Le Cordon Bleu to be specific, but before you get all excited let me just reveal that it’s their online course for restaurant management. So…no exciting cooking classes or hands on demonstrations or anything. When I began, it was a six week semester and then a week long break. Now it’s a 12 week double semester with no break between.
Right now I’m really missing the break part.
But, moving right along to another great album…
Before there was No Doubt, before the Red Hot Chili Peppers hit the scene or Living Colour dropped their first album…there was Fishbone. An unlikely combination of weirdos from a junior high school in South Central Los Angeles, Fishbone didn’t look or sound like anyone else at the time…and that suited them just fine. The original line up of Angelo Moore, John Norwood Fisher, “Dirty” Walter A. Kibby II,Kendall Jones,Chris Dowd and Philip “Fish” Fisher refused to fit the stereotype of South Central at the time…either sartorially or musically, and began making waves with their live shows and developing a sound that would go on to influence much of the music o the next two decades.
Originally their sound was pure joyful Ska, the energetic cousin of reggae, but would soon blossom into a radical mix of punk, funk, jazz and rock. I am aware that some will point out that Truth and Soul was Fishbone’s greatest album…and you know what, I am going to go along with that too. But for that “opening shot of the revolution”…the one where you weren’t sure what would happen next, but couldn’t wait to find out, the original Fishbone EP was the shit. With infectious tunes like “Party at Ground Zero” and”UGLY, ” it was THE party album of it’s time and brought Ska and Reggae to the main stream.
Then we jump ahead almost ten years and Fishbone drops Truth and Soul…the album that spawned a million t shirts, and for good reason. For the hardcore Fishbone fan, this was the deepest shit there was, and a far cry from the sound of their first EP. Darker, grittier and funkier…even more socially conscious , but still with an upbeat ska feel. Truth and Soul forged new ground with a sound that no one had heard before, but many would imitate after. From it’s opening cover of the Curtis Mayfield classic “Freddie’s Dead, to deeper cuts like “Ghetto Soundwave” and “Bonin in the Boneyard” it made for a wonderful listening experience.
But Fishbone is still around and going strong, and I implore you to go see a live show for a taste of the musical energy I can only poorly describe here.