July 14, 2021 Playlist

"Fishbone" EP by Fishbone (1985)
Fishbone "Fishbone" EP  1985 (USA)
In the late 80's, Fishbone seemed poised for greatness. But then "grunge rock" and hardcore rap took over the music scene and their sharp combination of punk, funk, ska, soul and metal didn't fit those molds. But then, they really didn't fit any mold in the first place which was one of their great strengths (though also a weakness in the sense that major record labels are generally not good at promoting artists that can't be pigeonholed). Their other great strength is impeccable musicianship: started by band nerds in junior high school in the late 70's, the core members developed a remarkable chemistry because they literally grew up playing together. (Their band name reflects their band nerd roots: "Fish" for the Fisher brothers on bass and drums and "bone" because their keyboardist doubles on trombone). Only one of the seven full-length albums they released between 1986 and 2006 managed to scrape the bottom of the Top 50 on the American album charts, and they haven't had a major label record deal for more than 20 years now, but the group soldiers on to this day with 5 of 6 original members (and even had a full reunion of the original lineup in late 2020). But for all their legacy, I think their greatest moments on record can be found on their debut, a nearly perfect 6-song EP which is our CAOTW this week.
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year Country
Sir Lord BaltimoreKingdom ComeKingdom Come1970USA
ScorpionsLonging For FireIn Trance1975Germany
KISSHotter Than HellHotter Than Hell1974USA
Thin LizzySlow BluesVagabonds Of The Western World1973Ireland
Muddy WatersLet's Spend The Night Together (The Rolling Stones)Electric Mud1968USA
Black Keys Mellow Peaches (Big Joe Williams) Delta Kream (N)2021 (Easy Eye / Nonesuch)USA
Colin Moulding The Hardest BattleThe Hardest Battle EP (N)2021 (Burning Shed)UK
Grave Flowers Bongo Band VATMMStrength Of Spring (N)2021 (Castle Face)USA
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard 2.02 Killer Year
   / Black Hot Soup
Butterfly 3000 (N)2021 (Flightless)Australia
Sons Of Kemet Hustle (featuring Kojey Radical)Black To The Future (N)2021 (Impulse!)UK
FishboneUGLYFishbone EP
FishboneParty At Ground ZeroFishbone EP
FishboneLyin' Ass BitchFishbone EP
FishboneServitudeGive A Monkey A Brain And He'll Swear He's The Center Of The Universe1993USA
Bad BrainsCoptic TimesRock For Light1983USA
The SpecialsA Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You (Neil Diamond / The Monkees)Today's Specials1996UK
Michigan & SmileyNice Up The Dancesingle (Nice Up The Dance - Studio One Discomixes compilation) 1979Jamaica
The CongosSodom And GomorrowHeart Of The Congos1977Jamaica
King Sunny Adé & His African BeatsMo Dupe Ore Temi
   / Ojojumo L'Aje Npawo
   / Ere Oge
   / Arihya La Nse
Togetherness (Ka Jo Se)1984Nigeria
Mdou Moctar Afrique Victime Afrique Victime (N)2021 (Matador)Niger
Kasai Allstars Betrayal By Gossip Black Ants Always Fly Together, One Bangle Makes No Sound (N)2021 (Crammed Discs)Dem. Rep. of Congo
Fela Kuti & Africa 70Alagbon CloseAlagbon Close1975Nigeria
Mtume Umoja EnsembleSeperate Not Equal (live)Alkebu-Lan - Land Of The Blacks (Live At The East)1972USA
Gal CostaTuaregGal1969Brazil
Herbie MannNorwegian Wood (The Beatles - live)The Wailing Dervishes1967USA

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