(Los Angeles, CA)
Superman is basically a superhero for cheaters. (Bear with me here, we'll get to Fishbone in a second.) Where every other superhero has one or two powers, tops, that lucky ol' Kryptonian has flight, super strength, X-ray vision, super speed, and the list only goes on. It's like, every time his writers heard an idea they liked, they said, “Our guy can do that, but better.” Fishbone has the same approach. Create a unique, progressive blend of funk, punk, soul, rock, metal, ska and whatever else crosses their mind? Done. Socially conscious? Yep. Silly as all get-out? That too. Inspire some of the most successful artists of the '80s and '90s? No doubt. It'd be easy to throw up your hands and just say, those guys must be cheating. That is, until you see them hit the stage. Seven albums and 35 years into their career, Fishbone has the kind of energy most bands can only dream of, and their live shows are notoriously unpredictable. Motoring along on a smooth soul groove, they can turn on a dime into a heavy riff, then lift spirits with an upbeat anthem that's suspiciously bolstered by Earth's yellow sun—it is, in a word, superhuman. But as the acclaimed 2010 Laurence Fishburne-narrated documentary Everyday Sunshine showed, Fishbone is very human. Creative, quirky, maybe even a little too crazy for their own good, but you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone else quite like 'em.
Angelo Moore, John Norwood Fisher, Rocky George, Jay Armant, Dre Gipson, John Steward