‘Everyday Sunshine’ Brings Fishbone’s Story To Light

As we all know pure euphoria for music nerds is discovering and having curiosity for the stories behind the artists that have shaped the soundtrack to life. It's these factors, that have made shows like Behind the Music and Unsung such fascinating watches. Since being provoked by a t-shirt worn by A Different World's Freddie, the LA-based ska-funk band Fishbone has been somewhat of an act I've admired based on their unconventionality and vigorous music catalog, which includes their noted hit, the great re-working of Curtis Mayfield's "Freddie's Dead." Now, finally, the band gets to share their untold journey in the documentary, Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone, which is newly released on DVD, chock filled with bonus materials such as audio commentaries, deleted scenes, interview outtakes from the band, and unreleased live material that is sure to entice fans, as well as give newcomers to the group a well-rounded experience. Directed by Chris Metzler and Lev Anderson and featuring narration by Laurence Fishburne, Everyday Sunshine gives an in-depth look at the band's rise as the odd band out in the mid-'80s, as well as their eventual fall due to artistic differences and personal tussles. One major aspect of this documentary that I'm hoping people will be enlightened by is how Fishbone bridged the gaps between funk and punk music and culture, making for a style that was celebrated but often made them alienated beings in the mainstream. Fellow music brethren, Gwen Stefani, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, Chuck D, and Questlove also add their commentary and shout praise for the band's continuing influence on their own style on this visual treat.

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