Mr. Bungle (album)

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Mr. Bungle
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Studio album by Mr. Bungle
Released August 13, 1991
Recorded 1991 at Different Fur, San Francisco, California, United States
Genre
Length 73:19
Label Warner Bros.
Producer John Zorn, Mr. Bungle
Mr. Bungle chronology
Mr. Bungle
(1991)
Disco Volante
(1995)Disco Volante1995

Mr. Bungle is the debut studio album by American experimental rock 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 cult following.

Content[edit]

The album cover features artwork by Dan Sweetman, originally published in the story, "A Cotton Candy Autopsy" in the DC Comics/Piranha Press imprint title Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children.

The album mixes a variety of musical styles, including ska, circus music, heavy metal, free jazz, and funk.[2] AllMusic called it 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." 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".[5]

Quotes from David Lynch's 1986 film Blue Velvet are strewn throughout the album.

Critical reception and legacy[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly D–[6]
Trouser Press favorable[7]

The album received mixed reviews upon release. Entertainment Weekly gave the album a negative review, writing "Adjectives like 'puerile' and 'unlistenable' take on entirely new dimensions when applied to Mr. Bungle".[6] Trouser Press called it "one of the most ambitiously random, fractious records in recent memory" and "one of the finest records of its kind".[7]

In 2015, Korn guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer praised the album, stating "I loved their last album, California, but their self-titled debut had the biggest impact on me. There’s a song on there called "Love Is a Fist" that’s fucking crushing. That set the tone for us and what we went on to do creatively. They were completely outside the box and just didn’t care – they satisfied only themselves. It wasn’t about record sales, it was just about creating a band."[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
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

Personnel[edit]

Mr. Bungle
Additional personnel
  • David Brysonengineering, mixing
  • Matt Murman – engineering assistance, digital editing
  • John Zorn – production
  • Bob Ludwigmastering
  • Troy Blakely – Management
  • 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 August, Michael Christopher. "25 Years Ago: Mr. Bungle's Debut Polarizes Faith No More Fans". Diffuser. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c McGaughey, Scott (September 1999). "The Unclassifiable and Ever-Evolving Music of Mr. Bungle". Perfect Sound Forever. Retrieved June 29, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "The Quietus - Features - Anniversary - Flying Saucer, Attack! Mr Bungle's Disco Volante Two Decades On". Retrieved January 3, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Heavy Metal Be-Bop #3: Interview with Trevor Dunn". Retrieved January 3, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Huey, Steve. "Mr. Bungle - Mr. Bungle : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Browne, David (September 6, 1991). "Mr. Bungle". Entertainment Weekly (82). Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Robbins, Ira; Frampton, Scott. "TrouserPress.com :: Faith No More". TrouserPress.com. Retrieved June 29, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Korn's James 'Munky' Shaffer - Under the Influence - The Skinny". Retrieved January 3, 2017. 

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