Movie review: 'Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone'
Documentary is full of energy, attitude and emotional appeal
"Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone" plays at The Charles Theatre. (Handout photo / April 25, 2011)
But the band also captured that essential, indescribable mix of styles and ideas that is the city's cultural hallmark.
With its frantic blend of ska, punk, funk, soul and rock, Fishbone made music that was like the greatest party mix ever, and its frenetic live shows were all the more remarkable for the level of musicianship achieved even with all the jumping about.
Fishbone's influence on bands that would far surpass it commercially, such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane's Addiction, Primus and No Doubt, is apparent, and it seems telling just how many other musicians were willing to participate in the documentary to attest to the outfit's influence.
As much as filmmakers Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler capture the energy and attitude of the band's early days, it is the more recent footage of Fishbone still making the most of it — despite years of personality conflicts, personnel changes and commercial disappointments — that has an emotional appeal.
"Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone." No MPAA rating. Running time: 1 hour, 47 minutes. At Laemmle's Sunset 5, West Hollywood.