BUCKY SINISTER: Sensitive Badass: LP

May 01, 2012

In a move that is either suicidal or brilliant, Post-Consumer Records has chosen a poetry record as their first release. Let’s focus on the brilliant part of that. For one thing, it keeps them from being just another label putting out just another mediocre band. For another thing, this isn’t any poetry record. It’s a Bucky Sinister record. As far as I’m concerned, Bucky Sinister should be the poet laureate of punk rock. His poems are witty and heartbreaking, the beauty at the bottom of the barrel. The ten poems on this record come from Bucky’s collections Whiskey & Robots and All Blacked Out and Nowhere to Go. Both collections trace Bucky’s life growing up in an evangelical Midwest household, fleeing that abusive background, moving to the East Bay, falling in with the East Bay punk scene at a time when the world was paying attention to that scene, and bottoming out on whiskey. He has since sobered and found a way to find meaning in the whole experience. These are poems that demonstrate that meaning. Included on the record are poems you’d know if you’ve ever seen Bucky Sinister live. They’re his greatest hits, in a way: “The Anatomy of the Pit,” “The Loudest Fastest Abraham Lincoln Poem,” “My Date with Wonder Woman,” “The Alternative Universe of Bruce Wayne,” and my personal favorite, “Elegy for Lost Haunts.” I only had one poetry record before getting this one. It’s a collection of Jack Kerouac recordings. When I first got the record, I wondered how many times I’d really listen to it. As it turns out, a lot. Bucky stands alongside Kerouac in putting out a record that will linger in my stacks for decades. It’ll never be in high rotation, but I’ll take it out a few times a year just because something in my life is telling me I need to hear it again. Poetry records aren’t like comedy records. Comedy records get less funny each time you play them. Poetry records get deeper, more meaningful. At least the Kerouac and Sinister ones do.

 –sean ()