Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone
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Posted: Mon Oct 3 2011
It was a revolutionary punk-funk-ska-metal band that paved the way for a generation of cross-pollinating musicians and rise of the '90s Lollapalooza alt-nation...so how come Fishbone never got the mainstream attention and success it deserved? Documentarians Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler dutifully list the answers---label mismanagement, religious conversions-cum-nervous-breakdowns, infighting, ego trips, a questionable obsession with the theremin---and then revisit the band circa now, in which last-founding-members-standing Norwood Fisher and Angelo Moore try to keep their dying rock dreams afloat. (Bonus points for getting Laurence Fishburne to narrate; curators of the namesake series would be proud.) Given the rickety rise-and-fall structure of this portrait, however, it's hard to get over the feeling that this is simply a trumped-up Behind the Music episode interspersed with present-day cautionary elements and cranky bickering, though fans will salivate over the archival concert and in-studio footage. There's just enough uncut truth and soul in Fishbone's story to keep die-hard Boneheads skankin' to the beat, even if it's just for nostalgia's sake.
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Author: David Fear