January 27, 1998 |
Fu Manchu might serve its goal better if the members took a tip from Spinal Tap and went through an instrumental "free jazz" period. Who knows? More people might even show up. If only 30 or so fans come to what amounts to a homecoming show, as was Fu Manchu's gig at the Showcase Theatre on Sunday night, something's not working. When the San Clemente-spawned band let loose its trademark '70s-style, mind-numbing riffs, the punk-informed sludge might have made you sell your soul to rock 'n' roll.
October 30, 1995 |
It was only a matter of time before the sounds of the East Coast's psychedelic punk-metal band Monster Magnet found their way to Orange County. That's not to say San Clemente-based Fu Manchu has ripped off the Magnet's sound. Far from it. In fact, Fu Manchu counts the members of Monster Magnet among its biggest fans and was the opening act for the New Jersey band's recent 10-city Northwest tour.
May 24, 2000 |
In this ever-changing world of new technological innovations and pop culture trends, it's nice to find that some things remain constant. Take Fu Manchu. The hard-rockin' Orange County quartet recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. Yet the band's musical philosophy and lyrical orientation have barely changed.
November 5, 1997 |
Back in the '60s and '70s, the outline for a career in heavy rock was quite simple and universally endorsed by those pursuing it: Pump up the sound, project ego, reap big rewards and plunge right in for a life of rampant hedonism. Now it's the '90s, and in Fu Manchu's heavy-rock equation only the first step applies.
February 14, 1993
The script of the premiere of "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues" (KCOP, Jan. 27) reads like it came out of a fortune cookie. This mishmash of Asian stereotypes evokes memories of Fu Manchu, Mr. Moto and, I'll be darned, the original "Kung Fu." It was bad enough in the '70s, but reprehensible that we are subjected to it in the 1990s. And with white actors in "yellow face" yet! Bobbi Murray, Los Angeles
November 5, 2013 |
American beardsmen and 'stache-thletes won big in the cradle of facial-hair face-offs, taking home six first-place wins and 16 trophies overall at the 2013 World Beard and Moustache Championships held in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany on Saturday. PHOTOS: 2013 World Beard and Moustache Championships Although we could not be there to watch the whiskered wizardry ourselves, there was apparently plenty of reporters in attendance and we've sifted through the various published reports (including this account from the folks at Beard Team USA)