1810, 2018

Ghost show off their Faith No More love

October 18th, 2018|Tags: , |0 Comments

The lead singer and main man of Ghost, Tobias Forge aka Cardinal Copia aka Papa Emeritus has been spotted wearing a Faith No More logo t-shirt.

The shot appeared on Instagram and Twitter yesterday just as Forge won a Swedish court case brought by former band members, and seems to have been taken during the shoot for the Danse Macabre video which was also released this week.

Tobias/Cardinal/Papa has previously kept his Faith No More admiration close to his chest. However, in an interview with The Quietus in 2013 in which he gave a track-by-track commentary on the band’s covers EP If You Have Ghost, recorded and produced by Dave Grohl, he said of opening track, Abba cover ‘I’m A Marionette’:

“Let’s face it, ABBA are an important part of pop culture everywhere, and in Sweden they completely overshadow everyone else. I grew up liking them for sure, but we didn’t choose to cover this song because it was written and recorded by Abba, we just wanted to do this particular track – it works well with the concept of Ghost.

“Plus, we felt we could rebuild it in a more percussive way – you could say we put a Faith No More angle on the track, and because of this approach, it made sense for Dave to lay down the drums. Obviously, we wanted him to be able to shine – it made more sense for him to play on a track like this than, say, an AC/DC song with a much straighter rhythm.”

Here’s that track:

 

 

 

1110, 2018

Faith No More book signing in London on 14 November

October 11th, 2018|Tags: , , |0 Comments

In association with the brilliant Rock N’ Roll Book Club, I’ll be holding an official UK launch and signing for Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More on Wednesday, 14 November in the iconic Dublin Castle venue in Camden, London.

Buy tickets here

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The evening will include an hour of on-stage chat with me and Rock N’ Roll Book Club host (and writer in her own right) Julie Hamill on the book and all things Faith No More.

Doors open at 715pm, and then Dublin Castle DJ and programmer Tony Gleed will kick off the proceedings with a DJ set from around 8pm.

The on-stage interview will take place from around 830pm, and the night will finish with a blistering set of Faith No More covers from the ultimate FNM tribute act, Faith No Man until around 11pm.

Copies of the book will be on sale on the night, and I’ll be signing copies until ink or drink runs out.

There is a cover charge – this is to cover the costs of the venue and promoters.

Get your tickets here.

 

1010, 2018

Links for a day 207: Not canon, Introduce Yourself, Patton latest and more

October 10th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Hall of Shame

Despite now being eligible for the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame since 2010, Faith No More were once again overlooked when the 2018 nominees were announced earlier this week.

In 2017, Mike Patton responded to a query about the Hall of Fame from Full Metal Jackie (via Loudwire): “I have no clue. I don’t know. If that happens, wonderful, if not, fine. It never crossed my mind until you just said it. I mean, we’re old enough I guess, right?”

A website dedicated to tracking Hall of Fame eligibility previously predicted that FNM would be inducted in 2018.

Mike Patton to play David Lynch festival this weekend

Mike Patton will perform with Q-Bert at David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption this Saturday and Sunday in Los Angeles. Last month, Patton told Rolling Stone that their performance for Disruption will be a “Lynch-heavy” set, including re-imaginations of some of the director’s iconic, melancholy themes.
“When we played together, before, basically, it’s just been mostly improvised sort of stuff. So, I let him do his thing, I do my thing and then somehow we meet in the middle. For this one, might be a little different just ’cause I think it’s … scripted.”

Roddy Bottum film trailer

You can now watch Roddy in the trailer for his film-acting debut, Tyrel (via FNM Followers). The film is released in the US on 5 December.

Roddy previously told us: “I just finished two weeks shooting a film called Tyrel by director Sebastian Silva. He’s a good friend of mine and asked me to be in his new movie. It is sort of an ensemble piece about a group of guys that go on a birthday weekend trip up to the Catskills in a cabin. Michael Cera, Caleb Landry Jones [Get Out], Jason Mitchell [Straight Outta Compton] and Chris Abbott also star.”

Introduce Yourself in Albums of the 1987 list

Good to see the often overlooked and criminally under-rated Introduce Yourself included in Loud Than Sound/Metal Hammer’s albums of 1987 feature. They say: “Making their major-label debut, Faith No More stamped their brand of funk rock firmly on an unsuspecting audience. Although it’s the last record to feature the vocal talents of Chuck Mosley’s vocals, you can hear where the FNM sound is heading with Big Jim Martin’s guitar pushed firmly to the fore.

Re-upped FNM bootlegs on YouTube

The Mike Patton Bootlegs YouTube account has been posting some excellent 1989 and 1990 audio offerings over the past month or so. I know someone you would have loved to have had this at his disposal this time last year when he was researching a book…

Bill Gould and MC50

Bill Gould is enjoying a very short break at the minute before the MC50 tour resumes. The shows have been earning rave reviews and have attracted some great guest performers.
Here’s Bill, Wayne Kramer and co with Duff McKagan in Los Angeles.

 

110, 2018

More glowing reviews for Faith No More bio, Small Victories

October 1st, 2018|4 Comments

The Quietus and the Irish Independent both gave Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More feature reviews last Saturday.

The book was selected as Pick of the Week by the Irish Independent. Their review stated that “this detailed study of their life and times felt like the opening of a brand new musical world”.

The article adds: “There’s plenty for Faith No More devotees and newcomers to get their teeth into. And as with any good music book, you find yourself wanting to discover more about a band whose music has largely defied categorisation.”

Meanwhile, Jeremy Allen in The Quietus, arguably the best music and culture website in the world, said that “Harte has a beautiful turn of phrase, and he’s not afraid to throw in a bit of Hericlitian analysis or namedrop Adorno without sounding too much like a bellend. The text kicks in with a neat coffee metaphor and ends on some tantalising possibilities, and in between there’s pretty much everything you could ever possibly hope to know about Faith No More within its pages.”

The review also states: “Beautifully captures the bellicosity, the vitality, the surreptitious virtuosity and the inveterate internal hostility that permeated Faith No More.”

Meanwhile, Douglas Esper in the Domain Cleveland said: “Adrian Harte has given us the best glimpse of the true band, zits and all” and called the book “the inside look at one of the most interesting rock bands ever.”

Christopher Owens in the Pensive Quill said: “What Harte does brilliantly is convey just what misfits the band were in their own scenes.”

Leading French rock writer Christophe Darras called the book “the bio of the year” in his extensive review. He wrote: “Small Victories, no doubt the result of meticulous and titanic work, is as gripping as a novel and reads like a thriller.”

2009, 2018

Latest book reviews

September 20th, 2018|Tags: , |3 Comments

Here’s a round-up of the latest book reviews for Small Victories

Reviews of Small Victories

Classic Rock magazine

“Harte’s eye for detail coupled with bullseye analysis and a breezy prose style illuminates the band’s dramatic and chaotic trajectory with authoritative calm…Moreish quotes and anecdotes further sugar the ride, and ultimately steer the book into the category marked “Essential”.” ClassicRock

Planet Rock magazine (UK)

“Genuinely insightful, Harte’s focus on the quintet’s punk attitude and thrillingly eclectic, forward-thinking music does a great service to both.” PlanetRock_redacted

Record Collector

“Harte’s work probes every cranny and crevice with the zeal of a hungry aye-aye looking for grubs…Small Victories delivers the goods on musical insights and in-fights.” “A fascinating insight into one of the greatest bands ever to capture – and perhaps fracture – the public imagination.” 082018_bb-aye-aye-lemur_feat

Spectrum Culture

“Harte’s prose manages to describe the music as well as the delicate and challenging writing process that brought five very different egos together to create the quintessential Faith No More sound. Despite the band’s penchant for pissing off audiences (and each other), Harte recounts just how driven the band were for success and how that drive often conflicted with their need to be artistically true to themselves. Where a band like the Replacements acted out to satisfy some deep-seated need to sabotage themselves, Harte asserts Faith No More acted out to stave off boredom.”
“Small Victories is a joy to read. Faith No More has an impossibly complex history and a habit of deliberately obfuscating the truth, and Harte has managed to streamline all of it into a cohesive and compelling narrative.”

Under the Radar

“Harte’s narrative is so engaging, one does not want the band’s tale to end. For the Faith No More enthusiast, there is much to dig into here. But perhaps more tellingly and to the book’s great credit, even the Faith No More newbie will be entranced and enrapt by the tale.”

The Wire

“Adrian Harte’s extraordinarily dense biography presents a strong case for the band’s multfacetedness…A notoriously volatile group of individuals, each member is portrayed as both flawed and virtuous; in other words, human. This tells a story their well documented public snipes at one another cannot. There’s some acute analysis from Harte regarding Mike Patton.” TheWire

The Irish Times

“Harte, who runs an entertaining and valued blog on the band, has delivered a solid, well-researched and affectionate portrait.”

Wee Review

“A meticulously researched and highly readable work…Small Victories will surely prove to be the definitive book on a band who were long overdue the biographical treatment.”

Sound Renaissance

“Harte, the curator behind Faith No More 2.0, infuses a collection of interviews with band members, managers, and key figures. These first-hand testimonies are cunningly interwoven with an empirical narrative that serves as an encyclopedia for every triumph and struggle the band has faced.”

Rock N’ Roll Fables

“Small Victories answers all of your burning questions along with insight even the most faithful FNM devotee may not know. Where did Mike Bordin get the nickname “Puffy”? How does Cliff Burton fit into all of this madness? Was Courtney Love actually a one-time FNM vocalist? Did the band really reach out to Chris Cornell when Chuck Mosley was ousted? “The most comprehensive Faith No More book you’ll ever get your hands on, hands down, and a must own for fans of the band or of the evolution of rock music.”
2708, 2018

Buy Faith No More book Small Victories in the UK

August 27th, 2018|1 Comment

Some retailers have already Small Victories on sale today (27 August) one week early, while the rest will have it on sales on 3 September, when the ebook edition also goes on sale.

Here’s how and where to pick up Small Victories in the UK.

High street shops

Try your local bookshop. If it is an independent shop, they should will be able to get it in. Or you can order through Hive, and then pick it up at your local shop.

For Waterstones, if you click and collect online you can pick up in one of their stores. They may also have some on their shelves. Ask – and please ask them to order in more.

WH Smith are unlikely to have them on their shelves except in their biggest stores. But order at your local store or online and they’ll get it in.

Foyles have copies in their Charing Cross store in London.

Online

Here is a long list of online shops with direct links to buy.
Hive
Waterstones
WH Smith
Foyles
Amazon
Telegraph
Guardian
Blackwells
Wordery
Alibris

Ebooks

The book will be available from Amazon Kindle store and Apple iBooks store on 3 September. Order now and it will be delivered to your device on that date.
iBooks:
Kindle:

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Others:

Watch out for dodgy fake pdf versions online. They are riddled with viruses and fake.

Also, try not to buy from “used book” websites on Amazon or elsewhere online. The author – me – gets nothing from these sales.

2008, 2018

Links for a Day 206: Latest book news, and some band news

August 20th, 2018|Tags: , |1 Comment

Publication date for Small Victories in Europe and the UK  (3 September) is just two weeks away, so coverage is cranking up.

RADIO INTERVIEW

First up, I spoke to Mark Montague and Steve on The Last Transmission on Phonic FM last Friday night.
You can listen to the whole show below, and I speak for around 30 minutes from 1:00 (one hour) in:

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I also spoke to the Sports Journalists’ Association in the UK about the book. Check out the piece here.

Like many reporters who have moved into production or PR, I still felt the urge to write. The site helped with that and also keeping on top of emerging media technologies, but following the release of Faith No More’s comeback album in 2015, I felt a nagging need to tell their story.

PLANET ROCK REVIEW

In case you missed it, Planet Rock gave Small Victories a rave review in their latest edition:

EBOOKS AVAILABLE 3 SEPTEMBER

All ebook editions of Small Victories will be on sale and available everywhere on 3 September. You’ll be able to get them on that date from Kindle and the Apple iBooks store and other stores, and they look wonderful.

HELP AND BUY

Lastly, on the book – how you can help and where you can buy.
Please order now at your local bookshop to make sure they will have on their shelves by the UK/Europe launch date on 3 September.
Amazon: http://geni.us/YdG3 
Waterstones
Hive

Fishpond
Barnes and Noble
Indiebound
Indigo
Foyles
Wordery
Eason’s 

QUICK LINKS

MIKE PATTON INTERVIEW

Mike gave a very wide-ranging interview to Den of Geek on his film work last week.

I’ve been in a band for, ugh, many bands, for 30 years. So, to me, making a soundtrack is something that is close to my heart. I’m a big fan of film composers, but also, it keeps me at home. It’s not a new band that I have to tour, so absolutely, I hope I can do more.”

Mike Patton

BILLY JOINS MC50

Bill Gould will be joining Wayne Kramer on tour for three months as part of MC5, or MC50 as the 50th anniversary tour is known. Bill will play a host of dates in US and Europe in September, October, and November.
Full tour dates here.

1506, 2018

Links for a day 205: World Cup. Dead Cross, book and mash-up

June 15th, 2018|Tags: , , |7 Comments

World Cup of Faith No More

In the greatest crossover event of all time, the Faith No More World Cup has kicked off on Twitter. Thirty-two Faith No More songs divided into 8 groups of 4. Twitter users vote for the favourite and the two with the most votes in each group advance to the round of 16. Then it is one song against another all the way until the final.
See all the polls here and vote

 

Book interviews

Interest is picking up on my Faith No More book, Small Victories—published by Jawbone Press in September—and two sites have published interviews with me this week.
Here is my chat with Hungarian site Fülesbagoly 

And my interview—including a small excerpt that did not make the final edit—with Czech cultural site Protisedi

Dead Cross on tour

Mike Patton and Dead Cross are earning rave reviews for their high-octane European tour shows. I get the chance to see Dead Cross in Lausanne next week but here are some links showing their recent shows:
Great close-up of video of Dead Cross’s last-minute show in Camden

Friend of the site Nessie captured some great shots here on our Freaks and Geeks page

Jim and Faith No More Followers were at Dead Cross at Download last weekend, and here is their comprehensive review of the two shows.

Is When Good Dogs Do Bad Things the best Patton vocal?

Revolver magazine ran a fan poll to find the best Mike Patton vocal performance, and the Dillinger Escape Plan track was the winner.

Faith No More v Muse v Oasis

I stumbled across another of those Epic-featuring mash-ups recently, and actually the Oasis meets Epic part is somehow alluring.

More book stuff

Here is my guide on where to buy the book if you’re not keen on Amazon.

2704, 2018

ON THIS DAY: Faith No More play Hammersmith 1990 full audio

April 27th, 2018|Tags: , , |16 Comments

Faith No More played the Hammersmith Odeon on the 27 April 1990, on the first of two career-defining nights in London. It was the band’s fourth UK tour in the space on 10 months, and they were at the peak of their popularity and power. They would play Brixton Academy, where You Fat Bastards was filmed, the following night, playing to almost 9,000 people in London over two nights.

Here is audio of the Hammersmith show:

And, of course, you can read all about this historic tour in the Faith No More biography Small Victories, available for pre-order now.
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1304, 2018

LINKS FOR A DAY 204: Book round-up and more

April 13th, 2018|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

Amazingly, this is the first Links for a Day post in over a year.

In mitigation, I’ve been busy-—with the book.

There’s been some good coverage in the past few weeks.

Here’s the most recent interview with the Faith No More blog, which goes into some detail on writing the book and what’s covered:

For fans, this will be a book that tells the full story of Faith No More – with new stories, new details, and new insight from band members and key figures. If you want to know how and why the band started; how the various members joined and left; how the band were signed and signed again; how and why they had such success with The Real Thing; how the albums were made; what happened on tours; who nearly joined the band; how and why the band split; how and why the band got back together; and what the band thought and think of it all – and much, much more – then this is the book for you.

And here’s a story from Patton Fanatic.

Remember, you can buy the book from your Amazon store/shop here.

A video of Faith No More playing their scintillating set at the industry showcase at the Foundations Forum metal expo in Los Angeles 1989 has surfaced this week on YouTube via Malochio. The story behind the show features in Small Victories, but suffice to say Metallica and Axl Rose all feature.

Song Poll

What is your favourite track from Sol Invictus?
Here’s our playlist of possibly the best version of each:

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