MR. BUNGLE – Dead Goon

Mr. Bungle‘s self-titled debut album was released on August 13, 1991, through Warner Bros. Records. Mike Patton managed to get his band hired by the major label after he became the vocalist for Faith No More.

The album mixes a variety of musical styles, including ska, circus music, heavy metal, free jazz, and funk. AllMusic called it a “dizzying, disconcerting, schizophrenic tour through just about any rock style the group can think of, hopping from genre to genre without any apparent rhyme or reason, and sometimes doing so several times in the same song.” The website described Mike Patton’s lyrics as “even more bizarrely humorous than those he used in Faith No More”, and “also less self-censored”. At the time, the band’s label Warner promoted the record as being Mike Patton’s “seriously weird new project”.

The album cover features artwork by Dan Sweetman, originally published in the story, A Cotton Candy Autopsy in the DC Comics/Piranha Press imprint title Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children.

“Dead Goon” is about an asphixiophile, whose actions lead to the narrator’s death due to asphixiation.

Nobler than Oedipus
Clairvoyant and toothless
Foreplay with no friends
Premature until the end

I’ve got a secret
Babbling senseless
No one will ever know

Kids can be so cruel
Smash the feeling
Suckle the sugar breast
Too happy – a jerk beyond a smile
An asphyxiophile
I’m the Humper; stop hitting me
Walking the plank, swallowing dirt

Johnny – just skin and juice and hair
A hero unaware
Tied in a knot beneath giggling
My own two hands tickling me

Innocent friction
Boys and girls are stealing my oxygen
Sex? There’s no such thing
All that’s left is laughing, choking, laughing

Playing solitaire
A rope and mommy’s underwear
Hanging on, letting go
Dangling to and fro

NOOO

(Screaming)

It can’t happen
It can’t happen
It can’t happen
It can’t happen
It can’t happen
It can’t happen
It can’t happen
It can’t happen
It can’t happen

Floating, floating, floating away
Floating, floating, floating away
Tingling, tingling, tingling, tingling
Tingling, tingling, tingling, tingling

Fluid seeping
Family weeping
It feels good
So bad
But please
Don’t tease me

(Choking sounds)

Sex? There’s no such thing

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