A 2010 documentary, "Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone
," made it abundantly clear that despite the accolades, the Los Angeles band Fishbone
never achieved the high level of success of bands like No Doubt, Jane's Addiction, and Sublime — who cited them as a strong influence — and suffered deeply from inner-band turmoil and depression.
The band's ironic sense of humor, lyrical critiques of racism, and genre-defying songs confused record labels and mainstream audiences. Their biggest hit, "Everyday Sunshine
," was an uplifting, upbeat tune with a bright, colourful Drew Carolan video that was a big hit on MTV, but a large chunk of their catalog is more aggressive, metal- and punk-influenced songs not nearly as cheery.
Lead singer, saxophonist and theramin player Angelo Moore, 49, Fishbone's de-facto front-man, continues to tour and record with the band (they perform September 13 at the Independent), but is involved in several side projects. With Bay Area guitarist/artist Kris Jensen, he fronts Brand New Step
, a funky pop project currently at work on its second album here in San Francisco. He performs as his alter-ego Dr. Madd Vibe alongside San Francisco's Vau De Vire Society
, an avant-cabaret circus, and in a Los Angeles four-piece called Dr. Madd Vibe and the Missing Links.
SF Weekly spoke with Angelo Moore this week about being in the same band for 30 years, his solo projects, and a pending $1.4 million lawsuit
filed by an audience member who was injured in a moshpit at a 2010 Fishbone show.