I hope people remember that a Stranger music columnist praised Joe as someone who "brought the funk
." That single-handedly convinced me to never listen to another music recommendation from that particular writer ever again. In another write-up of Joe Buckets, the Cap Hill Blog refrained from outright praise, but did provide some flattering and memorable JB quotes
like this one, where he was asked to give some sage advice:
“Do what you have to do to stay off or get off the streets, really. Stay in school and get a job because being dumb won’t impress me or anyone else. If it’s a good musician you want to become then just do it. Nobody starts off being great. You got to have the passion and drive and be willing to practice 10 hours every day. If your’e not any good after 6 months, it might be time to try something else. That’s what it took for me.”
Now watch this video
of Joe Buckets drumming recently. Mind you, this is one of the "better" performances I've heard by him. Things start off relatively okay if you don't mind the inarticulate Tom Waits impersonation. Things start going downhill around the two-minute mark though. If you watch the rest of the video from there, please tell me how, in God's name, Joe Buckets or anyone else can think he is a good musician or even a musician period. I don't mean to be so negative, but this guy really gets my goat for being so out-of-touch with reality. I have never felt this way about other buskers. When I hear him playing this same beat over and over with that same horrendously uneven sixteenth-note fill, I just want to knock over all his drums and tell him to take his own advice and "try something else" already.
Joe Buckets is more entertaining as a 'rebel without a clue,' internet celebrity than as a musician. Entertaining or not though, if he's disrupting people's sleep and ability to work, he should be a considerate neighbor and be more selective about the time and location of his shenanigans. I thank the Lord above I do not live around the block he plays on. Okay, there's my rant.
And yes, he frequently drops his drum sticks.