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Editors’ Notes

Though its popularity and cultural cachet peaked around 1991, Fishbone predicted many of the trends that would dominate the rest of the '90s. No Doubt’s celebratory fusion of new wave and ska, Korn’s rubbery rap-metal hybrid, OutKast’s gonzo vision of psychedelic soul music: all those massively successful groups can trace some heritage to The Essential Fishbone. This compilation surveys the band’s first four LPs, each of which was more ambitious than the one that preceded it: In Your Face (1986), Truth and Soul (1988), The Reality of My Surroundings (1991) and Give a Monkey a Brain… (1993). During this stretch, the Los Angeles band morphed from inner-city pranksters to musical revolutionaries. At a time when rappers were bringing incendiary politics back to black pop music, Fishbone was one of the few rock bands unafraid to address racism and cultural alienation. Above all, Fishbone was never boring. Even when its ambitions outstripped its abilities, it made sure each song was a carnival unto itself, complete with rides, costumes, and dizzying displays of light and sound.

Customer Reviews

Love to bone in the backyard

fishbone are pure innovators and nuts to the bone (haha... bone) but the reviewer is an idiot., first real group to mess w/ roots music and punk??? bad brains -- and don't anyone forget it. fishbone is real and epic on a level... just for being around when they were and covering curtis mayfield I'll hand them 5. OPEN MINDS< HEARTS< SOULS

They got it right!

these are my favorite fishbone cuts. yes, of course the entire truth & soul album is mandatory listening too, but if scrilla is tight and you're looking to get the best value, this is the one to pick up first!

the essential FISHBONE

I LoVe Them. They Are My Friends FOREVER Bsheer


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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