Fishbone is one of those bands that I can honestly say that I experienced (mostly) chronologically. The first album I heard was their first album… this album.
Fishbone’s initial offering to the world just happened to be an EPIC EP of 6 songs that melted my face, when I first heard it at 15 years old. Little did I know the strong impact their music would have on the ways that my world views have been shaped.
The self-titled album was strong on humorous lyrics, intense musical prowise, and encapsulating melodies. It was very diverse in style… some ska… some rock… some punk… some soul… I had never heard anything like it at the time.
Over the years, Fishbone granted me the gift of racial perspective, allowing me to see the world without the filter of white privilege, helping me to understand the destructive nature and legacy of racism, and shattered stereotypes that have been forced upon us all by the media.
Fishbone’s perfectly crafted self-titled EP was one of the most important albums of my formative years, and I would highly recommend that everyone listen to the complete discography in chronological order. Trust me… it’ll hit you in ways you really weren’t prepared for.