For the unitiated, get ready. You've never heard anything in your life like Mr. Bungle. Featuring the powerful pipes of Mike Patton, Bungle was his pre-Faith No More band which he admirably kept going through the 90's before calling it a day. This album, produced by John Zorn and completely different than anything Bungle has done since, is a challenging first listen for the musically tame. However it is also extremely rewarding and can only do good in expanding your musical vocabulary. It also has lots of X-rated, adult only lyrics that will keep you laughing and/or disgusted all the way through. See: "Squeeze Me Macaroni" (a song about having sex with food) or "The Girls of Porn" (subject matter: obvious).
Mr. Bungle squeezes multiple genres into single songs, often switching gears multiple times within a minute. Careening joyfully from breakneck-speed horn-laden funk, to death metal guitar with doo-woop vocals, to circus music and beyond, this is not for the timid. This is only for the open minded. This is for the bored, those who can no longer handle the same damn songs on the radio all the time, the same keys, chords, time changes and instrumentation. And if you're a Mike Patton fan already, but somehow missed this, prepare to have your mind blown.
Production by Zorn is perfect. How he managed to compress all these instruments, samples, and voices together into coherant songs is nothing short of genius. The sound is gloriously crisp. This is Mr. Bungle's magnum opus.
"Quote Unquote" (formerley known as "Travolta" on early pressings)
"Squeeze Me Macaroni"
"The Girls Of Porn"
"My A@@ Is On Fire"
"Stubb (A Dub)"
But really this entire album flows, and cannot really be broken down into songs. It needs to be listened to in its entirety, in sequence. And be careful when turning up the volume in order to hear the voices during quiet moments. That's just when they hit you with more guitar and horns.
If you don't like this on first listen, don't fret. You'll love it by the 21st. Guaranteed.
A must. 5 stars.