Following up on the whole ‘Women In Black Rock’ debacle, I got more news regarding a movie that is very near and dear to me.
I was very fortunate to see ‘Everyday Sunshine’, an incredible documentary on the group Fishbone. For those who don’t know, Fishbone is one of the most underrated, underappreciated, yet highly influencial bands of the last 30 years. Without them, there’s no Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane’s Addiction, Sublime, No Doubt, 311, Primus, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, the list goes on and on. As of this writing, the film is still looking for a distributor, but it has been doing great business in L.A. and plans are underway to screen it here on the East Coast.
I’ve become friendly with the filmmakers and asked some contacts I have to see if was possible to have ‘Everyday Sunshine’ air on cable TV. Through a long time friend of mine, I was able to bring the film to the attention of a network whose forte is airing these types of documentaries. Through this same person, I was told that the network wasn’t interested because they didn’t think the band – and this is a direct quote -‘was mainstream enough to have interest’.
I was shocked. Fishbone has appeared at Lollapalooza, The Warped Tour and appeared on ‘Saturday Night Live’. Here’s a film featuring Gwen Stefani, Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Perry Ferrell of Jane’s Addiction, Les Claypool of Primus, among others saying how Fishbone directly influenced them and in some cases, outright took their look and sound, but this story wouldn’t have enough interest?!?
Now this is the same network that featured a documentary about an even more obscure, yet highly influential metal band and their ups and downs. This same network even co-sponsored a tour by the aforementioned band, which is made up of all-White musicians.
Fishbone is a rock n roll band comprised of all Black members. I don’t want to play the race card, but when it’s the only card you have…
‘Everyday Sunshine’ is rolling out slowly and is on track for wider release in the spring. You can go to http://www.fishbonedocumentary.com for more information.
The struggle continues…