Needle in a Slunk Stack

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Needle in a Slunk Stack
Studio album by Buckethead
Released September 24, 2009
Genre Experimental rock, avant garde rock, xenochrony
Length 40:41
Label Hatboxghost Music
Producer Dan "Brewer" Monti & Albert
Buckethead chronology
Forensic Follies
(2009)Forensic Follies2009
Needle in a Slunk Stack
Shadows Between the Sky
(2010)Shadows Between the Sky2010

Needle in a Slunk Stack is the twenty-sixth studio album by avant-garde guitarist Buckethead. It was announced on September 24, 2009 on Its name is a play on the popular saying "Needle in a Hay Stack".

It follows the style of Forensic Follies, as it uses a technique known as xenochrony which means he uses recycled beats and riffs from his previous albums, including Inbred Mountain, The Elephant Man's Alarm Clock, Slaughterhouse on the Prairie, and Island of Lost Minds. However, unlike Forensic Follies, in which even the drum tracks to previous songs are used, the songs on this album feature original drum tracks.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Needle in a Slunk Stack" 4:10
2. "Interview with the Double Man" 4:09
3. "Carcass Cable" 2:46
4. "Next Stop, the Shell" 2:07
5. "Distilled Scalp" 4:57
6. "Furnace" 3:19
7. "Mego Frankenstein" 2:59
8. "Alpha Sea" 2:32
9. "Wormwood's Workshop Part 1" 3:25
10. "Pythagorus Sled" 1:01
11. "Slunk Smuggler" 1:57
12. "Wormwood's Workshop Part 2" 4:11
13. "Astral Traveler" 3:08
Total length: 40:41


  • Track 2, "Interview with the Double Man", is a reference to the song "Revenge of the Double Man", from Monsters and Robots and also contain samples of "Symmetrical Slug" and "Dawn At The Deuce" from Albino Slug.
  • Track 3, "Carcass Cable", lends samples off "Hall Of Scalding Vats" from Decoding the Tomb of Bansheebot.
  • Track 4, "Next Stop, the Shell", features samples of songs off Crime Slunk Scene, such as "Col. Austin VS Col. Sanders AKA Red Track Suit" and "Mecha Gigan".
  • Track 5, "Distilled Scalp", contains samples of "Fizzy Lipton Drinks", off The Elephant Man's Alarm Clock.
  • Track 6, "Furnace", lends samples of "Droid Assembly" off The Elephant Man's Alarm Clock.
  • Track 7, "Mego Frankenstein", consists of samples from the The Elephant Man's Alarm Clock song "Elephant Man's Alarm Clock".
  • Track 8, "Alpha Sea", contains samples of "Advance to the Summit" from Inbred Mountain.
  • Track 9, "Wormwood's Workshop Part 1", features samples of "Mad Monster Party" from Crime Slunk Scene
  • Track 10, "Pythagorus Sled", contains samples of "In Search of Inbred Mountain", from Inbred Mountain.
  • Track 11, "Slunk Smuggler", features samples of Inbred Mountain song "Johnny Be Slunk".
  • Track 12, "Wormwood's Workshop Part 2" features samples of "Mad Monster Party" from Crime Slunk Scene and a guitar sound reminiscent of "Park Theme" in Bucketheadland
  • Track 13, "Astral Traveler", features samples of songs from Island of Lost Minds, such as "Viravax".


  • Buckethead - Infinite Beak, Guitar
  • Dan Monti - Drum Programming
  • Produced by Dan Monti and Albert
  • Artwork by Bryan Theiss, Frankenseuss Labs, Seattle