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Sunday Old School: Faith No More

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Some bands are just so eclectic, it’s practically impossible to label them. Everyone likes these bands because their music is always guaranteed to be interesting, and none of these such bands are more intriguing than Faith No More. Faith No More began life thirty years ago when it was founded by bass player Billy Gould in 1981, along with drummer Mike Bordin, vocalist Michael Morris and keyboard player Wade Worthington. They did not adopt their current moniker until 1982 after Worthington had been replaced by Roddy Bottum and Morris had been fired, leading the band to through a series of vocalists, including future Hole frontwoman Courtney Love, before settling on Chuck Mosley in 1983, the same year they found guitarist Jim Martin.

They began recording their debut album independently, pooling their money together and recording it as and when they could. By the time five songs had been recorded, the group earned the attention of Mordam Records, who signed the band and gave them the money they needed to finish their album, which was released in 1985 under the title, "We Care A Lot." Faith No More then signed with Slash Records, and released "Introduce Yourself" in 1987, which, despite the release of "We Care A Lot" two years prior, is considered by many to be the bands debut album, owing to the limited availability of the previous record and the re-recording of its title track.

Not long after "Introduce Yourself," Mosley was fired from the group, due to erratic behaviour on and off the stage, including falling asleep during the "Introduce Yourself" release party. Taking his place was Mr. Bungle frontman, Mike Patton, who dropped out of Humboldt State University so he could sing for Faith No More. They released their first album with Patton, "The Real Thing" in 1989 and broke through into the public eye in the process, thanks largely to the records second single, "Epic" which became a top ten hit around the world. They performed live at the MTV Video Music Awards and Saturday Night Live, as well as touring all over the world. After releasing a live album, "Live at the Brixton Academy" in 1991 and contributing the song, "The Perfect Crime" to the soundtrack of the movie, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (in which guitarist Jim Martin made a cameo appearance,) the band got to work on their next album. The result, "Angel Dust," was released in the summer of 1992 and featured a much more experimental tone than previous releases, thanks predominantly to Mike Patton. Despite selling well over six hundred thousand copies in the United States, the album sold better overseas, going Gold in Australia and reaching the number 2 position on the album chart in the United Kingdom.

Despite the success of "Angel Dust," Martin left the band in 1993, being unsatisfied with the musical direction of the group. He was replaced initially by Pattons Mr. Bungle bandmate, Trey Spruance, who was then replaced by keyboard tech Dean Menta after he had recorded the fifth Faith No More album, "King For A Day… Fool For A Lifetime." This album was released in March of 1995 and saw the band continue to experiment with their sound, although this time, the results were not quite so acclaimed as they had been for, "Angel Dust." Although the record went Gold in Australia, New Zealand and parts of Europe, it sold well below expectations and saw only three singles being released, instead of the planned five. Another new guitarist was brought in in 1997 in the form of Jon Hudson, a former roommate of Gould. With Hudson, they recorded and released, "Album Of The Year," in 1997 which faired much better than, "King For A Day…" staying in the German album charts for five months, where it peaked at number two, as well as topping the Australian albums chart, going Platinum there in the process. Despite the records success, rumours began circulating that the band were breaking up, which they addressed in 1998 with a statement which read, "Faith No More have decided to put an end to speculation regarding their imminent break up... by breaking up." The band members went on to record their own projects, most notably Patton, whose subsequent bands and pseudonyms include Peeping Tom, Fantomas and Tomahawk amongst others, as well as providing voice work for the film, I Am Legend, in addition to the games Portal and Left 4 Dead.

However, on February 18th 2009, fans dreams came true when Faith No More announced that they were reforming for a summer European tour, which saw them perform mostly at festivals, including a headlining performance at Donington Park for the Download Festival, along with such summer highlights as Pukkelpop, Reading & Leeds Festival and performing their first concert in Israel. After headlining the Soundwave Festival in Australia last year, the band continued to perform concerts all over the world. For a short while, it looked like the ride was going to end as quickly as it started, when Patton announced on stage in Finland that it would be their final show, but thankfully, they have performed numerous times since. Since the reformation, the future of Faith No More remains unwritten. Billy Gould has stated that he does not want to finish the band now and while they haven’t ruled out the possibility of a new album, they haven’t really discussed doing one either. Whatever happens, fans will still be flocking to see them, excited that one of the most original and groundbreaking bands in the history of rock is back… at least for now.

Faith No More - "We Care A Lot"

Faith No More - "Falling To Pieces"

Faith No More - "Easy"

Faith No More - "Evidence"

Faith No More - "Ashes To Ashes"

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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1. grim writes:

Worst Band EVER!!!

# Nov 20, 2011 @ 7:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. pheonixus writes:

They were not that bad, "epic" was released in quite a bad time where there were bands like the red hot chilli peppers who had a similar sound to that single were about. still I do like their earlier stuff.

# Nov 20, 2011 @ 7:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. americanpatriot1 writes:

Are you serious Grim? FNM was so far ahead of its time, people still haven't caught up. Mike Patton is an instrument all to himself, and the melodies they came up with were phenominal. "Just A Man" from King For A Day... is so awesome in the sense that it's a rock song and a gospel song all at the same time. One of my favorite bands ever.

# Nov 20, 2011 @ 10:31 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. deathbringer writes:

I thought they were overrated back in the day, but came to love "Angel Dust" and a handful of other songs. I think I got a lifetime worth of "Epic" shoved down my throat by MTV and radio, however.

# Nov 20, 2011 @ 11:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. R10 writes:

Good one Oz. Always thought these guys were so ahead of thier time. Was lucky to see them open for Metallica and Guns &Roses in the early 90's. Sad that Martin isnt imvolved in the reunion,i heard he's a farmer in Northern California,and i believe i read he grew the worlds largest pumpkin. Useless info,i know.

# Nov 20, 2011 @ 11:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Vinny the Metalhead writes:

I love FNM! Great job on this article, Oz.

Now Watching: Easy Money (with Rodney Dangerfield and Joe Pesci)

# Nov 20, 2011 @ 11:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Diamond Oz writes:

Cheers R10 and Vinny! I definitely agree with you R10 and AP about FNM being a band that transcending genres and made outstanding music in the process. Lucky you getting to see them with Metallica and Guns N Roses, I'm hoping to catch them on one of the reunion dates.

# Nov 20, 2011 @ 12:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Netromancer writes:

When Epic came out on MTV I bought the album, but started to focus on heavier music and they kind of faded out. "Midlife Crisis" showed they had a broader musical scope than I thought and my interest was renewed. "Angel Dust" was (and still is) an amazing album. "King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime" and "Album of the Year" also stand out for me. I seemed to enjoy them more as they forged thier own identity and left the whole rap/rock sound behind. Judging Faith No More on "The Real Thing" alone would be a mistake.

# Nov 20, 2011 @ 1:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. hellrat writes:

never a big fan of band's music, but patton is one hell of a vocalist...I learned a lot from him

Good read once again, brother oz....SOS \m/

# Nov 20, 2011 @ 3:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. americanpatriot1 writes:

Sorry I forgot to mention this earlier Oz, but because of my love for FNM, this automatically makes this the best SOS ever.

# Nov 20, 2011 @ 3:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Diamond Oz writes:

Haha cheers AP! You too, Hellrat :) Glad this one's being so well received. Rockstar Scribbler has the next SOS but I think everyone here will enjoy my next one. Good, strong American metal is all I'll say ;)

# Nov 20, 2011 @ 3:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. mavabt garde writes:

FAITH NO MORE were so ahead of their time, theyre STILL ahead of their time....20 years later!!
Incredible band, the most original and versatile outfit possibly ever!

# Nov 21, 2011 @ 5:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. deathbringer writes:

inspired me to pop in Angel Dust for my Sunday evening workout too :-)

# Nov 21, 2011 @ 12:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. I'm not Jesus Christ writes:

FNM is one of the nicest bands out here in this planet.

# Nov 21, 2011 @ 1:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. fuck my mom please writes:

If you read the f***ing article you would no that they have been out for 30 years not 20 you douche.

# Nov 21, 2011 @ 2:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. lastoknow writes:

@Grim...'worst band ever' if you like your music flat packed I guess.

No, I do understand they are not to everyone's taste, totally agree it would be misleading to judge them on 'The Real Thing' which is my least favourite FNM album. And 'Angel Dust' is too hard to digest for some.

Personally, I f***ing love 'em. Everything else seems so stale in comparison. Way ahead of their time.

# Nov 21, 2011 @ 5:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. TheNewMJ writes:

Hell yea love FNM but Mr Bungle is 100x better

# Nov 22, 2011 @ 2:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Bungle Owns Mr. writes:

They're too heavy to be labeled 'rock' and too diverse to be lable metal. But, their mixtures of different genres came about with KFAD - they did that before, but KFAD was really were they blended different genres despite the fact that the album was VERY heavy. Angel Dust was its own sound - heavy, dark, experimental, atmospheric, twisted & awesome! Their best work in my opinion is definitely Angel Dust and the album is STILL ahead of its time. But all in all, the best experimental rock/ metal band i've ever heard. Though, despite my love for them, MR.BUNGLE sure as hell is the greatest! Fantomas are third. And Peeping Tom? Seriously? I love all genres, but that is one of Patton's least good projects.

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