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3007, 2015

LINKS FOR A DAY 186: New book?, interviews, full Houston show

July 30th, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|2 Comments

New Faith No More book?

Maybe. There’s actually around a 2.3140495867768593% chance of this happening but my proposal for a book on Faith No More’s Angel Dust album is one of 605 submissions competing for about 10-15 slots to be published as books in the prestigious Bloomsbury 33 1/3 series. Here is the full list, which also includes a Mr Bungle Disco Volante pitch. The shortlist will be revealed in about two months.

New Roddy Bottum interview

A syndicated interview by Ed Condran with Roddy Bottum has been published in some Philadelphia area papers today.
Roddy says:

“We just did what we wanted to do,” Bottum says. “We didn’t pay attention to what’s happening out there but we didn’t pay attention back in the day with ‘Angel Dust,’ either. We were inspired and we feel great playing with each other.

Bill Gould interview in Brazil

Bill has spoken to Brazilian website IG and his comments that Nirvana are just a rock band and should not be deified have been widely reported on.
He also produced the quote of the 2.0 era so far:

We have different kinds of conversations now. Like if I meet the guys from Foo Fighters, we talked about what kind of laxative they are taking, or fiber are eating, if I did a good poop that morning. And everyone gets excited about it because we’re old and can appreciate that sort of thing.

NME include FNM in Foo Fighters feature

Speaking of the the world’s biggest classic rock band, NME has included Faith No More’s Rock Werchter All My Life in its list of the top Foo Fighters covers:
They say:

“It’s not really clear whether this is a tribute or a mockery of Foo Fighters, who cancelled their appearance at Germany’s Rock Werchter this year just like they did for Glastonbury. It’s very short, and has the band segueing from ‘All My Life’ into The Trashmen’s 1963 irritator, ‘Surfin’ Bird’, before reaching the band’s own song ‘Midlife Crisis’. Homage or piss-take? You decide. Either way, we dig.”

Babes in Toyland cover We Care a Lot

What have Faith No More and Babes in Toyland got in common? 1) They both briefly had Courtney Love as a band member 2) They are back after a long hiatus and 3) They both sing We Care a Lot.
The grunge/punk outfit played a brief snippet of the Faith No More classic at their first reunion show at Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneertown, Joshua Tree in February.
(hat/tip to Jason)

Houston full show video

The ever-resourceful FNM4ever guys have put together a playlist of the full show at Houston on 30 July and here it is:

Learn Faith No More on guitar with Rocksmith

This might actually be the kick up the ass I need to pick up a guitar again after giving up after realising I had neither the talent or persistence needed to master the instrument. You can learn to play five Faith No More songs with the latest edition of Rocksmith.

And here’s a delightful video of 11-year-old Audrey nailing a bass cover of From Out of Nowhere while her sister does her best Patton impression

1006, 2015

Links for a Day…(vol. 180): Behind the scenes, Angel Dust, new Midlife middle

June 10th, 2015|Faith No More, Links for a day, News|5 Comments

Behind the scenes

This is a an amazing glimpse behind the curtain at the Faith No More tour machine from Mix Online. It really is a must-read piece. Here’s a chocie cut from front-of-house engineer Michael Brennan:

“They are really enjoying the consistency and excitement of the shows and the positive reaction from the audience. I also think the band’s crew created a positive, professional environment for the band. There were many occasions when they were jamming at soundchecks. These jams develop into parts, and these parts turn into songs [that] end up on a record. They can’t help themselves.”

Angel Dust Pitchfork reviews

While none goes into the forensic expert detail that Ben afforded us, there are some great new Angel Dust features. Pitchfork have found a reviewer infinitely more conversant with Faith No More and music in general than their Sol Invictus reviewer to run the rule over the re-issues.

On The Real Thing which gets a 7.6 mark, Stuart Berman states:

“But while The Real Thing represents an important chapter in Faith No More’s history, there’s a reason why the album barely registers on the setlists of the band’s current tour: a lot of it is hard to extricate from its date of origin. And that’s a function of both its connection to a long-past funk-metal zeitgeist and the band’s own subsequent development. It’s hard to imagine any band, let alone Faith No More, attempting another song like “Epic” today, not just because of lingering associations between rap-rock and Rapestock, but the fact that the vocabularies of hip-hop and rock—once united by a shared affinity for booming breaks and crunchy riffs—have expanded and diverged in vastly different directions. “

And in a very insightful 8.8 review of Angel Dust that gets at the heart of the record’s enduring appeal, he says:

“What makes Angel Dust an eminently fascinating record is not the fact that a band on the cusp of greater success would deign to release an album with songs called “Crack Hitler” and “Jizzlobber” that were just as ugly and filthy as their titles suggest. It’s that Faith No More’s most wantonly subversive album is also their most gorgeously rendered.”

Angel Dust Loudwire interview

Loudwire runs a feature on the 23rd anniversary of that album which appears to feature fresh quotes from Bill Gould.

He says:

“We tried to make the music kind of perverted because we believed there was perversion in the art. We were looking for a little bit of push back, but we didn’t get any. I think sometimes when you’re really confident about something people don’t even challenge you.”

Midlife Crisis’ new middle bit

The best song from the band’s best album remains probably their best song live and it has been given yet another new smooth interlude in recent shows. FNM4ever as ever have excavated the story behind the new tune here.

The new snippet is ‘Strawberry Letter 23’ from The Brothers Johnson, which reached number 5 in the US singles charts in 1977.

Sunny Side Up on BBC 6 Music playlist

New Faith No More single/promo release Sunny Side Up has been added to the playlist of the UK’s leading and best music station BBC 6 Music.


906, 2015

GUEST POST: Sonic comparison of new Angel Dust and The Real Thing re-issues

June 9th, 2015|Faith No More, News|4 Comments

Friend of the site, über Faith No More fan and musician in his own right Ben Mitchell has kindly agreed to supplant my cloth-eared enthusiasm with his expert ears and way with words for a guest post peering into the re-mastering of the new Faith No More Rhino Records re-releases, The Real Thing and Angel Dust. More details and how to buy here.

This week saw the reissue of Faith No More’s two most arguably ‘classic’ albums, the eventual-breakout “The Real Thing” and the ageless masterwork “Angel Dust”. These ‘Deluxe’ editions have been dismissed by some as cynical gash-grabs from Rhino, and certainly haven’t been endorsed by the band themselves. Probably in their presentation they aren’t representative of how Faith No More would prefer people to experience these albums for the first time. But to the seasoned consumer and borderline mentally-ill FNM collector such as I, they scratch a certain completest itch and at the very least suggest that Rhino regard the band as still artistically valuable.

Gone are the days old-timers like me remember of tracking down that rare and elusive b-side or EP in the HMV singles section, and loading up a bonus disc of assorted miscellany is a fair enough way to get people to buy and hear former-rarities only available on eBay or YouTube. Liner notes and nicely-reproduced vinyl single artwork (along with the original 12” front and back art, disparate tracklistings and all) have been thrown in the mix to give new fans an idea of what once was.

The bonus discs are fairly thorough, though it’s worth noting some conspicuous absences: Live versions of “Woodpecker From Mars”, “Epic” and “The Real Thing” (from the “From Out of Nowhere” single) failed to make the cut; the ever-elusive “Virus”/”Shuffle”/”Seagull Song” is still ensconced away from greedy fans like me by the band (very possibly Rhino don’t even have a version of it themselves) and the various “Angel Dust”-era live tracks have been isolated from one another with all onstage banter – to this day I’ll never know if Laura Schumacher got her wallet back – edited out.

Mainly my interest in these releases is hearing what sonic improvements, if any, there might be over the originals. I have no gripe with “The Real Thing” – it precedes an era of FNM’s true genius and artistry in my mind, but that doesn’t stop it being a very solid, immensely listenable and fun record – though as the years wear on its overall production does struggle to hold up, falling even behind “Introduce Yourself”. Fortunately this new version does bring things up a notch.

Listen to comparison

The best way to demonstrate is to show you rather than attempt to explain with whatever patchwork of a proper musician’s lexicon I’ve cobbled together over the years. Have a listen:

The video above is a quick comparison of the mastering approaches taken between the original releases of “The Real Thing” and “Angel Dust” and the subsequent releases:

“Angel Dust: Original Master Recording” (2008)

From Mobile Fidelity’s series of classic album reissues, I suppose this isn’t as much a remastering as an un-mastering, transferred ‘directly from the original master tape’ to ensure…something I’m sure the eagle-eared will regard as a massive improvement on the sonics of the original release. There is a more thorough comparison here:

that points out what many of these actually are, though despite the reduced hiss the overall effect to me is a quieter, damper sound than the original. This one is more a collectable for the nice packaging – despite crediting drummer Mike Mordin (sic) – and its 2XLP 12” companion is, to date, the crispest sounding vinyl version of the album I know, beating out the more recent Music on Vinyl release which had some inexplicable transfer issues.

“The Very Best Definitive Ultimate Greatest Hits Collection” (2009)

After a long and unnecessary history of post-split compilations (alluded to in a typically FNM piss-take of an album title), this is the only one aside from “Who Cares A Lot?” that seemed to make any effort and, most importantly, gave a proper CD release to a handful of rarities that had been vinyl-only for many a year. The mastering on this is certainly more dynamic although it perhaps indulges too much low-end boost at times.

“Midlife Crisis: The Very Best of Faith No More” (2010)

This was, bafflingly, the seventh FNM compilation that appeared between “Album of the Year” and “Sol Invictus”, and without including anything new as some prior compilations had taken the initiative to, the only way to justify a release so redundant might be to give the tracks a nice bit of spit and polish. The issue in this case is that whoever took the reins on the remastering front bypassed the ‘less is more’ approach and boosted the living Christ out of the tunes. Coupled with an unhealthy dynamic range compression this results quite frequently in peaking and fuzzy moments, plus some bizarre lo-v-high end distortion especially prevalent on “Everything’s Ruined”. Some tracks have been spared this excessive treatment, such as “The Real Thing” itself which you’ll hear doesn’t share the same boosted levels.

“The Real Thing: Deluxe Edition” (2015)

As much of an easy cash-grab as this reissue was, it can’t be denied that a fair and considered job has been done with the remaster here. In terms of overall loudness it falls between the 2009 and 2010 attempts but holds back on the compression to avoid any of the major issues the latter suffers from. It doesn’t necessarily right the wrongs that Matt Wallace has taken issue with himself in hindsight (ultimately he’d have to remix it completely to remedy those) but it gives the tracks enough oomph to more comfortably sit alongside those of the subsequent albums as part of a playlist.

“Angel Dust: Deluxe Edition” (2015)

Interestingly, despite also boasting the same remastering credit, this version of “Angel Dust” sounds virtually indistinguishable from the original release, not just to my ears but to my audio software; Inverting the waveform of a track from the original release and mixing it together with the same track from this edition results in silence, which indicates that, intents and purposes, the sound is indeed identical. In the comparison video I’ve bookended each “Angel Dust” track with the original release to highlight the similarity to the 2015 edition. But why improve on perfection anyway?

About the author

As well as being a connoisseur of all things FNM, Ben is also an accomplished musician himself. He had the audacity to release his own LP on the same day as Sol Invictus last month. Get it here.

Check out more Ben on Soundcloud here

906, 2015

LISTEN: Faith No More Angel Dust rarities from Rhino re-issue

June 9th, 2015|Faith No More, News|3 Comments

To mark the 23rd anniversary of seminal Faith No More record Angel Dust, Rhino have released a re-issue of it and also its predecessor The Real Thing.

Listen to the rarities from Angel Dust below.
More details and how to buy here.

2304, 2015

Rhino to re-release The Real Thing and Angel Dust with bonus discs in June

April 23rd, 2015|Faith No More, News|14 Comments

Rhino have just announced that they will be releasing The Real Thing and Angel Dust with bonus discs on 9 June.

(via Ned Raggett)

The Rhino release reads:

Double-Disc And Vinyl Deluxe Editions Packed With Rarities Coming For The Real Thing And Angel Dust On June 9

The Band Will Release A New Album And Tour North America This Year
As Faith No More prepares to unleash its first new album in nearly 20 years this May, Rhino Records celebrates the back-to-back classic albums that helped establish the band’s vital and visceral musical legacy with Deluxe Editions of THE REAL THING and ANGEL DUST.

Each album will be offered as a two-disc set that includes the original release accompanied by a second disc filled with rarities related to the album. Both will be available on June 9 at retail outlets for $19.98. The collections will arrive soon after the band concludes an extensive North American tour.

In addition to the CD set there will also be a double LP, 180 gram heavyweight black vinyl format of each album, featuring the original album and a selection of the rarities related to each. The release date of the vinyl formats is planned for August.

Like all bands who transcended their time to become cornerstones of an era, Faith No More sounded like nobody else. The group’s commercial breakthrough came in 1989 with the release of THE REAL THING. It was the band’s third album, but the first to feature the line-up of Mike Bordin (drums), Roddy Bottum (keyboards), Bill Gould (bass), Jim Martin (guitars), and Mike Patton (vocals).

The album was incredibly diverse, yet every song was linked by the band’s own developing style. It peaked at #11 on the charts and was certified platinum, spawning the singles, “From Out Of Nowhere” and “Falling To Pieces,” as well as “Epic,” which was ubiquitous on radio and MTV.

The bonus disc puts a different spin on many of the album tracks with remixed versions of “Epic” and “Falling To Pieces,” as well as live performances of “Surprise You’re Dead,” “Underwater Love” and the Black Sabbath classic “War Pigs.” The disc also includes the b-sides “Cowboy Song” and “The Grade.”

After extensive touring, the band returned in 1992 with ANGEL DUST. It climbed to #10 on the U.S. album charts and would later be recognized as one of the most influential releases of the era. The album swings between extremes-aggressive and disturbing, but also beautiful and soothing-showing off every facet of the band’s quirky eloquence on such diverse tracks as “Midlife Crisis,” “Jizzlobber,” “R.V.” and “Small Victory.”

Among the nine tracks featured on the bonus disc is a mix of “Midlife Crisis” by the band’s longtime producer Matt Wallace, a trio of live recordings from a concert in Munich, Germany, as well as covers of the Dead Kennedys’ “Let’s Lynch The Landlord” and the band’s unforgettable take on the Commodores’ “Easy.”

Track listing

Track Listing

Disc One: Original Album
1. “From Out Of Nowhere”
2. “Epic”
3. “Falling To Pieces”
4. “Surprise You’re Dead”
5. “Zombie Eaters”
6. “The Real Thing”
7. “Underwater Love”
8. “The Morning After”
9. “Woodpecker From Mars”
10. “War Pigs”
11. “Edge Of The World”

Disc Two: Bonus Disc
1. Sweet Emotion (Taken from Kerrang! Flexible Fiend)
2. Epic (Radio Remix Edit) (Taken from the ‘Epic’ Promotional CD single)
3. Falling To Pieces (Matt Wallace Remix) (Taken from the ‘Falling To Pieces’ 12″ single)
4. Cowboy Song (B-side) (Taken from the b-side of ‘From Out Of Nowhere’ single)
5. The Grade (B-side) (Taken from the b-side of ‘From Out Of Nowhere’ 12″ single)
6. From Out Of Nowhere (Extended Remix) (Taken from the ‘From Out Of Nowhere’ 12″ single)
7. War Pigs (Live Berlin 11.9.1989) (Iommi/Ward/Butler/Osbourne) Westminster Music Ltd.
(Taken from the b-side of ‘Epic’ 12″ single)
8. Surprise You’re Dead (Live Sheffield) (Taken from the b-side of ‘Epic’ 12″ single)
9. Chinese Arithmetic (Live Sheffield) (Taken from the b-side of ‘Epic’ 12″ single)
10. Underwater Love (Live at Brixton Academy, London 28 April 1990) (Taken from the b-side of ‘Falling To Pieces’ 12″ single)
11. As The Worms Turns (Live at Brixton Academy, London 28 April 1990) (Taken from the video for “You Fat B**tards”)

Track Listing

Disc One: Original Album
1. “Land Of Sunshine”
2. “Caffeine”
3. “Midlife Crisis”
4. “R.V.”
5. “Smaller And Smaller”
6. “Everything’s Ruined”
7. “Malpractice”
8. “Kindergarten”
9. “Be Aggressive”
10. “A Small Victory”
11. “Crack Hitler”
12. “Jizzlobber”
13. “Midnight Cowboy”
14. “Easy”

Disc Two: Bonus Disc
1. Easy (Cooler Version) (Lionel Ritchie) (Taken from the ‘I’m Easy’ CD single)
2. Das Schutzenfest (German version) (Taken from the ‘I’m Easy’ CD single)
3. As The Worm Turns (Mike Patton vocal / Japan bonus track) (Taken from the Japanese edition of “Angel Dust”)
4. Let’s Lynch The Landlord (B-Side) (Jello Biafra) (Taken from the ‘A Small Victory’ single)
5. Midlife Crisis (The Scream Mix) Remixed by Matt Wallace (Taken from the bonus 12″ included with “Angel Dust” LP)
6. A Small Victory (R-Evolution 23 (Full Moon) Mix) (Taken from the ‘A Small Victory’ 12″ single)
7. Easy (Live Munich 9th November 1992) ((Lionel Ritchie) (Taken from the ‘I’m Easy’ CD single)
8. Be Aggressive (Live Munich 9th November 1992) (Taken from the b-side of ‘I’m Easy’ CD single)
9. Kindergarten (Live Munich 9th November 1992) (Taken from the b-side of ‘I’m Easy’ CD single)
10. A Small Victory (Live Munich 9th November 1992) (Taken from the b-side of ‘I’m Easy’ CD single)]
11. Mark Bowen (Live Munich 9th November 1992) (Taken from the b-side of ‘I’m Easy’ CD single)
12. We Care A Lot (Live Munich 9th November 1992) (Taken from the b-side of ‘I’m Easy’ CD single)
13. Midlife Crisis (Live Dekalb, Ill. 20th September 1992) (Taken from the b-side of ‘Everything’s Ruined’ CD single)
14. Land Of Sunshine (Live Dekalb, Ill. 20th September 1992) (Taken from the b-side of ‘Everything’s Ruined’ CD single)
15. Edge of The World (Live St. Louis 18th September 1992) (Taken from the b-side of ‘Everything’s Ruined’ CD single)
16. R.V. (Live Dekalb, Ill. 20th September 1992) (Taken from the b-side of ‘Everything’s Ruined’ CD single)
17. The World Is Yours (Outtake from Angel Dust sessions) (Taken from the album “Who Cares A Lot? The Greatest Hits)

Vinyl Format

LP One (as per 1989 LP)

Side One
1. From Out Of Nowhere 3:19
2. Epic 4:51
3. Falling To Pieces 5:12
4. Surprise! You’re Dead! 2:26
5. Zombie Eaters 5:57

Side Two
1. The Real Thing 8:10
2. Underwater Love 3:50
3. The Morning After 3:40
4. Woodpecker From Mars 5:38

LP Two

Side Three Studio Non-LP tracks
1. War Pigs (studio)
2. Edge of the World
3. Sweet Emotion 4:52
4. Falling To Pieces (Matt Wallace Remix) 4:31

Side Four Live Bonus Tracks
1. War Pigs (Live in Berlin 1989) 7:59
2. Surprise! You’re Dead! (Live in Sheffield 1990) 2:52
3. Chinese Arithmetic (Live in Sheffield 1990) 4:16
4. Underwater Love (Live at Brixton 1990) 3:33
5. As The Worm Turns (Live at Brixton 1990)

906, 2012

Angel Dust turns 20

June 9th, 2012|Faith No More, News|15 Comments

A little late to the party on this one but 8 June marked the 20th anniversary the release of of Faith No More’s Angel Dust. Cited by bands and critics as arguably the most seminal metal release of all time, it was and remains a remarkable record. Certainly, it is an album that I loved and lived with for two decades now and each listen continues to offer up new insights.

Brilliant lyrics, crunching guitar, trademark FNM rhythm propelling every track, intelligent sampling and vocals that announced the maturity of a master voice, the record has rightly been richly feted this week and I would like to add my own tribute.

Time-stretched as I am in Warsaw, I will restrict myself now to a compendium of anniversary articles.

(Brilliantly written, this one really resonates with own experience)
“Faith No More used to get the “alternative metal” tag in the magazines I was just starting to read, but the form of stomp-rock iconoclasm that exists on Angel Dust was light-years removed from the grunge revolution that was happening elsewhere. Instead, it’s a dizzily omnivorous thing, one that delights in shoving listeners’ heads into its excesses. About 40 seconds into the juddering groove of opening track “Land Of Sunshine,” we hear stereopanning, multitracked, echoey evil laughter, one of the creepiest things I’d ever heard at that point. “Be Aggressive” has cheerleader chants. “Jizzlobber” ends in straight-up opera. The album’s final track is a cover of the impressionistic instrumental score from Midnight Cowboy, a movie I’d never heard of. With kickass first single “Midlife Crisis,” Faith No More found a way to land in the pop charts with a song that includes a line about “your menstruating heart” in its chorus. I had no idea what the fuck was going on with this thing.”

Gun Shy Assassin
“It changed things for Faith No More. Forever would they become associated with the disc, as most of us fans consider it their finest hour.”

No Crowdsurfing
This reads as a real labour of love and is both detailed on release specifics and deeply personal.

Freaks, Geeks and Gigs
“How can you stay static when you hear the first riffs of “Land Of Sunshine”? How can you not jump off the floor while listening “Midlife Crisis”? How can you not yelling out during the crazy thrash metal-like moment of “Malpractice” and/or “Jizzlobber”?”


2109, 2010

Matt Wallace reflects on producing Angel Dust

September 21st, 2010|Faith No More, News|0 Comments

Matt Wallace pops up in the Gearslutz forum to give some great insights into the Angel Dust recording process. Matt, of course, was the producer behind Angel Dust as well as The Real Thing, Introduce Yourself and We Care a Lot.
Here is an extract from his post:
“To answer some of your questions, Jim Martin did not like the direction of AD and referred to it as “gay disco music” and that, coupled with his father dying just prior to making the record, the big booted fella who was supposed to bring the 6 string sludge to the table was unable. Bill Gould, the bass player, and I did many demos at his home (based upon live studio recordings of the primary players, Bordin on drums, Bottum on keys, and Gould on bass) and he and I worked out many of the guitar parts. I can’t remember exactly but I believe that Bill played on about 60-70% of the guitars. The band were really at odds at this point. Patton, Gould, Bottum, and Bordin and I would track the stuff and then they would leave. Martin would come in after they had left and play guitar. The following day the band would come in to listen to what Jim had recorded and were furious! This lead to many, many heated phone conversations between the band (Bill especially) and Jim Martin.”

Cheers to Integra for this find and also for tracing this Studio Expresso video interview with Matt.

702, 2010

Faith No More Angel Dust sessions video

February 7th, 2010|News|4 Comments

Courtesy of a a very welcome message from Simon in the comments, I have been alerted to the existence of the superb YouTube channel.

The channel features the essential MTV Angel Dust sessions video, an education for FNM fans of course but also for music fans in general on the studio workings of a band on the up. Enjoy Jim in his prime, Billy the musical director, Mike P on guitar, Puffy relaxing, Roddy being kept very busy and the major v minor battle in this seminal 12-part series.

Link fixed. Thanks for pointing it out.

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