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Fishbone flashback

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Fishbone was a wildly energetic LA band that was both punk and funk; they played on bills with the Red Hot Chili Peppers all the time. But Fishbone didn't grow up to be VH-1 stars like Anthony, Flea & Co. — their cast-of-thousands energy didn't translate well from the stage to CD, and what with various band members dipping into drugs and religion — now they're still around, but they're not making zillions touring Japan.

This video was Fishbone's most obvious party anthem, and it would be still if not for the unfortunate title: "Party at Ground Zero." The video is a puzzle — an anti-war message combined with big weird masks that look like they were taken from a McDonald's Mac Tonight ad. Give a watch-and-listen and tell us what you think.

Yes, this seems to be 80s week at LAist. Not sure why. Not sure if we can make it stop.