11 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

One reason Fishbone was so beloved in its time was that it represented the innate contradictions of being young. In other words, whatever you wanted the band to be, it was determined to be something else. In Your Face is known for its fusion of disparate musical ideas—ska, metal, new wave—but less credit was given to Fishbone for its bold lyrics. Though the group fully embraced a goofy and hyperactive performance practice, songs like “Give It Up” and “Turn the Other Way” contain a dark political commentary on life in the Cold War era. “World leaders, Necromancers, and masochists all,” sings Angelo Moore on “Turn the Other Way." “Contemplate our destinies but they all will soon fall/With our greatest dance at the Thermonuclear Ball.” At the same time, Moore showed his insecurities with the denigrating self-portrait of “I Wish I Had a Date.” All the while, Fishbone brought a ferociously precise musicianship to the table. Its message was to embody contradiction in all its forms. They showed it was not only possible but empowering to be both silly and serious, angry and nerdy, sophisticated and totally juvenile.

EDITORS’ NOTES

One reason Fishbone was so beloved in its time was that it represented the innate contradictions of being young. In other words, whatever you wanted the band to be, it was determined to be something else. In Your Face is known for its fusion of disparate musical ideas—ska, metal, new wave—but less credit was given to Fishbone for its bold lyrics. Though the group fully embraced a goofy and hyperactive performance practice, songs like “Give It Up” and “Turn the Other Way” contain a dark political commentary on life in the Cold War era. “World leaders, Necromancers, and masochists all,” sings Angelo Moore on “Turn the Other Way." “Contemplate our destinies but they all will soon fall/With our greatest dance at the Thermonuclear Ball.” At the same time, Moore showed his insecurities with the denigrating self-portrait of “I Wish I Had a Date.” All the while, Fishbone brought a ferociously precise musicianship to the table. Its message was to embody contradiction in all its forms. They showed it was not only possible but empowering to be both silly and serious, angry and nerdy, sophisticated and totally juvenile.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Zekemata ,

Underrated Debut

Of course, Fishbone went on to some stronger CDs, but their debut was an interesting introduction of what was to come. Mixing genres and creating a sound unlike anything else at the time, this debut had some punk energy, but nothing like their live show. "When Problems Arise" is, in my opinion, the strongest song on this CD showing the sound that would lead into their strongest era. Too bad Fishbone never got the recognition they deserved.

good thoughts ,

Underrated Fishbone classic!

This often-dismissed album ranks right alongside other Fishbone classics (Fishbone EP, In Your Face, etc.) Upbeat, well-written and masterly-performed tunes, make this one a must have.
How could you not love the fun Cholly? If you're feeling down, listen to A Movement In The Light for constant reassurance!
You cannot go wrong with this gem!

picnicboy ,

Great album

I used to listen to this in high school. Still a favorite with me!!

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