New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Fu Manchu

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Fu Manchu - What's In My Bag?

Southern California stoner rock legends Fu Manchu celebrated their new album with a killer in-store performance at Amoeba Hollywood. Before the show we had a chance to sit down with the group and check out what caught their eye at the shop. Lead singer and founding member Scott Hill kicked off this What's In My Bag? episode with The Expression of Power by the Santa Cruz punk band Bl'ast!, saying that he "probably listen(s) to this record, or Black Flag's Damaged more than any record ever." He also recounted seeing the group for the first time in 1985. Describing the show as the "best thing I've ever seen," it even changed the way he thought about his own music. 

In 1985 Fu Manchu began life as a hardcore punk group named Virulence. Over the course of several albums and tours, the band's current lineup began to coalesce; vocalist/guitarist Scott Hill was a Fu Manchu - Clone Of The Universefounding member, vocalist/bassist Brad Davis signed on in 1995 with guitarist Bob Balch following in 1996. Sunshine and Smile drummer Scott Reeder joined in 2001. Fu Manchu has attracted a loyal following, thanks in part to their loud, heavy stage shows and tours with the likes of Kyuss, Monster Magnet, White Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Clutch, and Corrosion of Conformity.

The band's psychedelia-tinged stoner metal sound has evolved over the course of the past three decades. The band's debut LP No One Rides for Free is considered a classic. Ever prolific yet firmly underground, Fu Manchu have released twelve studio albums as well as a host of singles, EPs, comps, and live albums, with their latest release being 2018's Clone of the Universe. Catch them on their West Coast tour this November and December. Tickets & more info at

Bob Balch's first pick was an LP by jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery. "I put that on a lot when I get home from work, just to like mellow out," he told us, adding that it "helps road rage." Brad Davis picked up John Carpenter's Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1988 and highly recommended going and seeing Carpenter play the songs live. Scott Reeder was pleasantly surprised to find a live David Crosby recording featuring Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh & Mickey Hart as his backing band, pointing out that the show was recorded shortly before Crosby's first solo record was released and that it featured extended versions of some of the tracks off that album.

But what is Scott Hill's favorite movie series? And which movie soundtrack sums up Scott Reeder as a person? You'll have to watch the video to find out!

Fu Manchu - What's In My Bag?
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