Before the Red Hot Chili Peppers or third wave ska or even college rock, there was Fishbone, a groundbreaking, all black “rock weirdo crew” from South Central who broke down as many musical barriers as they did racial ones.
Before rap went pop in mid ’90s, the divide between white and black audiences was wide and deep. Back in '79, Fishbone defiantly brought those two worlds together with a whirling mash of funk, punk, metal and ska. Their hectic tunes were laced with sharply worded political messages that touched on the environment, nuclear war, institutional racism and a host of other issues that are more relevant today than ever.
This post was written by Elliot Aronow, GQ’s resident style and music columnist and menswear designer at his own brand Jacques-Elliott.
Check out one of their classic songs here
You can purchase their Iconic tee here.