Mr. Bungle (album)

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Mr. Bungle
Studio album by Mr. Bungle
Released August 13, 1991
Recorded 1991 at Different Fur, San Francisco, California
Genre Funk metal, avant-garde metal, alternative metal, experimental
Length 73:19
Label Warner Bros.
Producer John Zorn, Mr. Bungle
Mr. Bungle chronology
OU818
(1989)
Mr. Bungle
(1991)
Disco Volante
(1995)

Mr. Bungle is the eponymous debut studio album album by American band Mr. Bungle. It was released on August 13, 1991, through Warner Bros. Records. The album contains many genre shifts which are typical of the band, and helped increase the band's popularity, gaining them a reasonable following and fanbase.

Background[edit]

The first track, "Quote Unquote", was originally titled "Travolta", referring to John Travolta, but had to be changed for legal reasons.[citation needed] However, Travolta's name is still spoken in the song. The first few minutes of the Lunchroom Manners instructional video, where the band got its name, can be heard at the end of "Love is a Fist".

Musical style[edit]

AllMusic called the album a "dizzying, disconcerting, schizophrenic tour through just about any rock style the group can think of, hopping from genre to genre without any apparent rhyme or reason, and sometimes doing so several times in the same song."[1] The website described Mike Patton's lyrics as "even more bizarrely humorous than those he used in Faith No More", and "also less self-censored".[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Travolta" ("Quote Unquote" on later pressings) – 6:56
  2. "Slowly Growing Deaf" – 6:58
  3. "Squeeze Me Macaroni" – 5:38
  4. "Carousel" – 5:13
  5. "Egg" – 10:39
  6. "Stubb (A Dub)" – 7:19
  7. "My Ass Is on Fire" – 7:47
  8. "The Girls of Porn" – 6:42
  9. "Love Is a Fist" – 6:00
  10. "Dead Goon" – 10:02

Quotes and samples[edit]

Quotes from David Lynch's 1986 film Blue Velvet are strewn throughout the album. Samples included are outtakes from KFC commercials, items from the videogames Super Mario Bros., Altered Beast, Smash TV and R.B.I. Baseball, the pornographic film Raw Footage (misattributed to Sharon's Sex Party) and the pinball games Cyclone, Earthshaker and Haunted House.[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly D–[2]

The album was generally well received by critics upon release, with AllMusic writing, "It's a difficult, not very accessible record, and the band wouldn't have it any other way" and awarding the album four and a half of a possible five stars.[1]

Entertainment Weekly, however, gave the album a much more negative review, writing, "Adjectives like puerile and unlistenable take on entirely new dimensions when applied to Mr. Bungle".[2]

Personnel[edit]

Mr. Bungle[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • David Bryson – engineering, mixing
  • Matt Murman – engineering assistance, digital editing
  • John Zorn – production
  • Bob Ludwigmastering
  • Troy Blakely
  • Stan Diamond – legal representation
  • Kristin Yee – band management
  • Anthony Lee – album sleeve design
  • Lisa Wells – band logo typeset
  • David Louapre – album cover and interior art
  • Dan Sweetman – cover and interior art
  • Jay Marshall – cover and interior art
  • P. Earwig – inside double panel art
  • David Shea – turntables
  • Yeesus Krist – backing vocals
  • Maximum Bob – backing vocals
  • Kahli – backing vocals
  • Jennifer – backing vocals

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Huey, Steve. "Mr. Bungle - Mr. Bungle : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Browne, David (September 6, 1991). "Mr. Bungle". Entertainment Weekly (82). Retrieved August 31, 2012.