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NIGHT FEVER: We’re not sure whether to...

NIGHT FEVER: We’re not sure whether to be intrigued or offended--or both! But give Warners Bros. Records credit--they know how to grab your attention. The label has been touting its new band, Mr. Bungle (which features Faith No More lead singer Mike Patton performing under the pseudonym Vlad Drac--as in Dracula) by sending out a mailing that offers a tantalizing--and we mean tantalizing-- list of topics discussed in the songs. They include: Oral Sex With Cultural Icons, Bondage Fantasies, Body Parts and How They Fit Together, Beethoven, Oedipus and--getting back to topic A--Sex With Footwear. One topic the promotion scheme left out is John Travolta, who lends his last name to one of the songs on the album. Full of bizarre imagery (“All talk is an enunciated sneeze”), the tune could be perceived as a commentary on his flagging movie career, especially the passage which goes: “Smell. Sweat. Movement. Everyone’s dancing. Disco. Dimple. Fading. Darker. Faint. Everyone’s dancing without him. Where did it go? Dark. Odorless. Nothing.” If you really want to figure out what that all means, get an early copy of the album. Worried that the actor might be less than enthused about this portrayal, Warners legal execs have instructed the band to change the song’s name (its new moniker--"Quote Unquote”), which will appear on future pressings of the album.


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