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12-17-2006, 05:51 AM
Would be sweet if a mod moved the conversation about Mr. Bungle into this thread...
I wanted to comment on their stuff, but I liked the SOAD album as it was for discussing SOAD.
"Backstrokin" is boring as hell. Nothing more to say about that.
"Vanity Fair" is similar to a style that I enjoy... as in, I like the idea of the style, but I don't think they pull it off well. It's supposed to be a simple style, and they just incorporated too many sound effects and crap into it. If it was stripped a bit, it'd be good. I also don't think the singer's voice suits the style, either.
"Carousel" sounds like what I know of Mr. Bungle. I know the band... just from a few songs, and this song sounds very typical to them. It's alright, but definitely wouldn't make me check out more of their stuff.
"Ma Meeshka Mow Skwoz" annoys me musically. It could be good without the stupid sound effects. The instrumentation is interesting, with the organs and small amount of xylophone work, etc. I enjoy how it changes throughout... very little of the vocals in this song are scat, though. Scat isn't merely singing things that don't make sense. Scat is a jazz style where the vocals try to imitate the sound of an instrument, which he doesn't do most of the time.
In short, "Vanity Fair" is the only song here that would make me want to look more into them. I don't dislike it because it's all "weird"... I like a lot of weird music. I just unfortunately don't think it works well for this band.
I'm assuming you heard most of these on their myspace? I never thought they picked the best songs to put on there. Backstrokin' is kind of neat and relaxing but is probably the least eventful song on the album it's from (aside from the opening track which is SUPPOSED to be uneventful). Carousel is only 'typical' Mr. Bungle when it comes to their first album when they were mostly influenced by funk-metal, ska and circus music with only hints of jazz. Disco Volante is by far my favorite album and is influenced mostly by metal and jazz (this is what Ma Moshka Mow Skwoz and Backstrokin' are from which are probably the craziest and least crazy songs on it. If you listened to my mix tape, Carry Stress in the Jaw is from this one too) but has tons of other things thrown in as well like techno, surf music, mafia soundtrack music, etc. Vanity Fair is from California which is by far their most accessible album (even the crazy songs on the album like Ars Moriendi sound a lot poppier and more listener-friendly) and has a lot of world and funk/soul influence. Some of the songs seem TOO simple considering who we're dealing with but they're all pretty well written for the most part. The entire album was done using analog production which is amazing considering how complicated and layered some of them are. It's very possible for someone to like one of their albums and hate the others simply because they draw from such different influences each time they do something. It's also very possible for someone to not like them at all though, I know they're not really for everyone.
12-17-2006, 08:01 AM
Thanks for the info! I'll pay attention when I listen to your mixtape.
12-17-2006, 01:17 PM
When I've got some time, I'll upload some others besides Ma Meeshka Mow Skwoz. I want to put Carry Stress in the Jaw up, but it's such a long song that I won't even bother with it. I'll probably upload Goodbye Sober Day, None of Them Knew they Were Robots, and Desert Search for Techno Allah, unless I'm feeling like Ars Moriendi should be up there.
That's my biggest problem with the band: I can't really encompass everything they do into a few songs, everything sounds way too different.
12-17-2006, 05:17 PM
Here's Carry Stress in the Jaw, since I have nothing but time to kill.
I'm going to upload a few songs from all their albums now.
Self-titled - When their primary influences were funk/metal, ska, circus and cartoon music.
Squeeze Me Macaroni (http://www.savefile.com/files/347235) - My favorite song off the album. For some reason a lot of people seem to think it's the worst. I dunno why. It sounds kind of like if the Chili Peppers were addicted to caffeine instead of heroin. Listen to that bass!
Disco Volante - The primary influences are metal and jazz with bits of surf rock, techno, mafia soundtrack, cartoon music, etc. A lot of their songs take a few listens to grow on you but that's especially true of this album so give them a chance.
Desert Search for Techno Allah (http://www.savefile.com/files/347260) - Exactly what the title would suggest.
Carry Stress in the Jaw (http://rapidshare.com/files/7932294/mr._bungle_-_03_-_carry_stress_in_the_jaw.mp3.html) - Starts off as jazz, then a death metal riff creeps in, then it turns into a death metal song with jazz saxophone mixed in. Jumps between those two with some odd ambiance thrown in before ending and turning into a surf rock song (actually, the "secret song" on the album which they put at the end of the third track). I stole the link from Prof. Chaos's post, I wanted to include it in the album breakdown thing but he already uploaded it. The jerk! (thanks)
Ma Meeshka Mow Skwoz (http://www.savefile.com/files/347271) - You've already heard it, but this is for anyone that stumbles onto the thread that hasn't. It's cartoon music mixed with metal and crazy vocals.
California - Much more accessible than most of their other stuff. Influences are all over the place but the more consistent ones seem to be world music and soul.
Ars Moriendi (http://www.savefile.com/files/347275) - This is the song that really got me into them. I bought California after someone recommended it to me and it was the first one on the album that really grabbed my attention. I had heard some of their songs previously and HATED some of them (Platypus from Disco Volante is a really, really bad song to listen to if you want to get into these guys but I love it to death now)
Pink Cigarette (http://download.yousendit.com/1622DA9A11AF49B4) - This isn't one of my favorites from the album but it's one of the simpler ones so you may like it.
None of Them Knew They were Robots (http://rapidshare.com/files/7948008/02_None_of_Them_Knew_They_Were_Robots.mp3.html) An odd swing song.
Every file sharing site I've gone to for this has been acting up so it's being split between a few different ones.
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