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The decision to open its second album with a cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “Freddie’s Dead” was Fishbone’s boldest statement to date. The band updated the instrumentation for 1988 but otherwise offered a completely sincere reading of Mayfield’s classic, asserting its spiritual affinity with an earlier generation of political and musical innovation. The rest of Truth and Soul introduced a slightly more mature Fishbone. The band retained the energy and diversity of its early days, but its delivery was less tongue-in-cheek. Vocalist Angelo Moore is full-bodied and impassioned as he sings the refrain of “Question of Life.” The themes here include self-examination and political principle, but when the band makes a statement on racism it's careful not to fall back on boring language. “Slow Bus Movin’” is as surreal as it is enraged: “Stricken with determination to rise above a slave/The mayo men used firehoses to spray the monkeys back in their cages.” Musically, the band was at a muscular peak, with every instrument following the fearless athleticism of Moore’s vocals.

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A Truly Great Album

This album was as influential in raising me than my parents. Fishbone really pulled their individual talents together in this superbly produced record. Grounded with solid songwriting and Fishbone's signature high energy performance, this record has really stayed with me all of these years. While re-listening to it now after nearly 10 years, I am realizing that this album is every bit as solid as i remember it. The album stands up in its entirity, but if you choose to grab just a few songs, I'd recommend "Ghetto Soundwave", "Ma and Pa", "Bonin'", ... ah damn, it's too hard to choose, just get the whole record!

Classic 'Bone

A classic record by a seemingly underrated band. Harder than their previous LP, "In Your Face", and not quite as dense as "The Reality..." (their 1991 follow-up). This record stands up well nearly 20 years later. Maybe if we ask nicely, Sony will give iTunes the "It's A Wonderful Life" EP in time for the next holiday season?

Saw these guys around the time this album came out

The concert was likley the most entertaining i have EVER seen and the album is one of my all time fav.


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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