Song of the Day: Pink Cigarette by Mr. Bungle

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“Pink Cigarette” is a song by American experimental band Mr. Bungle from their third and final studio album California.

Lyrics:

Hush me, touch me
Perfume, the wind and the leaves
Hush me, touch me
The burns, the holes in the sheets
I’m hoping the smoke
Hides the shame I’ve got on my face
Cognac and broken glass
All these years I’ve been your ashtray
I found a pink cigarette
On the bed the day that you left
And how can I forget that your lips were there
Your kiss goes everywhere, touches everything But me
Hush me, touch me
Champagne, your hair in the breeze
Hush me, touch me
Lipstick, a slap on my cheek
Your eyes cried at last
Told me everything I was afraid to ask
Now I’m dressed in white
And you’ve burned me for the last time
You’ll find a note and you’ll see my silhouette…
There’s just 5 hours left until you find me dead
There’s just 4 hours left until you find me dead
There’s just 3 hours left until you find me dead
There’s just 2 hours left until you find me dead
There’s 1 more hour and then you will find me dead
There’s just…………………

……

California is the third and final studio album by American experimental band Mr. Bungle. It was released on June 13, 1999, through Warner Bros.

In keeping with much of the band’s output, the album incorporates a wide variety of musical styles, including Hawaiian music, Eastern music, electro-funk, doo-wop, folk music, pop music, surf rock, circus music, kecak, thrash metal, lounge music, jazz rock, avant-garde music, piano ballads and music influenced by science fiction, spaghetti western and horror film scores.

California has been well received by critics. A positive review came from Pitchfork, who called it “one of those albums that you can’t believe a major label had anything to do with”, writing, “the more I listen to California, the more I’m convinced that Mike Patton is really the devil on holiday.”

California was originally scheduled for release on June 8, 1999, but Warner delayed it by several days so as not to coincide with RHCP’s similarly titled album Californication. During the summer and fall tour to promote the album, Mr. Bungle’s agent booked the group for several major music festivals in Europe, but the band got removed from all of them at the last minute, apparently at the behest of RHCP frontman Anthony Kiedis (because they were the headlining band, they retained the right to choose what acts could and couldn’t perform with them). The incident was a resurfacing of an old quarrel between RHCP and Mike Patton’s previous group Faith No More that had occurred in 1989 when Kiedis accused Patton of copying his mannerisms on stage, especially in the music video for the song Epic.

Upset at the cancelled festival dates, Mr. Bungle retaliated by giving a concert on Halloween Night where they parodied several RHCP songs and ridiculed their onstage mannerisms and sound. Trevor Dunn later published a lengthy diatribe on his personal website which stated “Flea, in all seriousness, really isn’t that good. I mean, c’mon. The Red Hot Chili Peppers were vaguely interesting in the late 80s, but Christ they fucking suck, they suck.”

Mr. Bungle

Origin Eureka, California, United States
Genres Avant-garde metal, experimental,funk metal
Years active 1985–2004
Labels Warner Bros., Slash
Associated acts Faith No More, Secret Chiefs 3,Fantômas, Tomahawk
Website mrbungle.com
Past members
(1985–1987)
  • Mike Patton – vocals, keyboards, samples
  • Trey Spruance – guitar, keyboards
  • Trevor Dunn – bass
  • Jed Watts – drums
  • Theo Lengyel – saxophone, keyboards
(1987–1989)
  • Mike Patton – vocals, keyboards, samples
  • Trey Spruance – guitar, keyboards
  • Trevor Dunn – bass
  • Hans Wagner – drums
  • Luke Miller – horns
  • Theo Lengyel – saxophone, keyboards
(1989–1996)
  • Mike Patton – vocals, keyboards, samples
  • Trey Spruance – guitar, keyboards
  • Trevor Dunn – bass
  • Danny Heifetz – drums
  • Clinton “Bär” McKinnon – reeds
  • Theo Lengyel – saxophone, keyboards
(1996–2000)
  • Mike Patton – vocals, keyboards, samples
  • Trey Spruance – guitar, keyboards
  • Trevor Dunn – bass
  • Danny Heifetz – drums
  • Clinton “Bär” McKinnon – reeds

image by mc12sideddie

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