Fishbone started as a group of six high school buddies who, instead of picking and choosing between influences, decided to channel them all: Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Dead Kennedys and everyone in between. But when Columbia Records signed Fishbone and released its debut EP in 1985, it struggled to market the band.
Columbia eventually dropped Fishbone, even though bands like No Doubt, Jane’s Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers catapulted to mainstream success while bearing Fishbone’s influence. But tonight the documentary Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone makes its American Public Television debut. Bassist Norwood Fisher, one of three original members left, reflected on some of those defining moments in Fishbone’s 25-year career: what sparked its initial, infectious camaraderie and the painful fracturing of the band’s founding line-up.