Clinton McKinnon (musician)

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Clinton McKinnon
Umlaut Bar McKInnon.jpg
Background information
Birth nameClinton McKinnon
Also known asBär McKinnon
BornDecember, 24 1969
Crescent City, California
GenresExperimental, experimental rock, avant-garde, pop, rock and roll, ska punk, metal
InstrumentsSaxophone, keyboards, various woodwind instruments and vocals
Years active1986–present
LabelsAmphead (Distribution)
Associated actsMr. Bungle, Secret Chiefs 3, Eyvind Kang, Barefoot Hockey Goalie, UMLAUT
WebsiteUMLAUT Bandcamp
UMLAUT Facebook
McKinnon Facebook

Clinton "Bär" McKinnon (born 24 December 1969) is an American musician, perhaps best known playing saxophone in San Francisco based band Mr. Bungle.

Bär, pronounced 'bear', is a childhood nickname, given to him by his older sisters. In 1989 Bär joined Mr. Bungle and studied music at Humboldt State University, where he met Trevor Dunn and Trey Spruance[1]. His primary instrument is the saxophone, but he plays a number of other instruments including flute, keyboards, guitar, drums, percussion, bass and other assorted woodwinds.

He was a member of Mr. Bungle from 1989 to their disbandment in 2000, and has written and performed with Secret Chiefs 3, Dieselhed and Humboldt County hip hop/reggae/rock fusion band Lakota. He has also appeared on the Melt-Banana album Charlie, on the Carl Hancock Rux album Rux Revue, on the Ray's Vast Basement album On the Banks of the Time, on the Eyvind Kang's album The Story of Iceland and on the Barefoot Hockey Goalie album One Part Thomas Edison. Bär McKinnon is currently gigging around Melbourne with a band called Umläut.


Bungle's lead singer Mike Patton had by the start of the '90s achieved success in mainstream rock and metal with his other band Faith No More, which ultimately helped secure Mr. Bungle a record deal with Warner Bros. The band released a self-titled album (produced by John Zorn) in 1991, followed by the highly surreal Disco Volante in 1995. Their final album was California. As a multi-instrumentalist, Bär provided a distinct style both as a player and songwriter, most notably on Mr. Bungle's final album, California. The album takes inspiration from Burt Bacharach and The Beach Boys, influences close to Bär's heart. The album allowed more freedom for all members of Bungle in the songwriting process. California blended lounge, pop, jazz, funk, thrash metal, Hawaiian, Middle Eastern, kecak and avant-garde music.[2] The band did 5 tours to support this record. For the most part, perhaps with the exception of the Sno-Core 2000 tour where they were often booed, the band did have success attracting an audience.[3][4]


Umlaut is the culmination of years of work for McKinnon, after moving to Melbourne, Australia. The current lineup includes vibraphone and keyboards as well as Bär on saxophone and flute. The self-titled album was released in October of 2009, with guest vocals from Mike Patton on one of the tracks titled "Atlas Face". Umläut's second record, "To Your Poverty Quietly Go" was released in August 2014. Both albums are available through multiple media outlets:,, Bandcamp, Facebook .

There is a third record in the works as of 2019.


Mr. Bungle[edit]

Secret Chiefs 3[edit]


  • Umlaut (self-titled) (2009)
  • To Your Poverty Quietly Go (2014)

Songwriting credits[edit]

  1. Untitled[5]
  2. "After School Special" (words: Dunn/McKinnon/Patton, music: McKinnon) – 2:47
  3. "The Bends" (music: Patton/McKinnon/Spruance) – 10:28
    1. "Man Overboard"
    2. "The Drowning Flute"
    3. "Aqua Swing"
    4. "Follow the Bubbles"
    5. "Duet for Guitar and Oxygen Tank"
    6. "Nerve Damage"
    7. "Screaming Bends"
    8. "Panic in Blue"
    9. "Love on the Event Horizon"
    10. "Re-Entry"
  1. "The Air-Conditioned Nightmare" (words: Patton music: Patton/McKinnon) – 3:55
  2. "Goodbye Sober Day" (words: Patton music: Patton/McKinnon) – 4:29
  • 2009- Umlaut (Self-Titled) (words/ music: McKinnon)
  • 2014- To Your Poverty Quietly Go (words/ music: McKinnon)

Guest appearances[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Paluzzi, Nick (27 April 2004). "California Review". Ground and Sky. Retrieved 2007-05-16.
  3. ^ Fernandez, Roger. "Mr. Bungle Biography". Bungle Grind. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
  4. ^ Fong, Erik (1–14 July 2003). "Trey Spruance Interview". Perfect Pitch Online. Archived from the original on 24 July 2003. Retrieved 16 May 2007.
  5. ^ This song is often titled "The Secret Song" (the working title of the song) or "Spy" (the title that appears on various concert setlists). Credits: words: Dunn, music: Uncredited (but assumed to be Patton/McKinnon/Spruance). Bungle Fever FAQ

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