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Fishbone: Truth and SoulTruth and Soul (1988)
Sony Music Entertainment

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In the late `80s, alternative/college rock was becoming a force in mainstream music and some bands were starting to play arenas and going gold or platinum. Fishbone was part of that wave. Their second full-length, Truth and Soul, which came out in 1988, rode it to a maximum. Their previous effort, I.
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In the late `80s, alternative/college rock was becoming a force in mainstream music and some bands were starting to play arenas and going gold or platinum. Fishbone was part of that wave. Their second full-length, Truth and Soul, which came out in 1988, rode it to a maximum. Their previous effort, It's a Wonderful Life (Gonna Have a Good Time), was a lively mix of ska, reggae, funk, soul and punk -- and now hard rock was added to this category.

The CD itself is one of Fishbone's best, along with The Reality of My Surroundings. It has some awsome ska songs ("Ma and Pa," one of Fishbone's best), lots of funk ("Questions of Life" and "Bonin' in the Boneyard," which has some incredible bass work, and "One Day") and hard rock / punk ("Freddie's Dead," a great cover of Curtis Mayfield's "Subliminal Fascism") and even some kind of greengrass/rock ("Slow Bus Movin' (Howard Beach Party)"). The band has also greatly improved in the lyrics department, with some great songs about racism and discrimination like "Slow Bus Movin' (Howard Beach Party)," "Deep Inside," "One Day," "Subliminal Fascism" and "Ghetto Soundwave."

Great horns (listen to "Questions of Life" and "Ma and Pa"), incredible bass work and guitars mixed with some great lyrics make this one of Fishbone's best CDs, and a must-have if you're a fan of ska, funk or any sort of music, and probably one of the `80s best musical creations.

 

 
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dowrongright (December 17, 2008)

life changing, soul feeding, life affirming, funky, underrated, imperfect perfection

Anonymous (June 6, 2007)

hey I was born in 1988 - the year this album came out

Anonymous (November 11, 2005)

Best fucking band ever!!

Anonymous (October 19, 2005)

I love this band. Almost as much as I love taffy...

Joe

Anonymous (October 19, 2005)

It's not that they sound like reel big fish, it would actually be the other way around, but I just feel that some songs (IE: party at ground zero) have that cheese-core feel to them, with the corny sounding horns.

-Not-To-Regret

housewrecker (October 18, 2005)

Yeah, I found that really funny actually. Also Superdude, you're improving. This was your best list yet.

Anonymous (October 17, 2005)

anyone else find it funny that not to regret thinks these guys are a little too close to reel big fish?

Anonymous (October 17, 2005)

they collaborated with someone in the late 90s in a song that played on mtv............ what song was that

Anonymous (October 17, 2005)

On a side note...will you marry me, superdude?

Anonymous (October 17, 2005)

I'm with wyzo on this one...the SNL performance changed my life...

the_other_scott (October 17, 2005)

fishbone is pretty stellar

one of the few ska bands that doesn't get a "ska sucks" reaction

Anonymous (October 17, 2005)

after this album I tried to get into all other fishbone releases, but somehow I didnt like their music...though their message was way cool

Mr_Pink (October 17, 2005)

This is Fishbone's best album from start to finish, and it was also the last really great thing they recorded.

Anonymous (October 17, 2005)

Simply brilliant-oldpunker

sickboi (October 17, 2005)

Fishbone rules. I mean fucking RULES. One of my favorite bands ever.

Anonymous (October 17, 2005)

i just remember there saturday night live performance when the guy does a sitting somersault roll toward the camera while holding a glass cane and being awesome.

wyzo

Anonymous (October 17, 2005)

their best record in my humble opinion

Anonymous (October 16, 2005)

It's official: BYO Records have the WORST international mail order service ever. I ordered some stuff from them in July, and I've yet to receive it. I e-mailed them about it 9 days ago, and they still haven't responded.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (October 16, 2005)

"This band puts off too much of a cheesy real big fish vibe for me. But I really like the song "Unyielding unconditional" (sic?). Can anyone recommend any other songs or particular albums along those lines?

-Not-To-Regret"

hahahahahhahahahahhahahahhahahahahha hahahahhahahaha

Anonymous (October 16, 2005)

This band puts off too much of a cheesy real big fish vibe for me. But I really like the song "Unyielding unconditional" (sic?). Can anyone recommend any other songs or particular albums along those lines?

-Not-To-Regret (mr. shitty review)

Anonymous (October 16, 2005)

The scores for their live show.

Easily among the best I've ever had the pleasure of witnessing.

stevejonestherealbones (October 16, 2005)

"3. They're on a lot of labels"

ahhahahhaha

- j the b

superdude (October 16, 2005)

This review was pretty good, but here's how I would make it better:

1. What was PETA's reaction to this?

2. Is there a more animal friendly cover?

3. They're on a lot of labels

4. This might be a stupid question but, what kind of fish?

5. I bet the Smiths hate this band.

Anonymous (October 16, 2005)

BEST LIVE BAND EVER!! Well, they aren't quite the same now, but I'd still see them over the screamo crap you guys listen to nowadays

Crookedsuperhero (October 16, 2005)

Truly great band.

skolarx (October 16, 2005)

that last one was me, i've seen them a couple of time since, last a couple of months ago with slightly stoopid, still great, see them if you have a chance

Anonymous (October 16, 2005)

to this day best show i've ever seen was the goodie mob(when cee-loo was still with them), de la soul and fishbone. the others were great and then fishbone just blew them away

Anonymous (October 16, 2005)

"Freddie's Dead" is from the classic "Superfly."

-Will

Anonymous (October 16, 2005)

funky bass
funky ass bass!

Dante3000 (October 16, 2005)

Truly a band that has one of the best live shows ever...Even if Angelo (sp?) is a slight egomaniac.
-Dante

psychoos231 (October 16, 2005)

This band always plays around my area. Fun live band.

Anonymous (October 16, 2005)

this band is incredible, should have been way bigger. this disc in particular is like the ska/ punk marvin gaye or something...amazing

Godfather (October 16, 2005)

i need to listen to these guys more...i saw them on snl a long time ago and they were freakin awesome...that lead singer packs some energy...good stuff

Anonymous (October 16, 2005)

This band never got the respect it deserved.

It still doesn't.

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