Back in the late 80's (and into the very early 90's) a Fishbone t-shirt was to alterna-hipsters of the time what a Jesus fish on a car bumper are to Christians today, a silent, universal signal of knowingness. While this cultural tic quickly grew irritating, Fishbone at their peak were never less than awe-inspiring.
From the beginning Fishbone were always unpeggable, hence why the punk/ska/new wave/funk/psychedelic/gospel/soul/folk/jazz/metal on display on 1988's Truth and Soul was (and remains) so breath-taking. This era of the band may not be everyone's peak Fishbone but ignoring the breadth of its musical scope is, I believe, dangerous. Of course by the time Fishbone finally got to cash in on all that unspoken cool (they got to headline Lollapalooza twice!) the band's stylistic trajectory had begun to snake wildly coming to resembling a more prog-metalized P-Funk. The nineties and the aughts would see Fishbone's stock rise, fall, bottom out and then slowly begin to build once again. The future is Fishbone!
I always thought this song was just done with Fishbone, which leads to the question "Who are all those white guys?"
Fishbone Live at the Entpe in Lyon, France May 27th 1989 (Soundboard)
1. I Got a Fish
2. Skankin' to the Beat
3. Question of Life
4. Lyin' Ass Bitch
6. Freddie's Dead
7. Cholly (Gonna Have a Good Time Jam)
8. Pouring Rain
9. Slow Bus Movin' (Howard Beach Party)
10. Give it Up
11. Deep Inside
12. Bonin' in the Boneyard
13. One Day
14. Ma & Pa
15. Ghetto Soundwave
16. Subliminal Fascism
17. "Simon Says" The Kingpin
18. Party At Ground Zero
19. Hide Behind my Glasses
20. Fishbone is Red Hot
(This documentary, which as punk law dictates, contains an interview with Keith Morris, promises to be fascinating!)
Leave us a comments and tell us which is your favourite era of Fishbone!
Speaking of which, the Live '89 link is in the comments section!
Story of Fishbone doc