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Can't believe this year pretty much marks the band's 30th anniversary in the record industry. Surprises me that their former label (Columbia/Sony) hasn't fully taken advantage of this yet by reissuing their entire back catalog with bonus material galore, but maybe that's already being planned in the works. I certainly hope so, anyway. These brothers done paid their dues many times over for that matter and deserve the royal treatment like never before!
The album is a must have for "Lyin' Ass Bitch" and "Party at Ground Zero" -- two of the spukiest, hippest tunes of the 1980s
Personally, I think that this first ep, no matter how good all of their stuff is, is probobly their best release. It's so fresh and funky. Not to say that their other albums are bad, no, they're brilliant, but this is absolutely amazing.
"Ugly" and "Another Generation" thrust their sound home-a happily melodic mix of the kitchen sink of just about every ska/Afropop combination imaginable with rocking rhythms and funky bass/guitar interactions,along with some of the smoothest and cleanest vocal harmonies your going to here until everyone breaks out into laughs,cries and howls that is. "? (Modern Industry)" collects a series of sound samples into this mix as a reflection of the world into which they were musically entering at that time. "Party At Ground Zero" amps up this sound to it's highest possible intensity whereas "VTTLOTFDGF" brings out a much more obvious and pronounced funk influenced in the their sound before returning to familiar ground on "Lyin' Ass Bitch".
From beginning to end this is a very subversive album,laughing loud and long both lyrically and musically at the sociological awkwardness of Reaganomics and the changes that were coming in the music industry itself.Read more ›
In 1987 Fishbone played "The Bayou" in Washington D.C.
They were the opening act for The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Fishbone came out & blew away the entire club.....IT KILLED !
The energy, the vibe, the performance, the music....IT WAS MIND BLOWING !
I stayed for they're entire set...and with each song they got better & better.
Then The Red Hot Chili Pepper came out.
They were naked except for socks on they're genitals.
They started playing & the club emptied out. I stayed for 2 songs & left.
They were THAT BAD & THEY SUCKED, Fishbone blew them away.
This is a landmark album, it's amazing, it's Ska & it's Fishbone at it's finest.
BUY THIS ALBUM & RUN LIKE HELL !!!!!!
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Always found fishbone's 1st album a creative example of music at it's true art formPublished on August 11, 2014 by gordon brand
Have not heard from these dudes in twenty or so years. I loved this CD back in the day. Sweet.Published on October 18, 2013 by Sally Walters
When I saw these guys at The Ritz (when it was downtown), they just blew me away. I kept asking myself, "Where do these guys get their energy from?" The leaps and turns. Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by Rocco Dormarunno
I was a kid aged only 19 sometime back in 1985, when these really odd yet FUNKY black dudes came on the T.V. Read morePublished on May 15, 2011 by Z-ROY
How can one go wrong? If there is a way to do so with this release, I don't know about it. Let these positive vibes bore into your skull. This E.P. Read morePublished on April 22, 2007 by DURGAZ
Just as on the cover of the record, ENERGY! Keyboards flyin', Saxs' flailin', jumpin', divin', spinnin', these brothas' never stand still! Read morePublished on June 20, 2006 by ChuckDeezul
I've owed The Reality of My Surroundings a few years now (it has the best songs I've ever heard from a non-mainstream band), and have heard the hits off Truth & Soul. Read morePublished on August 13, 2005 by Kyle
Fishbone began their career correctly with this smoking EP. "Ugly" is a good song, with the sophmoric lyrics that pop up at least a couple times per every Fishbone disc. Read morePublished on May 26, 2003 by Anthony Cooper