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Anthrax has a song called "Fueled" that has the lyrics, "Bukowski's on my shoulder with much to think"
Apollo 440 has a song called "Tears of the Gods" that features sections of the Bukowski poem "Soup, Cosmos and Tears"
Leftover Crack has a song titled Burning In Water featuring the line "You're burning in water, drowning in flames."
Bad Radio, one of Eddie Vedder's earliest bands, has a song called "I'm Alive (How's That)" (not to be confused with Alive, from the album Ten.) In it, Eddie raps "I like to read Bukowski buck naked, I like intellectual conversation".
Dan Bern has a song called "Black Tornado" on his album New American Language in which he sings "It's a day off / It's an off-day / It's a Budweiser, Budgetel, Bukowski kind of night".
The Boo Radleys have a song named Charles Bukowski's Dead on their album Wake Up!
Modest Mouse, on their album "Good News For People Who Love Bad News" (2004), wrote a song entitled "Bukowski".
Modest Mouse also released a track titled "Long Distance Drunk" on their Lonesome Crowded West CD, which shares its name with a short story in the book Hot Water Music.
He is mentioned in a song written by Chris Hickey called "Downtown" from the "fare well" CD by Uma. "...old man on the couch, he looked liked the ghost of Charles Bukowski." The recording also has a sound clip of Bukowski at the beginning saying "alright, alright, you guys, ok..." from Bukowski's "hostage".
The song "Summer Wino" by Dan Kelly and the Alpha Males has the lyric "I've been reading lots of Charles Bukowski."
The band Hot Water Music is named after one of Bukowski's books.
The band The Good Life has a song titled "Album of the Year" in which a line reads, "i was reading Fanté at the time. i had Bukowski on the mind."
The band Lydia Vance is named after a character in Bukowski's book, Women.
The band The Volta Sound has a song "Henri Chinaski".
Punk band A Radio With Guts is named after a Bukowski poem.
The British rapper Jehst name-checks Bukowski in his track "Alcoholic Author".
The album War All The Time by Thursday shares its title with a Bukowski volume.
Senses Fail produced an album titled Let It Enfold You, from the title of one of Bukowski's works.
A Bukowski quote appears in the booklet for the Propagandhi album Potemkin City Limits.
The post-punk group The Fall wrote a song called "Dr. Buck's Letter", thought to be a tribute to Bukowski.
On the song "Got up this morning" from his 2007 album Human the Death Dance, rapper Sage Francis muses "She dangled that carrot, then asked me, 'What would Bukowski do?' / Don't go there, he'd make you his Mom / And then completely lie about it in a book later on."
He is mentioned in the Red Hot Chili Peppers song "Mellowship Slinky in B Major" on the album Blood Sugar Sex Magik: "I'm on the porch because I lost my house key/ Pick up my book, I read Bukowski."
He is also referenced in the Razorlight song "In the City" from the album Up All Night, the 311 song "Feels So Good" on the album Music as well as "Stealing Happy Hours" on Transistor and "Salsa" on Grassroots, and by UK hiphop artist Jehst on the track "Alcoholic Author" from his 2001 album Return of the Drifter. He is name checked in the titular song on The Good Life's Album of the Year. He is also mentioned in the Jon Bon Jovi song "It's Just Me" on his solo album Destination Anywhere and in the Anthrax song "Fueled" from the album Stomp 442.
Bukowski's work has also been used in the music of Tom Waits, The Ataris, Jawbreaker, Sage Francis, U2, and Buck 65.
Kris Roe, creator and frontman for The Ataris, cites Bukowski as one of his greatest influences.
Gary McDaniel, former bassist of Black Flag, went by the stage name Chuck Dukowski, a homage to Bukowski.
The band Chiodos named their 2007 album Bone Palace Ballet after Bukowski's posthumous book of poems of the same name. Their song "Teeth the Size of Piano Keys" is based on his poem "I'm In Love".
Mike Williams, vocalist for the New Orleans band Eyehategod has cited the works of Bukowski as one of the primary influences in his writing. Williams named the band's demo tape and a subsequent song after the title of a poem by Bukowski called "Lack of Almost Everything". While not being a direct copy of the works of Bukowski, his influence is undoubtedly felt in Williams' book of poetry and prose titled Cancer As A Social Activity.
Folk/country singer/songwriter Tom Russell released Hotwalker, an album of spoken word with Bukowski as one of the main focuses.
Frontman Al Jourgensen of the industrial-metal band, Ministry, has a Bukowski tattoo.
British rock band The Cult named their eighth record Born Into This.
The early Anthony Green band, Audience of One, has a song on their album I Remember When This All Meant Something entitled "Flower, Fist, and Bestial Wail".
The band Amber Pacific named their album "The Possibility and the Promise" after a quote from Ham On Rye.
The Bukowski-inspired song "To All My Friends" is track 10 on the album "Across The Pond" by Adam Snyder, Musician  [hti 2001].
The English band The Dogs D'Amour released a song called "Bullet Proof Poet" about Bukowski on their 1989 EP Graveyard of Empty Bottles.
Folk/songwriter Red Label Catharsis bears from a strong Bukowski influence, working for the Postal Service for several years where he was first introduced to Bukowski, has written music under the poem "Have You Ever Been With a Panther?" and frequently performs his song, "All That Matters Most Is How Well You Walk Through The Fire", which is based on the book of poetry of the same title.
The song "Barfly" by live electronica band The Disco Biscuits is inspired by Bukowski's life. The chorus is "Cause I'm the Barfly. I like to drink, that's what I do."
The English electronic artist St. Vitus Dance used a sample of Bukowski in their track "Farewell". The sample is from the track "Farewell; foolish objects" found on the album "70 Minutes In Hell". The track can be found at .
The American composer Jesus Contreras wrote a song cycle for soprano and orchestra based on a selection of Bukowski's poems from "Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame: Selected Poems 1955-73".
Bluesman Johnny Dowd cites Bukowski as an influence and the song "God Created Woman" contains the lyrics "Love is no gift from heaven/Love is a dog from hell". The song also references a girl with "long red hair" as do several poems in Love Is A Dog From Hell.
Richard Ashcroft's first album 'Alone With Everybody' was named after a Bukowski poem.
Stereophonics' song 'Devil' is "based on the movies and writings of Charles Bukowski", according to lead singer and song writer Kelly Jones. Also the video for the single is an idea "nicked from one of my Charles Bukowski stories and stuff like that," again according to lead singer Kelly Jones.
Indie/electronica band Peachcake has a song entitled "Jeremiah, Stop Taking Bukowski So Seriously".
Ville Valo of the band HIM has an image of Bukowski tattooed on his arm.
The group AIM, brainchild of Andy Turner, originating from Barrow-In-Furness in England, titled their last Album "Flight 602" referencing the flight number Bukowski took when travelling to Germany for his 1st poetry reading over there.
The Buffalo-based indie rock band, Tugboat Annie, mentions Bukowski in their song "Helen Of Troy".
Canadian MC Buck 65 has a song entitled "The Floor" based on Bukowski's poem "A Smile To Remember".
Houston-based hardcore unit The Jonbenet has a song entitled Love Is A Dog From Hell, named after the Bukowski poem.
The song, "These Mad Dogs of Glory" from Modern Life is War's third album Midnight in America, is heavily inspired by, and quotes, Bukowski's poem "Beasts Bounding Through Time". A homage to literary heroes, the lyrics also mention 'Bukowski on a binge in the streets of L.A.'
The song "Life Imitates Art" by The Lowest of the Low contains the lyrics, "A generation X Bukowski".