Everyday Sunshine

Album: The Reality of My Surroundings (1991)
Charted: 60
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Songfacts®:

  • This uplifting song envisions a world where the beauty shines through, a place free from greed or oppression. In many ways, the song personifies what the band is all about, and it was accordingly chosen as the title for Fishbone documentary Everyday Sunshine, released in 2010.

    In the film, we hear from the likes of George Clinton, Flea and Les Claypool, who expound on just how good these guys really are. It becomes clear that the band's nirvana - their "Everyday Sunshine" - is on stage. Their problems stem from band dynamics and a musical style that never fit a convenient niche, hamstringing their commercial fortunes.
  • The song was written by lead singer Angelo Moore and keyboard/trombone player Chris Dowd. In a 2013 Songfacts interview with Moore, he explained how it happened:

    "That's a Sly Stone influenced song. Chris Dowd wrote that one. He wrote the first half and I wrote the end. It was a church-style song. We were just going into it, man. Because back then we were emulating a lot of our favorite bands: The Specials, Sly Stone, Funkadelic, James Brown, Led Zeppelin, all those people. All those different styles would pop up while we were doing different jams. Rick James was another one. We be playing Rick James up in there."
  • Fishbone had the kind of fans that would put their logo stickers on their skateboards and tell their friends all about them. Most folks who came to their shows were converted, but they never had a big breakthrough. The video for "Everyday Sunshine" got some airplay on MTV and it looked like the song might take off, but it never caught on with a wider audience. Fishbone fan Perry Farrell made them a main stage act at his Lollapalooza festival in 1993, but it still didn't take, and when ska got big a few years later, it was the likes of Rancid and Reel Big Fish that benefited.

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