Directed by Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler
2011, 107 minutes
Purchase: $210 | Classroom rental: $95
From the shifting faultlines of Hollywood fantasies and the economic and racial tensions of Reagan's America, Fishbone rose to become one of the most original bands of the last 25 years. With a blistering combination of punk and funk they demolished the walls of genre and challenged the racial stereotypes and political order of the music industry and the nation. Telling it like it is, the iconic Laurence Fishburne narrates EVERYDAY SUNSHINE, a story about music, history, fear, courage and funking on the one.
At the heart of the film's story is lead singer Angelo Moore and bassist Norwood Fisher who show how they keep the band rolling out of pride, desperation and love for their art. To overcome money woes, family strife, and the strain of being aging Punk rockers on the road, Norwood and Angelo are challenged to re-invent themselves in the face of dysfunction and ghosts from a painful past.
Featuring interviews with Flea, Gwen Stefani, Ice-T, Perry Farrell, Branford Marsalis, George Clinton, Tim Robbins, Gogol Bordello, Questlove, and others, EVERYDAY SUNSHINE traces the band's history, influence, and struggle as individualistic, genre-blending artists up against an unforgiving music industry that threatens to pass them by.
"Fascinating [...]. The film is a parable about racial and musical politics in the record industry and a slice of social history that gazes back at a scene often overlooked in waves of ’80s and ’90s nostalgia ”. - The New York Times
“Many bands have a might-have-been story, but few have a story that reflects such rich and paradoxical ideas.” – The New Yorker
“Fishbone is a band that defies any easy description or categorization – even the term “popular music” only loosely applies. This eclecticism is one of the hallmarks of Fishbone as they encompass, and handily execute, several genres of music: punk, ska, funk, reggae, progressive rock, swing, heavy metal, new wave, and avant garde jazz. […]Anderson and Metzler make effective use of historic events that surrounded and informed the lives of the band members in South Central Los Angeles. With the exception of Angelo Moore (raised in the suburbs), the other members knew firsthand the chaos of multiple riots and how oppressive political policies affected the lives of poor African American families, while witnessing the constant presence of drugs and gang violence”. - Educational Media Reviews Online
"Recommended for fans of the genre and students of popular music’s byways". - Library Journal
"An intimate look at Fishbone, showing how various band members developed musical styles, struggled with family issues, and coped with evolving personal identities while continuing to tour and waiting for the big break". - Booklist
“Effortlessly entertaining.” – Variety
"You don’t have to be a fan of Fishbone to be enthralled by their story.” – Indiewire
"Co-directors Chris Metzler and Lev Anderson have penned a cinematic valentine to the group via astounding archival concert footage, rapturous testimonials and original footage that often breaks your heart in this charting of the group's thwarted rise and chaotic fall. There's some groovy animation and cool narration by Laurence Fishburne, but the real star of this show is the still-ahead-of-its-time genius of Fishbone.” - LA Weekly
"More than a documentary about rock 'n' roll. It's a documentary about the American spirit and one that shows the life of one of its most influential creative forces.” - Encore Magazine
“You don’t have to be a fan to fall in love with this band and this movie.” - Kansas City Star