Greater than 4 many years have handed because the members of Fishbone first performed collectively, and it could be one other 40 earlier than they’re completed. The years in between have been documented in nice element throughout all types of media, which is sweet for the band themselves, as a result of they’ve forgotten a lot of their very own historical past. That first decade, particularly, carried Fishbone to this point, so quick, that it was all they may do to maintain up with their very own momentum. Even now, Fishbone wrestle with the scope of their legacy, which might be simpler to view from the surface.
No less than 21 males have put in work below the Fishbone identify over time, leading to at the very least 23 distinct incarnations of the group, however the model booked to headline the Rising Vibes competition this Saturday is about as near the unique lineup as we have seen in 20 years. Solely two musicians have carried out in each single incarnation, although: bassist John Norwood Fisher and lead singer Angelo Moore, who met as college students at Hale Junior Excessive College in Woodland Hills, California.
Early, epochal appearances by the band in Orlando included exhibits at Visage in 1988, Rollins Faculty (!) in 1991, and the third Lollapalooza tour in ’93. “Weapons, Republicans and racism are what I consider once I consider Orlando,” Moore says by way of cellphone from the Medication Cupboard, his studio in Los Angeles. “However on the similar, each time Fishbone got here to city, we all the time had lots of enjoyable.” True to his phrase, they’ve performed the world at the very least a dozen occasions.
At this level, Fishbone has carried out for 2 or three generations of followers, and the range of ages pleases them simply as a lot as the range of demographics. “What’s actually loopy,” says Moore, “is that typically we’ll see a pair, and so they really introduced their child.”
They’ve labored crowds smaller than the band itself, and so they’ve additionally performed for upward of 100,000 at occasions like Lollapalooza or Glastonbury, however dimension would not matter almost as a lot as the eagerness of the gang.
Fishbone made an instantaneous splash within the Southern California underground with their 1985 debut EP, Social gathering at Floor Zero, and shortly commenced what would turn into three many years of fixed touring. Their distinctive look and high-energy, genre-bending fashion made them a well-liked opening act for friends like Pink Sizzling Chili Peppers and the Beastie Boys, in addition to headliners in their very own proper.
Fishbone went on to launch six studio albums between 1986 and 2006, in addition to 4 stay albums, and 4 compilations, a lot of which at the moment are thought-about classics of the choice music canon. They’ve additionally made 18 movies and 5 DVDs, to not point out visitor appearances on albums by Little Richard, Curtis Mayfield, Blackstreet, Eurythmics and Ol’ Soiled Bastard. In addition to all this, the members have carried out loads on their very own. Moore, who additionally performs saxophone, drums and theremin, is dropping his ninth solo album later this yr, and he performs commonly below the identify Dr. Madd Vibe. He is additionally guested on 21 albums by artists like Unhealthy Brains, Jane’s Dependancy, Everlast and Gwen Stefani. Moore excursions now and again with an augmented model of the band referred to as Fishbone Particular Forces Ensemble.
The band even labored with authentic Mouseketeer Annette Funicello, who launched the band to mainstream audiences when she featured them in her Again to the Seaside film in 1987. That wasn’t the one time the band dabbled in movie, contributing to the soundtracks of films as diversified as Say Something and I am Gonna Git You Sucka.
Fishbone’s sound displays the huge scope of their influences, together with Parliament, James Brown, Unhealthy Brains, Louis Jordan, Circle Jerks and Fela Kuti. Their authentic identify, “Megatron,” was not, the truth is, a reference to the infamous chief of the Decepticons, however quite to the BMW M12 engine. They have been round so lengthy that the unique band emblem was created on a first-generation Macintosh laptop, however they’ve held up significantly better than these outdated issues. These icons are evergreen.
– This story seems within the Feb. 19, 2020, print problem of Orlando Weekly. Get our prime picks for the very best occasions in Orlando each Thursday morning with our weekly Occasions e-newsletter.