Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone
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EVERYDAY SUNSHINE is a documentary about the band Fishbone, musical pioneers who have been rocking on the margins of pop culture for the past 25 years. From the streets of South Central-Los Angeles and the competitive Hollywood music scene of the 1980's, the band rose to prominence, only to fall apart when on the verge of "making it."
Laurence Fishburne narrates EVERYDAY SUNSHINE, an entertaining cinematic journey into the personal lives of this unique Black rock band, an untold story of fiercely individual artists in their quest to reclaim their musical legacy while debunking the myths of young Black men from urban America. Highlighting the parallel journeys of a band and their city, EVERYDAY SUNSHINE explores the personal and cultural forces that gave rise to California's legendary Black punk sons that continue to defy categories and expectations.
At the heart of Fishbone's story is lead singer Angelo Moore and bassist Norwood Fisher who show how they keep the band rolling, out of pride, desperation and love for their art. To overcome money woes, family strife, and the strain of being aging Punk rockers on the road, Norwood and Angelo are challenged to re-invent themselves in the face of dysfunction and ghosts from a painful past
SPECIAL FEATURES include:
· Audio Commentary with filmmakers & the band
· Deleted Scenes
· Interview Outtakes with Fishbone and Rock Stars
· Unreleased Archives - Photos and Concert Footage from the early years and today
· Fishbone live at the closing of the legendary punk rock club CBGBs
· Special Featurettes
· Rare Dr. Madd Vibe Poetry
· Music Video
· Animation Storyboards from the film
· Theatrical Trailer
"The Los Angeles-born-and-bred band Fishbone, which delivered a bracing combination of rock, funk, punk, and ska, was one of the brightest lights of late-eighties alternative rock. This perceptive, plainspoken, frequently gripping documentary by Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler both measures the wattage of the band s early years and traces, with a mix of wisdom and sadness, the long fade. Narrated by Laurence Fishburne, and featuring interviews with other eighties-rock veterans (including Les Claypool, of Primus; Vernon Reid, of Living Colour; and Flea, of the Red Hot Chili Peppers), the film paints a portrait of a band that never became as big as it should have, and suggests that its failure was due both to internal dissension and to the stubborn conservatism of the record industry in matters of race, genre, and vision. The core of the film is the long professional marriage between the bassist and singer Norwood Fisher and the saxophonist and singer Angelo Moore. Like many African-American teen-agers, they were bused into predominantly white and affluent neighborhoods, and they made music as perceptive outsiders trying to understand their surroundings and to preserve their identity. Many bands have a might-have-been story, but few have a story that reflects such rich and paradoxical ideas" --Ben Greeman, New Yorker
Top customer reviews
A basic very well done rock-documentary, with a twist, its about an amazing group of musicians who had a very interesting history and never got the break they deserve. Even though they paved the way for countless others who made more money, they never got their big break and lumbered in underground stardom.
The movie documents the rough times of the band and tries to focus on the tremendous contribution to changing the music industry and rock n roll itself.
Highly recommended for any fan!
Clearly, the story here is of a transformation. The early, formative years are ripe with fun, a sense of adventure and no stated goals beyond hanging out as friends, jamming in the bedroom and making music for the sheer joy of creation. Getting a live gig = nirvana. The cartoons are inventive, adding an oft-funny (and realistic) dimension to the "how it was back then" tales.
The years 1985 - 1992 are their artistic peak during which the band (and their fans) felt they were on the cusp of a major breakthrough, despite the often weird amalgamation of musical styles.
From then on however, it's a sad, downward trajectory that exudes quite a bit of pathos. Due to the limitations of a still-rigid industry (which was unable to pigeonhole them...how could they?), the loss of key members Kendall & Chris, and their inability to break through at a mass-market level...the band watches as other (whiter) acts such as the RHCP, No Doubt and various grunge bands go onto mega-stardom while they're left playing small clubs, wondering what happened.
The band allows itself to be filmed in brutal honesty. Particularly hard-to-watch is frontman Angelo having to move in with his mother due to loss of his apartment, although he certainly seems to take it in stride...we feel worse than he does. Norwood & Kibby are also forthcoming in their assessments of Angelo and how artistic genius can be a very trying thing to live with, day-in-day-out.
Hope prevails of course...the band eventually reunites with estranged members and continue to tour new records, refusing to join the greatest-hits-oldies circuit, where at least a guaranteed paycheck would await.
This is a frank and riveting documentary...highly recommended.
These guys are one of a kind. So much so that they were undefinable musically. Each member is an unique artistic entity and the sum of the parts makes up Fishbone.
Even if you are not a Fishbone fan, this film will be enjoyed by fans of music.
And be sure to catch Fishbone on tour in a city near you. They still bring it as hard as ever.
This film is suitable for both fans and strangers of the band. True entertainment.
Thanks for the fix!