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  • Adored by the Network: Despite never being well known, Mr. Bungle had essentially a standing contract to make music for Warner Bros. Word was that several higher ups at the label absolutely loved them, along with Patton's other, more famous band.
    • They've engaged in some Self-Deprecation about it: The back of an official shirt they sold on one tour consisted of a lengthy letter complaining that their music was a self-indulgent mess, that they were no more talented than the average high school garage band, and no record label would have even touched them if it weren't for their connection with Faith No More (it seemed to be a real letter that a listener sent to Warner Brothers, asking for their money back after having paid for an album).
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  • Executive Meddling: Although Warner Bros. gave the band an unprecedented amount of creative freedom, they did intervene on three occasions. First, they made the band change the name of the song "Travolta" to avoid a lawsuit, they then refused to allow the band to change their name, and finally pushed the release of California back from its original date to avoid a conflict with Californication by the Red Hot Chili Peppers (who were also signed to Warner Bros.). note 
  • Old Shame: Certainly their early demos qualify, but in an odd subversion, their NAME. Post their first album, the band lamented many times they regretted sticking with it (merely meant as a placeholder initially, based on the short mentioned above), and after their first album with Warner they wanted to change it, but were told essentially they couldn't.
    • When it comes to the early demos, the "shame" seems to be about the recording quality and performances, not necessarily the material itself: In 2019 they did a series of concerts revisiting the Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny demo, with a re-recording of it to follow. Trevor Dunn referred to the demo as "tunes that we’d given up on back in the day" and said revisiting the material felt like "the refining of an original, worthy document".
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  • Throw It In!: After "Merry Go Bye Bye" ends, the band starts messing with their instruments for fun (you can hear them laughing in the background). It seems that it wasn't intended, since at a certain point someone realizes that the recording equipment was left on and desperately yells "IT'S ALL ON TAPE!". It was probably left in because they found the whole thing way too stupid to throw out.
  • What Could Have Been: During interviews, the group have mentioned a few ideas for releases that for whatever reason never got off the ground. These included a Distinct Double Album consisting of one "poppy" EP and one "experimental" one, an EP of "circus organ" music, and a Cover Album that would have featured some of the songs they've covered live over the years.
    • According to Trey Spruance, "Retrovertigo" was given The Not-Remix treatment for radio but "nothing happened with it": This would seem to mean the mix was completed but not actually sent out to radio, since there's no evidence of a promo single existing. This would have been the first time promoting the band to radio was even attempted in eight years note , and it could have even been a leftfield "alternative rock" hit since it's a Surprisingly Gentle Song.


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