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Shaky

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Mr Bungle (semi) reunion
« on: August 14, 2019, 01:04:27 AM »
I know there are a few fans on here so hark at this news:

https://www.metalsucks.net/2019/08/13/mr-bungle-to-reunite-for-first-live-performance-in-20-years-with-scott-ian-and-dave-lombardo/

Patton, Spruance and Dunn are on board and in typically perverse fashion, they're only going to play Bungle's thrashy first demo tape "The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny". No Heiftez or Bar McKinnon as they didn't play on Bunny obv and they live on the other side of the world to the others, I believe. Scott Ian from Anthrax (!) and Dave Lombardo will be joining the main bunch.

I'd rather see a "proper" reunion with some global dates and the demo was hardly their finest moment but yeah... didn't see this coming!


Dirty Boy

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Re: Mr Bungle (semi) reunion
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2019, 10:54:08 AM »
What the fucking..... what?

I wonder if they'll go through all of their records in sequence, it's hard to imagine them grinning and funking though Girls Of Porn or Squeeze Me Macaroni, maybe get Turkington to sing it.

I've been listening to a lot of live Bungle and FNM lately thanks to this fine fellow. He's adding videos all the time and is up to 1995 at the minute. The Bungle Warfield show from 92 is particularly well recorded, screaming females and all.

Shaky

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Re: Mr Bungle (semi) reunion
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2019, 11:11:39 AM »
Yeah - it's an incredibly strange thing to do, apparently largely at the behest of Trevor Dunn. They'll presumably have to play something else at these shows as the '86 tape is only about 35 mins long. I've never given it much time as a) it's hideously recorded and b) the speed metal stuff was always the least interesting part of the band but going to have to listen to it again.

Cheers for the bootleg link as well - that looks pretty comprehensive.

Re: Mr Bungle (semi) reunion
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2019, 03:05:56 PM »
Fantastic!
Surely more stuff will follow.

And I just happen to be wearing this as I read this news:

Re: Mr Bungle (semi) reunion
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2019, 02:44:07 AM »
I'll be there with bells on, no doubt, but at the same time I can't help but find it a bit disappointing as someone who's prayed for a Bungle reunion since discovering them ten or so years ago and having my whole musical outlook re-arranged by what I found.  It's less a reunion than a stunt one-off playing their first demo (which bears very little resemblance to what they actually became, and isn't especially interesting in and of itself) with some celebrity guests.  Dave Lombardo is fair enough because of his history with Patton, but I can't think of a duller choice than Scott Ian for a Bungle reunion.

Hopefully we'll get at least a few "proper" Bungle songs rather than filling out the timeslot with Anthrax/Slayer/S.O.D. covers, but I'm prepared to be a bit underwhelmed honestly.  It may be a case of them testing the waters for interest in a proper reunion, but it seems pretty misguided to tease it for so many years and then blow the load on something like this.

alan nagsworth

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Re: Mr Bungle (semi) reunion
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2019, 07:08:42 PM »
sounds shit

they should just play slipknot's "mate feed kill repeat" album instead

chveik

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Re: Mr Bungle (semi) reunion
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2019, 08:19:08 PM »
they should play the best of of the red hot chili peppers instead

Re: Mr Bungle (semi) reunion
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2019, 10:17:28 PM »
They've just added second dates to each city ... despite the initial dates not even going on general sale yet.  It does all seem a bit like "how much do you love that we're doing this?"

I'd understand if we were talking about a full Bungle reunion, which was a notoriously expensive/difficult show to stage in later years, but I imagine we're going to get something more similar to Dead Cross, really.  Ugh.  I know I sound like a right ungrateful cunt, but I'm honestly a little bitter about it.  Patton's got enough random come-and-go side-projects, I'd appreciate if he didn't turn Bungle into one of them.

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Re: Mr Bungle (semi) reunion
« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2019, 11:47:53 PM »
I nearly wet myself at the headline of them reforming, but very quickly saw Scott Ian and my pants remained disappointingly dry.

In a way, it's the sort of shit, childish prank we'd expect from 90s Bungle. "We're here, with Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo... UHUHUH HA HA HA HAAAAA YEAH... METAWWWWLLLL... **Patton then pours some piss over himself***"

I want to hope this is the beginning of Bungle 2.0. Testing the waters before bringing the full band back and doing some bigger shows and maybe some new music, or even some fresh takes on 90s Bungle.

If it just ends up being this, then that'll be incredibly shit and disappointing.

chveik

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Re: Mr Bungle (semi) reunion
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2019, 12:40:00 AM »
why is Trey Spruance wasting his time with this, I've been waiting for 2 years for the new Secret Chiefs 3 album.

PlanktonSideburns

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Re: Mr Bungle (semi) reunion
« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2019, 12:47:42 AM »
i really like that dumb speed metal album

maybe this is a low budget way of convincing people that bungle is gig viable? save dragging a fucking marimba around? do marimbas still exist in the hellworld of 2019? the idea of such a niche band dragging such enormous piles of gear round for music purposes seems like a cheesedream now. they probably wouldnt even need to bring their own drum kit or cabs for this: just heads and breakables in hand luggage

Re: Mr Bungle (semi) reunion
« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2019, 04:29:42 AM »
I want to hope this is the beginning of Bungle 2.0. Testing the waters before bringing the full band back and doing some bigger shows and maybe some new music, or even some fresh takes on 90s Bungle.

If it just ends up being this, then that'll be incredibly shit and disappointing.

Sadly, Patton has priors for doing this - randomly bringing back Fantomas for a few one-off shows and never following it up with anything.  Hopefully this won't be that.

alan nagsworth

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Re: Mr Bungle (semi) reunion
« Reply #12 on: August 16, 2019, 07:21:49 PM »
Remember the Tomahawk comeback album? It was shit. Honestly nothing with this much hype behind it will ever amount to being even half as good as people want it to be. The only people who will really enjoy it are those people who tirelessly convince themselves it was worth it because they shelled out the cash for it and will boast about it for the rest of their greasy fat lives.

why is Trey Spruance wasting his time with this, I've been waiting for 2 years for the new Secret Chiefs 3 album.

yes to be fair that is a hell of a long time to wait for an album

McFlymo

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Re: Mr Bungle (semi) reunion
« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2019, 07:26:40 PM »
Remember the Tomahawk comeback album? It was shit.

Ach, I liked it. Although I feel like it was damned by giving me everything I thought I wanted. I wanted more of their dissonant jarring sort of stuff, I wanted complexity and loads of layers of Patton, I wanted more "edgy" crusty sounding production. It had all those things, but actually just lacked any memorable moments. Their first album had all the "hits", but the wit and conviction to sell it.

Re: Mr Bungle (semi) reunion
« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2019, 08:53:59 PM »
Heh, virtually no one was able to get a ticket it seems.  But less than half an hour later, they were going for $200-400 on Stubhub.  What a fookin disgrace.

Re: Mr Bungle (semi) reunion
« Reply #15 on: August 17, 2019, 09:35:24 AM »
Stubhub sounds a like another name for the ladies devil's Doorbell.

alan nagsworth

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Re: Mr Bungle (semi) reunion
« Reply #16 on: August 17, 2019, 10:50:16 AM »
Ach, I liked it. Although I feel like it was damned by giving me everything I thought I wanted. I wanted more of their dissonant jarring sort of stuff, I wanted complexity and loads of layers of Patton, I wanted more "edgy" crusty sounding production. It had all those things, but actually just lacked any memorable moments. Their first album had all the "hits", but the wit and conviction to sell it.

Yeah, the first one is excellent. One of my favourite Patton projects, ridiculously snarky and so tight, a wonderful little package of hate. Mit Gas was a fair crack at expanding the sound without going too overboard but it just isn't as good. Anonymous was really cool as a different direction that still stayed in that vein of harsh Americana but again I think about half of it is not very memorable. Oddfellows just felt like retreading old ground and it bored the arse off me.

Shaky

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Re: Mr Bungle (semi) reunion
« Reply #17 on: August 17, 2019, 01:51:40 PM »
I prefer Oddfellows to Mit Gas and Anonymous, so each to their own. The first album is fucking excellent, though. They really nailed that twisted, discordant, seedy Americana vibe.

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Re: Mr Bungle (semi) reunion
« Reply #18 on: August 17, 2019, 09:19:19 PM »
I was gonna say my Tomahawk album order of preference is:
Self-titled
Anonymous
Oddfellows
Mit Gas

But actually Mit Gas has something quite pleasing that none of the other albums have. I think it's that "expanded sound" that you mention alan nagsworth. However, Anonymous to me is just a whole other lovely masterpiece, I was very into how it was produced more like an electronic band with guitars (I think this was more of Patton's influence, as Peeping Tom's album, while a collaboration with loads of producers, had a similar production vibe, overall).

Shaky

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Re: Mr Bungle (semi) reunion
« Reply #19 on: August 18, 2019, 08:11:38 AM »
Anonymous has a handful of absolutely great tracks and as you say, McFlymo, the production works really well. I have a big issue with Patton on that one, though, as he struggles to integrate himself into what are really instrumental tracks so we get lots of inappropriate vocal noises and repetitive lyrics.

Back to Bungle -  been listening to their 2nd and 3rd demo tapes (Bowel of Chiley and Goddammit, I Love America!) having never really bothered with them before and the strides made from Raging Wrath are amazing. Shitty recordings but some great songs on both, and it's fascinating to hear how quickly everyone's chops had improved in such a short space of time.