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The debut EP

"Fishbone is a group of brothers that play that heavy metal music. It's the stuff that you see on MTV and turn from."

Fishbone are an African-American Punk-Funk-Reggae-Ska-Rock band from Los Angeles who formed in 1979. They are best known for their songs "Party At Ground Zero," (about World War III) and their cover of Curtis Mayfield's "Freddie's Dead" (from SuperFly).

As usual, the basics about their career can be found at That Other Wiki

"Tropes and Soul":

"Johnny goes to Sally's house to kiss her goodbye
But Daddy says to spend the night
They make love 'till the early morning light
For tomorrow Johnny goes to fight"
  • Protest Song: "Party At Ground Zero," "Slow Bus Movin' (Howard Beach Party)," "Subliminal Fascism," "Give It Up," "Movement in the Light," "Fight the Youth," "Change," the list doesn't end. Their alt-radio hit "Sunless Saturday" counts as well.
    • Notably averted with "Post Cold War Politics," from 1985's In Your Face, which is an instrumental. However, as this was four years before the end of the Cold War, and six years before the collapse of the Soviet Union, it is understandable.
  • Record Producer: David Kahane, at least for their first few albums.
  • Revolving Door Band: 17 different members over a 30+ year career.
  • Rock Star Song: "Rock Star"
  • Rockumentary: Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone
  • Self-Titled Album: The debut EP
  • Sexiness Score: "I Wish I Had A Date" has the fictional date being imagined as a "ten" that could impress everyone.
    Show her off to all the rest of my friends
    I'm not good lookin' but at least she's a 10
  • Shout-Out:
    • "V​.​T​.​T​.​L​.​O​.​T​.​F​.​D​.​G​.​F." stands for "Voyage Through the Land of the Freeze Dried Godzilla Farts"
    • It's a Wonderful Life (Gonna Have A Good Time)
    • "Junkie's Prayer" is modeled on "The Lord's Prayer" as presented in The Book Of Matthew
    • The fade-out of "Party At Ground Zero" repeats the line "this is not a chawade!"
  • Singer Namedrop: From "Party At Ground Zero":
    "Please do not fear
    Cause Fishbone is here to say"
  • Single Stanza Song: "One Day"
  • Slut-Shaming: "Lyin' Ass Bitch"
  • Special Guest: The music video for "Sunless Saturday" was directed by Spike Lee.
  • Stage Name: Frontman Angelo Moore is also known as "Dr. Madd Vibe"
  • Stuffy Old Songs About the Buttocks: "Cholly"
  • Take That!: In Everyday Sunshine, Perry Farrell talks about how Fishbone's lack of success in the mid-90s led to the record industry deciding, "No more freaks. Let's just get a little girl with a song," followed by pictures of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.
  • Theremin: According to the documentary Everyday Sunshine, Angelo's discovery of this led to him developing his "Dr. Madd Vibe" persona, which annoyed everyone else in the band.
  • "The Villain Sucks" Song: Some of their songs fall into this category.
  • Wanton Cruelty to the Common Comma: The superfluous apostrophe in "Let Dem Ho's Fight"