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Nobody wants to be a Mr. Bungle….

February 23rd, 2008 by Bill Corbett · 37 Comments

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…except these guys:

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These guys are, in fact, Mr. Bungle.

In honor of Rifftrax releasing our new short “Lunchroom Manners,” starring the rudest, most aggressive puppet in history (pre-1988, anyway), Mr. Bungle — here’s the band named for him.

If you don’t know this band, well… that they’re not for every taste. But what worth anything is, really? Besides bacon?

…And if you don’t like bacon, DON’T weigh in here. Just a bit of advice for self-preservation. You’re in enemy territory, and bacon senses your fear.

Riffing shorts is officially the best part of this job.

(”Job” sounds weird though. “Vocation?” “Hobby?” “Gigantic winding road taken to avoid adulthood?” <---- WE HAVE A WINNER!!!)

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UPDATE: So sorry, folks! Very thoughtless of me. I forgot:

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37 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Chris on Feb 23, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    Never forget Pants, Bill. Never.

  • 2 Walter on Feb 23, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    Please try to remember him next time.

  • 3 Hugh on Feb 23, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Did Mr. Bungle cut into your soul as he did mine, during my own time with the short? It took at least five slabs of Joey Pants to cleanse the stain from my heart, possibly seven.

  • 4 Rob T Firefly on Feb 23, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Oh no.. is this the short from that old Pee Wee Herman show?

  • 5 mrbasehart on Feb 23, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Bungle means a lot to us from the UK, as a character in the long-running children’s program, Rainbow:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyqEPgRc6IE

  • 6 bob the hog on Feb 23, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    No offense, but “riffing shorts” sounds weird too, like “huffing undies” or “stiffing pants”.

  • 7 mathey on Feb 23, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    It’s funny bungle how these old shorts are always Mr. Bungle so seemingly innocent and bungle bland, but they always bungle bungle the bungle MR BUNGLE buNgle bungle

  • 8 Beautiful Houndstooth on Feb 23, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    That was freakin’ hilarious!

  • 9 Chris on Feb 23, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Not as weird as “stiffing Joey Pants”, however.

  • 10 karen on Feb 23, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    wow! your wife must be one special kind of lady to be able to riff right along side with you! a partner in crime if yew will!

    whenever I watch one, I am usually laughing so hard my sides ache. its just the ridculousness of it all.

    you should do on the youtube stuff for the scientology bits and pieces up. that would be a good one!

  • 11 Shawn on Feb 23, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Fantastic short, as usual. I’m glad to see the shorts tradition has been upheld. I just got this and ACT YOUR AGE, DAMMIT! WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU!? DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW MUCH I HATE YOU AND YOUR NON-MUSTACHOIED FACE?!

  • 12 Yanni on Feb 23, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Just to be fair to Mr Bungle, I’m sure it’s not a good idea to wash your hands when they’re made of felt, and it must be hard NOT to throw your food tray across the room when you have limited motor functions.

  • 13 Drewsolo "lunchpail" on Feb 23, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    Weird Al stopped by, and wondered if you would have a smoke with him.

    http://images.fotosearch.com/bigcomps/DGV/DGV251/271190.jpg

  • 14 Mr. Slick on Feb 23, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    You know Bill, if you’re gonna forget Joey but remember bacon why bother blogging in the first place? I gotta admit my friend you were a Mr. Bungle on this one. :/

  • 15 Adam on Feb 23, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    I meant to post this after seeing the short yesterday evening (great job, by the way) but I’ve seen the band Mr. Bungle perform before.

    if I’m thinking of the right concert, they were on a bill with Incubus, System of a Down, and Puya several years ago. The crowd hated them and the lead singer made fun of the crowd for hating them. I was more taken by that than the actual performance, which was weirder, screechier, and more frenzied than the above video suggests.

  • 16 Roper on Feb 23, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Thanks for bringing Phil, and his enormous slice of cake, to a new generation. Adulthood ? We’re all just faking that.

  • 17 Barry on Feb 23, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    Is that really Mr. Bungle, or Lady Elaine Fairchild post-op?

  • 18 Ninjew on Feb 23, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    You think Mr. Bungle is dirty? You should see MRS. Bungle…

  • 19 MikeP on Feb 24, 2008 at 6:40 am

    You mean Kate Moss? Yeah, she’s pretty rough, but she can’t resist Mr. Bungle’s in-your-face, bad boy charms.

  • 20 Ninjew on Feb 24, 2008 at 7:04 am

    No. You’re thinking Mrs Bung-hole.

  • 21 Livia on Feb 24, 2008 at 7:57 am

    Oh geez…I watched Lunchroom Manners last night and Mr. Bungle wouldn’t get out of my head! I wake up this morning, thinking the horror has passed…and there he is! Gaahhh!

  • 22 Bill Corbett on Feb 24, 2008 at 8:25 am

    “Is that really Mr. Bungle, or Lady Elaine Fairchild post-op?”

    Bungle reminded me of Lady Elaine Fairchild too, Barry. Despite my affection for Mr. Rogers, she was one of the most terrifying puppets ever. Some kind of scheming, pscycho Gertrude Stein-wannabe who ran a spinning museum of unspecified horrors? Thanks neighbor!

  • 23 Bill Corbett on Feb 24, 2008 at 8:29 am

    “No offense, but “riffing shorts” sounds weird too, like “huffing undies” or “stiffing pants”.”

    Very good point, bob.

    It’s actually a typo. I meant to write: Wearing my riffing shorts is officially the best part of this job.”

    For those few who don’t know, my riffing shorts are special stainless-steel reinforced jockeys which help get me through a riffing session, what with Kevin’s tendency to kick.

  • 24 bob the hog on Feb 24, 2008 at 8:39 am

    Good thing they’re “shorts” then, and not “minis”.

  • 25 Beautiful Houndstooth on Feb 24, 2008 at 9:34 am

    For those few who don’t know, my riffing shorts are special stainless-steel reinforced jockeys which help get me through a riffing session, what with Kevin’s tendency to kick.

    But I thought you had the restless leg syndrome Bill… is it contagious?

  • 26 Krunchy on Feb 24, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Ahhh, one of the bazillion bands of Mike Patton. I think if you lined up the number of bands Mike Patton has been involved with in the space of one year, and the amount of invisible dogs that Bill’s adorable daughter has conjured up, you’d be able to get all “braveheart” on the Westminster Dog Show. Too bad Anne Rogers Clark is dead, She’d have been great in blue face paint!

    Krunchy

  • 27 R.A. Roth on Feb 24, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    I own the self-titled 1991 release “Mr. Bungle”. That purchase was an offshoot of my Faith No More days, as opposed to my Never Had Faith days or my Faith is a Chick on Buffy the Vampire Slayer days. It’s worth a spin, if you are at the crash-and-burn end of an extended LSD trip or just want a change from sanity. “My Ass is on Fire” and “The Girls of Porn” are a treat for the ears, provided your ears are suffused in butter or lard. I prefer lard.

    Randy

  • 28 Bobo "BuckDat" Briggs on Feb 24, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    The self-titled is ok, and was especiallu cool when it came out. (Cept for the John Zorn production. Cant hear the dang bass drum) But their second record is even better and weirder. However their last album, California, is simply amazing and was overlooked by many. Very poppy and melodic but still has that schizo kind of songwriting they’re known for only they manage to structure it somewhat for a change. Yet you can still sort of tell they were originally a death metal band. I still listen to that record all the time and it came out in 99. I highly recommend it to everyone here. If the music itself isnt your thing but are into audio production you should hear it just for that alone. It’s analogilicious.

  • 29 Ranika on Feb 24, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Mr. Bungle looks drunk.

  • 30 Bill Corbett on Feb 24, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    The very same.

  • 31 Geena on Feb 24, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Remember, people:

    EAT bacon.

    HUG Joey Pants.

    Attempting to do the reverse is almost CERTAIN to result in the issuance of a restraining order.

  • 32 Rob T Firefly on Feb 24, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Well, you guys are no Miss Yvonne, but perhaps that’s for the best. *heads off to spend a dollar*

  • 33 Flint Ironstag on Feb 24, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    True story… When I was but a wee lad, my baby-sitter was the daughter of a good family friend. Even after I grew up, she’d still come by with her dad for Thanksgiving dinner and stuff. When I was about 10 years old, she was rooting through my cassette collection and found my Faith No More tapes. She was surprised that I liked them, and told me that Mike Patton, the lead singer for Faith No More was also in this band called Mr. Bungle, and they would practice every weekend at her house in Arcada which apparently used to be a church and had a stage for them to play on. Every morning before the rest of the band would come over to practice, Patton would come over early and wake everybody up so they could watch Pee Wee’s Playhouse.

    I never said this story had a point…..

  • 34 SEISMIC on Feb 25, 2008 at 7:22 am

    Have you hugged your Joey wrapped bacon today?!?!

  • 35 SEISMIC on Feb 25, 2008 at 7:23 am

    I meant bacon wrapped Joey but this works too! = s

  • 36 AThingThatMakesYouWaltz on Feb 25, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Good call on posting The Air-Conditioned Nightmare.

  • 37 bunglese on Dec 11, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    A short Holiday freakshow of electronics. These guys are bent!

    http://www.vimeo.com/2344860

    http://www.kasiokristmas.com