Note: Lyrics may be offensive to some
Funk, rock, punk, metal — there's no one way to describe the band Fishbone.
The new album is titled Still Stuck in Your Throat. It's the first release in more than six years for Fishbone, which is now touring the U.S. Tell Me More recently caught up with the band backstage at Ram's Head Live in Baltimore.
John Norwood Fisher and Angelo Moore are the only orginal members of the Los Angeles band that started with six in 1978. Hits include the band's 1988 rendition of Curtis Mayfield's "Freddie's Dead."
But it's songs like "Party with Saddam" that probably best characterize the Fishbone ethos: Say what you want, not necessarily what the record companies want to hear. And it's an attitude that, the band admits, might have limited its commercial success.
"As far as I'm concerned, we got blackballed for a long time, but that still didn't stop us," Moore says.
Fisher and Moore talk candidly about racism in the music business, about what inspires them and what they're thriving on these days.