Fishbone - Give A Monkey A Brain And He'll Swear He's The Center Of The Universe (Cover Artwork)


Give A Monkey A Brain And He'll Swear He's The Center Of The Universe (1993)


I must say the reason why this album is my favorite is the same reason why many might not like it: it's very polarized. The funk songs are just funk and not mixed with ska and punk and rock. The rock songs are just rock. The polarization of the album almost serves as a manifestation of the problems in the band at the time (shortly after the album was released, original members and key songwriters guitarist Kendall Jones and keyboardist/vocalist Chris Dowd left the band).

If you're someone who likes just one type of music, chances are you'll like at least a song or two but not the whole album. If you're a fan of all forms of music, this album will serve as a great introduction to the band without having to sort through the cheesy 80's-styled production that their previous albums suffered from.

The album's first track, "Swim," can either be the song that brings you in or makes you dismiss the album without even listening to the rest of the album. I say this because while the song is very energetic and does a great job of showing Fishbone's heavier influences, the repetitive chorus of "I like to swim" may be too repetitious for many.

Key tracks on the album are "Servitude," "Black Flowers," "Unyielding Conditioning," "Warmth Of Your Breath," "Drunk Skitzo," and "No Fear." This album is a key point in the band because not only was the band at the top of their game lyrically and musically but it also shows the end of an era with Fishbone and shows the splintering of the band.

I would recommend everyone check out this album but be warned that it's for those who realize that variety is the spice of life.