is a Juno-nominated album by Buck 65
Richard Terfry , who uses the stage name Buck 65, is a Canadian experimental artist, MC and turntablist. Underpinned by an extensive background in abstract hip hop, his more recent music has extensively incorporated blues, country, rock, folk and avant garde influences.Terfry is also a radio host,...
released on October 30, 2007.
The song "1957" makes reference to various events in the year 1957, including the birth of punk rocker Sid Vicious
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, the relocation of the Brooklyn Dodgers to Los Angeles, the apprehension of serial killer Ed Gein
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, the obscenity trial surrounding the Allen Ginsberg
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"Howl" is a poem written by Allen Ginsberg in 1955 and published as part of his 1956 collection of poetry titled Howl and Other Poems. The poem is considered to be one of the great works of the Beat Generation, along with Jack Kerouac's On the Road and William S. Burroughs's Naked Lunch...
", and the death of Humphrey Bogart
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. Some events mentioned in the song did not actually occur in 1957: the marriage of Arthur Miller
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to Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, singer, model and showgirl who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s....
and the release of the film Invasion of the Body Snatchers
both happened in 1956. The song begins identically to the beginning of the poem "Howl": "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed", but differs lyrically from that point. "We all go to heaven in a little row boat" comes from The Clapping Song
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, which was recorded first in 1965.
- "Intro" (1:40)
- "1957" (3:57)
- "Dang" (2:38) - Contains a sample of "Let There Be Drums" by The Incredible Bongo Band.
- "Lipstick" (3:08)
- "Shutter Buggin'" (3:27)
- "Spread 'Em" (2:50)
- "Ho-Boys" (3:46)
- "Way Back When" (3:32)
- "Cop Shades" (4:07)
- "The Beatific" (3:16)
- "Mr. Nobody" (3:02)
- "The Rebel" (3:15)
- "Benz" (2:32) - feat. Cadence Weapon
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- "Heatwave" (2:59)
- "The Outskirts" (3:12)
- "White Bread" (4:00)
- "Way Back When" (k-os
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Remix) (3:36) — Bonus track on some versions
Release and reception
was released on October 30, 2007, on Sage Francis
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' Strange Famous Records
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. The songs "Dang", "Way Back When", and "Shutter Buggin'" were released as singles; "Dang" having previously appeared on Buck 65's 2006 mixtape Strong Arm
It received generally favourable reviews according to review aggregator Metacritic
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. The album reached #1 in its second week on Chart
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s campus radio
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chart, and peaked at #31 on Billboard
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s Top Heatseekers
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At the 2008 Juno Awards
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, producer Skratch Bastid
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was nominated as Producer of the Year
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for his work on the album.