It was a meeting of the funkin' minds at Hollywood's Roxy nightclub this past
Sunday night (February 9). For those who passed by the marquee and didn't think
to check out the band Trulio Disgracias, you missed an epic 45-minute jam
between Fishbone and the father of funk, George Clinton.
Clinton, in town
for the Image Awards and an appearance on the Tonight Show, got word that the
Disgracias crew--a P-Funk-like collective of musicians that includes members of
Fishbone, Weapon of Choice, Vicky Calhoun of Spigot, ex-Red Hot Chili Pepper
Arik Marshall, two ex-members of Spearhead, members of Super 8 and whoever else
feels like jamming--wanted him to drop by. Fishbone's Norwood Fisher told ATN
that Disgracias' numbers fluctuate between 15 and 30 members, and on this bill,
which also included Yeska and the Epitaph band Union, there was plenty of room
for one more.
Fisher said Clinton was there from the beginning of the
show, when he "started off with some of the newer rhymes off his last couple of
albums, then we jammed on a whole bunch of songs: 'One Nation,' 'Night of the
Thumpasaurus People,' 'Red Hot Mama,' 'Do That Stuff,' 'Uncle Jam Wants You.'
He would get a chant going, then jump into another song."
After about 45
minutes, Clinton stepped down and Disgracias did their set of Afro-Cuban
influenced funk, what Fisher called "the Nutmeg sound. All nuts, anyway you
Although it's hard to believe, this was only the second meeting
of these two funk forces, according to Norwood. "He played with us at one of
Madonna's birthday parties back in 1989, I think."
Fisher also said
Fishbone have tracked 11 songs for their next album with R&B producer Dallas
Austin, their first for Rowdy Records. Tentatively-titled The Nutcase
Scenario, Fisher hopes to have it out by summer. In the meantime, they're
looking for the person who videotaped the Roxy show, because they just might
want to release that someday, you know?