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1010, 2018

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

October 10th, 2018|Faith No More, Links for a day|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.

 

1506, 2018

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

June 15th, 2018|Faith No More, Links for a day, News|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.

1304, 2018

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

April 13th, 2018|Faith No More, Links for a day|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.

802, 2017

Faith No More LINKS FOR A DAY. Vol 203: New MTV video, Roddy Das Model, True-Fi delay, Gotham likes FNM

February 8th, 2017|Faith No More, Links for a day|0 Comments

MTV videos

Jim from Faith No More Followers has compiled a video of behind-the-scenes MTV footage from Faith No More’s infamous North American tour with Guns N’ Roses and Metallica in 1992.

I stumbled across the behind-the-scenes MTV footage of the Another Body Murdered video shoot this week too – as uploaded by ingnseps in 2009

Roddy Das Model

Roddy Bottum will feature in the forthcoming issue of Out magazine in their spread on ageing gay icons.
Here’s a taster from Roddy’s Instagram

thanks @jackpierson9 thanks @outmagazine #malemodel #nevertoolate #talktomyagent

A photo posted by Roddy Bottum (@roddybottum) on

 

True-Fi delay

As we reported last night on our brand spanking new Facebook page, the Sonarworks True-Fi release of Cone of Shame will now come later today.

Patton animation update

Friend of the site Ben Mitchell (and what a radio voice Ben possesses!) has an interview with Norwegian animator and director Rune Spaans on his Skwigly Animation Podcast in which he speaks about The Absence of Eddy Table which of course features the voice of Mike Patton.

Gotham loves Faith No More

We covered this on Facebook over the weekend. If anyone can track down a screengrab from season 2 episode 14 “This Ball of Mud and Meanness” which features a Sol Invictus poster that would be great to have.

1801, 2017

Faith No More Links for a day: vol 202: Epic deconstructed, Kaada interview, WCAL anniversary

January 18th, 2017|Faith No More, Links for a day|0 Comments

A very belated update so thanks for sticking around. I am working on the foundations of a book on the band so any other free time is limited.

Epic analysed

Fifty minutes on one song? Glad to know that I’m not the only person overindulging and analysing Faith No MoreThe Session programme on California’s 95.5 KLOS presents regular breakdowns of iconic songs and last week it was the turn of Faith No More’s Epic.

Here is their detailed, forensic and loving track-by-track, channel-by-channel analysis of the song, giving each band member their turn in the spotlight. An insightful, educational and entertaining listen.

Thanks to Patton Fanatic for this and spotting the deliberate mistake in an earlier version of this post.

We Care a Lot anniversary

Today is the 29th anniversary of the release of the second version Faith No More‘s single We Care a Lot. Naturally, Faith No More Followers have the lowdown with a special post here.

Angel Dust analysed

Ireland has a lot of grá for Faith No More. Radio station Newstalk has devoted a few shows to the band in the past few years and now Irish podcast Jackdaw Sandwich Record Club has dissected Angel Dust in their unique way.

Kaada interview

Friend of the site Ben has interviewed frequent Mike Patton collaborator Kaada for Skwigly, and he speaks about working with Patton and his work on the Patton-featuring The Absence of Eddy Table.

1412, 2016

Links for a Day vol 201: Billy interview, Patton joins Dead Cross, Chuck interview

December 14th, 2016|Faith No More, Links for a day, News|7 Comments

A belated round-up

Bill Gould’s Team Rock interview

Bill Gould’s latest interview as part of the We Care a Lot re-issue promotion was a Q and A in Team Rock/Classic Rock largely focusing on the band’s early days and motivations:

Choice cuts:

With FNM, how much of what you do is art provocation and how much instinctive miscreancy?

It’s a bit of everything. People get hung up on how we fit into their box. We don’t think about it too hard. We just do what feels good.

You never seemed like one of those Last Gang In Town type of bands – more a confederacy of opposites. Fair?

Completely. We were a bunch of people with different abilities and quirks; a dysfunctional family. Jim came from the metal world, which was very different for us. [Chuck Mosley, first frontman] was the wild card; that was part of his charm. We were just playing loops and he would scream over the top. It was hard when we started getting into patterns and structure and touring – it became more like regular work. That’s when the tension started.

And

You must be proud of the band’s achievements: you defined a style of music, defied it, then defiled it.

All of that. It’s cool. You respect what you do, but at the same time you’re a bit of an iconoclast.

Every band has a voice. FNM’s is snarky, sarcastic, even satirical. Are you the hard-rock Steely Dan?

Ha ha! It’s funny, it’s almost like forensics: you have to take the dead body apart to see what the fuck it’s made of.

What a strange band.

Yeah. But at least we’re not boring.

Full interview here – offered as part of fremium service so maybe paywalled

Here are some scans – courtesy of Faith No More French Community

Mike Patton joins Dead Cross

As predicted by Patton Fanatic several months ago, Mike Patton will be the new singer in Dave Lombardo’s new project Dead Cross. Jim from FNM Followers has interviewed Justin Pearson, bassist in the supergroup:

How did this collaboration come about? Was it simply a matter of a phone call to Patton?

Well, yes. Lombardo, Crain, and myself had thought of a few people to sing, Patton being one. Fortunately for us, the universe had its shit together… and here we are.

You had written material with Gabe Serbian prior to parting ways. Did you start afresh when Patton was enlisted?

We had the songs written and recorded prior to Patton’s involvement. When we started working with Patton, he jumped in and started working on lyrics and recording vocals.

So how has Patton’s influence changed the sound?

It’s hard to explain. The band is still finding it’s own skin to fit into. No matter whom you bring into a band, the sound becomes who all are part of it. Let’s revisit this question after the album comes out, after we play shows with the new line up, and after we can reflect on things.

The album will come out in early 2017 through Patton’s Ipecac label.

Brilliant Chuck Mosley interview

One of the few pleasures of 2016 has been the rehabilitation of the reputation of Chuck Mosley during the promotion of We Care a Lot. And Chuck, who has been in the studio working on the second Primitive Race album, has given a very revealing interview with Fear and Loathing in which he expounds at length on the early days of Faith No More.

Some choice cuts:

You first met Billy Gould when you were both going to punk gigs in Hollywood ?

‘Yeah, I met him when I was about 17 or 18, I think. He was the first one of those guys I met, because I didn’t even meet Roddy until Billy had moved up to Berkeley. We both had this friend, Mark Stewart, who I had known since Elementary school. He started to play guitar around the same time that I started playing piano, but I didn’t really see him play until we were in the 12th grade or something. Then one day we were hanging out and he started playing something and I discovered that he had got really good, so I said we should start a band. He asked Billy and two other friends, Paul and Kevin, and that was what became The Animated. As soon as me and Billy met, we pretty-much clicked. He was into all the same bands that I was into, so we started going to shows together. I think he liked going out to shows with me because I didn’t have any limits, so it was like going along to see how drunk I would get or if I was going to get in a fight or what was I going to knock over or what I was going to fuck-up… It was like that most nights, I was pretty-much out of control for various personal reasons. I always went out just to see the bands, that was all I intended to do, but it would often end up in those kind of situations.’

You’d already sung with them on a couple of occasions, just as a temporary thing, hadn’t you ?

‘Yeah, because they were going through different singers and guitar players every other week. So they’d call me if they had a show in LA, and say, we haven’t got a singer, can you do it ? I’d get up and sing with them when they came down to LA without a singer. Billy always loved irony and I wasn’t a singer back then, so it made sense to him that they should ask me to sing!’

Patton Fanatic discography timeline

Patton Fanatic continue to deliver killer content and they have put together a very nifty Mike Patton discography interactive timeline on their site.

Check it out.

2908, 2016

Faith No More Links for a Day vol 200: Greg Prato details FNM story; Chuck to play Paris: another good review

August 29th, 2016|Faith No More, Links for a day, News, Tour dates|5 Comments

Greg Prato on Faith No More on Irish radio

Seasoned Faith No More writer and author of the Faith No More and Mr Bungle Companion Greg Prato was interviewed by leading Irish radio station Newstalk on Faith No More’s history.

Chuck Mosley adds Paris date to European tour

Chuck Mosley’s European tour in September and October is ever-growing and Chuck has added his first date outside the UK, when he plays Paris on 15 October. Here is the updated list of dates:

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Rock N Reel We Care a Lot review

Good FNM reviews also show an understanding of the band’s essence and Rock N Reel’s Jonathan Hopper is very on point with her We Care a Lot review:

From Jim Martin‘s crunching metallic riffs on ‘Pills for Breakfast’ (like a possessed ‘Woodpecker from Mars’) and the title track to Gould‘s bass intertwined with Mike Bordin‘s pounding drum-work on the new romantic nightmare of ‘Jungle’ and Roddy Bottom‘s chaotic, spiralling keyboards on ‘As the Worm Turns’ (a song that will still resonate with anyone who has ever felt pigeon-holed by society’s ‘norms’); Faith No More have always been at their greatest when their differences have been most pronounced.

 

2508, 2016

Faith No More Links for a Day vol. 199: Mike Bordin interview, full 1986 show, Chilis feud, WCAL reviews

August 25th, 2016|Faith No More, Links for a day, News|1 Comment

Mike Bordin interview with La X Mas Musica

Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin speaks about We Care a Lot and the recording process in an interview with Colombia s La X Mas Musica radio station.

Faith No More live at Live at the I-Beam

The band have now put the full show from the I-Beam , San Francisco from 13 January 1986 on their YouTube channel.

Red Hot Chili Peppers feud re-heated

After a some off-the-cuff remarks from a Fox News host, there is renewed attention on the somewhat over-played FNM v RHCP rivalry.

Here is Alternative Nation with the Fox News anchor story

And here is Jim from FNM Followers with the definitive background story on the “feud”

The Quietus We Care a Lot review

Faith No More expert Jeremy Allen has penned a detailed and psoitive review of the We Care a Lot deluxe band issue for The Quietus:

Choice cuts:

Broadly speaking, Faith No More’s time as an entity can be divided up into four distinct phases. The pre-Chuck Mosley era when they didn’t really release anything and had dalliances with various singers, including a young Courtney Love. The Chuck Mosley era from 1983 to 89. The all-conquering Mike Patton era, from 89 to 98, when they became a world straddling, MTV-sanctioned, unit-shifting rock behemoth. And the recent glorious comeback – also led by Patton – crowned with the excellent Sol Invictus album.

We Care A Lot is even less tethered to its own past because of a lack of availability. The original 10-song album hasn’t been commercially available for 20 years, and has only come to light again because de facto leader Billy Gould was having a clear out and stumbled upon the original reels (which have now been remastered by Maor Appelbaum). The record, which came out on indie label Mordam Records, is now out on the bass player’s own label, KoolArrow. Stick it on and marvel at just how fresh it sounds, in the way that Talking Heads still sounds fresh, or Infected by The The still sounds fresh.

Vinyl Factory We Care a Lot review

The Vinyl Factory also give the re-release a positive review:

Here’s one more to add to the essential re-issue campaign San Fran’s Faith No more have been releasing over the last couple of years and this could be the best yet.

AV Club Faith No More Judgement Night article

Via the resurgent Faith No More blog, there is an excellent section on the Faith No More/Boo-Ya-Tribe collaboration Another Body Murdered in this AV Club Judgement Night retrospective:

Faith No More would denounce its influence on rap-rock and nu-metal, despite bands like Korn and Limp Bizkit citing it—along with Mike Patton’s other band, Mr. Bungle—as revered inspirations. (“I do find that people who make bad music often have really good taste,” keyboardist Roddy Bottum would sneer to Noisey in 2015.) Despite their protests, between the band’s heavy, dissonant riffs and Patton’s Anthony Kiedis-enraging funk-rapping, you can definitely hear the ground being laid for the scores of bands who would strip Faith No More of all its oddball eccentricity, then regurgitate only its meatiest chunks. And in that sense, the band’s collaboration with the mostly forgotten Samoan rap crew Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. on “Another Body Murdered” may as well be rap-metal’s Rosetta Stone, reducing Patton to ominous “Ohhhh” backing vocals and the lyrics to generic gun bluster, all culminating in a mookish refrain of “Bang your head to this!” You can almost imagine Fred Durst’s cousin Marvin excitedly calling him to play this over the phone.

Mike Patton features twice on greatest collaborations list

Via the excellent Patton Fantatic comes the story that Ultimate Guitar has included Mike Patton twice in their Top 25 Collaboration Albums list.
Kaada/Patton ‎- “Romances” is at 19 while The Dillinger Escape Plan with Mike Patton – Irony Is a Dead Scene is at 4.

 

 

1908, 2016

Faith No More We Care a Lot Deluxe band issue reviews round-up

August 19th, 2016|Faith No More, Links for a day, News|0 Comments

Here are some of the latest reviews of the We Care a Lot deluxe band issue which was released today.

New Noise

Revisiting songs like “Why Do You Bother,” “The Jungle,” and “As the Worm Turns” (one of my personal favorite FNM songs) plus hearing the extra stuff for the first time was well worth the listen. Definitely check it out if the extent of your FNM knowledge stops at “Epic”; these guys have so much more to offer than just that.

Stack

Even today it remains an outsider album, a kind of mutant take on hard rock. which flirts with experimentation and dance (Arabian Disco). Fans who only know their more recent catalogue might be in for a surprise.

Elsewhere

Same as above – same review by Graham Reid but gets the Recommended Reissue tag

Smells Like Infinite Sadness

While We Care A Lot can’t match the heights Faith No More reached with Mike Patton at the helm, it’s an important time capsule showing their early potential, and a must-have release for completists wanting to hear the early building blocks of the band’s inimitable, genre-defying sound.

Classic Rock (Germany)

7/10

Gaesteliste (Germany)

“We Care A Lot” was and is, of course,  a pretty great album. It was and is a great piece of music, it was wild, bold, crazy, full of rough edges and to this day that’s why it is quite unique.

 

 

 

 

1208, 2016

LINKS FOR A DAY 198: Bill Gould SF Weekly interview, albums ranked, even earlier band review

August 12th, 2016|Faith No More, Interviews, Links for a day, News|0 Comments

Bill Gould SF Weekly interview

The indefatigable Bill Gould has continued his promo tour for the deluxe band issue re-release of We Care a Lot with an interview with SF Weekly.

Here are some choice cuts:

On WCAL the song:

“It was both serious and tongue-in-cheek,” Gould explains. “You have to look at it through the time that it was written. Everybody was exploiting their humanitarian values. There was a lot of self-congratulatory bullshit going around that we were kind of making fun of.”

On their first venture into the studio to properly record WCAL:

“It was a real gamble,” he says. “We were spending all this money that we didn’t even have to make those recordings. What would happen if the records just ended up sitting in the shelves? What if no one liked it?”

Loudwire and Reddit users ranked Faith No More albums

Loudwire is the latest publication to attempt to rank the FNM discography. I think most fans would disagree with their number one choice.
Meanwhile, Angel Dust and KFAD dominate these lists from Reddit users.

An even earlier review

After Steve Albini‘s offering yesterday, friend of the band Jardar has produced an even earlier review. It is a review of Faith No Man from 1983:
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FNM’s rhythm section rated

Team Rock/Metal Hammer give Mike Bordin and Bill Gould long overdue recognition as the best rhythm section in rock or metal. Here is some of what they say:

Combining everything in this list, Bordin and Gould don’t over-indulge and serve the music above all, but when they let loose the dam really bursts.

 

 

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