mr.bungle

  • me: this is one of my fave bands i think they are really great listen
  • mr. bungle starts playing: i wanna lock betty crocker in the kitchen and knock her upper during supper clutter up her butter gutter hostess ding dong wrapped an eggroll around my wong
  • me: aren't they great??
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Real Patton heads know that Bungle is his greatest band.
He’s worked with artists like Kool Keith, Massive Attack and, notably, Björk (on her vocal-heavy Medúlla album), lent his voice to video games such as underrated comic book-influenced FPS The Darkness, Portal and Left For Dead (he played the zombies, of course) and even appeared in films such as forgettable Will Smith vehicle I Am Legend and oddball action film Bunraku.

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Mr. Bungle - self titled (1991)

From 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.

Sample

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Patton’s high school bands were Gemini, Turd and most notably Mr. Bungle, (a band Patton would work with on and off until 2000), which married experimental rock with just about every other musical genre. Mr Bungle was a unique brand of rock that’s still been impossible to imitate (though many try).

While still a fully fledged member of Mr Bungle, Patton joined the already established Faith No More, which despite being best known for crossover hits like “Epic” and “Falling To Pieces” (and their respective music videos), the group also flirted with orchestral pop (i.e., Angel Dust’s “A Small Victory”) and soul (see their brilliant cover of the Commodores “Easy” recorded around the same time). While with FNM Patton received worldwide commercial acclaim and recognition.

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🤡Recording Mr Bungle 🤡

“By 1992 Danny was living in San Francisco and I remember Mike, Trey and I crashing on his couches in the Haight the whole time we were recording. What a drag.

Trey had his car and we’d have to drive around looking for parking all night. Then we’d set up plastic army men on the mantle of Danny’s living room and shoot them off with rubber-band guns. I also remember eating a lot of burritos and thai food.

Our friend and fellow Eurkean Rob Green was hanging around and became obsessed with David Lynch’s Blue Velvet so it was ALWAYS on in the lounge at the studio.

Somehow we had befriended some guy who worked at the Mitchell Bros O'farrell Theater and he would get us in all the time for free. He cried when the drummer Eric Carr from Kiss died from Cancer.

I subsequently befriended a couple of strippers who would hang out in the recording studio and say lewd things into the microphones for us. Trey and I really got a kick out of that.

We were also friends with a band called “The Deli Creeps” whose guitar player went by the name of Buckethead. The singer, Maximum Bob, was a big fat guy who used to light his farts with matches. You can hear him chanting "over and over” at the end of My Ass Is On Fire. So, yeah, there were some weirdos hanging around.“ -Trevor Dunn