The Reality of My Surroundings

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The Reality of My Surroundings
Studio album by Fishbone
Released April 23, 1991 (1991-04-23)
Recorded November 1990 – January 1991 at Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood
Genre Alternative rock, punk rock, ska punk, funk rock
Length 59:39
Label Columbia
Producer Fishbone, Dave Jerden, David Kahne
Fishbone chronology
Set the Booty Up Right
(1990)
The Reality of My Surroundings
(1991)
Give a Monkey a Brain and He'll Swear He's the Center of the Universe
(1993)
Singles from The Reality of My Surroundings
  1. "Fight the Youth"
    Released: 1991
  2. "Everyday Sunshine"
    Released: 1991
  3. "Sunless Saturday"
    Released: 1991

The Reality of My Surroundings is the third full-length album by Fishbone, released on April 23, 1991. It was the first Fishbone album to include former Miles Davis music director John Bigham (guitar, keyboards), who joined in 1989 during the Truth and Soul tour.

Album information[edit]

Fishbone took the rest of 1989 off before beginning to write songs for the follow-up to Truth and Soul. The project was plagued by production delays until November 1990, when the band entered Ocean Way Recording, booking two months of studio time in which to record the album. Fishbone, David Kahne and Dave Jerden produced the album, which includes the singles, "Fight the Youth", "Everyday Sunshine" and "Sunless Saturday".

The album's title comes from a line in track 3, "So Many Millions", which reads "I cannot get over legitimately, the Reality of My Surroundings do not point to the sky".

Packaging[edit]

While the album cover only shows John Norwood Fisher, the album art cover shows the entire band sitting in a living room in different locations if the buyer opens up the album booklet on CDs and vinyl records.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly A−[3]

With this album, Fishbone obtained critical and commercial success with a ranking of No. 49 on the Billboard 200 on May 18, 1991. The album is widely considered by fans and critics as the creative peak of the band. Fishbone experienced a large growth in concert tickets and record sales during this period, making two memorable television appearances: performing "Sunless Saturday" and "Everyday Sunshine" on Saturday Night Live, and "Everyday Sunshine" on The Arsenio Hall Show. (The SNL performance of "Sunless Saturday" has been re-edited in reruns. The original television broadcast showed a brief glimpse of Angelo Moore doing a backflip on stage. The re-edited version simply switches the camera angle, making it possible to see the full flip right after signaling "Special K" (Kendall Jones) to do his guitar solo.)

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Fight the Youth"   John Norwood Fisher, Philip Fisher, Kendall Jones 5:01
2. "If I Were A...I'd"   Chris Dowd, Angelo Moore 0:54
3. "So Many Millions"   J. N. Fisher, Moore 5:50
4. "Asswhippin'"   John Bigham, Dowd, J. N. Fisher, P. Fisher, Jones, Walter A. Kibby II, Moore 0:40
5. "Housework"   J. N. Fisher, P. Fisher, Jones, Kibby, Moore 4:46
6. "Death March"   Dowd, Moore 0:34
7. "Behavior Control Technician"   J. N. Fisher, P. Fisher 3:09
8. "If I Were A...I'd"   Dowd, Moore 0:29
9. "Pressure"   Jones, Moore 4:47
10. "Junkies Prayer"   Dowd, J. N. Fisher, Jones, Moore, Byron West 3:01
11. "Pray to the Junkiemaker"   Dowd, Moore 4:03
12. "Everyday Sunshine"   Dowd, Moore 4:57
13. "If I Were A...I'd"   Dowd, Moore 0:29
14. "Naz-Tee May'en"   J. N. Fisher, P. Fisher, Jones, Moore 4:56
15. "Babyhead"   Kibby 5:31
16. "If I Were A...I'd"   Dowd, Moore 0:53
17. "Those Days Are Gone"   Dowd, J. N. Fisher 5:23
18. "Sunless Saturday"   Jones 4:18

Accolades[edit]

Year Publication Country Accolade Rank
1991 Rock de Lux Spain "Albums of the Year" 2 [4]
1991 OOR Netherlands "Albums of the Year" 40 [4]
"*" denotes an unordered list.

Personnel[edit]

Fishbone[edit]

  • Angelo Moore – saxophone, vocals
  • Walter A. Kibby II – trumpet, vocals
  • Kendall Jones – lead guitar, vocals
  • Chris Dowd – keyboards, trombone, vocals
  • John Bigham – guitar, keyboard
  • John Norwood Fisher – bass guitar, vocals
  • Philip "Fish" Fisher – drums

Additional[edit]

  • Sam Mims – programming
  • Fenando Pullum – trumpet
  • T-Bone – percussion
  • Greg Bell, Vicky Calhoun, Aklia Chin, Katherine Cederquist, Jeff Conners, Larry Fishburne, James Grey, Kyva Holmes, Nadja Holmes, Wendell Holmes, Natalie Jackson, Gaz Mayall, Sultana Muhammad, Susan Rogers, Clip Payne, Suesan Stovall (spelled "Susan Stoval" in the album's liner notes), Kristen Vigard, Byron West – background vocals

Engineers[edit]

  • Lawrence Duhart
  • Clark Germain
  • Joel Stoner

Charts[edit]

AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1991 The Billboard 200 49

Singles – Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1991 "Sunless Saturday" Modern Rock Tracks 7
"Everyday Sunshine" Modern Rock Tracks 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "The Reality of My Surroundings Review". Allmusic. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan (November 2004). "Fishbone Overview". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. p. 298. 
  3. ^ Bernard, James (April 1991). "The Reality of My Surroundings Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "OOR – Albums of the Year". OOR. Retrieved April 29, 2011.