#1 Buy a Fishbone CD

Fishbone LogoFishbone is without a doubt the hardest working band in show business. Fishbone was begun by a bunch of high school friends in 1979 in Los Angeles and rose from the same punk/ska/funk/metal/alternative rock/kitchen sink scene as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane’s Addiction, and later No (bleh) Doubt.

They have had many different incarnations over the years with the only two constants being the barely dressed, lead singer/saxophonist/theremin player (THAT’S RIGHT! THEREMIN PLAYER) Angelo Moore Angelo Moore and the even less barely dressed, singularly dreadlocked, dizzying slap funk 5 string bass of Norwood Fisher.Norwood Fisher

They do everything Red Hot Chili Peppers do (or did when they were GOOD) and more. They easily go from hardcore punk, to shake your ass 70’s funk, to 80’s ska, to songs that sound like all of that at once. They have hooks that would STILL make James Brown proud and crunchy guitars that should embarrass all current rock b(L)ands.

Why aren’t they famous?

Cuz they look like THIS…

Early Era Fishbone

And this…

And this…

Current Era Fishbone

The have slogged away for nearly thirty years and they don’t have even the commercial success of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. (FULL BODY WRETCH!) So do yourself a favor. Go out and buy yourself a Fishbone CD… OR (pay for and) download a Fishbone CD. I recommend starting with Truth & Soul… or… Reality of My Surroundings… and then move on to Give a Monkey A Brain & He’ll Swear He’s The Center of The Universe and then Chim Chim’s Badass Revenge AND THEN Their debut eponymous EP (Ain’t “eponymous” a great word?)¬† AND THEN buy the The Psychotic Friends Nuttwerx AND THEN The new album, Still Stuck In Your Throat.

And then you’ll be less racist… whether you’re white or black or red or brown or yellow or tan or BLUE!

(Apologies to Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.)

Our final argument for Fishbone is the song Everyday Sunshine… one of the greatest songs of all times…

Everyday Sunshine

P.S. Anytime you are supporting black people playing loud guitars — not named Jimi Hendrix or Lenny Kravitz — you’re being less racist.


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