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US 180 Gram Vinyl Pressing. One of the most uncompromising and adventurous major label releases of the '90s, Mr. Bungle's second album, originally released in 1995, an 'alternative' record only in the vaguest sense of the word. Incorporating Death Metal, free Jazz, experimental Electronica, and ambient soundtracks, along with Mike Patton's outrageous vocal style, 'Disco volante' is probably the most important and groundbreaking release of Patton's storied career, and that's saying a lot.
Imagine Frank Zappa composing the soundtrack for Ed Wood's Plan Nine from Outer Space, or the Residents unleashing a techno-dance project: that should give you some idea of Mr. Bungle's Disco Volante, an album of cheesy synthesizers, mangled disco beats, virtuosic playing, and juvenile noises. Like the Residents, Mr. Bungle is a Northern California band that obscures its true identity (it shares members with Faith No More) by prohibiting photos of its members and by using such funny names as I Quit (the drummer) and Uncooked Meat Prior to State Vector Collapse (the keyboardist). Like Zappa, the Mr. Bungle musicians like to show off their classical, jazz, and worldbeat influences in fast, difficult passages that are technically impressive but never seem to go anywhere. All but three of the album's dozen pieces feature lyrics, but the vocals are so deeply buried in the mix that the words are virtually indecipherable. The pieces are more accurately described as aural montages than songs, for short sections erupt and suddenly disappear, replaced by another passage just as well played and just as clever but with little connection to what preceded it. For listeners who enjoy the constant surprise of such arbitrary musical detours, Mr. Bungle provides much better musicianship than the Residents but less coherence than Zappa. --Geoffrey Himes
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I write music and this record did a lot to open up my ears. Some of the passages were improvised in rehearsal, and then worked into the compositions. This gives the music the impression of being "free" (think ornette coleman, cecil taylor) while managing also sound structured and thought out. This is an ingenious way to write music, achieving the best of both worlds. For a great example of this technique, check out the middle a "Carry Stress in the Jaw." Spruance plays an ostinato riff on guitar while Patton, Dunn, and Heifitz all play the melody with voice, bass and drums respectively. This passage was improvised with only an Edgar allen Poe poem to dictate form. It was later manipulated and codefied to create what you hear on the record. (All of this has been confirmed in interviews in which band members have expressed disbelief on hearing that people were saying that they were improvising on the record.) It's hard to put into words, but listen to this passage and you will see what I mean.
There are so many innovations on this record, it is amazing how assured all of the music is. It is, as people were saying a few years ago, all good.
If you don't like it at first, keep listening. But be warned! You may get hooked.This music is so interesting, it might just spoil your appreciation of anything else you might be listening to. If this does happen, don't worry.Read more ›
We are pigeonholed into rating everything that can be sold from 0 to 5 stars. If this album were rated on originality, adventurousness and shock-value, then I could at least understand a 5 star review. But as a collection of sounds which I buy to enjoy through repeated listenings, I feel 2 stars is high praise. To each his own.
this album proved to me that mr. bungle could possibly be the most talented band that there ever was.
there are a lot of talented bands out there: radiohead, with their interesting way of approaching music; the dillenger escape plan, with their amazingly fast and technical music; sigur ros, with their large amount of uniqueness; but these bands don't even have the talent to create an album like disco volante. after hearing bungle's first and last album, i wouldn't have though they would be able to do it. but here it is.
"carry stress in the jaw" and "mary go byebye" are the best tracks. if you don't own this, well, it might actually be a good thing. at least you can still appriciate other music. i can't.
Anyhow yea this music is far too gone and its Mr. Bungles most bizzare and unforgivable album. I'll hold this to Mr. Bungle that I am wounded by them and yet will never be rid of them. This is like herion for your imagination and a great way to show your loved ones and friends never to screw with you for after all... you are utterly dangerous and should be given passage to any damn thing you want.
Laugh your(....-ing)head off and get inspired to make some of your own (...t). Creativity creates creativity.
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This CD I didn't like those musics so much. But I've listening this Album and there are some really good tracks, I'm enjoying!Published on May 29 2014 by Ivo Pontes
disco volante is like other bungles, impossible to describe accurrately.this cd probrably has the least amount of music on it than the others,but it`s rich diversity is amazing. Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2007 by c-mo
Mr Bungle will ruin you for all other bands if you give them a chance. Disco Volante will reveal itself after the fifth listen, these guys never make it easy. Read morePublished on April 21 2004 by Frederick A. Gervasi
What to say ? this cd is talent i it's purest form. Super techo middle eastern isanity, jazz and death metal sex and the resultting bi-polar baby. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2004
I just came to a realization I'd like to share with you all.
This must be the single worst album of all time for tripping.