Mr. Bungle release California

California is the final album by the band Mr. Bungle.

Many people are of the opinion that it is by far the band's most accessible, and 'normal' album. Rolling Stone has put this in various "essential albums" lists.

It was supposed to be released on June 8, 1999; but Warner Bros. chose instead to release the similarly-titled Californication by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Allegedly, this was done out of fear of retribution from Anthony Kiedis. This is the reason for the refueling of the tensions between the two bands - both Patton and Kiedis had forgotten about the Faith No More video incident of 1990 (where Kiedis accused Patton of stealing his style).

Going by credits alone, Mike Patton has contributed more to this album than any other member of the band. Additionally, this is the most Patton has contributed (in terms of songwriting) to any Mr. Bungle album.

The musical style of the record, like any other Mr. Bungle record, includes such musical styles as Hawaiian music, eastern music, electro funk, doo wop, folk music, pop music, surf-rock, circus music, new age music, heavy metal, lounge music, jazz rock, avant-garde music, music influenced by science fiction, spaghetti western and horror film scores, piano ballads, and kecak.

California is the final release (outside of bootlegged live recordings from 1999 and 2000) from Mr. Bungle, as they have officially disbanded.