F Magazine Issue December 1995

F Magazine Issue December 1995

"Let's Bungle in the Jungle"

by Peter Atkinson

Mr. Bungle is probably still a mystery to many. And with good reason. 'Til now, the loosely assembled ensemble only had a four-year-old first album and but a handful of gigs to show for itself. Indeed, most people have probably only heard of these eccentric jazz butchers in items about Faith No More, since singer Mike Patton splits time between both groups as did guitarist Trey Spruance for a little while. Or maybe from the nutty "There's a tractor in my balls" bungle shirt Patton wore in FNM's "Epic" video way back when. But after years of a low/no-profile intermittent existence, Mr. Bungle is gathering itself up and making a genuine go of things - at least for the time being. First, the group finally got around to releasing its second album, Disco Volante.

"A lot of it was certain people not being available and we have a certain amount of trouble getting anything accomplished unless we're all around and able to do something," notes drummer Danny Heifetz. "We kind of need a deadline and nobody was pushing for us to put out another album." And the group was to follow up the release with a full blown tour. Well, at least 20 dates along the perimeter of the country.

"We're starting in Minneapolis and going in a big loop. The only thing we're missing is everything in the middle," said Heifetz. "No big sky, no Rockies and Florida, fuck you!" Mr. Bungle would perhaps have a chance to make an even bigger splash were it getting any help from it record company, Warner Bros. And the group is about as tough a sell as there is with the avant jazz/death metal/funk/ambient noise it spews.

But Heifetz laughs, "We asked them about doing a video and the marketing director, or whatever he is, told us 'we're not going to do a video because we don't see any hits on the record.' He actually said that. Oh thanks guys, thanks for you support."

How the ferociously anti-commercial Mr. Bungle ended up on a big label in the first place all boils down to one thing: "It's the singers fault," snickers Heifetz of Patton, whose full-time band was doing major business when Bungle was signed. "We're all itching to get off the label, it boggles the mind why they want us at all."

Thanks to Jason Burris
Source: Jason Burris
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