“I still feel that when you’re Black and you’re playing Rock and Roll and all these other styles of music it’s a lot harder for America to recognize you and appreciate you because it’s very linear in America. “
Angelo Moore is Fishbone’s prismatic frontman known for leading their Pentecost meets punk funk charge with his jaunty vocals, vibrant kinetics and a third stage role as a quirky instrumentalist. Twenty-five years of inimitable genre-smashing and exhilarating concerts secured the band’s place as innovators of the alternative rock scene. But their swarthy hue and inability to squeeze their expansive sonic palette into 3-minute radio commercials made them the bane of record label marketing departments. Last year the Laurence Fishburne-narrated documentary, “Everyday Sunshine: The Story Of Fishbone “ gave a candid abstract of the band’s nonstop musical adventures aided with Fat Albert type animation and personal video footage from their archives. And around the same time The Roots covered “Lyin Ass B*tch” after Michelle Bachmann appeared on the Jimmy Fallon show making Fishbone a Twitter trend and soon after the incident having their own appearance on the show. They are currently finishing their Adhesive Tour and the recently released Crazy Glue EP comes out on vinyl next month. Moore’s incessant stage-diving was halted earlier this year when he was hospitalized for a leg injury that morphed into a staph infection. He has temporarily lost his trademarked leaps but his funk frenzies are still intact. When his creativity in the band goes into overload he becomes his solo alter ego Dr. Madd Vibe. The Angelo Show is Dr. Madd Vibe’s 5th album of eccentric fun and the first video for “Optimistic Yes” is a post James Brown hustle of cheerful energy.
What did you think of the documentary and what impact has it had on the band?
I always describe it like this; it’s like an autopsy with all your guts and legs in different places. So if you really wanted to tell the story of Fishbone it would probably take like a little over a week. But the way that the filmmakers put it together they made a good story. I don’t get attached to it, I’ve seen it and I’m glad it’s out there. It’s turning a lot of people who really watch movies to Fishbone and the fact that we’ve been around and what we’re doing.
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What do you remember most about making Chim Chim’s Badass Revenge?
I remember we were trying to get fired off of Sony because they wanted us to make radio music and we wanted just to not have that s–t to think about. We tried to make the music as radical as we possibly could. We had already tried selling out and it didn’t work. We already had tried changing lyrics for the sake of radio and we didn’t make it there anyway. I won’t be doing that s..t again.