Faith No More
Band Photo: Faith No More (?)
From: Bay Area , CA, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped
In 1981, Bay Area, California, musicians Mike "Puffy" Bordin, Billy Gould, Mike Morris, and Wade Worthington formed a band called Faith No Man. A year later when Worthington was replaced by keyboardist Roddy Bottum, and Mike "The Man" Morris was ousted, the group began calling themselves Faith No More. After going through a series of singers which included Courtney Love, the band was joined by Chuck Mosely in 1983. The same year, Jim Martin was recruited to replace guitarist Mark Bowen. A four-song demo tape recorded in 1984 led to the band's first real album, "We Care A Lot," released on Mordam Records in 1985.
Within a year the band signed up with Slash Records, and in 1987 their second album, "Introduce Yourself," was released. The subsequent tour brought Faith No More a good deal of press in Europe, but when the tour was over the rest of the band chose to fire Mosely for various reasons. Mike Patton (Mr. Bungle) was hired in January of 1989 and "The Real Thing" was released six months later.
"Epic" was released as a single in January of 1990 and Faith No More's popularity took off in the U.S. The band received a Grammy nomination for Best Heavy Metal/Hard Rock performance. By the end of the year, "The Real Thing" had gone platinum in the U.S.
Faith No More was part of the biggest tour of 1992, opening for rock giants Metallica and Guns N Roses. After that tour, on which they received lukewarm responses from fans of the main acts, they embarked on tours of the U.S. and Europe as headliners to smaller crowds.
Jim Martin was fired and Mr. Bungle guitarist Trey Spruance was recruited for 1995's "King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime." However, once the album was recorded, however, he left the band before touring began. Dean Menta, a former Faith No More roadie & guitarist for the band Duh, was Spruance's replacement. Faith No More then replaced Dean Menta with Jon Hudson (ex-Systems Collapse). The band's sixth studio album, "Album of the Year" was released (June 1997).
In the early months of 1998, break-up rumors spread even more intensely than usual. There was speculation that the band members' many side-projects were taking their toll, and interest in Faith No More was waning. On April 19, 1998 Bill Gould confirmed the split.
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Warner Brothers will be releasing a compilation of covers this year and will feature some of the biggest names in modern rock covering some of their favourite tracks of all time. Among these covers include Disturbed doing a rendition of the Faith No More classic, "Midlife Crisis," Mastodon performing ZZ Top's "Just Got Paid" and The Used contributing a version of the Talking Heads staple, "Burning Down The House." The album will be released in late February.
A new book entitled "The Spiritual Significance of Music: Metal Edition" has recently been released by editor Justin St. Vincent examining the connection between spirituality and metal music. The bands referenced in the book include Angelcorpse, Asva, Blackmass, Breed 77, Brujeria, Cannibal Corpse, Dawn Of Azazel, Enslaved, Enthroned, Evocation, Faith No More, Fantômas, Gorgoroth, Hatesphere, Metal Church, My Dying Bride, Napalm Death, Pitchshifter, Purgatory, Requiem, Resurrection, Samael, Striborg, Tarot, Unleashed, and Vile.
The website for the book gave the following explanation on what it covers:
The Spiritual Significance of Music: Metal Edition provides an exciting exploration of how music powerfully impacts spirituality, and why spirituality influences music. Readers will discover sincere expressions of spiritual beliefs from the world of metal music. This portfolio includes an eclectic mix of musicians playing many forms of metal music; ambient metal, avant-garde death-metal, black metal, brutal metal, death metal, doom metal, experimental metal, funeral-doom, gothic metal, grindcore, heavy metal, industrial metal, melodic metal, power metal, progressive metal, psychedelic metal, Satanic metal, sludge metal, speed metal, symphonic metal, technical metal, thrash metal, and includes musicians from alternative-rock, avant-rock, and hardcore-punk bands. Metal Edition provides readers with an important introduction to metal music’s affinity with demonology, divination, magic, mysticism, Satanism, spiritualism, the occult, and witchcraft.
British magazine, Kerrang! has stated that a number of industry insiders are suggesting that Faith No More will be reuniting for a world tour next year and that a number of venues in the United Kingdom has been put dates on hold for Faith No More shows. However, bassist Bill Gould says: "If anything like this were to happen, it would have to come from the band, and I haven't spoken with any of them in over a year. So as far as I know, there isn't anything to talk about, and I'm pretty sure that if you were to contact Mike Patton [vocals], he would tell you the same thing."
System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian and former Faith No More vocalist Mike Patton have collaborated for a track on the "Body Of Lies" soundtrack. You can listen to the song, "Birds Eye," on Serj Tankian's MySpace page.
Epic doomsters Asva will be kicking off the new year with a one-off show at the Maria in Berlin, Germany on January 28th. This is a rare opportunity to see the group charging through highlights from their recent album, "What You Don't Know Is Frontier."
Asva contains members of Sunn O))), Faith No More, Burning Witch, Mr Bungle and Goatsnake.
You can download an MP3 of Asva's song "A Trap For Judges" off their latest album.
San Francisco Bay Area's UNJUST have inked a European deal with German label Swell Creek Records for their fourth album, entitled "To Lose a Name", due out July 25th. The CD was recorded with producer/engineer Mark Keaton (MACHINE HEAD, ONE MAN ARMY, MR. T EXPERIENCE, KGB) and mixed by Ryan Massey at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California. UNJUST have been on a break focusing on family, animating Oscar winning films, mixed martial arts and relaxing. The band have also gone back to the two guitar format with the departure of Thom Tucker.
Commented the band: "With such flattering reviews in the German and European press by major magazines and fanzines of an unsigned band like us we knew it was only a matter of time before our music was recognized by a label. Swell Creek Records have great distribution and we couldn't be happier to work with them. We will be playing soon with Mendoza back on guitar, and fun guest jams." More...
SuicideGirls.com has interviewed Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk, Fantomas, Crudo, etc.) in San Francisco to get all the details on his film score debut, "A Perfect Place." You can watch the video and read the complete feature on SuicideGirls.com. More...
Mike Patton's new band, Crudo, is playing a top secret warm up show in San Francisco at Great American Music Hall on Thursday May 22nd. Tickets just went on sale a couple days ago. This will be the first ever appearance of the Mike Patton/Dan the Automator project. It is the warm up show for their appearance at the Sasquatch festival at the Gorge in Washington on May 24th.
There has been no word on when the record will be released as of yet.
KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer will release the debut album from his new project, dubbed FEAR AND THE NERVOUS SYSTEM, on August 8 via Munky's own label, Emotional Syphon Recordings.
The band features Munky on guitar and vocals; Billy Gould (FAITH NO MORE) on bass; Wes Borland (BLACK LIGHT BURNS, LIMP BIZKIT) on guitar; Brooks Wackerman (BAD RELIGION, TENACIOUS D) on drums and percussion; Leopold Ross on programming and guitars; and Zach Baird on keyboards and programming. The album will be produced by Shaffer, Ross, and Jim Monti, with additional production by Tim Harkins and Danny Lohner (NINE INCH NAILS).
Acclaimed producer Ross Robinson (SLIPKNOT, KORN) comments: "What can I do to ever come close to feeling James's level of pure ruthless courage through a guitar? Since I've worked with him, I've tried to inspire, convince, beg, bleed, cry, prod and nearly die, hoping to hit that bar with others. I'm grateful to know what 'it' is, and where it always exists — in my brother, James. His solo band? Yes, please!"
The songs are being recorded at Music Grinder Studios in Hollywood, California, with Jim Monti handling the mixing duties.
According to a press release, FEAR AND THE NERVOUS SYSTEM is "an exciting project that opens up the boundaries of rock, harkening back to the days when music was fearless."
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/fearandthenervoussystem.
Ipecac Records has announced that Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantomas, etc.) has started yet another new project. The band, also featuring Dan The Automator, is called Crudo- Here's what Ipecac had to say:
"...wanted to let you know that there is a new Patton project that is about to show it's face. Yeah, another one. Seems that Mike and Dan the Automator have been cooking up some music and after a little marinating are about to reveal........ Crudo. Not much is known about Crudo, but we know this, they will be playing the super cool music festival, Sasquatch, at the end of May in the state of Washington at the Gorge."
The "Sasquatch! Music Festival" will take place at The Gorge in Seattle, WA on May 24 - 26th. Patton has also lined up some European tours, he will hit the road with Fennesz for the following stops:
February 27th Oslo, NOR - Rockefeller
February 28th Sofia, BUL - Universiada Hall
February 29th Warsaw, POL - Proxima
March 01st Zaandam, NET - de Kade
In addition, he will also team up with Zu for the following dates:
March 02nd Geneva, SWI - Usine
March 03rd Rome, ITA - Circolo degli Artisti
March 04th Turin, ITA - Ossigeno
March 06th Utrecht, NET - Tivoli
March 07th Verona, ITA - Interzona
Artisan News Service reports: Mike Patton, currently fronting MONDO CANE and about four other different bands, made his mark in the late '80s, early '90s fronting FAITH NO MORE. It was the band's "The Real Thing" album that created the funk-metal craze, opened the door for the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS brand of funk-rock, and tipped off what would become the nu-metal revolution. Bands as diverse as KORN and the MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES benefitted from their groundbreaking work, with songs like "Epic" and "From Out Of Nowhere". Throw in NIRVANA, and the alternative revolution was born.
Artisan News Service spoke to Mike Patton and asked him if he thought "The Real Thing" would be as influential to music as any album in the last 20 years.
On whether he is aware of "The Real Thing"'s influence:
Patton: "No, but it's not my place to criticize. I just make the music and put it out there. Where it fits in the world, how important it is, how important it isn't is up to people like you. I have nothing to say about it."
On how he remembers his days with FAITH NO MORE:
Patton: "Fondly. They were good years. It was a decade of my life. It was lots of ups and lots of downs, but ultimately that's where I learned my chops and learned the craft and the business."
With "The Real Thing" celebrating 20 years next year, is there a possibility of getting back together with the FAITH NO MORE guys?
Patton: "I wouldn't rule it out. I don't think we would need to reform the band, but maybe there's other things we can do together."
Mike Patton (ex-FAITH NO MORE, MR. BUNGLE and currently of PEEPING TOM, FANTOMAS and MONDO CANE amongst others) steps into the world of film with I Am Legend and A Perfect Place.
Patton's shape-shifting vocals will be heard in movie theaters across the country this month as he lends his voice to the dreaded creatures in I Am Legend, the post-apocalyptic film set for release on December 14th.
Next up is Patton’s debut as a film composer with the film noir short, A Perfect Place. The 20-plus minute film also marks the directorial debut of Derrick Scocchera, one of the founders of Fantoma Films, best known for their catalog of rare, cult films reissued on DVD. The score creatively reflects the style and tone of the film, which focuses on a pair of bumbling friends trying to dispose of a body. The film, shot in anamorphic black and white, will be packaged as a double-disc with the score and distributed together via Ipecac Recordings in March of 2008.
While Patton’s film work is relatively new, he’s previously appeared in 2005's award-winning independent film Firecracker and has already provided vocals to several video games including The Darkness and The Portal. 2008 finds him as the lead in the video game Bionic Commando and contributing vocal effects to Left 4 Dead.
The Pulse of Radio reports: Harmonix Music announced the final track listing for its highly anticipated Rock Band video game on Thursday (November 1). The 58-song soundtrack includes dozens of original master recordings by artists such as FOO FIGHTERS, METALLICA, NIRVANA, BLACK SABBATH, RADIOHEAD, SMASHING PUMPKINS, FALL OUT BOY, THE KILLERS, THE ROLLING STONES, THE WHO, NINE INCH NAILS, SOUNDGARDEN, THE CLASH and many more, spanning alternative rock, classic rock, metal and punk from the '60s to the present. In addition to 45 tracks from established stars, the game will also feature 13 songs from independent up-and-coming acts.
Rock Band comes out on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platforms on November 20, and PlayStation 2 on December 18.
The complete Rock Band soundtrack is (* indicates cover version):
THE ROLLING STONES - "Gimme Shelter"
AEROSMITH - "Train Kept a Rollin'"*
THE WHO - "Won't Get Fooled Again"
BOSTON - "Foreplay/Long Time"
MOUNTAIN - "Mississippi Queen"*
THE POLICE - "Next to You"
DAVID BOWIE - "Suffragette City"
BLACK SABBATH - "Paranoid"*
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT - "Don't Fear the Reaper"
THE RAMONES - "Blitzkrieg Bop"
DEEP PURPLE - "Highway Star"
KISS - "Detroit Rock City"
MOLLY HATCHET - "Flirtin'With Disaster"
THE OUTLAWS - "Green Grass & High Tides"
SWEET - "Ballroom Blitz"*
RUSH - "Tom Sawyer"*
BON JOVI - "Wanted Dead or Alive"
THE CLASH - "Should I Stay or Should I Go"
PIXIES - "Wave of Mutilation"
FAITH NO MORE - "Epic"
R.E.M. - "Orange Crush"
IRON MAIDEN - "Run to the Hills"*
FOO FIGHTERS - "Learn to Fly"
METALLICA - "Enter Sandman"
NIRVANA - "In Bloom"
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS - "Vasoline"
WEEZER - "Say It Ain't So"
SMASHING PUMPKINS - "Cherub Rock"
RADIOHEAD - "Creep"
BEASTIE BOYS - "Sabotage"
HOLE - "Celebrity Skin"
GARBAGE - "I Think I'm Paranoid"
SOUNDGARDEN - "Black Hole Sun"
THE HIVES - "Main Offender"
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE - "Go With the Flow"
THE STROKES - "Reptilia"
JET - "Are You Gonna Be My Girl"
OK GO - "Here It Goes Again"
NINE INCH NAILS - "The Hand That Feeds"
YEAH YEAH YEAHS - "Maps"
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - "Dani California"
COHEED AND CAMBRIA - "Welcome Home"
FALL OUT BOY - "Dead on Arrival"
THE KILLERS - "When You Were Young"
NEW PORNOGRAPHERS - "Electric Version"
Former Faith No More singer, Mike Pattion's band, Peeping Tom, has announced the following UK and European tour dates:
with Gnarls Barkley
November 1 - Paris, France @ Grand Rex
November 3 - Manchester, UK @ Academy
November 5 - London, UK @ Brixton
with Dub Trio:
November 6 - Leuven, Belgium @ Depot
November 8 - Paris, France @ Elysee
November 9 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg
November 11 - Hamburg, Germany @ Markthalle
November 12 - Cologne, Germany @ Live Music Hall
November 13 - Berlin, Germany @ Postbanhnhofer
November 14 - Munich, Germany @ Elserhalle
November 16 - Florence, Italy @ Flog
November 17 - Milan, Italy @ Magazzini
November 18 - Pordenone, Italy @ Deposito Giordino
November 19 - Bologna, Italy @ New Estragon
November 21 - Vienna, Austria @ Arena
November 22 - Zurich, Switzerland @ Rote Fabrik
November 25 - Liverpool, UK @ Academy
November 26 - London, UK @ Koko
November 27 - Wulverhampton, UK @ Wulves Wulfrun
Music from Peeping Tom can be heard on their myspace, http://www.myspace.com/peepingtomispatton
Original Faith No More singer, Chuck Mosley, has resurfaced in a group called Vandals Against Illiteracy (V.U.A.). "The album we're working on and trying to finish is called 'Will Rap Over Hard Rock for Food'," Mosley tells Billboard.com. "It's more kind of my style -- more noisiness, but there's some rapping over hard rock. There's more screaming and singing -- some short punk rock songs, some harder ones, acoustic jammies."
Although the Mike Patton-led line up of Faith No More conquered the charts, it was the Chuck Mosley-led incarnation that made the group a college radio favorite during the mid to late 1980s. But apart from a pair of short-lived gigs -- fronting Bad Brains and '90s alt-rockers Cement -- Mosley has stayed largely out of the spotlight.
Joining Mosley in V.U.A. is Cobra Verde guitarist Tim Parnin, bassist Ed Stevens, and "A guy named Eric. I can't remember his last name, he plays drums -- he was in Pro-Pain," he says. In addition to handling vocals, Mosley also supplies some guitar.
With Mosley at the helm, Faith No More became one of the '80s' leading underground bands on the strength of 1985's "We Care a Lot" and 1987's "Introduce Yourself." Despite exiting the group in 1988 under less-than-friendly circumstances, the Ohio-based Mosley is now friendly with most of his former FNM bandmates. In fact, keyboardist Roddy Bottum appears on the new album's remake of the title track from "We Care a Lot."
"He put keyboards on it. We have the original going in the background, so you get the other guys on the chorus and Roddy's organ sound," Mosley says. "But we play it slower, so it's matched up to them, and we do our version over that. And all new lyrics -- way more updated."
Other tracks to appear on the album are are "Tractor," "Punk Rock Movie," "The Enabler" and "Sophie," named after Mosley's youngest daughter. "It's a 'baby ballad,'" he says.
V.U.A. has already played live gigs, but Mosley took the band off the road until the forthcoming debut is completed. "Hopefully it will be out this year," he says. Label and distribution deals are pending.
Between The Buried And Me will be releasing an album of cover songs in June called "The Anatomy Of", which will contain the following tracks:
Pantera - "Cemetery Gates"
Sepultura - "Territory"
Soundgarden - "The Day I Tried to Live"
Mötley Crüe - "Kickstart My Heart"
Pink Floyd - "Us and Them"
Queen - "Bicycle Race"
Metallica - "Blackened"
Faith No More - "Malpractice"
Doors - "People Are Strange"
Depeche Mode - "Little 15"
Smashing Pumpkins - "Geek U.S.A."
Blind Melon - "Change"
Jeff Walker of Carcass will be releasing an album of country cover songs ranging from Johnny Cash to Hank Williams. For the album, entitled "Welcome to Carcass Cuntry", Walker has enlisted the help of friends from bands such as Napalm Death, Amorphis, Faith No More, The Hellacopters, and his own band, Carcass.
"Welcome to Carcass Cuntry" will be released late Februrary or late March 2006 through Transmitter Records.
Former ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell will be teaming up with PUDDLE OF MUDD frontman Wes Scantlin for a rare "unplugged" performance on Sunday, July 31 at Rain at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Cantrell recently told MTV.com that he has been working on his new solo album with several high-profile musicians, including METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo, ex-JANE'S ADDICTION bassist Chris Wyse, ex-JANE'S ADDICTION drummer Stephen Perkins, ALICE IN CHAINS' Sean Kinney and Mike Inez, producer Marti Frederiksen (MICK JAGGER, AEROSMITH) and FAITH NO MORE's Mike Bordin, who played drums on Cantrell's most recent disc, 2002's "Degradation Trip".
Former ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell recently spoke to MTV.com about his upcoming solo album, which he expects to complete by the fall.
"I've spent the last year and a half in writing mode, compiling a lot of material, writing with a lot of different people," Cantrell told MTV.com. "I've worked with some great songwriters, and I've just been stockpiling my warheads, so to speak, until it's time to do a record. And it's getting pretty close to that time. I've been just gearing up for the next phase of my career, whether that's my third solo record or, of course, there's a possibility it may be a new band as well. I'm just sussing that out for myself. CARDBOARD VAMPYRES [the 'covers' band featuring Cantrell and ex-THE CULT guitarist Billy Duffy], is something we do for a blast."
Cantrell's been working with several high-profile musicians, including METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo, ex-JANE'S ADDICTION bassist Chris Wyse, ex-JANE'S ADDICTION drummer Stephen Perkins, ALICE IN CHAINS' Sean Kinney and Mike Inez, producer Marti Frederiksen (MICK JAGGER, AEROSMITH) and FAITH NO MORE's Mike Bordin, who played drums on Cantrell's most recent disc, 2002's "Degradation Trip". More...
Fear Factory are to release their new album entitled, "Transgression", and have set an August 23. The album will be produced by Toby Wright (Metallica, Alice In Chains, Korn). Also, Billy Gold from Faith No More will be contributing bass to two songs on the album entitled, "Echo of My Scream" and "Super Nova". Other tracks are as follows:
New Promise (co-written with Mark Morton of Lamb of God)
540,000 Degrees Fahrenheit
Contagion (which original¹s version was recorded for Rainbow 6)
Fear Factory released the following about the album:
"It's really cool to be writing a new record. We are all feeling very positive
and it's moving quickly since we have overcome some major obstacles. Now we can
work on a fucking great album. 2005 is the year of Transgression for FEAR
Fans will get to hear some of the new FEAR FACTORY tracks this summer on Dave
Mustaine's GIGANTOUR. Christian Olde Wolbers, who will be slaying fans on the
GIGANTOUR tour this summer with his new JACKSON signature series guitars and
Krankenstein amps, states, "We're really excited about doing a big summer tour -
we haven't done that since we headlined the side stage of the Ozzfest tour in
98. I'm happy to convert the older and young metal fans of the GIGANTOUR. Once
again Dave has put together a slamming summer tour!"