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    Default Mr. Bungle

    Years active

    Members (includes those who left over the years)
    Mike Patton
    Trey Spruance
    Trevor Dunn
    Danny Heifetz
    Clinton "Bär" McKinnon
    Theo Lengyel
    Hans Wagner
    Jed Watts

    The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny (1986)
    Bowel of Chiley (1987)
    Goddammit I Love America! (1988)
    OU818 (1989)

    Studio albums
    Mr. Bungle (1991)
    Disco Volante (1995)
    California (1999)

    Mr. Bungle was an experimental rock/avant-garde metal band from Humboldt County, California. When the band originated, all of the original members were still in high school and had taken the name from an educational film. The band went through many different genres as often as all in one single song. They also played a number of cover songs during live shows and dressed up to entertain the crowds.

    The band broke up in 2004, though never announced officially, due to tensions in the band and the guys not even speaking to each other for a number of years. Mike Patton had continued his success with a number of other bands he started both during and after Mr. Bungle.

    Mike Patton rules \m/

    Thought we had a thread on these guys here but search didn't turn up anything.....

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    I found a pink cigarette/On the bed the day that you left/And how can I forget that your lips were there/Your kiss goes everywhere, touches everything/But me

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    Great thread Pink...

    I really liked the video for the first song. It was very unique... I didn't think that I was going to like this band but after listening to the first song, Vanity Fair and the cover of What the World Needs Now, I'm very happy that I gave them a chance...
    Last edited by FreeTime; 04-16-2010 at 01:15 AM.
    Stop being so damn introspective...

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    I think a lot of people assume it's something else, like a bunch of crazy noises, but are surprised to find it it's not Mike Patton making weird noises on a mic and that it's actual music.

    Pink Cigarette and Vanity Fair are easily my favourite songs. California is an amazing album from start to finish.

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    I dig me some Mr.Bungle, but I'm more of a Disco Volante kind of guy.

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    DV is a good album but I like California way better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PinkCigarette View Post
    DV is a good album but I like California way better.
    Whenever I want to Listen to Bungle, California is what I always go to first. Great album.

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    DV and California are two sides of the same coin, IMO. Couldn't live without either of them.

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    What the World Needs Now is so damn awesome.

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    Come on guys, Disco Volante is obviously 'better' than California. To me, when I listen to Disco Volante, I am hearing them at their creative peak. The album is probably the most diverse as well. California is more accessible and commercial, that's about it. Sometimes I even prefer their self titled debut over California...although admittedly I prefer it over DV sometimes too haha.

    But ultimately nothing beats Carry Stress in the Jaw, The Bends and Merry Go Bye-Bye. Not even Retrovertigo or Air Conditioned Nightmare.
    "Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid" - Frank Zappa

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    Oh yeah, and in my opinion, the second half of Carry Stress in the Jaw is the coolest bit of music Mr. Bungle ever produced, haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roses_Are_Free View Post
    Come on guys, Disco Volante is obviously 'better' than California.
    That is your opinion.

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    Lol, no, it's just a better album in general and I think it's widely accepted among critics and Mr. Bungle fans. I will say like before, California is probably better for people who are new to Mr. Bungle. I will always know Mr. Bungle as an experimental band, and Disco Volante will always be that album I'll remember most.

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    My top 5 favourite songs from California:

    1. Retrovertigo
    2. The Air Conditioned Nightmare
    3. Golem II: The Bionic Vapour Boy
    4. None of Them Knew They Were Robots
    5. Goodbye Sober Day

    Top 5 from Disco Volante:

    1. Carry Stress in the Jaw
    2. The Bends
    3. Merry Go Bye-bye
    4. Ma Meeshka Mow Skowz
    5. Platypus

    Top 5 from self titled:

    1. My Ass Is On Fire
    2. Stubb (a dub)
    3. Girls of Porn
    4. Egg
    5. Travolta

    What are yours, PinkCigarette?

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    Their stuff is like a potpourri of musical caricature.
    Last edited by CoolBec; 06-27-2010 at 08:48 PM.

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    Their first album has always been my favorite. It's such a crazy and solid record. However, I can tell that the others that have posted here have a much more avant-garde mindset than I do, because I can't listen to Disco Volante for very long, and California has some good stuff, but the rest I get bored with. I guess I'm more "wacky" than avant-garde.

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