Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Youtube Gems: Mr Bungle

I found these videos from a band I really liked, Mr. Bungle. This was a band that Mike Patton formed after Faith No More broke up. The music was almost indescribable, an odd mix of funk, metal, rap and performance art. As usual, I’ll post the videos below the fold.

Here’s a live performance of My Ass Is On Fire:

Here’s the absolutely surreal video for Quote Unquote (Travolta):

And here’s Goodbye Sober Day:


  1. #1 Brian
    March 31, 2007

    Wow, Ed. You never cease to amaze me. I hadn’t pegged you as the Mr. Bungle sort.

    If you’re a collector of all things Patton, you may be interested in Dillinger Escape Plan’s “Irony is a Dead Scene”.

  2. #2 RPM
    March 31, 2007

    I totally dig Patton in FNM, but I can’t deal with mr bungle. It’s like FNM kept Patton in check — they complemented each other nicely — but bungle just gets too far out there for me.

  3. #3 bwv
    March 31, 2007

    Fantomas is the successor to Mr. Bungle with both Patton and Trevor Dunn. The Director’s Cut – a collection of movie themes – is a good place to start. Here is their rendition of the Godfather theme over some highlights from the films:


    Personally I have little need for any other rock music than Patton’s various projects, they can nail most every sub-genre with more sophistication and wit than any band out there.

  4. #4 Bg Porter
    March 31, 2007

    Didn’t Mr. Bungle precede Patton’s involvement in FNM? If YouTube has a copy of the video for “Epic”, you’ll notice that Patton is wearing a Mr Bungle T-shirt (unless memory fails me…)

    YouTube to the rescue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkeKld7qiBg

  5. #5 bwv
    March 31, 2007

    FNM and Mr. Bungle overlapped for a period, but Mr. Bungle continued throughout the 1990’s until it was disbanded and Fantomas formed.

    Here is another Fantomas video of Rosemary’s Baby:


  6. #6 Chris Berez
    March 31, 2007

    Does this mean you were a fan of Faith No More as well? I really loved Faith No More when I was a kid and still like their music. I’d never heard of Mr. Bungle, though. I really like the youtube stuff you posted though.

    I’m with Brian: you never cease to amaze me when it comes to music. It’s strange, because I’ve been reading you for several years now and I know that I share very similar musical tastes with you. Yet every time you talk about music (or movies for that matter), I find something to surprise me. Go fig.

    And since we’re on the subject or music, are you looking forward to the new Rush album coming out in May? I’m pretty excited. I just hope it’s good.

  7. #7 mantis
    March 31, 2007

    Bungle was Patton’s band before he joined FNM (Bungle formed while Patton was in High School), in fact it was what attracted FNM to Patton when looking for a replacement singer after booting Chuck Mosely (“We Care a Lot”).

    FNM had a number of singers before Mosely including, for a short time, Courtney Love.

    As noted above, Fantômas is a successor to Bungle containing both Patton and Trevor Dunn, though technically both bands were active for awhile before Bungle really disbanded (they released California in 1999).

    Just to clear the record. 😉

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