Angelo Moore's Dr. Madd Vibe Can't Be Contained By Fishbone

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Andrew Asch
By: Andrew Asch
Angelo Moore has served as the jester in chief for ska and many other music scenes for years.

No Doubt's Gwen Stefani and Tony Kanal often namecheck Moore and his band Fishbone as being among the founders and inspirations of the third-wave ska scene. But Moore has something he feels cannot be contained by Fishbone.

Meet Moore's alter ego, Dr. Madd Vibe. Moore stresses that Dr. Madd Vibe is a force for good, for shaking shit up.

"It is the non-filtered Angelo," says the man with a mohawk-shaped tattoo on his head. He can be caught anywhere wearing fez hats, bondage suits and updated looks from the ska-boy style of the mid-1980s.

Dr. Madd Vibe is Moore's one-man, free-form band, playing ska songs; telling mind-bending, stream-of-consciousness stories; performing comedy skits; and then offering up jazz that might fit in at a Prohibition-era speakeasy. Sometimes, he is backed by the Missin' Links. Sometimes, he's backed by an orchestra.

It is wild stuff that wouldn't fit in with the already-wild Fishbone. That group are on hiatus until they reunite for a gig at Coachella 2014, Moore says. (Goldenvoice has not announced the 2014 lineup, and via email, the company declined to make a statement.)
The hiatus has given Moore the chance to do more Dr. Madd Vibe shows. He concocted the good doctor's character in the late 1990s, according to Tazy Phyllipz, producer and host of Ska Parade, one of the most influential radio shows of the American ska scene.
"He's the ultimate performer," the Irvine resident says of Dr. Madd Vibe. "Parts of it will be weird and exciting. But it will always be joyous."

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