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Dallas (TX), Deep Ellum
  1. "Der Zinker" (Peter Thomas)
  2. Chemical Marriage
  3. (Go)
  4. "Love In Space" (Peter Thomas)
  5. Ma Meeshka Mow Skwoz
  6. "Muscoli Di Velluto" (Ennio Morricone)
  7. The Bends - Aqua Swing
  8. Secret Song
  9. Carry Stress In The Jaw
  10. "Love Dance of the Saroos" (Joe Meek)
  11. Phlegmatics
  12. ? (Armando Trovajoli)
  13. The Bends - Love On The Event Horizon
  14. The Bends - Panic In Blue
  15. Desert Search For Techno Allah
    Encore 1
  16. Backstrockin'
  17. "Cold World" (Siege)
  18. "24.000 Baci" (Adriano Celentano)
  19. Everyone I Went To High School With Is Dead

Thanks to Heather Kennedy for the "24,000 Baci" sound sample.

... continued from Dallas

So I left the next day........back to Lawrence, Kansas, not regretting my trip, but unsatisfied and frustrated. As I passed through Dallas the thought of seeing them again became interesting. Why the hell not! When will I be able to see these guys again? I'm in Dallas anyway and my finals can wait. ...so off to Deep Ellum I went, arriving once again around 12:30pm Tuesday. I did a lot of waiting and the venue people were not quite as genial as they were in Austin. I could not get a ticket(if at all) until the doors opened at 8. There was a coffee shop around the corner that I spent most of the day in reading . I had just finished purchasing another cup of coffee when in walks Bar. He seemed suprised that I knew who he was, being usually elusive or masked, but we wound up having a great conversation over coffee about everything. He eventually said he had to go for set-up, but he asked me if it would be cool if he put me on the guestlist. Naturally I was speechless and thanked him. He was very easy to talk to. Having a real talk with these guys is so much better than any autograph you could aquire. Later the merchandise manager, Smelly, struck up a conversation with me and he and I went to the van where the band was still unloading various items. There was a tape being played before the bands came on and I really wanted to know what it was exactly. Even Mike couldn't tell me the name of it, but it was an old italian movie soundtrack(very twin peaks). It was an ideal time to run into the band because they were finished with all of there set-up and had some free time to relax before the sound check. It was really interesting to see them all so candid and "offstage". Trey and I had an unforgettable long talk and he mentioned the tech problems they had the previous night. Trey wanted for me to tell CV particularly about the future of Bungle. He said (obviously) that Warner is probably not going to be with them for much longer and that the address in the new album is hopefully a future way to communicate with their fans and inform them of various goings on. So send in the two dollars...there's evidently more to it than a couple of pictures. I asked him about the choice of Travolta out of all the songs from the past to play. As we all know they really dislike the old material, but Travolta still "works" for them. He said they were working on getting the samples for Violenza Domestica in order to hopefully play it live. About Melt Bananna, Trey said he had heard and seen them perform in S.F. awhile back and was blown away by how good they were. We also talked about how condescending people are toward Melt...treating the members like little children. I don't think people realize how idiotic and disrespectful thay can sound. The members of Mr. Bungle are all so humble and ego-free (you know all this) and that is part of the attraction of these musicians. Patton always seems unapproachable, but I don't think it stems from any kind of superiority.

O.K.....the show. The crowd was a little older than they were in Austin. There were alot of wild loser "Patton wannabees" wandering around talking about feces. Let me just say that I have never seen a more relaxed and attentive audience...they were incredible. At both shows...most of the crowd was very polite with Melt Bananna. Musically I haven't made up my mind about them though I really enjoyed their performances. The vocalist's voice is absurd and grating...kind of like chinese water torture. I love that bass player...the guitarist has a unique style that is a blast to hear. At the end of both shows the bass player took a picture of the audience for posterity. The music used before the bands came on consisted of a Monty Python album, the "italian soundtrack", and really loud Melvins. Right before Bungle took the stage the "intruction on safe fisting" tape was played. This made me nauseous....it's strange because I'm usually do not gross out easily, but the intruction is SO descriptive.....I think the part that got me was the section on the "dangers irresponsible fisting." The next thing I knew I was on the ground from a fainting spell with a crowd of curious onlookers above me. I don't know if any of you have ever passed out, but it is a curious experience. Part intriguing nightmare and part sickening disgust. I had a guy hold my place in the front while I went to get a $1.50 glass of WATER. I still can't believe they charged me for water.
I cannot give a complete setlist, but I'll at least let you guys know the known songs that they DID play.

They played NOTHING from the past not even Travolta....it was great. This show was brillant. The sound was crystal clear and godammit I almost cried it was so phenominal. As I said before the Audience was obidient and remained almost "concert hall" quite. Maybe they were confused.....perhaps they were in awe as I was? They were so attentive that before the first encore Mike came out with a bottle of expensive champagne. "We want to congratulate you guys on how sedate you are..." and he handed the bottle out to be passed around among us. I felt like I was at a symphony at times....No moshing....very little surfing......just curious looks of fascination. When the tech is as it should be and the hall is suited, Bungle can duplicate everything exactly as it is on the album. One of Mike's mics wasn't working for the first couple of songs and Trey's keyboards lost all power for some phantasmic reason, but all in all it could not have sounded tighter. Mike's stand of microphones was fun and complex. He looked like a little boy playing with his new radio shack device. He also had a tiny ham radio hooked up to his gear with a very long antenna. Patton adjusted the frequency with a knob and would touch and stroke the antenna to create various pitches. He performed the entire show unmasked. Danny and Bar traded instruments a couple of times throughout the evening. Trevor DID the "grampa" voice at the beginning of The Secret Song. There was one moment in between encores where the band created so much noise with delay and samples that they just left and we watched a dark, empty stage while these waves of sound rattled our bodies. It was a legitimate song and no band members were required. Every so often lights would flash and towards the end this lille pen hed type of laser light shed it's beam ramdomly around the equipment. I know Mike had some kind of light hooked up to his gear, but I'm not sure where it actually came from or if it was just traveling from offstage.

Trey said that the Minneapolis show was the only show where he actually felt as if he had ripped off the crowd. I guess they were not prepared and it all went down in a big ball of fire. Was it that bad?

That is all I can write for now. If anyone has specific questions just E me and I'll try and recall a detail or two for you. The Dallas show was the most fantastic musical event I personally have ever witnessed. See Bungle....see them alot.

Ralston Andrew Patrick


Just a couple more notes:
at the point when Mike gave the crowd champagne, it looked like some guys starting getting stupid with it and Mike said something to the effect of "don't do that, you've been so sedate 'til now, so don't fuck it up!" Also the red light shinning on the equipment was coming from a light pen a friend of mine had. That review pretty much sums up the whole show, there was one cover, it sounded like D.R.I., but it was played so fast it was hard to tell. Also, I have to give the crowd credit, I was expecting the typical "metal heads" that are at every show, but last night was a surprising change, although I heard quite a few "thats it?" and "they didn't play any old stuff" comments after the show. Only disappointment was in the small quanity of merchandise and the price ($22.00 for shirts).

Jason Burris


December 5, 1995
Mr. Bungle @ Deep Elum Live, Dallas, TX

Opening band was a Japanese, Chinese, Something along those lines - 4 piece, named "Melted Banana". If this band is local and not touring w/ Bungle you won't miss anything. Musically the band is good and tight, though the vocals are not at all musical. In the audience we heard all kinds of examples of her vocalization between songs. Ranging from Yoko Ono on a bad day to various chicken sounds (Bok-Bok to be specific!) Every song's lyrics sounded like the same "chicken song" over and over.

Mr. Bungle's set started out with an empty stage with orchestral/synthesized music mixed with an old documentary(spoken) style recording with the main topic, "Fisting Can Be Fun!" This little educational clip gave you the pros and cons of Fisting and talked you through the procedure graphically with cautions of what could go wrong. A particularly amusing statement from the clip was "...Don't just ram it in like a Mac truck...." This went on for about 15 minutes. During this(w/ lights still dimmed) techs were frantically trying to get Mike's and Trey's keyboards and mikes operational. First Trey had to come out and check the wiring himself, then Mike had to check all of his equipment out - so much for a Grand Entrance. Mike tried not to acknowledge the audience and acted as if they weren't even there.

When the band finally came out and started playing, not all were in costume:

  • Trey had a half mask on that looked like Beetleguise...
  • Trevor had a black tight fitting hood...
  • The drummer had a black hood covered with Christmas Cards?(one was a snowman) and silver and gold garlin(stuff you wrap around your tree)...
  • Clinton(I guess) was in Hare' Krishna(is that how you spell that?) garb with shaved head w/ little tuft of hair and all.
  • The Bari-Sax player wasn't in any apparent costume...
  • The guest percussionist (William Winant) had a mask concealing his eyes and a giant strawberry looking hat (I think he stole it from someone in the crowd right before they went on - he was hanging out by the boards earlier in the night)
  • Mike was NOT in costume, makeup, etc. the wore an unbuttoned shirt and white tee shirt.

Play list...No Old Bungle...I repeat No Old Bungle....
They started out with Chemical Marriage and went experimental from there...Mike Patton's mikes were still not totally operational, very disappointing. The band however was ON! The percussionist hit every lick on the xylophone, vibes, and traps. Trevor started out w/ an upright bass for the first of the show then switched to electric.
The whole set was all NEW album and a few songs that I couldn't recognize at all. Mike Patton was more "coloring" w/ his voice and little lyrics.
When they finally left the stage, and came back for the "encore" Mike said, "This is pretty tame for Dallas..." I actually heard some one in the back say, "this is pretty tame for Bungle" - of course Mike didn't hear that though. What did he expect, the Experimental Acid Jazz they were playing couldn't be Moshed to and couldn't get the crowd to excited. If anything I think the first set Tamed the crowd. Mike proceeded to hand out a bottle of wine to someone in the front and then they did a song that Mike actually sang lyric on...but it was in Spanish so not too many people could understand it anyway. They came back out a second time and did an extended version of "Everyone I Went to High School with is Dead" and that was it.

There was one stage dive during the few Moshable parts of the new album. Mike didn't pee on the audience or do anything really outrageous. Again - No Old Bungle songs were played. As we were walking out it was apparent what the majority of the audience had come for - Old Bungle. I heard one guy say, "I want my FUCKING money back," and another, " 22 dollar's for a fucking shirt...I'll tell you where you can stick your 22 dollars!" I the parking lot I noticed a lot of stunned faces.

The whole concert was more experimental acid jazz, the venue could have been a jazz coffee shop and might have gotten a better understanding audience. Personally I enjoyed the concert, but was disappointed that they didn't play one or two songs from the old album. I'm not sure how Dallas will react to a return visit from Bungle, but I'll be there.

(The shirts for sale had a picture (mosaic) of a Mom giving a kid a enema, the back had a hot water bottle attacked to a tube and enema insert in a 3" by 3" square on the very bottom (black background w/red graphic)-they had these in green and purple. They also had a 70's style iron-on tee shirt with the album graphic on the front and Disco Volante on the back - You could also buy the matching panties.)

Twon


I saw Mr. Bungle last night(dec 5) in dallas and for me it was a great show... but a word of caution..
if you are going to the show expecting to hear some of the old stuff from the first album,... forget it.. they didn't play any of their older stuff...

the show went off like this...
Patton had his own little set up of mics each running through a different synth that he controlled, each had a different effect.. one was run through a microcasett player that he used during the show...Patton also had a keyboard that he and clinton mcclinton used a couple times.

everyone but patton, clinton, and the other woodwind player had masks on, Trevor dunn wore an all black silk mask, and the keyboardist/guitarist(sorry don't know his name) had a white plastic mask with sunglasses, the drummer(I Quit??) had a mask adorned with christmas ornaments....

the show consisted of stuff off the new album either made longer or improvised on a lot. plus a lot of new stuff that was not on the album, including a song sung in italian(not the one thats on the album) that was really good...

the whole band performed well, and Patton's vocalizations were great even though he rarely sang(he did a lot of yelling and stuff like that... i don't think the crowd(or most of it anyways) appreciated this show...i think they were expecting the old mr. bungle... oh well...

the opening band(for this performance) was a japanoise band and i can't really remember their name. they had a female vocalist and bass played and a male guitarist(who really couldn't play) and drummer(really could play)..it was not suited for a dallas audience made up of alternative-types who never heard anything like that before...

Michael

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