History Music / MrBungle

24th Feb '16 2:13:19 AM aye_amber
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Mr. Bungle was an experimental band from Northern California. The band was formed in 1985 while the members were still in high school and was named after a children's educational film regarding bad habits which was featured in a Pee Wee Herman HBO special in the early '80s. Mr. Bungle released four demo tapes in the mid- to late 1980s before being signed to Creator/WarnerBrosRecords and releasing three full-length studio albums between 1991 and 1999. The band toured in 2000 to support their last album, but in 2004 they disbanded. Although Mr. Bungle went through several line-up changes early in their career, the longest-serving members were vocalist Music/MikePatton, guitarist Trey Spruance, bassist Trevor Dunn, saxophonist Clinton "Bär" [=McKinnon=] and drummer Danny Heifetz.

Mr. Bungle frequently incorporated unconventional instruments into their music, including tenor sax, jaw harp, cimbalom, xylophone, glockenspiel, clarinet, ocarina, piano, organ, bongos, and woodblocks. Overlying this were Mike Patton’s vocals, which often used death metal growls, crooning, rapping, screeching, gurgling, or whispering. The arrangement of their songs was also idiosyncratic, often lacking a structured song format and rotating through different genres ranging from slow melodies to thrash-metal. ''New York Times'' journalist Jon Pareles described it as music that “leaps from tempo to tempo, key to key, style to style, all without warning”. Some of the genres they utilized include {{Funk}}, Free {{Jazz}}, SurfRock, PunkRock, HeavyMetal, Klezmer, {{Ska}}, Kecak, Avant-Jazz, FolkMusic, NoiseRock, {{Pop}}, Doo-Wop, FunkMetal, ElectronicMusic, Swing, space-age pop and exotica, DeathMetal, {{Rockabilly}}, Bossa Nova, ProgressiveRock, [[CountryMusic Country and Western]], circus music, and even video game and cartoon music.

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Mr. Bungle was an experimental band from Northern California. The band was formed in 1985 while the members were still in high school and was named after a children's educational film regarding bad habits which was featured in a Pee Wee Herman HBO special in the early '80s. Mr. Bungle released four demo tapes in the mid- to late 1980s mid-to-late 1980's before being signed to Creator/WarnerBrosRecords and releasing three full-length full length studio albums between 1991 and 1999. The band toured in 2000 to support their last album, but in 2004 they disbanded. Although Mr. Bungle went through several line-up changes early in their career, the longest-serving longest serving members were vocalist Music/MikePatton, guitarist Trey Spruance, bassist Trevor Dunn, saxophonist Clinton "Bär" [=McKinnon=] "Bar" [=Mc=]Kinnon, and drummer Danny Heifetz.

Mr. Bungle frequently incorporated unconventional instruments into their music, including tenor sax, jaw harp, cimbalom, xylophone, glockenspiel, clarinet, ocarina, piano, organ, bongos, and woodblocks. Overlying this were Mike Patton’s Patton's vocals, which often used death metal growls, crooning, rapping, screeching, gurgling, or whispering. The arrangement of their songs was also idiosyncratic, often lacking a structured song format and rotating through different genres ranging from slow melodies to thrash-metal. thrash metal. ''New York Times'' journalist Jon Pareles described it as music that “leaps "leaps from tempo to tempo, key to key, style to style, all without warning”. warning." Some of the genres they utilized include {{Funk}}, Free {{Jazz}}, SurfRock, PunkRock, HeavyMetal, Klezmer, {{Ska}}, Kecak, Avant-Jazz, FolkMusic, NoiseRock, {{Pop}}, Doo-Wop, FunkMetal, ElectronicMusic, Swing, space-age pop and exotica, DeathMetal, {{Rockabilly}}, Bossa Nova, ProgressiveRock, [[CountryMusic Country and Western]], circus music, and even video game and cartoon music.
24th Feb '16 2:09:38 AM aye_amber
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* RearrangeTheSong: While touring ''California'', they started playing a significantly altered version of "My Ass Is On Fire": drum-n-bass loops and sections of wordless chanting were added, while much of the funk metal feel was gone, and the OverlyLongGag ending was skipped entirely. Their live sets otherwise always stuck to songs from whatever their current album was, rounded out with cover songs - they must have decided that if they ''were'' going to start playing an old song again, they should try to make it interesting.
* {{Retraux}} : A subtle example- ''California'' was recorded on analog equipment, rather than digitally, in order to give it a sound more akin to music from the 50's and 60's, which the album sonically nods towards.

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* RearrangeTheSong: While touring ''California'', ''California,'' they started playing a significantly altered version of "My Ass Is On Fire": is on Fire:" drum-n-bass loops and sections of wordless chanting were added, while much of the funk metal feel was gone, and the OverlyLongGag ending was skipped entirely. Their live sets otherwise always stuck to songs from whatever their current album was, rounded out with cover songs - -- they must have decided that if they ''were'' going to start playing an old song again, they should try to make it interesting.
interesting.
* {{Retraux}} : {{Retraux}}: A subtle example- example -- ''California'' was recorded on analog equipment, rather than digitally, in order to give it a sound more akin to music from the 50's '50s and 60's, '60s, which the album sonically nods towards.



* RumpRoast: "My Ass is On Fire"
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: Deliberately invoked by the title of their early demo ''Bowel Of Chiley''. When an unsanctioned re-release of the demo came out, it was mistakenly "corrected" into ''Bowl Of Chiley''.

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* RumpRoast: "My Ass is On Fire"
Fire."
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: Deliberately invoked by the title of their early demo ''Bowel Of Chiley''. of Chiley.'' When an unsanctioned re-release of the demo came out, it was mistakenly "corrected" into ''Bowl Of Chiley''. of Chiley.''



* SequelSong: "Sleep (Part II): Carry Stress in the Jaw" and "Sleep (Part III): Phlegmatics" are meant to be part of a ThematicSeries that they started with "Slowly Growing Deaf", each with lyrics which play physical ailments for BodyHorror. The reason "Slowly Growing Deaf" isn't explicitly labeled "Sleep (Part I)" is that Trevor Dunn, who wrote the lyrics for the three songs, didn't initially set out to have a trilogy when he wrote it.

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* SequelSong: "Sleep (Part II): Carry Stress in the Jaw" and "Sleep (Part III): Phlegmatics" are meant to be part of a ThematicSeries that they started with "Slowly Growing Deaf", Deaf," each with lyrics which play physical ailments for BodyHorror. The reason "Slowly Growing Deaf" isn't explicitly labeled "Sleep (Part I)" is that Trevor Dunn, who wrote the lyrics for the three songs, didn't initially set out to have a trilogy when he wrote it.



* SingingSimlish: Happens from time to time, particularly in ''Disco Volante'' with "Ma Meeshka Mow Skwoz" and "Chemical Marriage".
* {{Spoonerism}}: A bootlegged video of an early high school talent show performance has the band playing in front of a banner reading "Bister Mungle".

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* SingingSimlish: Happens from time to time, particularly in ''Disco Volante'' with "Ma Meeshka Mow Skwoz" and "Chemical Marriage".
Marriage."
* {{Spoonerism}}: A bootlegged video of an early high school talent show performance has the band playing in front of a banner reading "Bister Mungle". Mungle."



* StylisticSuck: "Everyone I Went to High School With Is Dead" was intentionally made to be an uncatchy, unlistenable track. It's the ''lead off'' track of their second album.
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: Several examples from ''California'':
** The first half of "Retrovertigo", which could almost be called a PowerBallad.
** "Sweet Charity", "Vanity Fair", and "Pink Cigarette" - all three have moments that could be described as vaguely "sinister", but have nowhere near the amount of heaviness or bizarre left-turns you'd otherwise expect from the band.
** "The Holy Filament" could possibly be the most gentle song they've ever done. While it's middle section has some ominous sounds thrown in, the track on a whole is pretty pleasant to listen to.
* UncommonTime: They have a few examples. "Egg" has a rather prominent section in 7/4. "Love Is a Fist" contains sections in 7/4 and 11/8. This undoubtedly isn't all.

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* StylisticSuck: "Everyone I Went to High School With Is with is Dead" was intentionally made to be an uncatchy, unlistenable track. It's the ''lead off'' track of their second album.
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: Several examples from ''California'':
''California:''
** The first half of "Retrovertigo", "Retrovertigo," which could almost be called a PowerBallad.
** "Sweet Charity", Charity," "Vanity Fair", Fair," and "Pink Cigarette" - -- all three have moments that could be described as vaguely "sinister", "sinister," but have nowhere near the amount of heaviness or bizarre left-turns left turns you'd otherwise expect from the band.
** "The Holy Filament" could possibly be the most gentle song they've ever done. While it's its middle section has some ominous sounds thrown in, the track on a whole is pretty pleasant to listen to.
* UncommonTime: They have a few examples. "Egg" has a rather prominent section in 7/4. "Love Is is a Fist" contains sections in 7/4 and 11/8. This undoubtedly isn't all.
25th Jan '16 1:56:02 AM DaveyDoodlebug
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** ''Disco Volante'': a truly avant-garde set wherin practically every song sounds completely different from the next.

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** ''Disco Volante'': a truly avant-garde set wherin practically every song minute sounds completely different from the next.
9th Aug '15 7:11:51 PM NWolfman
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* CreepyCircusMusic: One of the numerous genres they explore. Songs in this style are usually circus-themed in some way ("Carousel," "Merry Go-Bye-Bye").
4th Aug '15 2:55:22 PM DomovoiMan
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* [[AvantGardeMetal ExperimentalMetal:]] Unquestionably on their first demo and first two full lengths, but elements are present throughout their career.

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* [[AvantGardeMetal ExperimentalMetal:]] Experimental Metal:]] Unquestionably on their first demo and first two full lengths, but elements are present throughout their career.
4th Aug '15 2:55:05 PM DomovoiMan
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* [[Avant-GardeMetal ExperimentalMetal:]] Unquestionably on their first demo and first two full lengths, but elements are present throughout their career.

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* [[Avant-GardeMetal [[AvantGardeMetal ExperimentalMetal:]] Unquestionably on their first demo and first two full lengths, but elements are present throughout their career.
4th Aug '15 2:54:30 PM DomovoiMan
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* ExperimentalMetal: Unquestionably on their first demo and first two full lengths, but elements are present throughout their career.

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* ExperimentalMetal: [[Avant-GardeMetal ExperimentalMetal:]] Unquestionably on their first demo and first two full lengths, but elements are present throughout their career.
4th Aug '15 2:53:00 PM DomovoiMan
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* ExperimentalMetal: Unquestionably on their first demo and first two full lengths, but elements are present throughout their career.
4th Aug '15 2:47:02 PM DomovoiMan
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* SurrealHorror: The musical equivalent.
26th Jul '15 2:00:14 PM PleasantCanadians
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Their discography is as follows:
* ''The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny'' (1986, Demo)
* ''Bowel of Chiley'' (1987, Demo)
* ''Goddammit, I Love America!'' (1988, Demo)
* ''OU818'' (1989, Demo)
* ''Mr. Bungle'' (1991)
* ''Disco Volante'' (1995)
* ''California'' (1999)
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