Monsters and Robots

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Monsters and Robots
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 20, 1999
GenreExperimental rock, funk rock, electronic rock, alternative metal
Length50:54 (standard release)
55:12 (Japanese release)
LabelCyberOctave, Higher Octave Music, Virgin, EMI
ProducerPete Scaturro, Les Claypool, Extrakd, Bill Laswell
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Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]

Monsters and Robots is Buckethead's fifth studio album, released April 20, 1999, by Higher Octave records. A large part of the album was co-written with Les Claypool, who also plays bass on several tracks and lends his vocals to the track "The Ballad of Buckethead".

Buckethead promoted the album by opening for Primus in October and November 1999.[2] Monsters and Robots is listed in the German National Library's catalog[3] and is Buckethead's best selling solo album to date.[4]

Track listing[edit]

1."Jump Man"Buckethead, Pete Scaturro4:21
2."Stick Pit"Buckethead, Les Claypool, Bryan Mantia3:40
3."The Ballad of Buckethead"Buckethead, Claypool, Mantia3:59
4."Sow Thistle"Buckethead, Steve Freeman, Bootsy Collins4:30
5."Revenge of the Double-Man"Buckethead, Claypool, Mantia, DJ Disk3:34
6."Night of the Slunk"Buckethead5:43
7."Who Me?"Buckethead2:08
8."Jowls"Buckethead, Scaturro, Mantia4:26
9."The Shape Vs. Buckethead"Buckethead, Freeman, Collins5:40
10."Stun Operator"Buckethead, Claypool, Mantia4:17
11."Scapula"Buckethead, Scaturro, Mantia4:04
12."Nun Chuka Kata"Buckethead, Claypool, Mantia, DJ Disk4:30
13."Remote Viewer #13" (Japanese edition bonus track)Buckethead, Claypool, Mantia, DJ Disk4:18
Total length:55:12


  • The songs "Jowls" and "Scapula" are both re-recorded versions of songs of the same names on Giant Robot (NTT).
  • The song "Night of the Slunk" has a similar riff as "Jump Man", but longer with less distortion.
  • An alternate version of the song "Revenge of the Double-Man", named "Silent Scream" appears on the album The 13th Scroll released in 1999 by Buckethead's side project Cobra Strike.
  • "Revenge of the Double-Man" references the arcade game Sinistar.
  • "Scapula" uses several samples taken from the movie The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.



  • Tracks 1, 8, 11 recorded at Horn of Zeus.
    • Produced & mixed by Pete Scaturro & Rob Beaton.
    • "Jowls" originally recorded by Howard Johnson @ Different Fur Recording
    • Recording assistance on 8 by Mark Weber, on 11 by Mark Weber & Eric Ware.
  • Tracks 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 13 recorded at Rancho Relaxo studios.
  • Tracks 4 & 9 recorded at the Embalming Plant.
    • Produced by Extrakd.
  • Track 6 recorded at Orange Music.
  • Additional production on tracks 1, 4 & 9 by Bootsy Collins at Bootzilla Re-hab P-form School.
  • Mastered by Don E. Tyler at Precision Mastering.
  • A&R direction: Warren Schummer.
  • Design, illustration & photography: Dave McKean @ Hourglass.
  • Cover illustration for Buckethead No. 2: Bryan Frankenseuss Theiss.
  • Photographs on pgs. 3, 6, 7 & back inlay: Warren Schummer.
  • 3-d programming: Max MacMuffin.
  • Production manager: Gina Grimes.
  • Product marketing manager: Kenny Nemes.

The Ballad of Buckethead[edit]

"The Ballad of Buckethead"
Song by Buckethead
from the album Monsters and Robots
ReleasedApril 20, 1999
RecordedRancho Relaxo studios
GenreExperimental rock, funk metal
LabelHigher Octave
Songwriter(s)Buckethead, Les Claypool, Bryan Mantia
Producer(s)Les Claypool

"The Ballad of Buckethead" was chosen to promote Monsters and Robots. It is one of the few Buckethead songs to prominently feature vocals, which are performed by Primus' Les Claypool. Drums were performed by long-time Buckethead friend (and then Primus drummer) Bryan "Brain" Mantia.

The song is split into three verses, with the chorus following the first and third verse. The song, as its title suggests, tells the (fictional) story of Buckethead's life,[5] particularly his upbringing. According to Buckethead's official biography,[6] he was raised in a chicken coop by chickens, and the lyrics to the narrative[7] continue this theme:

A video clip using 3D models and reassembling themes from the lyrics was made by English artist Dave McKean,[8] and gained airplay on several music related television stations.

The song was included to Primus' live set in October and November 1999, when Buckethead made stage cameos.[9]

"The Ballad of Buckethead" features samples from the 1996 movie Sling Blade.

The music video was nominated for the "Best New Artist - Modern Rock" on Billboard's Music Video Awards.[10]



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  2. ^ Ives, Brian (1999-09-29). "MTV News, September 1999". Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  3. ^ "Katalog des Deutschen Musikarchivs". Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  4. ^ Robert White. "FAQ 2.0". Archived from the original on 2012-11-15. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  5. ^ "Buckethead Album Reviews". Archived from the original on 2011-10-19. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  6. ^ "The Buckethead Story". Archived from the original on 2013-01-26. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  7. ^ "United Mutations, a Buckethead interview by Jason Pettigrew, Alternative Press #139, February 2000". 2000-02-28. Archived from the original on 2011-11-23. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  8. ^ McKean, Dave; Neil Gaiman; Lisa Henson (2005). The Alchemy of MirrorMask. Collins Design. ISBN 0-06-082379-8.
  9. ^ Hi kids, do you like Primus?, Kyle Kipp, November 1999 Archived 2007-11-09 at
  10. ^ "Buckethead Videography". Retrieved 2011-11-11.