Fishbone: Still aiming to be one of a kind

CorrespondentFebruary 10, 2012 

  • Who: Fishbone

    When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

    Where: Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave., Durham

    Cost: $15

    Details: 901-0875

    Motorco will also host a free screening of "Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone" at 7 Monday night.

Fishbone was arguably the finest live band to emerge from Los Angeles' mid-'80s punk-rock scene. Every time the punk-funkateers took the stage, there was a palpable sense of danger and unpredictability.

Charismatic Angelo Moore is one of the most athletic and daring frontmen ever. Moore, who has always been a sort of singing stuntman, would climb the rafters and leap from balconies.

The band is still at it, but most of the key players from its salad days have been MIA since 1993. It's easy to forget the details from the act's early days. However, music fans can go right back to that era thanks to the outstanding Fishbone documentary, "Everyday Sunshine," which revisits when the seminal act was emerging during the Reagan era. In honor of Black History Month, fans can catch "Everyday Sunshine"via digital and home video.

"Fans can relive what we did," Moore says. "And then there are those who weren't around or weren't aware of what we were doing then. They can check it out. I don't think there has ever been a band quite like Fishbone."

Moore isn't exaggerating. Yet the big question is whether the group still has it. The band opened for the Wu Tang Clan at South By Southwest in Austin last March. Moore and company proved that the band could still bring it.

"We know how to do it," Moore says. "We can physically do it. We still love to do it. Those are all the elements you need. We have the energy and we have the sound."

During the late '80s, the group appeared to be on the verge of stardom but could never quite reach that brass ring.

"It was frustrating, " Moore says. "We felt like we were so close, but we could never quite get there."

By the early '90s, Fishbone could have installed a revolving door on its tour bus. Band members came and went.

"Some of my best friends left, but I couldn't let the band die," Moore says. "It didn't matter what the situation was. I had to keep it going. There's no way that I can stop now. Fishbone is still red hot."

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