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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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  • Treats4TheSOUL

    yeah people who only praise this band for Patton are fools. This was a GROUP of people writing music.

    Yesterday 6:55pm Reply
  • imadeyourealise

    egg! egg! egg! egg!

    15 Apr 1:19am Reply
  • Issa-Void

    I'm sure you all knew I meant Trey

    7 Apr 10:40pm Reply
  • dr_bun

    trey and trevor are the main guys you wanna thank

    6 Apr 8:23pm Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    I was just saying that people need to give praise to the other members of Bungle. I really don't think Patton is a asshole. He's probably a nice guy. Just like Trevor Spruance!

    2 Apr 10:29pm Reply
  • avantish

    Also if anyone who loves DV and hasn't heard the John Zorn's Moonchild Trio albums.. Listen to them all. [2]

    2 Apr 8:14pm Reply
  • avantish

    My Patton fanboy feelings are getting hurt here you guys!... Why even bother comparing these three musical gods?.. And honestly how much of an asshole can Patton REALLY be when considering his extreme collaborative nature and long partnership with Dunn and Zorn.. Too much Patton skepticism goin' round hyiarh.. Btw i would really like to meet Trevor Spruance. Woah indeed!

    2 Apr 8:13pm Reply
  • Vod_Crack

    @Issa-Void: Trevor Spruance? Woah!

    1 Apr 2:33pm Reply
  • Issa-Void

    I met Trevor Spruance after a SC3 gig and he was also really nice, albeit a little shy

    31 Mar 5:37pm Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    Dunn is a really nice guy.. and Sister Phantom Owl Fish is a underrated masterpiece. Also if anyone who loves DV and hasn't heard the John Zorn's Moonchild Trio albums.. Listen to them all.

    30 Mar 9:31pm Reply
  • Mampato

    I definitely think that Trey and Trevor are far more accomplished, and more inventive, musicians than Mike Patton. That's not to say that nothing Patton does is without merit - on the contrary, projects like Fantomas are exhilarating and great fun. It's just that what he does on his own generally tends to be noise rock and Zorn-derivative. It can't be denied that he is an extremely versatile vocalist, either. Dunn's Trio Convulsant and Spruance's Secret Chiefs 3 have a far richer texture and musical colour. I recommend Sister Phantom Owl Fish and Book of Horizons. Finally, I know this is completely irrelevant - they strike me as nice guys. Patton seems like a bit of a prick.

    27 Mar 7:23pm Reply
  • hailcthulhu666

    2edgy5me such edge very avant grade

    23 Mar 10:23am Reply
  • MaximumPezcore

    I was honestly never won over by Trevor and Trey's other ventures into music and I don't know why. I guess I just haven't looked in the right places, if anyone wants to recommend me some albums.

    22 Mar 4:25am Reply
  • dr_bun

    who cares disco volante is the best thing any of them have done WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    14 Mar 9:22pm Reply
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    8 Mar 5:23pm Reply
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    8 Mar 7:47am Reply
  • thekidwiththefa

    totally agree james...i love most of patton's stuff, but trey and trevor have been far more consistent imo...

    5 Mar 7:15pm Reply
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    17 Feb 7:30pm Reply
  • iamholgerczukay

    I think about Mr. Bungle when I'm peeing.

    15 Feb 5:58am Reply
  • Acid_Child

    Slowly Growing Deaf <3

    14 Feb 7:17pm Reply
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