One of the original bands to effortlessly cross genres, Fishbone trailblazed a blend of Funk, Punk, Ska and Metal that was neither forced nor unnatural. A crazy horn and guitar filled amalgamation backed up by a virtuoso rhythm section makes up the backbone of their live show, while frontman Angelo Moore leaves behind most traces of sanity when he goes onstage. Though it has never been reflected by their record sales, Fishbone have garnered enough respect over the years to establish a cult following, and many newer bands such as No Doubt and Sublime owe a good deal of their success to the pioneering efforts of Fishbone.
Fishbone Concert Films
Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone
Runtime: 1 hr 47 minNarrated by Laurence Fishburne, EVERYDAY SUNSHINE charts the turbulent history of the pioneering all-Black rock band Fishbone. From the streets of South-Central to Hollywood punk clubs and stages around the world, Fishbone rose to become one of the most original bands of the past 25 years—their influence discernible in many of today’s biggest pop acts. An effortlessly entertaining tale of artists following their own creative paths with punk rock endurance in the face of personality conflicts, family and financial woes, and an unforgiving music industry.
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The Night James Brown Saved Boston
Runtime: 1 hr 14 minApril 5, 1968. It is the day after one of the most catastrophic moments in the history of the civil rights movement. Backstage at the Boston Garden, the mood is somber, appropriately funereal. Just 24 hours ago, Martin Luther King, Jr., the most important and beloved African American leader in America, has been assassinated, and though James Brown is booked that night for a show, nobody really wants to go onstage and play: On April 4, 1968, the leader of the nonviolent resistance movement, Martin Luther King, was assassinated in Memphis; On April 5, 1968, James Brown sang, and the city of Boston didn't burn down. This film tells the story of the pivotal role that James Brown-and that particular James Brown concert-played in the political, social and cultural history of the country, focusing on 1968, a defining year for America. Using actual performance footage and the personal recollections of James Brown's band members, friends like activist Reverend Al Sharpton, personal manager Charles Bobbitt, Princeton University Professor Dr. Cornel West, Boston citizens, those who attended the concert, politicians (such as former Boston Mayor Kevin White) and Newsweek's David Gates, The Night James Brown Saved Boston tells the compelling story of an artist at the absolute peak of his powers using his artistry for the greater good.
Color Me Obsessed
Runtime: 2 hr 3 minFor some aging music fans and kids with a passion for musical history, The Replacements are rock and roll defined. This Minneapolis quartet took a teenage-punk attitude, threw it in a blender with classic and pop rock, and then poured it into a Middle American pint glass. Over the band's 12-year existence, its live sets were magical, a total mess, or both-depending on your mood and the members' respective blood alcohol levels. Gorman Bechard's remarkable history of the 'Mats takes us from their first show as the Impediments to their 1991 onstage breakup in Chicago, and everywhere in between. Bechard bravely eschews including the band's music, photos, and live footage, instead relying solely on the fans: their well-kept memories, hilarious anecdotes, and differing points of views about the foursome's wildly varied discography and infamous antics. Bechard has recruited an impressive roster of influential fans: musicians such as Husker Du, Babes in Toyland, The Decemberists, The Hold Steady, Archers of Loaf, Titus Andronicus, and Goo Goo Dolls; writers such as Jack Rabid, Legs McNeil, Robert Christgau, Jim DeRogatis, and Greg Kot; and actors such as George Wendt, Tom Arnold, and Dave Foley. Sprinkled in among that esteemed group are the more mainstream fans, who often give the most insightful and heartfelt perspectives of all. Follower or not, after taking in COLOR ME OBSESSED, you'll be ready to run home, gather some 'Mats albums, and design a perfect soundtrack of your own.
3 Ring Circus - Live At The Palace
Runtime: 1 hr 20 minWitness the first official full-length concert video release from one of the most influential bands of the 1990s, Sublime, as the trio of Long Beach's hometown heroes step-up to the sold-out Hollywood stage at the legendary Palace theatre on October 21, 1995. Frontman/guitarist/songwriter Bradley Nowell, bassist Eric Wilson and drummer Bud Gaugh tear through 27 songs including their hits "Date Rape," "Badfish," "40 Oz. To Freedom," as well as covers of the band's broad stylistic range of influences with "54-46 Was My Number" by Toots & The Maytals, "House Of Suffering" by Bad Brains" and "Scarlet Begonias" by the Grateful Dead. Over 78 minutes of Sublime style are on full display.