View Full Version : Mr. Bungle

11-22-2005, 06:24 PM
On account of the recent wave of "crazy" music (most notably more recent SOAD stuff) becoming popular, I feel the need to once again start pimping Mr. Bungle. These guys play a mish-mash of pretty much every genre ever. They can go from jazz to death-metal to surf rock without changing tracks and while it may seem a little random at first, after a few listens the songs come together and start to make sense. These guys use genre hops in the same way that a (good) progressive band uses key and time changes to make a song build up. They're unpredictable (NOT random) and a bit goofy, but they're really fucking talented and they know what they're doing. Give them a chance! If you like them, you should check out their albums. California is probably the best place to start for most people. It's got the most pop influence while still being a bit off-kilter. The primary influences are jazz, world music and surf-rock. It even has some more normal sounding songs, but the range between the tracks is still incredible. Disco Volante is a pure mind-fuck, the primary influences are jazz and extreme-metal, though there's a lot more than just that (going through grunge metal, surf rock, techno, waltz, etc). Their s/t album is...alright. The main influence is funk-metal but it's really kooky, almost cartoonish funk-metal. The album came out in 91 so it was older style-funk metal as opposed to something like RATM. There's bits of jazz and circus music mixed in there as well.

Ars Moriendi (http://s64.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=0WQ170BN640CS32WQ7VM3T2QON) off of California
Carry Stress in the Jaw/Spy (http://s64.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=3PC419EYQDURG1T1VBS51QD8G0) off of Disco Volante. This is actually two songs on one track. They put the "secret song" right after the third song on the album. Spy is the surf-rock song with the old man vocals.

I'd upload a couple more but these are the only two I've got on my computer.

11-22-2005, 06:35 PM
I feel the need to once again start pimping Mr. Bungle.
when did you stop?

Sin Studly
11-22-2005, 06:38 PM
I like 'Goodbye Sober Day' the best.

11-22-2005, 06:49 PM
when did you stop?

Shush! I slowed down for a little while.

I like 'Goodbye Sober Day' the best.

Goodbye Sober Day is awesome but my favorite would probably be Ma Meeshka Mow Skwoz.

Something that makes California even more interesting is the fact that the entire album was done with analog production rather than digital like everything has been for years. Even the people that swear by analog's sound quality still end up using digital because it's so much less of a hassle. I can't imagine producing stuff as complicated as some of that was.

11-22-2005, 07:15 PM
Like I mentioned in the SOAD thread, I've been waiting for some reccomendations for this band. Thanks!

11-22-2005, 07:29 PM
Ars Moriendi is pretty cool yet to hear the other one downloading it now.

11-26-2005, 10:04 PM
Bump in hopes that:
1. More people will broaden their horizons
2. We can get more music up for me to download

All About Eve
11-26-2005, 10:36 PM
I've downloaded them, but I'll try them out tomorrow.

11-26-2005, 11:19 PM
Here's a couple more songs by them.
Mr. Bungle - Goodbye Sober Day (http://s49.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=0GPU7MHY1T3832XFQG00NIR4LO)
Mr. Bungle - Ma Meeshka Mow Skwoz (http://s49.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=0X7RN9CMI6HWY2D6FIAX5OIY9F)

Here's a couple by Fantomas as well. Fantomas has the same singer and the same bass player as Mr. Bungle, plus the drummer from Slayer and the guitarist from the Melvins. They're much darker and heavier than Mr. Bungle, but they're still very silly and probably are the crazier of the two bands. While I said before that Mr. Bungle are unpredictable, not random, Fantomas often do come across as random even after a few listens. 99% of the time the singer doesn't sing, he just makes weird noises. A lot them actually sound pretty cool, but it can be annoying when you're not in the mood. Also, their songs are very short, so it's best to listen to a full album rather than just 1-2 tracks, but I'm not gonna upload the whole thing here so you'll have to make due. These are all off of Suspended Animation. I either love this album or am frustrated beyond belief by it depending on my mood. Either way, I still much prefer Mr. Bungle, so keep that in mind.

Fantomas - 4/2 (http://s49.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=1HY715HINM3LT0X2WGXCRYRYF4)
4/6 (http://s49.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=0J70QNE40VLB30PJCS8Q3WFRTC)
Fantomas - 4/10 (http://s49.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=04KTCU6HAJ6ED1SWKF9Q79MTDP)

11-26-2005, 11:31 PM
The last song by Fantomas is pretty good in a weird way and Goodbye Sober Day is what I'am listening to now and its cool aswell.

11-26-2005, 11:44 PM
i saw fantomas when they were tourring with the locust a while back.

11-26-2005, 11:58 PM
I saw them open for...Tool...back when I was still in high school. I had never heard of them at the time though and HATED their set because there was "too much screaming". They played one night after a Weezer show that I went to (there was also some other concert the same week I ended up going to, but I can't remember who it was). During Fantomas' set Mike Patton yelled out "So I hear Weezer played here last night. I want everyone here to go 'EWWWWW!!!!'". That made me sad =,0(

11-27-2005, 08:40 AM
Ars Moriendi was ace. I'm in the process of downloading everything else.

All About Eve
11-27-2005, 09:41 AM
Ars Moriendi was ace. I'm in the process of downloading everything else.

I'm listening to it at the moment, and I have to agree. However I don't think I'll ever be that into them.

11-27-2005, 11:36 AM
<3's Nieh for giving me more music to creep my friends out with. I love this shit and plan on buying Disco Volante as soon as my parents refuse to buy it for me for Christmas.

11-27-2005, 12:04 PM
Yay! I'm glad you like them. Disco Volante's one of my favorite albums ever.