Bands that drop Bukowski's name or reference his work...

hoochmonkey9

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sorry, I forgot to mention that the above song is based on Buk's poem "a smile to remember" from the night torn mad with footsteps.
 
Razorlight - "In the City" on Up All Night

Well it's a close one, a real close one
And no-one gets hurt, but she's got twice the fun
But now they kiss in the rain
And did someone call out someone's name
From a white cadillac on a wide wind
To her white dress across the great divide
Into the warm moonlight
And she's been reading Bukowski for days
And she leans over, spits her name in my face
And says "Well now you know how it feels"
Well now you know how it feels
 
Wayne Kramer (he of MC5) on his 1995 solo LP "The Hard Stuff" has a track called "So Long Hank".

Starts off:

"It's March 10th 1994 and Charles Bukowski has died. Heartbreak. I'll miss that man of poems, short stories....etc" and continues in a spoken word style with some sharp guitar shapes thrown in.

Really heartfelt tribute. Not listed on the album sleeve though.
 
The Cherubs have a song called 'Greatest Secret' from the album 'This Noise is So Space Man', which is based on the poem The Secret.
 

number6horse

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Wayne Kramer (he of MC5) on his 1995 solo LP "The Hard Stuff" has a track called "So Long Hank".

Starts off:

"It's March 10th 1994 and Charles Bukowski has died. Heartbreak. I'll miss that man of poems, short stories....etc" and continues in a spoken word style with some sharp guitar shapes thrown in.

Really heartfelt tribute. Not listed on the album sleeve though.

I've got to hear this................
 

Black Swan

Abord the Yorikke!
Tom Russell
I believe that the title of the cd is Hotwalker. It is a made up story about little Jack Horton a carnival character talking about how Bukowski and himself had travelled on a runaway train. It is worth owning.
 

LickTheStar

Sad Flower in the Sand
I saw some band has a CD entitled Bone Palace Ballet out soon. I don't recall the artist, but they sounded whiney on the commercial.
 

vodka

Miss Take
it's funny that people who don't even really read much, let alone poetry, will have read bukowski and been influenced by him.
 
Not Quite Bernadette band?

I was just Googling to see if an illustrated edition of "Not Quite Bernadette" existed, since I seem to remember there was such an edition, and I found the edition as well as a band which goes by the name "Not Quite Bernadette" and which appears to use the logo of Hot Water Music. Has anyone heard of them, or perhpas this was the subject of an earlier thread?
 
Here's one site's list of Sir Charles referenced in songs.

For the entire site, go to New World Encyclopedia(TM): http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Charles_Bukowski

(They have an interesting slogan: "Organizing knowledge for happiness, prosperity, and world peace."

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Directly lifted from the site:

In popular culture

Several bands have made reference to Bukowski in their songs. The list includes:

311
Anthrax
The Ataris
Black Flag
Buck 66
Jon Bon Jovi
Chiodos
The Fall
Hot Water Music
Jawbreaker
Jehst
Modest Mouse
Propagandhi
A Radio With Guts
Razorlight
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Sage Francis
Senses Fail
Thursday
Tom Waits
U2


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Please note at the site, there are no links to these bands, or the songs, etc.

Pax
 

Ambreen

Sordide Sentimental
http://www.myspace.com/bukowski666

I had put that link in another thread but this one is more appropriate. It is a french unknown band I discovered one day I was looking for websites about Hank on google.

(Moreover, I just remember that the young couple in Alexandre Aja's Hills have eyes is named Bukowski, whereas in Wes Craven's film, they are named Doug and Lynne Wood.)
 
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thursday may have released an album called "War All The Time"( I don't know the band or the album), but Oakland's legendary hardcore punks Poison Idea were the first to do so. They released the lp "War All The Time" at the end of the eighties on Alchemy Records. Killer lp!

But they're from Portland, sorry about my Alzheimer.
 
Did anyone mention this old Boo Radleys version (I seem to remember it being written by someone else...a solo guy from Austin)Whammo? perhaps
 
This is an excerpt from the 311 song Salsa... compare it to Bukowski's style and, in particular, his poem The Race:

Another tale of ordinary madness
[...]

[Nah, no thanks. Post it on the 311 forum. - ed.]
 

mjp

Founding member
Hey, blame ed.

He just told me that if you think there is anything in common between those cliched kiddie-boy "hard living tough guy" lyrics and any of Bukowski's writing, you are dumber than you seem. I think that's a little harsh, but ed doesn't pull punches.
 
I would agree with harsh bordering on purist/ignorant. Sorry that 311 isn't Bach or Beethoven or another long dead Bukowski preference but the post fit the thread. Let the people read. Or not read.
 
Thanks for the censorship, dick.

I always appreciate a man who tries to find the rich in richard. Especially the one who ultimately goes down that path to find: DICK.

A good, hard word: see erection.

A political word: see Nixon.

And finally, a limp word: see your post.

(Since you are four posts into this world, you may want to surf a bit, as the waves are pretty cool.)
 

mjp

Founding member
I would agree with harsh bordering on purist/ignorant.
I just got a call from ed, and was was wondering how it could be considered ignorant to point out that some limp rock band's lyrics are nothing at all like Bukowski's writing, and that you are an idiot if you believe they are.

I think it's a fair question that ed asks, but I wonder if you're too wound up and angsty to answer it. I worry about you.
 
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