Mr. Bungle
Bowel Of Chiley


2.0
poor

Review

by Aaron W. STAFF
October 18th, 2014 | 17 replies


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You'll find a note and you'll see my silhouette...

The second in a series of demo tapes by the still-developing Mr. Bungle, Bowel of Chiley finds the band still trying to find their ideal voice, and making another attempt at getting their music out to the local radio stations and to the public in Eureka, California, Mr. Bungle’s hometown. At this point, founding member Jed Watts had been replaced by Hans Wagner; and due to the drastically changing styles Mr. Bungle undertook, the employment of Scott Fritz and Theo Lengyel were essential to the band as an addition to their evolving sound.

A smorgasbord of the genres of ska, metal, funk, and swing, Bowel of Chiley was a mesh of ideas that, unfortunately, just didn’t gel; and features Mr. Bungle at their absolute worst. The amount of talent the band had for just being kids fresh out of high school is astounding for sure, however there were several problems that plagued the band. Among these was the fact that Mike Patton was struggling to find his voice, and the band just weren’t “there” yet with the “ideal sound” they were possibly trying to discover and conquer. The fifty-five minute expedition of absurdity, sound collages, and enough genre changing to make the head spin was a showcase of a band nowhere near their prime; and furthermore, was an absolute mess. The songs overstay their welcome, and a good majority of them are mediocre tracks that manage to make the listener wonder if this is the same Mr. Bungle that would go on to make three of the best albums of the 1990s. For the few tracks that somehow don’t drag on for too long, they are relatively decent songs that are worth a listen every once in a while ("Jumping (Parts One and Two)", "Carousel").

In retrospect, Bowel of Chiley is an extremely varied effort. Featuring a minimal amount of moments worth listening to, and a great chunk of stuff worth ignoring, it shows the band at their most crude and underdeveloped by musical means. Not to mention, the audio quality has a very notable drop in quality near the end that further drives the point home of the poor quality of this particular demo tape. In the end, Bowel of Chiley is simply the baby steps in the early days of a renowned band, who’d go on to do much greater things.



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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
October 18th 2014


18531 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

A 2 for Bungle feels so wrong.



Bowel of Chiley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUfKKKHI-4k



A live show consisting of material from this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nufEC9-Ovgg



And as a bonus, the Eureka High School Talent Show recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e12iKth6Vkw

Digging: Jason Molina - Pyramid Electric Co.

Ire
October 18th 2014


41945 Comments


brown note

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
October 18th 2014


18531 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

white noise for wag

ArsMoriendi
October 18th 2014


25299 Comments


Why are you judging a demo tape as if it were a studio album?

Digging: Sonic Youth - Dirty

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
October 18th 2014


18531 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

How exactly am I judging this as a studio album?

ArsMoriendi
October 18th 2014


25299 Comments


The fact the review criticized the audio quality. The fact that the review criticized the demo's cohesiveness.

Sure these things could make a studio album a 2, but for a demo tape, your descriptions don't seem to really warrant anything under a 3.5.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
October 18th 2014


6681 Comments


the fact that it's a demo tape doesn't make it less shitty. he's judging it as a piece of music, and as a piece of music it's a 2/5 in his
eyes. simple

things like quality and cohesiveness might be 'cheap shots' for a demo recording, but still, they should be pointed out if they're
detrimental

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
October 18th 2014


18531 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

well Ars, maybe if you listened to the demo tape, you'd understand?



Maybe that's something you didn't think about?

ArsMoriendi
October 18th 2014


25299 Comments


I'll listen to it later tonight (I don't have time right now)

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
October 18th 2014


18531 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

FUCK



Should I just bend over for Patton because that's the only thing sputnik is allowed to do?!?!?!

undertakerpt
October 18th 2014


1582 Comments


Gotta love evil Satan for its Mexican breakdown.

Incoherence is possibly their funniest song xD

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
October 18th 2014


18531 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

the bass work is pretty good on here despite all the flaws tbh



doesn't really help this overall.

Tyler.
October 19th 2014


16441 Comments


Trevor dunn is the fucking man. Good review

BMDrummer
October 19th 2014


14472 Comments



Digging: -

Judio!
October 19th 2014


8444 Comments


Sweet review Fripp, pos'd. Must have been pretty difficult criticizing Bungle like you did, but it's an early demo so I imagine it's probably pretty shitty.

BEAVERPATROL
June 30th 2015


1 Comments


As much as I love Bungle it's near impossible to deny this demo was utter shit. The band had no clue what they were doing until Goddammit! I love America. That demo was still kinda crap, but really saw Mr. Bungle getting into stride and discovering their style. Patton only figured out how to use his voice in 1989 it seems.

Zig
February 14th 2019


1634 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It got Carousel.

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