“Fishbone’s Norwood Fisher Reflects on Defying Dave Grohl, Touring with Rappers, and Championing Ska”

Delve into the captivating journey of Fishbone with bassist Norwood Fisher in this episode of “In Defense of Ska.” Fisher takes listeners on a rollercoaster ride through the band’s eclectic career, from surreal encounters like opening for Gallagher to rubbing shoulders with Karate Kid star William Zabka.

One standout moment involves Dave Grohl’s original band, Scream, opening for Fishbone. Fisher shares the amusing anecdote of Grohl politely requesting Fishbone drummer Philip “Fish” Fisher to use his drum kit after a soundcheck. Fisher’s emphatic “Hell no” response, which seemed like a minor incident at the time, gains new perspective when Fisher reflects on it decades later at a Foo Fighters backstage gathering.

During a candid conversation with Grohl, Fisher experiences a moment of realization and mild embarrassment. He recounts the story, reflecting on how Grohl has become a rock icon. Fisher’s brother’s resolute “Hell no” now contrasts with Grohl’s massive success, highlighting the unpredictable twists in the music industry.

The podcast episode also delves into Fishbone’s strong ties to hip-hop, with Fisher referencing iconic names like Run-DMC and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. The band’s recent fall tour with GZA showcases their enduring connection to the hip-hop genre. Fisher offers insights into the fusion of ska and their initial misconception of creating a new genre, “fast reggae,” inspired by Funkadelic’s rhythm section.

Listeners are invited to explore the rich and diverse history of Fishbone through Fisher’s engaging storytelling on the latest episode of “In Defense of Ska.” Don’t forget to like, review, and follow the series on your preferred podcast platform. For early and ad-free access to episodes, fans can join the IDOS Patreon. Explore more engaging content from the Consequence Podcast Network.

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