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
March 2, 2003
After the sadly ridiculous Dame Edna melodrama comes Asian American improv group Cold Tofu's declaration letting us all know what is racist and what is satire after their viewing of a comedy skit performed by the Liquid Radio Players ("A Spoof That Did Not Amuse," Feb. 23). Satire assumes one thing, which is the viewers' basic knowledge of the object that its humor is commenting upon. Of course Fu Manchu was an outrageous stereotype. That's why its use by the Eurocentric media in the first half of the 20th century is comical.