Fishbone may be the most under-rated and hyphenated band in the world. The pioneering L.A. punk-rock-ska-funk-jazz ensemble came straight outta South Central by way of Hollywood to break down the walls between musical genres starting in 1979. As Everyday Sunshine, a new documentary about the band, puts it: “Fishbone made it okay for black kids to slam dance and brought the funk to the punk.”
At their peak the band was signed to Columbia Records with great expectations of following contemporaries like Red Hot Chili Peppers to official “Rock Star Status.” But much like fellow black punk pioneers Bad Brains, they never managed to achieve the success for which they seemed destined.
This week Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone, Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler’s hard-hitting new documentary about the band opens nationwide. Fishbone is also dropping a new EP called Crazy Glue and the band is currently touring across the United States. So the time is ripe for a rediscovery of these slept-on giants of the punk rock movement who also toured with The Beastie Boys and Schooly D while winning the appreciation of forward-thinking producers like Dr. Dre and Dallas Austin.
One of many Fishbone fans who recently expressed his appreciation for the new film via Twitter was the Trill O.G. himself, Bun B. Complex reached out to Bun and so he could do the knowledge with vocalist/saxophonist Angelo Moore and bassist John Norwood Fisher, two founding members of Fishbone. Click through as they talk about the shared struggles of hip-hop and punk rock, their battles to stay true to their outside-the-box vision in the mainstream music industry, and the joy of seeing racist skinheads get their ass kicked.
For the full interview, check out – http://www.complex.com/music/2011/10/bun-b-interviews-fishbone-about-rock-hip…