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Mr. Bungle

Mr. Bungle's sound and approach is a unique mix of the experimental, the abstract, and the absurd (in other words, the finer things in life). It all began in 1985, in a small California town named Eureka. The group (bassist Trevor Dunn, drummer Danny Heifetz, alto saxophonist Theo Lengyel, tenor saxophonist/clarinetist Clinton McKinnon, vocalist Mike Patton, and guitarist Trey Spruance) met while in high school and took their moniker from an extremely corny children's educational film regarding bad habits (it was featured in a Pee Wee Herman HBO special back in the early '80s). The group's first demo, The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny, was recorded around this time, and soon others followed: Bowl of Chiley, Goddammit I Love America!, and OU818. With each one, their sound became progressively more mutated, until musical boundaries began to melt (metal, funk, experimental, jazz, ska, techno, etc.). Mike Patton landed the lead vocalist slot with Faith No More in 1988 (it was in fact a Mr. Bungle demo that got Patton the job), and instead of breaking up Mr. Bungle, Patton decided to keep both bands going simultaneously. Due to FNM's success (1989's The Real Thing), Mr. Bungle was signed to Warner Bros., who released their self-titled debut in 1991 (with almost all the members going by obscure aliases). The band built a large and loyal cult following on the subsequent tour, as they performed in masks to hide their identities, and played unlikely covers during their set (Billy Squier's "The Stroke," "The Star Wars Theme," John Sebastian's "Welcome Back," etc.). When the tour wrapped up in 1992, Patton returned to Faith No More while the rest of the group focused on side projects (Spruance -- Faxed Head; Heifetz -- Dieselhed and Zip Code Rapists; and Spruance, Dunn, and Heifetz all in the Secret Chiefs 3), with Spruance briefly joining Patton in FNM for the recording of 1995's King for a Day. It took the band four long years to follow up its debut with the superb Disco Volante (1995). A long and extensive world tour followed, with the group widening its fan base. Mr. Bungle quickly regrouped in early 1997 to record an album of their eclectic cover songs, which was eventually put on hold before completion as Patton began a tour with Faith No More and as the others returned to their additional projects. The group reconvened in 1999 for the release of California. Patton would continue working with his myriad projects without paying much particular attention to Mr. Bungle through 2001. Interestingly, the Fantômas album The Director's Cut (2001) felt more like a healthy mix of Disco Volante and California than the thrashing and cut-up theatrics of Fantômas' self-titled debut and thereby left some to wonder about the future of Bungle as its own entity. To that end, it should be noted that the only thing certain with Patton is, in fact, uncertainty. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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dubaytravis8 2
Although it was clearly stated by incubus in a liner note that Mr. Bungle was a primary influence for them early on, which was particularly my favorite prior for their music, I never thought much to check out Mr. Bungle. NOT DISAPPOINTED . amazing!
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my66imp
Mr. Bungle is tripping! Seen faith In 91! Billings mt. Everyone waiting for m etallica. Patton fan ever since!
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jaxinthecouv
Its not funny my a** is on fire.
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its all about the easter bunny....whe r e s psychefunkap u s
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very familiar with the first two albums...... t h e California album is new for me. out of touch but still a huge fan of these freaks
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Tomahawk put a new album out just last year. AND they assumed Trevor Dunn as Bassist!!
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awesomehotsa u c e 4 u
Mike Patton is what's AWESOME. Not so much the bands he's in
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redmash73
How great is this band. I like Faith No More but I adore Mr Bungle When Is Mike Patton Going to give us a new album. W.T.F.!!!
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Still ahead of their time. I'm convinced Mike Patton is an astronaut from the future.
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Amazing
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My mom is better than your mom and your dad too.
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So original and ahead of their time. Love.
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brurobins
Mind blowing how original and talented this band is
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dezzer1
Mike, Trevor and Trey unbelievable musicians original in the way no other have ever even scratched the surface! Props and Mad Respect to you all!
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johnnyfast8
love this stuff !!!
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They were such a good metal band.
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Not enough likes!
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Only 3 albums under their belts but all solid works.
1999's California is, in my opinion, one of the best albums of music of all time
...Truly a masterpiece!
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reportedly the lead singer of the chili peppers accused mr bungle of copying them. REALLY???!? bungle is so much more than the chilis could ever be. and just about as unique a sound as ii've heard anywhere. truly masters at what they do.
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I have the "off the board" pre-postprod u c t i o n MIX of BUNGLES debut. b4 ZORN got his over-zealous fingers all over it (Albeit analog TDK), this is the essence of what Mr.B was inventing. As it was performed in stinky dark
HUMBOLDT COUNTY house party garages, it so would be immortalized on this raw mix, (along w/the handful of demo's pre-FNM fame). Pioneers, trailblazers . . . s u r e - many would exclaim...re a l l y - justa bunch of "normal" (by EUREKA, Ca.standards . ) musically prodigous Bro's who dared to
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Anything can happen, but its not too likely. I think Patton even said in an interview, something along the lines of, Mr. Bungle could very well get back together, but Mike Patton won't be their singer. I'd cream my britches if the whole og lineup DID tour tho :)
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Mr.Bungle is the s**t ! hope they come out with another LP soon. California is one of my favorite albums of all time. Pure genius.
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Deffintly the most versatile and most talented person I've ever listened. Front 4 bands,tour and even act in the movie firecracker as well as the voices of the zombies in the movie I am legend. General Patton for president!!! !
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This album is one long trip
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Patton has to be the most versatile and talented vocalist out there. I haven't heard anyone else that can do what he does.
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mr bungle can squeeze my macaroni.
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I love Quote unquote by them
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mtousky
high
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bshaw2011
ma meeshka mow skwaz
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thank god for patton.all of his music got me through alot of hard times
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Been listening to Mr. Bungle since 92 . Patton is a genious!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Howd you know i was lookin at you if you weren't lookin at me? YO!!
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i know the difference is
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Been a patton fan for quite a bit. When I bought XTC's Oranges and Lemons, i couldn't help but see some parallels where Mike Patton could have been directly influenced by Andy Partridge. Won't go into crazy detail, but I noticed a few similarities in singing styles and motifs
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I first stumbled upon mr. bungle on purevolume.c o m . . I was messing around and searched Funk Metal and My A** is on Fire was the first thing that came up and I knew right away I found my new favorite band.. A few weeks later I found out Mike Patton was also the singer of Faith No More, which I only knew from the song Epic.. I began listening to them as well and couldn't believe how I never had listened to these great bands.. Guess I just got lucky.
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hids09
I have been a long-time HUGE fan of FNM & LOVE Mike Patton, but could not find value in Mr. Bungle, having heard bits of random songs that sounded like noise pollution 2 me- until PANDORA showed me the light....act u a l l y heard a BUNGLE song in its entirety & now I know I'm just a Bungle Late Bloomer! Now I can't wait 2 hear more of the strangeness. Peeping Tom is the s**t! Patton a talent unparalelled !
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The band members are the neurons to Mr.Bungle, we are the adverse effect
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While Mike is an amazingly talented vocalist, too many people think he was the sole creative genius behind Bungle. It was actually primarily Trevor and Trey, and it's too bad they don't get more credit.
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I think their first album was by far the best.You never know what Mike Patton will put out there.
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todd03412
Mike, how do you count those bands as sad imitations. I dont see how they are trying to imitate Mr. Bungle? I will not disagree that they suck, but I see no comparison. If you mean how those bands try to portray themselves as "wacky and crazy, in your face beeyotch!" then yes, they are following Patton who is an original. F N M would kick the s**t out of Limp Bizkit in an bar fight.
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I'd say that California is my favorite, but I really do like the other two albums. I'm not a fan of what's on their tapes, but their CDs are really awesome. I'm actually glad they inspired the bands they did, because I love those too.
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for some good imitations, check out; Crotchduster , Unexpect, Sleepytime gorilla museum, Dog fashion disco.
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Patton is the man. Unfortunatel y , lots of sad imitations that pale in comparison including ICP, Korn, Limp Bizkit, a whole crappy genre of poor FNM and Bungle imitations.
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mnmencher
If I said I loved you, would I get anal any faster?
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justin coons u suck ballz u must have no tast in different music real music thats takes time and effort ur pathetic
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Mr Bungle is so horrible. It sounds like atonic music, Insane Clown Posse, and iwrestledabe a r o n c e fell down the stairs.
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mike patton f**kin rocks he f**ked my brain and yes a musical genius
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don't be a Mr. Bungle. Nobody likes a Mr. Bungle. Great film and band.Love the first album.
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Mike Patton is a musical genius. Plain and simple.
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evil.1985
Angel Dust & California are the best Patton releases IMO. The rest are great too though, those 2 are just my faves.
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got it backwards floyd
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