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California

Mr. Bungle Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
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Nobody ever accused Mr. Bungle of being suckers for a good melody. The syncopated blasts of cartoonish noise that fill 1991's Mr. Bungle and 1995's Disco Volante are one part speed metal and one part Speedy Gonzalez. Initially, the band served as a more aggressive outlet for singer Mike Patton, widely known for his work in Faith No More. But with Faith No More no more, Patton and Mr. Bungle decided to sweeten the Bungle batter with a little songcraft. California boasts harmonies (yes, harmonies!) that would make the Brothers Wilson proud. Opening with a chorus of seagulls and crashing waves that gives way to slide guitar, strings, and Patton singing (not screaming), the poppy yet symphonic "Sweet Charity" announces that this is not your bike messenger's Mr. Bungle album. Songs like the easy strummin' "Retrovertigo," the sultry Scott Walker-esque "Pink Cigarette," and the orchestral "Vanity Fair" make California 1999's golden-hair surprise. --Bill Crandall

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Accordion - Henri Duscharme Cello - Marika Hughes, Sam Bass Cimbalom - Jay Steebley English Horn - Bill Banovetz French Horn - Larry Ragent Guitar - David Phillips Harmonica - Michael Peloquin Performer - Bär McKinnon, Danny Heifetz, Mike Patton, Trevor Dunn, Trey Spruance Timpani, Bass Drum, Percussion [Mallets, Tam Tam] - William Winant Trumpet - Timb Harris Violin, Viola - Ben Barnes, Carla Kihlstedt, Eyvind Kang

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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good! May 29 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
All tracks are good on this CD, but especially "Pink Cigarrete" rocks! Other top songs on this CD are None Of Them Knew They Were Robots and Ars Moriendi.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phenominal Album April 5 2006
By Devin
Format:Audio CD
Mr Bungle has made yet another album that is captivating and gripping. This time, you can truly notice and appreciate that they are down to business. With the abundance of guest musicians on the album, comes meticulously crafted songs. You can begin to notice, after listening to the first few songs on the cd, that this is an album that Mike Patton hasn't just "proof red" per say, once. He and the band have nailed the album so incredibly well, that the theme "California" just seems to associate nearly perfectly with the music. You ever get an album where almost every song you listen to sounds exactly the same? Well California, not surprisingly, renders the exact opposite. You can tell the band and especially Mike Patton (the fuel and main ingredient of everything) have grown up listening to many different kinds of music. Where some parts are questionable to such artists as Frank Zappa, Mr Bungle never slow down or conform; they only build onto inspirations. Bottom line is, what is fused together on this cd flows so well and is undoubtedly some of the most bizzarre, effective musicianship and song structure I have come across. This album will not dissapoint. This cd is the framework of music to come. Go and buy it. You will not be dissapointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing June 27 2004
By ZL
Format:Audio CD
"California" is more refined than the bands previous two efforts, "Mister Bungle" and "Disco Volante". Strangely upbeat at times, terrifyingly dark at others, "California" is a masterpiece, and one of the most underrated albums of the past decade. Patton invokes everything from the Beach Boys to Lou Reed, and the only downfall of this gem is it's relatively short running time.
Buy this album. You won't be sorry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars none of them knew they were geniuses June 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
at this point in their career, bungle have become masters of pulling the rug out from under everyone. this is a glowing example. the strange thing is, I've owned this cd for a good 3 years, and I always enjoyed it, but it wasnt until a few nights ago that I devoted the proper attention to its genius. listening at night through headphones proved a revelatory experience.
In the great tradition of frank zappa, bungle has proved itself as master of parody, in the best way. this album perfectly distills the california landscape. it's a brilliantly dark and sinister parody of both western and eastern music, achieving a level of unparalleled terror through bizarre and often comical soundscapes. dark lyrical content mixed with earnest and sometimes wacked out takes on differnt genres create a sense of maniacal forboding.
the album tackles all sorts of out-of character styles, ranging from doowop, surf, klezmer, polka, rat-pack swing, lounge and tons of others. the arrangements are remarkably mature and involved. but the unique thing about California is not only the superb songcraft, but the way the songs are attacked.
the thing that struck me most was how western and eastern music were mixed. both styles of music are fused expertly in songs like the air-conditioned nightmare, playing a middle eastern melody over a surf rock beat, and ars moriendi, blending european klezmer with middle eastern sound. its mind boggling.
the general parody of surf rock pops up on the first track and also on the air conditioned nightmare, fitting all manner of surf, from dick dale to beach boys to the surfaris, all in one song. howver, it transforms into a paranoid portrait of insanity, surrounded by pop culture, a mind going insane with the tv on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The sweet melodic joy of tempered rock May 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
Probably the best album ever made and I say that without a hint of hyperbole. It's range is such that from beginning to end you can enjoy any and all types of music that you could care to listen to (within reason). But the originality of the record adds to it the mantle of great, especially in the context of most modern regurgitated pop-rock (strokes-iggy pop, muse-radiohead and other rip offs). Great art is never appreciated in it's time and that's what gives me great hope for the legacy of Mr. Bungle; when future generations are congealed with stagnant sound, people will rediscover California and bask in it's triumphal resonance.
The album begins with "Sweet Charity" - a sound so unfashionable it is painfully refreshing - and then suddenly delves into "None of Them Knew They Were Robots", which is so varying it balks discription. Following is easily the most mainstream song Mr. Bungle (McKinnock) ever produced, it has shades of Karma Police but probably more enterprise, going from a soft lilt to fulfilling rock before reaching it's crecendo and failing beautyfully. All the while though, it never loses it's agonising poignancy. Truely a masterpiece of construction accentuated by Patton's powerfull vocal timbre.
From there it's a wave of differing sounds, some that are Rorschach like in their individual appreciation. Rather than go on describing them, you can only understand by hearing them. I'm going to be blunt: buy the album if you love music and want refresment from the dull monotony of other bands. It defies regret, except through the lack of a follow up.
Mike, please make another!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Change
When I first placed this CD into my player, I wasn't sure what to expect. Right off the bat, I was amazed to hear what sounded like a typical Hawaiian beach song, something I never... Read more
Published on May 8 2004 by "watchfuleye"
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Bungle's Best Record
And of course it is. These are the kind of musicians that only get better and better. Because it is about the music. Read more
Published on April 22 2004 by stu
5.0 out of 5 stars the desert search is over
I can give no higher praise for this album than to indicate it is currently my all-time favorite album. Why?, you ask - because it's brilliant, and is thus far the pinnacle of Mr. Read more
Published on April 5 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Patton and Friends do it again!
The first time I heard Disco Volante, I thought the exploit would never be repeated. I was wrong. California has become my favorite Bungle record. Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2004 by F. Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars The definition of eclectic.
Do not let the boring package fool you: these songs will one day be recognized as true classics. Every one of them is a masterful blend of music and witty, often deep lyrics. Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2004 by J. Alfaro
5.0 out of 5 stars Pschotic Beauty Makes One of Greatest Albums Ever
No one is ever going to talk me out of saying that this is album truly is one of the greatest musical experiences of all time. Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2004 by adam crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliance and true melody
This album isnt like their old stuff, which is good for some and bad for some, but all i know is this album has the flow of a pink floyd album, with the lyrics and the feel of a... Read more
Published on Dec 20 2003 by Dave O
5.0 out of 5 stars the Beach Boys meets speed metal Gypsy music!
Mr. Bungle are the musical equivalent of filmmaker Terence Malick. They both have a very small body of work (Bungle with 3 full-length albums and Malick with 3 movies) and both... Read more
Published on Dec 9 2003 by Cubist
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