Jan 10, 2018

RhoDeo 1801 Aetix

Hello, a big cock up yesterday as all links got messed up in blogger, the reason my new text editor had saved the file in text not the usual rtf format, usually i check my posting but it was late and i was tired, anyway Violetta Parra deserved better (in real life too btw)  it's all hunky dory now....

Today's artists are combining equal parts of deep funk, high-energy punk, and frantic ska, the Los Angeles-based group was one of the most distinctive and eclectic alternative rock bands of the late '80s. With their hyperactive, self-conscious diversity, goofy sense of humor, and sharp social commentary, the group gained a sizable cult following during the late '80s, yet they were never able to earn a mainstream audience. ......N'Joy

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Fishbone got started in 1979 as a "disparate, all-black oddball crew" when the members were in junior high school. The Fisher brothers, Jones, Dowd, and Kibby were all from South Central Los Angeles and were included in a school busing program that sent them daily to the San Fernando Valley, where they met Moore, who was native to the area. After first using the name Megatron with Titus Norris on vocals, the sextet adopted the name Fishbone and formed a unique stew of different styles that became popular in the Los Angeles club scene and was a great influence on several subsequent alternative bands.  They were close friends with Los Angeles bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Thelonious Monster. Fishbone were signed to Columbia Records in 1983 after being spotted at a club gig. Their first release was the 1985 single "Party at Ground Zero", followed by a self-titled EP, Fishbone produced by David Kahne The following year, Fishbone released their first full-length album, In Your Face. While it was marred by a somewhat slick production, the sheer energy of their performances burned through the slightly polished surface. In 1987, the band released the Christmas EP It's a Wonderful Life (Gonna Have a Good Time).

Fishbone was mostly considered to be a ska and funk band in their early years, but later became more guitar-driven with a focus on rock and soul music The 1988 album Truth and Soul brought Fishbone wide critical acclaim. With this album, the band also added left-leaning social commentary to their lyrics, covering important topics such as the breakup of families, early 1990s racism, fascism, nuclear war, and oppression in lower income housing projects. The album was highlighted by a hard rock-inspired version of Curtis Mayfield's classic "Freddie's Dead" from the film Super Fly. The music video, directed by Douglas Gayeton, became the band's first hit on MTV. That same year, the group toured with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and became nationally known in the burgeoning alternative music scene. Also that year, Fishbone and Little Richard recorded the Lead Belly song "Rock Island Line" for the tribute album Folkways: A Vision Shared.

The band added former Miles Davis sideman John Bigham on guitar and keyboards in 1989. The 1991 album The Reality of My Surroundings was a critical and commercial success, reaching #49 on the Billboard albums chart. One month before the album's release, the group played a performance on Saturday Night Live of "Sunless Saturday," a song which later featured an MTV video directed by Spike Lee. The song "Everyday Sunshine" also became a modest hit on radio and MTV. The album was a hit, peaking at number 49 and receiving positive reviews. However, the record didn't establish the band as a mainstream success, nor did 1993's Give a Monkey a Brain and He'll Swear He's the Center of the Universe, despite their appearance at the third Lollapalooza.

Even when the third wave ska revival began to rise to popularity in 1996, Fishbone was left behind, as their 1996 record Chim Chim's Bad Ass Revenge -- their first album for Arista -- was ignored, as was the double-disc compilation Fishbone 101: Nuttasaurusmeg Fossil Fuelin. Despite their poor sales, the group remained a popular concert attraction, issuing the all-star Psychotic Friends Nuttwerx in the spring of 2000. Unfortunately, Hollywood Records had little support for the album and it disappeared after a few disappointing months. They were dropped from the label the following summer, with side projects and various other things keeping them busy during this rough period. An EP featuring a 20-minute jam with Primus, entitled Friendliest Psychosis of All, was released on their own label in the spring of 2002, followed by a live album full of new songs, Live at the Temple Bar and More, in the summer. In 2006 their album Still Stuck in Your Throat appeared in Europe. It arrived in the U.S. in April the next year.

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While it wasn't as jaw-droppingly brilliant as such future releases like 1988's Truth and Soul and 1991's The Reality of My Surroundings would be, Fishbone's self-titled debut from 1985 sounded, at the time, totally unlike anything on the music scene. Although it only contains six songs total and their more hard-rocking direction of the future isn't yet present, it remains Fishbone's most ska-based work. By eard in the politically correct '90s. Still, Fishbone remains an important album for the now commonplace, genre-jumping alternative music scene. set includes a second previously unreleased encore, "Sinister Crayon" (recorded for the first EP), and a demo version of "Something."

Fishbone - Fishbone / Wonderful Life (flac  255mb)

01 Ugly 2:50
02 Another Generation 4:02
03 ? (Modern Industry) 4:26
04 Party At Ground Zero 6:27
05 V.T.T.L.O.T.F.D.G.F. 4:22
06 Lyin' Ass Bitch 4:15
Fishbone - It's A Wonderful Life (87)
07 A Wonderful Life (Gonna Have A Good Time) 3:02
08 Slick Nick, You Devil You 4:40
09 Iration 4:38
10 Just Call Me Scrooge 2:32

Fishbone - Fishbone / Wonderful Life   (ogg  95mb)

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Fishbone's first full-length release, 1986's In Your Face was a far more focused affair than their self-titled debut EP from 1985, but the band was still honing their original and genre-spanning sound. While it would not be perfected until their 1988 release Truth and Soul, In Your Face remains an important musical stepping stone for Fishbone. Few other bands at the time (perhaps only the Red Hot Chili Peppers) were attempting to merge different musical styles together as they were. Ska, funk, and punk rock are again put into the musical blender this time around, along with often thought-provoking lyrics, resulting in several strong compositions. The opening track "When Problems Arise" is an enjoyable, stomping little ditty for which a rarely aired video clip was filmed, while other highlights include the up-tempo numbers "A Selection" and "Give It Up," the Caribbean-tinged "Cholly," the desperate plea of "I Wish I Had a Date," and the gorgeous ballad "Movement in the Light." Also featured are the funk-workouts "In the Air" and "Knock It," the furious punk-rocker "Simon Says the Kingpin," and the goofy, album-closing instrumental "Post Cold War Politics."

Fishbone - In Your Face (flac 301mb)

01 When Problems Arise 3:55
02 A Selection 3:01
03 Cholly 2:49
04 I Wish I Had A Date 2:01
05 Movement In The Light 3:43
06 Give It Up 3:13
07 In The Air 3:35
08 Turn The Other Way 5:07
09 Knock It 3:48
10 "Simon Says" The Kingpin 1:25
11 Post Cold War Politics 1:01

Fishbone - In Your Face   (ogg  115mb)

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By 1988, alternative/college rock was becoming a recognizable force in the mainstream. Several bands were big enough to play arenas, and many even earned gold and platinum albums. The tide was clearly changing for such previously misunderstood bands such as Fishbone. Their second full-length release Truth and Soul was issued that year, and remains one of the band's (and the '80s) very best. On past albums, Fishbone's sound was a melting pot of ska, punk, and funk. This time, hard rock has been added to the mix -- especially evident in guitarist Kendall Jones' six-string work, with often-spectacular results. Also, the songwriting has improved tremendously and has become much more focused here. The party anthem "Bonin' in the Boneyard" is one of the band's finest (with superhuman bass work by Norwood Fisher), as is the ska-based "Ma and Pa," and a cover of Curtis Mayfield's early-'70s hit "Freddie's Dead." Also featured are several musically varied tracks that deal with the same topic: racism, past and present ("Deep Inside," "One Day," "Subliminal Fascism," "Slow Bus Movin'," "Ghetto Soundwave"). Truth and Soul remains Fishbone's most consistent album.

 Fishbone - Truth and Soul   (flac 320mb)

01 Freddie's Dead 4:29
02 Ma And Pa 3:17
03 Questions Of Life 3:00
04 Pouring Rain 5:11
05 Deep Inside 1:20
06 Mighty Long Way 3:21
07 Bonin' In The Boneyard 4:45
08 One Day 4:56
09 Subliminal Fascism 1:25
10 Slow Bus Movin' (Howard Beach Party) 2:35
11 Ghetto Soundwave 4:20
12 Change 2:55

Fishbone - Truth and Soul   (ogg  120mb)

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In 1990, two years had passed since Fishbone had released the great Truth & Soul. In the meantime, the already largely populated band had expanded to include another member, former Miles Davis player John Bigham, on second guitar. And since it would take another full year until their next full-length album would see the light of day (1991's The Reality of My Surroundings), the band decided to fill the void with a five-track EP titled after Truth & Soul's best song, "Bonin' in the Boneyard." While the great original version was not included, two new takes were: "New and Improved Bonin'" and "Bonin' in the Jungle." Neither came close to topping the original, but three other tracks fared better: "In the Name of Swing," "Love and Bullshit," and "Hide Behind My Glasses." While one of the tracks would resurface on the 1996 two-CD compilation Fishbone 101: Nuttasaurusmeg Fossil Fuelin, the other four are unavailable anywhere else. Although it's currently out of print, hardcore Fishbone fans will want the EP for its uncommon material.

Fishbone - Bonin' In The Boneyard / Set The Booty Up Right (flac  128mb)
01 New And Improved Bonin' 6:18
02 In The Name Of Swing 2:45
03 Love And Bullshit 1:58
04 Hide Behind My Glasses 4:42
05 Bonin' In The Jungle 4:29

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Anonymous said...

Big UP for this one ::
thanks Rho !

Josh said...

Hello again Rho,

Just curious as to whether you have some Yello albums lying around. Recently discovered Yello and cannot stop listening.

I searched but could only find compilations and a megamix.

If you could take a look for me I'd appreciate it and send you a virtual hug.

Hope all is well with you and that you are enjoying the new year.


Rho said...

Well Josh the fact that i created that megamix (posted in 2006)points to having been a Yello fan from the start. I haven't done a seperate posting on them because from the start of this blog i stayed away from big names as it always been my intention to expose lesser known groups. But i'll promise you there will be 2 postings this year.

Josh said...

Quite a special band, and I haven't heard anything like them. Cannot believe it's taken me this long to truly discover them.

If you could also point us in the right direction of some similar artists that would be awesome.

Your knowledge is indispensable.

Thanks once again,


santino said...

thank you very much Rho!