Fishbone's Friends Include Gwen Stefani, Busta, Primus, Chilis, Osmonds

L.A.-based funk-punk collective Fishbone is gathering some famous names to guest on its new album, "Fishbone and Friends," and if all goes according to plan, those friends will include No Doubt's Gwen Stefani, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Busta Rhymes, Primus, Perry Farrell, and (of all people) Donny and Marie Osmond.

Stefani recorded a track for the project on Monday, according to a post on the official No Doubt Web site by ND guitarist Tom Dumont. A spokesperson for the Red Hot Chili Peppers informed MTV News that the band joined Fishbone in the studio this past Sunday. Primus' manager, David Lefkowitz, told MTV News that his clients spent a full day in the studio with the group last month, and a management rep for Farrell confirmed that the former Janes Addiction frontman recorded a track with the group last week.

Fishbone's "Friends" project (its seventh studio effort) was first announced in the summer of 1998, but rounding up such stellar friends apparently takes time. A

representative for the band's label, Hollywood Records, told MTV News that the label hopes to have the CD out in the late fall.

Often compared with Bad Brains and the Chili Peppers, Fishbone is known for its complex combination of funk, punk, metal, and high-energy ska. The band was formed back in 1979 while its members were still in high school, and its first EP was released in 1985. Three original members -- Walter Kibby II, Angelo Moore, and Norwood Fisher -- remain with the ensemble. New additions include Spacey T., John McKnight, and Deion Murdock.

The group's last release was 1996's "Fishbone 101 - Nuttasaurusmeg," a best-of/rarities collection.


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