Mr. Bungle
California


4.0
excellent

Review

by Killtacular USER (34 Reviews)
November 17th, 2005 | 57 replies | 8,786 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist


9 of 10 thought this review was well written

Okay, class, can anyone tell me one word to describe Mr. Bungle?
...
Anyone? Yes, Billy?

"Hardcore?"

Close, but don't quit your dayjob.

"I don't have a job. I'm twelve."

Well then, turn fifteen, grow a pair, and go work at McDonald's.

"I hear Ronald McDonald touches little-"

Shush, Billy!! Okay, since you children are so ignorant these days, I guess it's up to me to give you some edu-mah-cation. The best word I know of to describe Mr. Bungle is "unique."

"That's the best you've got? Man, you're a bad teacher."

Billy, if you value your life, you won't go to sleep tonight. Now, where was I. Ah, yes. Mr. Bungle is very unique. I guess you could thank Mike Patton. He is what you would call "crazy."

"Like Hitler!?"

Go die in a fire. So, this Mike guy, he's a little zany. Kooky, if you will. But that's alright, because he helps Mr. Bungle be what they are. He's got some wonderful vocals, too, as seen most in "Retrovertigo." His voice makes me swoon like a teenage girl at a Backstreet Boys concert in '99. A lot of the more bass oriented vocals on here remind me of the Beach Boys, for whatever reason.

"So he's got a great voice. So what? Mr. Bungle can't be great for just that"

You're not listening, I'm trying to explain. What really makes them so great is-

"It's a band!?"

...Yes. What really makes them great is their overall sense of, well, uniqueness. Or something. Not a single song sounds the same, and have structures so odd that it wouldn't be too far off to say they don't really have one. "The Air-Conditioned Nightmare" goes from some clapping type percussion and shakers to sounding like it would be on the beach. Then it goes to Patton saying a syllable in opposite ears, then back to the beach, then to a neo-Wipeout tom thumping fest. And this is all in the first two minutes. "None of Them Knew They Were Robots" is even more zany and unpredictable than the previously mentioned song. It starts off with some "terror" organ chords to a light ride melody and low vocals from Patton. Then it switches to some happy organ and processed vocals. That's within about the first minute. Nearly the whole album is like this. Unusual, and unpredictable.

The sound of this album is very much summed up by the cover. It sounds exactly like that tree looks like it would sound: an island, if you will. "Sweet Charity" even starts off with some seagulls, and a light, breezy melody that gives off a tropical vibe. Much like the background vocals at times, the melodies present throughout the album remind me of the Beach Boys. Which is odd, considering I've never really paid attention to the Beach Boys. Oh well. Remember when I said this album was unpredictable? Nothing better sums that up than the final track, "Goodbye Sober Day." It changes more than Michael Jackson's glove during one of his "slumber parties."

"What?"

Never you mind, Billy. Go back to sleep. Anyhoo, that one song is crazy. Almost as crazy as Mike Patton. The title sums up the song greatly. There's so much crap going on, your head will spin around several times. One of the many sounds has been reincarnated in the Mars Volta's L'Via L'Viaquez. That was rather irrelevant, but at least you'll get a slight understanding of what this song sounds like. Towards the end, it breaks down into some odd tribal chanting and, you guessed it, a heavy guitar riff and a driving drumbeat. Didn't see that coming, did you? If you did, you've either heard it before, or you're Mike Patton (or some other member of the band, but who cares about them?). I keed, I keed. They're all important. Even that one guy with 11 fingers and a reading disability. Okay, that's false, but it doesn't matter, because I'm the teacher.

With California, Mr. Bungle experiment more than hippies in the 60's. Damned hippies. Good for nothin, 'cept smellin' up the place and smoking the loopy lettuce. Anyways, this is a great album. Great. They do so many different things and they do them quite well. It also helps that it's painfully unique and unusual. The only real flaws are two not-so-great songs called "Golem II: the Bionic Vapour Boy" and "The Holy Filament." Other than that, this is pretty flawless. With this album, this group of multi-instrumentalists accomplished what I'm fairly sure they set out to accomplish: world domination.

"Eh, they're not that great."

I hate you, Billy.


SCRUPLES



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Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2005



15727 Comments


LoL this was the freakin funniest review ever!!!!! U ROCK! First review since October 6th, and what a comeback!This Message Edited On 11.17.05

Digging: A Sunny Day In Glasgow - Sea When Absent

Rudd13
November 17th 2005



952 Comments


Truly one of the most enjoyable reviews on the site. Nicely done, mate. As for the band, I've heard wrose things about this album but I suppose I can give it the ol' test drive. Excellent job, Scruples.

Killtacular
November 17th 2005



1314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Like a lot of my reviews, I thought up the intro whilst showering. Just sorta popped into me head.

Med57
Moderator
November 17th 2005



1001 Comments


You know Scruples, I'm not sure that's the sort of thing you should publicise. ;) Interesting review, anyway. I'm a huge Patton fan, and as far as I'm concerned, this is the best album that he's appeared on. Great stuff.

Storm In A Teacup
November 17th 2005



12687 Comments


You just want the pore kid to work at McDonalds so you can pour french fry grease on his head. :mad:







Wonderful, I loved it.

Killtacular
November 17th 2005



1314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hahaha, was that completely necessary?

Storm In A Teacup
November 17th 2005



12687 Comments


You're gonna get perma. banned if you keep doing that Som. Vague.

Zebra
Moderator
November 17th 2005



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Very entertaining to say the least, excellent review.

This is a good album, but I find it to be slightly overated.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2005



15727 Comments


LoL Zebra's comments are always the same.

"(Zebra's thoughts on the review)"

"(Zebra's thoughts on the album)"

Rudd13
November 17th 2005



952 Comments


Back off, d00d. Zebra rawks.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2005



15727 Comments


No I like Zebram Im just noticing. His comments are very direct, and to the point. Probably the model example of what sputnik's comments should be about

Storm In A Teacup
November 17th 2005



12687 Comments


WTF? You don't even make sense.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2005



15727 Comments


Mikey The Great=what?

Storm In A Teacup
November 17th 2005



12687 Comments


I bet he got part of the idea from my Nickelback review.


:eek: Scruples thinks about me in the shower! :eek:

Killtacular
November 17th 2005



1314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I didn't actually. I had the idea for this about a week before you posted that review. It pissed me off. But thankfully, yours wasn't a concept review.

Mikey the Great = Me (Aka Scruples)

Storm In A Teacup
November 17th 2005



12687 Comments


I only posted that first part so I would have an excuse to write the second part.

ocelot-05
November 17th 2005



807 Comments


Scruples, you have brought something new to sputnik. I praise you endlessly for this hilarious review style, which no doubt will be super-stolen in the near future. I'm also very pleased to know that you take a shower (or at least took one).

Storm In A Teacup
November 17th 2005



12687 Comments


Yeah, but you take showers with your dogs which is worse than Scruples not taking a shower...



Oh wait, I forgot he works at McDonalds, nevermind.

Killtacular
November 17th 2005



1314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ouch.
I'm quitting next Wednesday. I'm sick of their crap.

ocelot-05
November 17th 2005



807 Comments


I take showers with my dogs, lol. That's one of the funniest things I've heard in a long time. For those of you who don't know, I've had 4 or 5 different avatars that are pictures of my dogs. Currently (11-17-05), it is my old puppy I used to have named B.P.



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