Turn That Noise Down - Mr Bungle


So many well-known albums turn 30 this year and Steve Taylor-Bryant and Susan Omand travel back to 1991 to revisit some of the sounds of their youth that made parents shout "Turn that noise down!" This week, and nothing to do with Rainbow, Steve looks back at Mr. Bungle...


I like Mike Patton. He is my kind of weird. He makes Faith No More a better band. He’s highly watchable live. He is Mr. Bungle’s weirdo in chief. What is Mr. Bungle for those who have not heard of them? How do you explain Mr. Bungle? I’ll try and draw you a verbal picture…

What if Beethoven had a Death Metal band that enjoyed magic mushrooms and jazz and just funking out? That’s pretty much the best I can do and I’ve had three decades to think about it! It’s quite simple though, you’ll love them or you will absolutely hate them. There is no middle ground with Mr. Bungle, no meh with them either, it’s full on experimental nutjobbery (you have to invent words to talk about Mr. Bungle) and it’s relentless in its pursuit of your inner being where it will fester and slowly drive you crazy.

All the songs on Mr. Bungle are so unique and loved by me it’s very hard to pick a favourite, what can I let you have a snippet of to tempt you down the fucked up rabbit hole with me? How about an insane video that is about as visually divisive as the songs are?



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