It has been a long time coming for these boys from Los Angeles but, Fishbone is finally getting their day in the spotlight. Formed in 1979, this band of friends have had a cult following since the 80’s but, never got the mainstream recognition that their fellow funk/rock friends, such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, garnered over the years. Some blame racial reasons, drug problems, bad choices made by the band, and interpersonal problems as some reasons why Fishbone never made it over the top. Whatever the reasons, the band has struggled in obscurity and never received the mainstream public’s respect or attention.
If you have not yet heard of it, a wonderfully made documentary titled “Everyday Sunshine-The Story of Fishbone” was made last year and is starting to get critical acclaim at film festivals across the country. Narrated by the great actor Laurence Fishburne and directed by Lev Anderson, it has some fantastic interviews from some of the great names in rock, funk, punk, and alternative music since the 1980’s. Interviews with George Clinton, Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Perry Ferrell (Jane’s Addiction), Rapper Ice-T, Gwen Stefani (No Doubt), Mike Watt (Minutemen), and many more, discuss the influence that Fishbone had on them and the entire industry. To hear from these musicians how loved Fishbone truly is, makes this writer very happy.
This is a must-see documentary for music lovers and, of course, fans of this fantastic band. Check it out when you can! It will be shown at the Newport Beach Film Festival in April 28-May 5, 2011. You can learn more at www.fishbonedocumentary.com.