Afternoon Hype! Mike Patton Week

Today we listen to Mr. Bungle. Mike Patton’s first project of significant interest, the bands earliest offerings go back as far as 1985 but they were signed to a label after Patton had already joined(and proved a worthwhile investment) Faith No More in 1988 and by ’91 they released their self titled debut to little more than cult following fanfare. Disco Volante followed in 1995 and really took Mr. Bungle into their own, albeit strange world, one you could maybe liken to going to circus macabre on a headful of acid. California came next, proving to be the final offering and as the name implies has a demented Beach Boys type vibe throughout, if you were to hang out in California with the Beach Boys on a headful acid  I guess. You wouldn’t be the first, that’s for sure. Though there’s never been an official breakup the band has been dormant since a final 2004 tour, apparently finalizing the band and fact that they may one of the hardest bands of that generation to actually categorize. I’d also be hard pressed to believe that’s not what they were actually trying to accomplish. My friend Yas saw them live once and said they played Everybody’s Working For The Weekend by Loverboy four times between the Mr. Bungle songs they played. “Trippy as balls..” I believe were his exact words. Weirdos.

 

 

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