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Fungus Amongus

Incubus Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
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1. You Will Be A Hot Dancer
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4. Take Me To Your Leader
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6. Speak Free
7. The Answer
8. Psychopsilocybin
9. Sink Beneath The Line
10. Hilikus

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As Incubus themselves note about Epic's 2000 rerelease of 1996's Fungus Amongus: "The recording's are basically a snapshot of our band, circa 1993-1995. As even the most discriminating ear could deduce, [we were] still struggling to find our feet." It's a caveat not really necessary for Incubus fans, of which there are now many, thanks to their diverse, unique, and thoughtful brand of funky, sometimes-acoustic rock, exemplified on 1999's impressive Make Yourself. This early effort, written and recorded when band members were in their teens, smacks heavily of Primus and Faith No More fanaticism, influences which, on later discs, are blended into an evolving signature sound. Songs such as "Speak Free," "Trouble in 421," and the aggressive, linear "The Answer" are decent, but not as heavy, well-written, or thoughtful as the material on Make Yourself. Ultimately, Fungus Amongus is a lightweight, casual, fun, and funky morsel for hardcore fans. --Katherine Turman

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5.0 out of 5 stars Late Review Jan. 19 2008
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Format:Audio CD
A lot of people think lowly of this album, just because it is mainly stoner songs. This doesn't mean it is bad, it has a certain charm to it, while a singer can make tons of sounds, something that not a lot of people can do. I'm also tired of people saying that Brandon can only make good songs while stoned. That isn't true at all, all forms are Incubus are excellent, but this might be their prime, since it sounds so.... different.

If you have a sense of humor, and are in your teenage years/20's you will love this album. Some of the sections are hiliarious, there are funky bass lines, and excellent guitar solos. This album was done when they were teenagers! That's talent, none of my friends are as talented as these guys.

So putting all of the stereotypes aside, this is a solid album, needed if you want a quick, funky fix, and are tired of Mr. Bungle and early Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not flawless, but important July 3 2004
By K.I.B.
Format:Audio CD
Incubus Album #1
My junior year of high school (a fair amount of time has passed since then) all my friends are heavily into Incubus, but I have a good laugh at them. At the time I was very much into punk, indie, and heavy metal, and Incubus seemed to be yet another nu-metal band. If it wasn't their music that completely disgusted me, it was Brandon Boyd's inevitability to be shirtless everytime a camera was placed upon him.
Then the day came when a random friend told me his mother bought him the first Incubus and it was the best thing he had ever heard. He placed it in his CD player and though I was not floored, I must admit I was hearing something by Incubus and I actually enjoyed it.
This album has a fair amount of Primus, Faith No More, and Chili Peppers influencing it (especially in the bass, which is much heavier and louder in the mix than most future efforts) however in Boyd's quirky lyrics and oft-changing vocal stylings I heard a young man who obviously was a Mr. Bungle fan, and I can't bash him for that. "Gonna Be A Hot Dancer" and "Hilikus" are songs cut from the more Mr. Bungle-esque thread, as they feature frantic screaming by Boyd, something he hardly does anymore. Other songs have more of a funk 'n roll sound to them, similar to early Chili Peppers with a much better lead guitar player (sorry John, Dave, and Hilel, but you guys are no Mike Eisinger). "Sink Beneath the Line" features some of the best Eisinger guitar work in his entire career, it is hard to believe he was so young at the time.
As good as this album is, it just doesn't have a strong cohesiveness; and the songs themselves are only half memorable, with the exception definitely being "Sink Beneath the Line".
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3.0 out of 5 stars No Wonder This Is The Only Burned CD I Own May 25 2004
Format:Audio CD
Well, I listen to this CD every once in a while (maybe on an incredibly long car trip), but I think I've only heard the whole thing 5 times. The CD is fun. It sounds like the good RHCP, and Primus, but not as good. The songs are very similar to each other, but there are a few that I can't help but love, such as You Will Be a Hot Dancer, and Shaft. I'm not a big fan of burning CDs (I got this one off Rhapsody), but burn this one if you really want it. Or just get a few songs on a mix. This CD is not out there. This CD is as un-experimental as Incubus can get.
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By Poncho
Format:Audio CD
I don't get why this album gets so much criticism, because even though it is the most out there Incubus cd, it is also the most original. I mean how many other bands sounded like this at the time? The only band I can think of is the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but even they were quite a bit different.
Incubus fans, enjoy Incubus for their unique and creative sound rather than bashing them for having the guts to try something new each time out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing......... Feb. 26 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I must say that this cd is an amazing peice of skill. Theres probably about maybe 5 bands out there that play their music with as much skill as incubus shows in this cd. I wouldnt recomend this cd to poser poppy kids who are only in to their more "radio-friendly" music. This cd shows what incubus is really all about. Every single instrument is played with amazing skill, each of them are obviously the best at what they do. I must say that wahat the person said before, and i quote - "Their skills are admittedly great for a bunch of sixteen-year-olds, but that doesn't mean the music is acceptable by any standards." Im sorry, but if you dont like this kinda music you have no place to criticize this cd. Their skills are "great for a bunch of 16yr olds"? Thats a little harsh, considering that i've been playing bass for years, including at least 10 yrs playin slap bass, and these songs still pose a challenge to me. The bass is phenomenal. Im really sad to hear that dirk left the band, but i can understand why. His type of music is in this cd, not in watered down radio-friendly simple basslines. I love science and make yourself and morning view also, but this one will always be my favorite.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Now that Incubus's new "aclotm" came out.... Feb. 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is for people who are new to Incubus from their new album. Fungus Amongus is a classic in terms of change.. A Crow Left of the murder nearly a decade later is far more musically sound than Fungus Amongus. So if you are thinking about purchasing this album based on A Crow Left of the murder or Morning View i suggest you check out the incubus official site first to take a listen. Fungus Amongus is a very fun album to listen to. A lot like Primus or old Chili Pepper music but its just not fluent or well done. I recommend it because it, if in the right mood, is a real fun album. "Take Me To your leader"is actually good. The rest are nice but only if in the mood to chill out and listen to some choppy funk rock. Id first buy SCIENCE which is well done and an awesome album. If you enjoy SCIENCE then go on and buy Fungus Amongus as well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Harder side of Incubus (3.5 Stars)
To start off, this CD is not for every Incubus fan. "Fungus Amongus" is really for fans of Incubus who are into "S.C.I.E.N.C.E." and "Make Yourself. Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2004 by PaulH
1.0 out of 5 stars Please Stop
I know it's tough to understand while you are browsing through the internet whether or not the music you see is quality. Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Just another Amazing Incubus album
I really think that any real incubus fan has to have this album. It's funky..and is really different than make yourself or morning view but still it shows Incubus' unique talent... Read more
Published on Dec 30 2003 by Morgan Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Old Incubus
This CD, in my opinion is the best incubus album ever. It captures the band's real music. I love incubus' old music a lot better then their softy songs like "wish you were here"... Read more
Published on Dec 20 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Only nessicerry if your are an actuall fan
Ok, I am a really huge Incubus fan. Seriously I am, but I can't see how people could ever rate this 5 stars. Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2003 by Buddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best.
I've listened to Incubus for as long as I can remember. The first album i owned of theirs was "S.C.I.E.N.C.E." which totally rocked. I liked every song on the album. No. Read more
Published on Nov. 3 2003 by Samantha Chu
4.0 out of 5 stars Incubus??!
This Cd sounds nothing like what Incubus is today: It is a lot more funky, a lot more metally, and a lot more talent is evident. Read more
Published on Oct. 7 2003 by "starguitar"
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