Mr. Bungle - California
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Based on 125 ratings
1999 Ratings: #8
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July 13, 1999 / Release Date
LP / Format
Warner Bros. / Label
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This album does require many listens, but when it clicks oh boy it fucking clicks.

Edit: Parody of the beach boys
Mr. Bungle's music to me is like a circus - I see the bearded lady, and the guy swallowing the sword, and mutants of every kind, and I'm certainly entertained, but by the end of it I'm not sure I actually had a good time. I had a good reaction, not a good time.
Long read ahead.

'California' takes heavy influence and inspiration from many different genres and bands, and blends them all so meticulously into this one crazy and eccentric record. There are so many genres and musical styles packed into this album, some of them specifically being Hawaiian music, Eastern music, electro-funk, doo-wop, folk music, pop music, surf rock, circus music, psychobilly, kecak, thrash metal, lounge music, exotica, space age pop, jazz rock, noise, avant-garde ... read more
yeah that's the best album i heard in two years ffs. and it's 20 years old now! kinda wish mr bungle got back together, ooh that would've been sweet. goodbye sober day is like watching the best fucking movie in your ears! masterpiece!!!!!
While not as experimental or as strange as their other works, Mr Bungle somehow finds a middle ground in the insanity and give us both the best and most accessible album of Mr Bungles entire career. Loud yet soft, heavy yet blissful, dark yet light, a true ying yang type of album that may take a little while before it truly becomes great.

Favorite jams: Vanity Fair, Pink Cigarette, None Of Them Knew They Were Robots

Lest Favorite: The Holy Filament
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Track List

  1. Sweet Charity
  2. None of Them Knew They Were Robots
  3. Retrovertigo
  4. The Air-Conditioned Nightmare
  5. Ars Moriendi
  6. Pink Cigarette
  7. Golem II: The Bionic Vapour Boy
  8. The Holy Filament
  9. Vanity Fair
  10. Goodbye Sober Day  
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Added on: March 11, 2013