Fishbone

Fishbone

 Los Angeles, California, USA
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Fishbone is an extremely influential band that plays a unique fusion of funk, ska, punk rock, reggae, heavy metal, and more. The band has established a strong reputation as one of the best live acts in rock and roll, and continues to tour extensively.

Biography

~Fishbone lives up to their legend as "THE" group to bridge the gap between the funk of George Clinton and the blare of Rush; a hybrid fusion where Led Zeppelin and Sly Stone dance to a frenetic ska beat that fuel's the alternative thrust of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane's Addiction and the cast of Lollapalooza. From their childhood together in the hardcore South Central Los Angeles wasteland to years of forced school-bused integration, Fishbone's influences were kaleidoscopic and never-ending.
The band was formed in 1979 in the ghettos of South Central Los Angeles. The group came from the same Los Angeles scene that spawned the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane's Addiction.
Fishbone first gained attention with their unique live concerts, earning a reputation as one of the most original bands in the alternative genre. Their unique stew of different styles, mixed with hectic energy and pounding rhythms, were a huge influence on the funk/rock/metal/rap genre that would become popular in the 1990s.
Live audiences around the world have been surrendering to the band's stage flash and magical rhythms with uninterrupted regularity. Such passionate devotion is not lost on Fishbone, who refer to their friends on the road as "The Familyhood."
Fishbone's dedicated fan base is, for the most part, happy to travel down whatever musical path the musicians pursue.
The current line up (Norwood Fisher, Angelo Moore, John Steward, Dre Gipson , Rocky George, Curtis Storey and John McKnight) have a new album recorded. Fishbone's 8th record in 20 years, "Still Stuck in Your Throat" will make it's USA debut on April 24, 2007.
This Current lineup has steered Fishbone into a unique Jazzy/Gospel feel that has to be seen live to understand how a band could be considered "jazzy/ska/gospel/punk-rock/reggae" to quote Angelo Moore when asked to describe Fishbone's newest direction.
Attention seems to be returning to the band as they appeared on 'Look At All The Love We Found: A Tribute to Sublime' with an amazing and energetic cover of 'Date Rape'. Their version of the song has recieved airplay on radio stations nation wide across the US and a film clip has been made.
They also appear as the house band in Outkast's movie, "Idlewild" as well as a Christina Aguilera video. You can also see them in David Arquette's directorial debut, "The Tripper". www.revolt-media.com/note-9.php
Fishbone will continue to tour through the States/Europe in 2009. Look for the bone to be touring near you soon. The band's tour schedule can be found on their official website : www.fishbone.net as well as on the fan based site www.fishbonelive.org & www.myspace.com/fishboneisredhot

Lyrics

Party at Ground Zero

Written By: ~Fishbone

Party at ground zero
Every movie starring you
And the world will turn to flowing
pink vapor stew

Please do not fear 'cause Fishbone is here to say (say what?)
Just have a good time the stop sign is far away
The toilet has flushed and green lights are a ghost
And drop drills will be extinct
Speedracer cloud has come
They know not what they've done
Sin has just won
The planet is a crumb

Johnny, go get your gun
For the commies are in our hemisphere today
Ivan, go fly your MIG
For the Yankee imperialists have come to play

Johnny goes to Sally's house to kiss her goodbye
But Daddy says to spend the night
They make love 'till the early morning light
For tomorrow Johnny goes to fight

Johnny, Ivan, Ian, everybody come along
For our nations need new heroes
Time to sing a new war song

Party at ground zero
Every movie starring you
And the world will turn to flowing
Pink vapor stew

Please do not fear 'cause Fishbone is here to say (say what?)
Just have a good time the stop sign is far away
The toilet has flushed and green lights are a ghost
And drop drills will be extinct
Speedracer cloud has come
They know not what they've done
Sin has just won
The planet is a crumb

Party at ground zero
Every movie starring you
And the world will turn to flowing
Pink vapor stew x8

Ma and Pa

Written By: ~Fishbone

There once was a Ma that wanted her
There once was a Pa that wanted her

I know she's confused, she's my blood sister
She told me the blues as she start to shiver
Only a child in the middle of a war
She's a problem child now because of a divorce

Hey Ma and Pa
What the hell is wrong with ya'll
Hey Ma and Pa
What the hell is wrong with ya'll

Well there's a lot of money
For all the attorneys

It's just not a fight for child custody
'Cause Ma and Pa's revenge
Is making little sister bleed
Fussin' and fightin' through a family life
Make her wanna take drugs and be out of line

Hey Ma and Pa
What the hell is wrong with ya'll
Hey Ma and Pa
What the hell is wrong with ya'll

Fighting for love on an angel's feather
Why don't ya'll get your shit together

Well it's three the hard way
Doin' it the wrong way
Ma hates Pa, Pa hates Ma
Little sister say
"What the hey!"

Well there's an evil streak there
With a righteous leak I fear

That's why a child goes astray
To live a life another day
Mom and Pop in a family fury
Brother tried to say "Little sister, don't worry."

Hey Ma and Pa
What the hell's wrong with ya'll
Hey Ma and Pa
What the hell's wrong with ya'll
Hey Ma and Pa
Why'd the family rise and fall
Hey Ma and Pa

Well it's three the hard way
Doin' it the wrong way
Ma hates Pa, Pa hates Ma
Little sister say
"What the hey!"

Hey Ma and Pa
What the hell's wrong with ya'll
Hey Ma and Pa
What the hell's wrong with ya'll
Hey Ma and Pa
What the hell's wrong with ya'll
Fighting for love on an angel's feather
Why don't ya'll get your shit together

Freddie's dead

Written By: ~Fishbone

Hey, yeah, hey, hey
Love, love, love, love, love
Yeah, yeah !

Say Freddie's dead, huh !
That's what I said

Let the ??? said he'd send him home
But his hope was a rope but he should have known

It's hard to understand
There was love in this man
I'm sure all would agree
That his misery was his woman and things

Freddie's dead, huh !
That's what I said

Everybody's misused him
Ripped him off and abused him
Another junkie plan
Pushing dope for the man
A terrible blow but that's how it goes
Freddie's on the corner now

And if you want to be a junkie, wow !
Just remember
Freddie's dead

We're all built up with progress
But sometimes I must confess
You can deal with rockets and dreams
But reality, what does it mean ?

Ain't no damned thing said
'Cause Freddie's dead

Hey, yeah, hey, hey
Love, love, love, love, love
Yeah, yeah !

Hey, yeah, hey, hey
Love, love, love, love, love
Yeah, yeah !

All I want is some peace of mind
With a little love I'm tryin' to find
This could be such a beautiful world
With a wonderful girl
I need a woman, child

Why can't we brothers protect one another ?
No one's serious and it make furious

Freddie's dead
Don't be misled, just think of Fred
Don't be misled, just think of Fred

Everybody's misused him
Ripped him off and abused him
Another junkie plan
Pushing dope for the man

Freddie's on the corner now
And if you want to be a junkie, wow !

Freddie's dead
Freddy, Freddy, Freddy, Freddy !
Freddie's dead, huh !

Hide Behind My Glasses

Written By: ~Fishbone

I like to hide behind my glasses
When I feel uptight
I like to hide behind my glasses
When I'm trippin' in the strobelight

Hide behind my glasses
So I can give you all dirty looks
Like I hate you

Incompetent... moron... son of a... son of a... son of jerk !

In another world behind the shaded lens
Doctor jekyll, mr hyde, link-a-side
In another world behind the shaded lens
Doctor jekyll, mr hyde, link-a-side

I like to hide behind my glasses
So I can disappear to run and hide
I like to hide behind my glasses
So in myself I can confide
I like to hide behind my glasses
So I can make the boss the little man

I'll take my underdog supersauce pill
To beat the bullies and save the land
To beat the bullies and save the land
And sa-ave, sa-ave, sa-ave, save the land !

But when I take off my glasses
I shrink down again
They interrupt my psychedelic kingdom and
They think they can whip me
With my silver pen

So don't ask me why I put on my glasses again !
Don't ask me why I put on my glasses again !
I must repeat myself because I have to win !
So don't ask me why I put on my glasses again !

I like to hide behind my glasses (repeat)
When I'm trippin' in the strobelight (repeat)

The Suffering/The Psychotic Friends Nuttwerx (album)

Written By: ~Fishbone

I saw the stars in your eyes
And I knew it was puppy school love
xxx
You saw the twinkle in mine
Then we both knew it was time to hold our breath
xxxAnd run and get committed

We got lost in a sea of love and lust
With a galaxy of trust
xxxWe were soon committed
To each other like a mussel in a clam
To the movies to the mall glued together hand in hand

And we walked and ran through love land
Everything was fine
Until my baby took me for my very last dime

Bang, bang, shoot me dead
Thought my baby loved me
But I'd been mislead

My, my she sucked me dry
Now the little Ms. wants to say bye bye

Once I was a King
Now I'm wrapped around her finger
Like a diamond ring

The engagement ring
The wedding ring
The church bells ring
And the suffering

Understand I'm a man
Who believes in the glory of love
xxxYou're a fool and a sucka
True love is the light shining bright
From the Heavens, The Heavens above
xxxYou cold motherfucker

I believe, I believe it is better to trust
Even when I'm wrong
xxxBe careful you're my brother
Than to let my fear drive me
From the home where I have belonged
xxx

She was my Queen to protect and serve
Then she threw me a curve
Skam skimmin' gold diggin'
Kick me to the curb

Bang, bang, shoot me dead
Thought my baby loved me
But I'd been mislead

My, my she sucked me dry
Now the little Ms. wants to say bye bye

Once I was a King
Now I'm wrapped around her finger
Like a diamond ring

The engagement ring
The wedding ring
The church bells ring
And the suffering

I know what they say on the street
She's a cheat and a thief and a liar
xxxAnd everybody knows it
But she's my light and my love and my hope
And my only desire
xxxYou're anger can't control it

She broke the bank, then she took my car
That chick stole my heart

Should have known from the start

Bang, bang, shoot me dead
Thought my baby loved me
But I'd been mislead

My, my she sucked me dry
Now the little Ms. wants to say bye bye

Once I was a King
Now I'm wrapped around her finger
Like a diamond ring

The engagement ring
The wedding ring
The church bells ring
And the suffering

Alcoholic

Written By: ~Fishbone

Ohh Alcoholic
Ohh real good liquor
Ohh make you throw up
Ohh make you clumsy

Well...
My Pop had a party at the house one night
On the last day of school and the food is all right
We had a speaker on the roof and a speaker on the hill
With four turntables and a reel to reel
All the pretty women came, no ugly chicks
All the stars came from the Ritz
The people eat the chicken and they drink up all the liquor
And they turn into a big screwdriver

Well...
My uncle is a 'Holic' and he down a pound of Whiskey !
With an Eight for a chaser
Spit it on the bouncer
Bouncer kicked his ass
And he lost a girlfriend with a big soul kitchen
Now he's layin' in the gutter like a skid row bum
Skid row bum style...

Ohh Alcoholic
Ohh Scotch and 800
Ohh make you scratch the record
Ohh burn the spaghetti

Well...
I came home from school on a monday
I missed the radio reggae show
I felt like a rude boy
I could have slammed me a poseur

Well...
My uncle called me a punk rocker in the doorway
As he dribbled on the table when he started to say
"You're not a rude boy, you're a lazy boy
You should make like a tree and leave
Make like a library and book
Make like a roach and bug off"

Ohh Alcoholic you can't drive
Before you crash and go to jail

Discography

In Your Face - (1986) (Moore/Kibby/Jones/Dowd/Fisher/Fish)Truth and Soul - (1988) (Moore/Kibby/Jones/Dowd/Fisher/Fish)
The Reality of My Surroundings - (1991) (Moore/Kibby/Jones/Bigham/Dowd/Fisher/Fish) Give a Monkey a Brain and He'll Swear He's the Center of the Universe - (1993) (Moore/Kibby/Jones/Bigham/Dowd/Fisher/Fish) Chim Chim's Bad Ass Revenge - (1996) (Moore/Kibby/Bigham/Fisher/Fish)Fishbone and the Familyhood Nextperience Presents: The Psychotic Friends Nuttwerx - (2000) (Moore/Kibby/SpaceyT/McKnight/Fisher/Steward) Live at the Temple Bar and More - (2002) (Moore/Kibby/SpaceyT/Fisher/Steward)
Live in Amsterdam - (2005)(Moore/Kibby/SpaceyT/Fisher/Steward)
"Look At All The Love We Found" A tribute to Sublime (2005) - (B. Knowell, E. Wilson, B. Gaugh)

Set List

*set lists always vary!
(this is only a sample)
1hrs 33 mins
1. They All Have Abandoned Their Hopes
2. Hide Behind my Glasses
3. Alcoholic
4. Jackass Brigade
5. Premadawnutt
6. Junkies Prayer
7. Freddie's Dead
8. Another Generation
9. Everyday Sunshine
10. Skank n' Go Nutts
11. Ma & Pa
12. Beergut
13. Subliminal Fascism
14. Sunless Saturday
15. Servitude
--Encore--
16. The Suffering
17. Lyin' Ass Bitch
--Encore--
18. Party At Ground Zero