303. Fishbone – “The Reality of My Surroundings”

I doubt there is an album in my collection which so regularly gets thrown in the CD tray for only two songs .

Album Cover CD Fishbone the Reality of my Surroundings reviewFishbone deliver two classic funk-rock tracks here, covering off on each end of the weather spectrum: Everyday Sunshine and Sunless Saturday

Both are horn-heavy jams, with fantastic rhythms and an energy that is uplifting and contagious.

I should play the whole album more regularly as it is a very cohesive set of power-funk. These guys bridge the world of Parliament and James Brown with punk-ska. As with Parliament, they are not afraid to get out the squealy rock guitar, and the riffs are even more metal-audience-friendly.

They nail anthems, with Fight the Youth and Pray to the Junkie Maker joining the aforementioned duo of gems as the sort of tracks you pray to hear in the live context.

A good mate still rates seeing them on their 1991 or 1992 Aussie tour among his best gigs here. I did eventually catch these guys live, but well after the career peak which was the masterpiece.  They still had sufficient mojo to have me querying why their fellow-LA-sters Red Hot Chilli Peppers made it big while these guys didn’t:

File under: This reality doesn’t bite

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