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Eureka, California, United States (1985 – 2004)

Mr. Bungle was a avant-garde/experimental rock group from Eureka, California, United States. The band was formed in 1985 while the members were still in high school and was named after a children educational film. Mr. Bungle released four demo tapes in the mid to late 1980s before being signed to Warner Bros. Records and releasing three full-length studio albums between 1991 and 1999. The band toured in 2000 to support their last album but as of 2004 is considered disbanded.

Although Mr. Bungle went through several line up changes early in their career, the longest serving members were vocalist Mike Patton, guitarist Trey Spruance, bassist Trevor Dunn, drummer Danny Heifetz, and Clinton McKinnon on saxophone and woodwinds.

Mr. Bungle was known for its distinctive musical traits, often cycling through several musical genres within the course of a single song. Many of its songs had an unconventional structure and utilized a wide array of instruments and samples. Live shows often featured members dressing up and an array of cover songs. An ongoing feud with Red Hot Chili Peppers front man Anthony Kiedis escalated in the late 1990s, with Kiedis removing Mr. Bungle from a number of large music festivals in Europe and Australasia.

Despite the fact that it was signed to a major record label, the band never experienced significant commercial success during its lifetime and only released one music video. Nevertheless, Mr. Bungle was critically acclaimed with All music referring to them as “among the most talented rock instrumentalists”.


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  • verdingo

    Possibly the only band that gives me hope for an alien invasion. I could definitely see myself cruising across galaxies while blasting Mr. Bungle tunes

    2 May 7:13pm Reply
  • fernpng


    6 Apr 2:21am Reply
  • Algolagnico

    Una de las mejores bandas de la historia c:

    20 Mar 4:21am Reply
  • everydayrobots

    @Nagsworth what a troll are you 12 years old? gtfo.

    7 Mar 9:22pm Reply
  • rinite


    21 Feb 9:40pm Reply
  • MistressBungle

    My masters!

    12 Feb 9:53pm Reply
  • Zombak39

    Зашёл послушать ска, а тут это. Не водочно.

    8 Feb 9:50pm Reply
  • avantish

    @Nagsworth - Fuck off.

    8 Feb 3:30pm Reply
  • N-Tony-ru

    вот ведь, мне, наконец-то, Disco Volante начал нравиться больше, чем California. :)

    6 Feb 9:29am Reply
  • Begravelse

    I love listening to Desert Search for techno Allah at a party, and nobody notices

    31 Jan 1:48am Reply
  • Nagsworth

    man fuck trevor dunn if he's gonna be a bitch, just get flea or someone to do it man fuck it that's what i think

    30 Jan 7:32pm Reply
  • faldicultapable

    Но клипы у них жестоки)

    11 Jan 9:29pm Reply
  • avantish

    For any Zorn fans out there, i recommend you try and listen to Filmworks V: Tears of Ecstasy from 1996. The tracks: Cusp samples Everyone i went to High School with is Dead and Deviation samples the ending of The Bends. Just some fun facts for the nerds that maybe haven't noticed.

    4 Jan 11:30pm Reply
  • reyesdiazpablo

    10/10 n_n

    28 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Kyonil


    27 Dec 2014 Reply
  • AlefInfini

    Game changers in my life.

    23 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Vod_Crack

    Yeah, Spruance said that there has been offers from festivals for them to reunite. It sort of sounds like they would be willing to do it if the offer was good enough but at the same time, they would prefer to do it for artistic reasons.

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • MisterJunior

    Interesting, thanks for sharing. I remember seeing Trevor had said something like "Bungle is dead and I'm glad about it" but I've never really heard why that would be. Anyway, thanks Vod_Crack and hopefully the renewed activity with the Bungle merchandise and vinyl will maybe lead to some discussion of playing music together again.

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Vod_Crack

    @MisterJunior: There was a magazine interview with Patton earlier on in the year and his answer to the possibility of a Bungle reunion was "Who knows?" He seems open to the idea of a reunion, if it's done for the right reasons. Patton also posted on Facebook a link to the new Mr. Bungle merch website and he also said that new authorised vinyl was coming in 2015. Signs of things to come maybe? Spruance and McKinnon have always been keen to get the band back together again. I am not sure what Heifetz thinks of the situation, he doesn't seem to do many interviews but I think the main person to convince these days would be Mr. Trevor Roy Dunn. He seems to the one guy out of all of them who just isn't interested in playing with Mr. Bungle again. I don't know what's going to happen obviously but if I was a betting man, I think it will happen... eventually.

    20 Dec 2014 Reply
  • MisterJunior

    Has anyone seen any interviews with Mike or Trey recently? It seems they've patched things up, with Trey having performed King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime live with FNM recently and Mike having done a song with SC3. As far as I've always heard the disconnect in Bungle was between those two. I have heard a few rumors about some sort of falling out between Trey and Trevor, though. I really hope they can get back together for a tour or two if nothing else. A new album would be occasion for tears of joy, though.

    14 Dec 2014 Reply
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