Fishbone is a U.S. alternative rock band formed in 1979 in Los Angeles, California, which plays a fusion of ska, punk rock, funk, hard rock and soul. Critics have noted of the band: "Fishbone was one of the most distinctive and eclectic alternative rock bands of the late '80s. With their hyperactive, self-conscious diversity, goofy sense of humor, and sharp social commentary, the group gained a sizable cult following during the late '80s, yet they were never able to earn a mainstream audience."
Fishbone first assembled in 1979 with John Norwood Fisher; his brother Phillip "Fish" Fisher; Angelo Moore, who sometimes uses the stage name "Dr. Madd Vibe"; Kendall Jones; "Dirty" Walter A. Kibby II; and Christopher Dowd, who sometimes uses the pseudonym "Charlie Down". Founding members John Norwood Fisher, Angelo Moore, and Walter Kibby remain with the band as of 2013.