The Reality of My Surroundings and becoming Lollapalooza regulars. But while an ostensibly similar funk-punk-rock collision made the Chili Peppers stars, the deliberately eclectic, ultra-frenetic Fishbone almost had too much ability and too many ideas, their albums being stylistically ADHD moving targets that also embraced brass-buttressed ska, slickly produced heavy metal and succulent soul. Or maybe lacing their euphoric jams with left-leaning social commentary was just a party pooper for some listeners. But the influential octet have remained super-cred musicians’ musicians and, with more than half of their original 1979 lineup aboard (including irrepressible frontman Angelo Moore), Fishbone’s annual “Crazy Glue XXX-mas” shows are uniquely frenzied seasonal celebrations.
Perhaps L.A.’s ultimate should’ve-been-so-much-bigger story, Fishbone seriously stalked mainstream success at the turn of the 1990s: touring with Red Hot Chili Peppers and Beastie Boys, scoring a hit album with