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Still Stuck in Your Throat
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, R&B, Rock
The legendary Fishbone is back in full-effect! With a brand-new studio album coming out in the U.S. in April, the revolutionary ska/punk/reggae/metal rockers are blanketing the globe with their monstrous live presence. ... more »
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The legendary Fishbone is back in full-effect! With a brand-new studio album coming out in the U.S. in April, the revolutionary ska/punk/reggae/metal rockers are blanketing the globe with their monstrous live presence. Going strong for more than 20 years, Fishbone has continually brought the house down at every live performance. This long awaited studio release is already buzzing around in Europe and has fans throughout the U.S. back in "FISHBONE IS RED HOT" mode. Combining equal parts of deep funk, high-energy punk, and frantic ska, the Los Angeles-based Fishbone were one of the most distinctive and eclectic alternative rock bands of the late '80s and were spawned from the same circle of bands as Jane's Addiction and Red Hot Chilli Peppers. With their hyperactive, self-conscious diversity, goofy sense of humour, and sharp social commentary, the group have gained a sizeable cult following and have sold out shows across the world. Led by vocalist/saxophonist Angelo Moore, the group formed in 1979 while the band was still in junior high; the original lineup comprised Moore, Chris Dowd, Kendall Jones, Walter Kibby II, and John Norwood Fisher. 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. From here the band have had a prolific output - with over ten albums since their genesis. They've worked with the likes of Primus and Suicidal Tendencies, showing an eclecticism not seen in the independent scene since Bad Brains. Upbeat and surging with energy, "Still Stuck In Your Throat" crackles with the life of a band possessed. Now reaching over 25 years in the business, Fishbone still sound nothing less than fresh. With an experimental edge to the new recordings, the band have become anything but tired and predictable. And with a sound authentic enough to appeal to fans of The Specials and Sublime (of which, the classic track Date Rape is covered here) but creative and eccentric enough (Party With Saddam?!) to satisfy followers of DC-punk, post-hardcore and jazz, it seems that Fishbone have yet again transcended genre in the name of digression.
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Some Songs Shine But The Production Is Inconsistant
Gordon Kyd | Sydney, NSW Australia | 05/05/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"'Still Stuck In Your Throat'is as musically diverse as any classic Fishbone album however, only a handful of tracks could be considered classic tunes. One gets the feeling that the band were still adjusting and familiarising themselves to the recent personel that is now Fishbone.
It is an album with at least one song for everyone, whether you like the fratic punk metal, soul driven funk or the upbeat happy ska, Fishbone still know how to mix it up like the masters they are. The standout tracks are: 'Behind Closed Doors', 'We Just Lose Our Minds', 'Party With Saddam'and 'Forever Moore' with each and everyone of these pearlers ranking with the best Fishbone songs of the past. Apart from the quality of the songwriting on these tunes, it is the production that makes them shine. A tight and precise clearity within the mix allows all the members to stand out but it is the superb vocals of Angelo Moore and the new supersized horn section that also rates them up with classic tunes from the vast Fishbone back catalogue.
Unfortunately the production of the album is extremely inconsistant and nothing is more obvious to outline this fact when the beautiful rich production of 'Behind Closed Doors' is followed by a limp and mirky 'Premadawnutt'. The latter sounds like a cheap live bootleg demo when it really should have deserved more attention from the engineer. Unlike previous Fishbone albums, the balance of the guitar has been reduced making it one of the weaker Fishbone axe albums. It's a shame because Rocky George is cutting some fine work on the disk it's just the mix makes you have to really work hard to hear his skill. Another downer is the almost after-thought drum sound on about a third of the material on the album. The snare is buried and drummer John Steward is proficent enough behind the kit to also deserve more.
Some of the tracks such as the ragga metal dancehall punk song 'Let Dem Hoes Fight'display a band that hasn't softened or lost potencey in their latter years of playing. Their pursuit of energy and heavy power is still very much present. It's just that the production again takes away from such fine moments.
'Skank 'N Go Nuttz'is an older track revisited, as is 'Premadawnutt' but the energy of past demos or live recordings isn't captured and the guitars lack the bite it did with previous guitarist Spacey.T, mainly because of the lower guitar mix.
Something that Fishbone have never really achieved in the studio through out their 25 year career is their extra explosive live energy that makes them still one of the most exciting and visually stimulating bands to see on stage. This was reinforced after witnessing the band over Easter 2007 and can I tell you the talent and tightness of this current line up just isn't captured on 'Still Still Stuck In Your Throat'. All the songs that sound "alright" on the record came to life on stage. If only they had caught that energy when recording this album!!
Sadly Fishbone's latest album is not the record to bring Fishbone back into the consciousness of a mainstream rock audience like they were back in the late 1980's and early 90's with masterpieces such as 'The Reality Of My Surroundings' however, there is some pure Fishbone magic in and amoungst the songs of 'Still Stuck In Your Throat'.
Q: Does it rate with 'The Reality Of My Surroundings' or 'Give A Monkey A Brain'?
A: No, not really but it would take something absolutely divine to compete with those jems.
Q: Is Fishbone still relevent?
A: Hell yeah! See these brothers live any opportunity you can because the the band hasn't been this tight for more than a decade.
With the positive vibes of the current line up and the way they are gelling together personally and musically, the next release should be spectacular."
Buy This Album Now!! This is THE REAL !!
Andrew Miner | Buffalo | 04/25/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Remember back in the early days of rock 'n roll when Little Richard would put out a brilliant song and the record companies would have someone crappy like Pat Boone water it down and sell a bunch of records? Such is the case with Fishbone. Fishbone is going on 20+ years of the finest California punk-ska-jazz-funk-metal-soul-reggae-nuttmegasaurus you have ever heard! Red Hot Chili Peppers, No Doubt, Sublime, Likin Park (nice spelling) and a whole universe of lame bands should line up to thank Fishbone for all the ideas they've ripped off over the years.
Now a number of Fishbone Soldiers have fallen along the way, but the new line up with the new album are as strong as they have ever been! Party With Sadaam, Skank and Go Nuts and We Just Lose Our Minds rank with some of the best songs Fishbone have ever done.
Why this band has not sold millions of records is testament to just how stupid the big record companies are. Help Right The Wrong - Buy this record - then go back and buy ALL of their other records!!! See Fishbone in a town near you! The live show takes it to another level! Do It NOW!
Welcome to the Familyhood."
BEST LIVE BAND IN AMERICAN HISTORY
deepcircle | CHITOWN | 05/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Just when you think that FISHBONE has sailed off into musical oblivion, they hit you in the face with a gem. This albumn represents Fishbone's finest body of work in almost a decade. Production failures prevent this albumn from reaching it's full potential, but the songs cannot be denied by bad mixing. Angelo Moore is at the top of his game as witnessed by an audience that was fortunate enought to catch his performance at the Pearl Room in Mokena IL, on May 11th 2007. The horn section sounded better than it has in a long time and Rocky played ax like a young prodigy with what appeared to be a cast on his picking hand. Norwood (actually seemed sober) kept the bottom heavy and frantic all night. The young guy (dre) is really finding his identity on the keys and bit part voacls. The albumn is good, but if you really want to capture FISHBONE, do yourself a favor and go take in one of America's last authentic treasures. FISHBONE LIVEON STAGE."