Fishbone: Saturday, February 23, 2013
with Attila and the Huns and The Mike Dillon Band
Fishbone is a rock group that formed in 1979 in Los Angeles, CA. Combining equal parts of deep funk, high-energy punk, and frantic ska, Fishbone was one of the most distinctive and eclectic alternative rock bands of the late '80s. After performing in local clubs during the early '80s, the group signed with Columbia Records in the mid-'80s, releasing a self-titled EP in 1985. The following year, Fishbone released their first full-length album, In Your Face, which was quickly, followed by the Christmas EP “It's a Wonderful Life (Gonna Have a Good Time)”, released in 1987.
Truth and Soul (1988), Fishbone's second album, captured the band at their most ambitious, as they alternated between heavy metal and funk. The album expanded their fan base but they didn't record a new album for another three years. Before 1991's The Reality of My Surroundings Fishbone added second guitarist John Bigham. The album was a hit, receiving positive reviews, however, the record didn't establish the band as a mainstream success, nor did 1993's Give a Monkey a Brain and He'll Swear He's the Center of the Universe, despite their appearance at the third Lollapalooza.
In 1996 Fishbone released Chim Chim's Bad Ass Revenge, their first album for Arista, as well as a double-disc compilation Fishbone 101: Nuttasaurusmeg Fossil Fuelin. Despite poor album sales, the group remained a popular concert attraction, issuing the all-star Psychotic Friends Nuttwerx in the spring of 2000. In 2002, an EP featuring a 20-minute jam with Primus, entitled “Friendliest Psychosis of All”, was released on their own label, followed by a live album full of new songs, Live at the Temple Bar and More, in the summer. In 2006 their album Still Stuck in Your Throat appeared in Europe and the album arrived in the U.S. in April of 2007. Fishbone continues to tour, electrifying audiences with their high-octane shows.