as the official theme to Buckethead's fictional "abusement" park Bucketheadland whose concept spans several of the artist's releases up to present. It is a fan-favourite and therefore often played as the last encore at concerts.[10]

JazzTimes wrote: "[I]t can leave you wondering if [Buckethead's] tongue is in his cheek or in his frontal lobes."[11]

Influences[edit]

"Welcome to Bucketheadland" is highly influenced by early 1980s hard rock, incorporating a main riff reminiscent of Van Halen's "Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love" as well as using a bridge which reminds of the first guitar bars and 16th triplet note pull off runs of "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne. The song also contains a riff very similar to "Rattlesnake Shake" by Skid Row.[12] Osbourne's then guitar player Randy Rhoads reportedly influenced Buckethead's playing.[13]

Binge and Grab[edit]

Binge and Grab is a song written and originally performed by the Deli Creeps.[14] Deli Creeps guitarist Buckethead's version Giant Robot is more commonly known. The Deli Creeps never recorded the song in the studio, but regularly played the song live. Live performances of the song were included on the Young Buckethead DVDs.

Buckethead version[edit]

Buckethead recorded an instrumental version for his second album, which also featured reinterpretations of the Deli Creeps' songs "Smilin' Charlie" (known as "Post Office Buddy" on the album) and "Random Killing" (Known as "I Come In Peace" on the album). The song met mixed reviews, ranging from "unironic 80s arena rocker"[15] to getting high marks.[16]

The song is often mentioned as a fan favorite, becoming somewhat of a signature song, along with "Jordan" and "Nottingham Lace".[17]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Albums by Buckethead – Discover music, videos, concerts, stats, & pictures at". Last.fm. 2009-02-11. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  2. ^ "Giant Robot". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  3. ^ Morgan, Spencer. "The Schnabel Family | The New York Observer". Observer.com. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  4. ^ "FAME Review: Buckethead - Giant Robot". Acousticmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  5. ^ "CANOE - JAM! Music - Artists - Album Review: GIANT ROBOT". Jam.canoe.ca. 2000-12-15. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  6. ^ Robert White. "FAQ 2.0". Bucketheadland.com. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  7. ^ "Buckethead - Bucketheadland (album review)". Sputnikmusic. 2007-10-29. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  8. ^ "Buckethead - Giant Robot (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2000-09-18. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  9. ^ "Bucketland". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  10. ^ Santos, Bruno (2006-04-06). "Buckethead Paradise, Boston MA 3/30/2006". Glide Magazine. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  11. ^ Grooves, JazzTimes, January/February 2001
  12. ^ Destroy All Monsters, Guitar Player magazine, 1996
  13. ^ Kurt Loder (2002-11-21). "Beneath The Bucket, Behind The Mask: Kurt Loder Meets GN'R's Buckethead". MTV. Archived from the original on 2008-04-18. Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  14. ^ Robert White. "FAQ 2.0". Bucketheadland.com. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  15. ^ "Buckethead and Praxis". Warr.org. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  16. ^ "Buckethead CD Reviews". Rough Edge. 2012-01-30. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  17. ^ 50 fastest guitarists of all time, Guitar World, November 2008