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Incubus - Fungus Amongus

A Sneak Peek...

Although most of the band's fans love and cherished this album, if you ask the band members they would rather bury it !! It was an album they really enjoyed creating but they admitted they did not know what they were doing at all at that time!!

On November 1, 1995, Incubus band released their debut album.

In 1991 a group of teenagers who had not yet finished high school decided to form a band. Brandon Boyd, Mike Einziger, Alex Katunich and José Pasillas started writing and playing together and performed at all sorts of clubs and bars along the Sunset Strip without any name, and only at a later stage were they asked to know who they were, they invented the name Incubus.

The band members would meet with producer Jim Wirt at a studio in Santa Monica just after school and try to create their own music. In 1995 they added Gavin Koppell on the DJ stand and recorded their first EP "Let Me Tell Ya 'Bout Root Beer" which included only two songs. From there they went on very fast and recorded more songs together with producer Jim and in November 1995 they released their debut album "Fungus Amongus" under their independent label Stopuglynailfungus Music. The band members who have been greatly influenced by bands like RHCP, Primus and Mr. Bungle even thanked them in the "Thanks" section at the end of the album cover.

(Photo: Michael Ochs Archives)

A funny story is that the band members gave themselves fake names which appear on the cover of the album:

  • "Happy Knappy" (Brandon Boyd) – vocals, djembe

  • "Fabio" (Mike Einziger) – guitars

  • "Dirk Lance" (Alex Katunich) – bass guitar

  • "Salsa" (Jose Pasillas) – drums

Even though the album received very harsh reviews and failed commercially, and even though it was not played on any radio station, and even though it did not enter any charts. A year after its release, the band signed a seven-album recording contract with Sony's label then called Immortal Records. Label talent hunter Paul Pontius recognized the band's potential and signed it to the contract. The same label is the one that also signed Korn and in order to add Incubus to Korn's tour they released an EP called "Enjoy Incubus" which included six songs so that the label could present the band's songs during the shows. And the rest is History...

Unfortunately, we did not find the album in the streaming services but there is something on: YouTube

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