Fishbone: Off the Hook

Fishbone founders reflect on ‘absurd’ journey: Aidin Vaziri | Has there ever been a band that worked harder at getting nowhere than Fishbone? Throughout its 30-year career, the ska-punk band from South Central Los Angeles has tirelessly produced genre-busting albums and headlined frantic college festivals only to watch its support acts – such as No Doubt, Sublime and Jane’s Addiction – speed by to stardom. The documentary “Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone,” out now on DVD, chronicles the band’s ups, downs and further downs, illuminating a story highlighted with depression, mental illness and lonely record store signings. We talked to lead singer Angelo Moore and bassist Norwood Fisher, the last standing members from the original Fishbone lineup, about the experience of committing their failures to history.

Q: Did it feel good getting this all out there, just to prove to everyone it really happened?
Moore: It’s not all on film but it’s enough.
Fisher: You know what? It’s quite satisfying to have something that tells the ins and outs of the journey. The best part about it is peoples’ reactions – everything has been positive.
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