SHUFFLE THE MUSIC TAG – UGLY ‘N’ WEIRD STYLE

So, things have been a bit quiet here lately. But what better way to break the Ugly ‘n’ Weird drought than by taking part in this ‘shuffle the music tag’ thingamy?

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SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum

Keep your ears open to the unexpected present, the unpredictable future. To new musicians – when they say, ‘It’s all been done before’, tell them they haven’t heard what you’re going to do next weekend.

Nils Frykdahl, The Prog Rock Website, 2002

Formed: 1999, Oakland, California, USA

Featured album: Of Natural History (2004)

SLEEPYTIME GORILLA MUSEUM’s first performance ‘was done for the benefit of a single banana-slug in an abandoned Newberry’s department store in downtown Oakland.’ At least that’s what the liner notes to their first album claim. As far as origin stories go, it’s ridiculous and, obviously, utter bullshit. But playful mystification and highly detailed nonsense are what this band is all about.

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DISCO VOLANTE (1995)

Disco Volante

Artist: Mr. Bungle
Label:
Warner Bros.
Producer:
Mr Bungle
Cover art: Arthur Hertz/Wometco Enterprises
Length: 68:45

NAMED THE WORST album of all time by the NME, who gave it zero out of five stars, there are no half-measures with Mr. Bungle’s sophomore effort. People either love or hate Disco Volante, an uncompromising album that makes the band’s debut sound like the funky pabulum of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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MR. BUNGLE

Mr Bungle

The main thing we see when we look into an audience is people laughing at us. It’s perfect…. They just have this look on their faces like they’re watching a cartoon or something.

Trevor Dunn, Sounds interview, 1991

Formed: 1985, California, USA

Featured album: Disco Volante (1995)

LIKE MANY PEOPLE of my age who grew up with Faith No More’s adventurous alt-metal in the nineties, I eventually discovered their singer Mike Patton’s ‘other’ band and promptly had my quaint ideas about music exploded forever. Mr. Bungle gave new meaning to words like ‘eclectic,’ ‘alternative’ and ‘extreme,’ irrevocably corrupting my mind and opening my unsuspecting ears to a new dimension of musical possibilities.

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