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Fishbone’s inaugural release encapsulates the tightly wound attack of its live show, which the band had honed over six years on Los Angeles' sweaty underground club circuit. Given its inherent eccentricities, it’s astounding how fresh the this debut sounds all these years later. There's no question that No Doubt borrowed more than a little from Fishbone’s aesthetic, and the massive popular success of Gwen Stefani & Co. makes early Fishbone records appear even more prophetic. Fishbone's goal was to be extremely fun and extremely weird at the same time. “Ugly” is the obvious hit single, but other songs here are just as crucial to the group’s identity. “Another Generation” and “Party at Ground Zero” present a kind of postapocalyptic ska music that's fitting for mid-'80s Los Angeles. The group’s pranksterish side comes out on “? (Modern Industry),” in which the band members recite radio station call letter in funny voices. The lyrics of “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” are sure to offend some listeners, but at least the song proved that tongue-in-cheek misogyny wasn't solely the province of rappers.

Customer Reviews

A must for fans of Ska!

One of the best ska albums ever recorded. A difinate influence on the 90's revial. Not to mention a great addition to what 2 tone ska had accomplished. This album is the link for me, the reason for my love of ska music, past present and future... Cheers Tonic


This EP was groundbreaking back in 1985. Ska music was very popular in the LA area. Especially on the Westside. Fishbone was the band to see. Killer musicians and crazy stylee. With The Untouchables and the Question. Fishbone was at the top of their game. A must buy for yall.

5 Bucks Of Brilliance

This is good true ska music and the price is great! If you don't have any Fishbone, this is the place to start.


Formed: 1979 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Combining equal parts of deep funk, high-energy punk, and frantic ska, the Los Angeles-based Fishbone was one of the most distinctive and eclectic alternative rock bands of the late '80s. With their hyperactive, self-conscious diversity, goofy sense of humor, and sharp social commentary, the group gained a sizable cult following during the late '80s, yet they were never able to earn a mainstream audience. Led by vocalist/saxophonist Angelo Moore, the band formed in 1979 while the members were still...
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