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407, 2019

Ghost’s Tobias Forge praises hard-to-define Faith No More

July 4th, 2019|Faith No More, News|6 Comments

Ghost main man Tobias Forge’s love for Faith No More is nothing new, but in his recent appearance as guest host of Australian channel Rage‘s Midnight Show (which once featured Mike Patton as guest host), he played the band’s Midlife Crisis and explained what Faith No More meant to him:

“In the 90’s there were a few bands that I liked a lot, and still like to this day, that are consecutively hard to niche. One band is Faith No More. Who knows what they play? No one knows really. It’s a synth band? No. Is it a heavy metal band? No, not really. It’s just a really, really good rock band.”

 

2006, 2019

Faith No More’s The Real Thing recalled on thirtieth anniversary

June 20th, 2019|Faith No More, News|11 Comments

Faith No More released The Real Thing 30 years ago today, and, in tribute, here’s a look back on the album as told by the band members in Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More.

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From Out of Nowhere

Bill Gould: “That song came from Roddy. That’s completely Roddy’s melody, so maybe it was deliberately pop. But it was originally called “The Cult Song”, because it reminded me of The Cult.”

Epic

Mike Bordin: “Quickly, Bill and I wrote the grove, the rhythm for ‘Epic’. We knew it was cool, and it was good, and it was fun, and it was natural. We’d played it and said ‘Wow, that’s just so massive’, it’s just this huge broad, wide, open powerful thing, it’s epic.”

Bill Gould: “The name has to do with how it felt to play. It was epic because of the horns. The parting of the Red Sea. That was the visual imagery.”

Bill Gould: “The video is horrible. I’m embarrassed about it. I never liked it. The ending is Las Vegas shit.”

Falling To Pieces

Roddy Bottum: “We called it “Madonna”, because it seemed to have pop potential. I always like to steer things in that direction.”

“Surprise! You’re Dead!”

Mike Bordin: “It’s important to look at “Surprise! You’re Dead!” in terms of a song that it just came after. Faith No More isn’t just about “Surprise! You’re Dead!” It’s also about “From Out Of Nowhere” and “Falling To Pieces”. The heavier stuff is getting heavier, the aggressive stuff is getting more aggressive, and the melodic stuff was getting more properly melodic. The variety was working well.”

Zombie Eaters

Mike Bordin: “It is highly, highly creative; it’s maybe that’s the first instance of Mike playing characters. A song from the point of view of an infant—Who does that?”

The Real Thing

Matt Wallace: “What Patton did lyrically was well beyond his years as a nineteen-year-old. There’s a tremendous amount of wisdom. It is visceral. Resonant.”

Underwater Love

Matt Wallace: “For me one of the biggest challenges with Patton, and probably that he had with me, is that there’s a lot of darkness in the stuff. When he brought “Underwater Love” to me, I think out of concern, I said, “Oh, you can’t have all these songs about death, and killing people.”

The Morning After

Mike Patton: “Patton said: ‘Fear is a big part of it, a real influence for me. It’s probably the most important emotion there is. Why do you walk down a certain side of the street?”

Woodpecker from Mars

Bill Gould: “It started with Roddy just playing the violin part on keyboard and me and Puffy just coming up with rhythms that went with that. I like that song, it never gets old for me. It’s a really cheesy violin sample too, but that’s all right. It works.”

War Pigs

Bill Gould: “We were waiting around for something to start, and Roddy hadn’t shown up yet, so we just started playing “War Pigs”. We played it through without having to rehearse it. We didn’t think of it as a thing, like it was going to be a hallmark of the band. It was kind of a joke.”

Edge of the World

Roddy Bottum: “There were so many different colours or characters on this record. A lounge bluesy one for this song seems crazy now but we liked the idea of focusing the piano in a spotlight. It seemed audacious.”


Read the definitive guide to the making of The Real Thing as all Faith No More’s music in Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More, out now on Jawbone Press.

Get it here:
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Faith No More Followers have marked the anniversary with a Q and A with the band and an in-depth interview, complete with new photos from the studio, with Matt Wallace.

And, of course, this post marks a return for the blog and me after a long hiatus. I’m also back on Twitter with a new handle of @AHarte6

 

 

 

1001, 2019

Listen to episode 2 of Podcast Croissant, the Faith No More podcast

January 10th, 2019|Faith No More, News|6 Comments

The second episode of Podcast Croissant, a podcast dedicated entirely to all things Faith No More, is now live. The new episode digs deep into the band’s breakthrough album The Real Thing over the course of over 150 minutes.

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The new episode, hosted by Mike Hayes and Adrian Harte (author of the Faith No More biography, Small Victories, and this website), is available below and on most podcast platforms.

A big part of every show will be questions and queries from listeners, so please let us know what you would like to hear discussed in later episodes. If you have any general comments, please feel free to comment below.

We would also like to hear any specific insights or queries you might have on Faith No More’s one and only live DVD/video, You Fat Bastards, the subject of an imminent episode.

Have your say

You can also find us and speak to us on social media:
@podcroissant

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How to listen:

You don’t need anything special to listen to Podcast Croissant or any podcast.

On PC/laptop

Simply listen at the Podcast Croissant site here or listen to the embedded player above.

Apple

Listen on Apple’s podcasts service here

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1112, 2018

Podcast Croissant, the new Faith No More podcast, launches

December 11th, 2018|Faith No More|13 Comments

Podcast Croissant, a podcast dedicated entirely to all things Faith No More, has launched today.

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The podcast, hosted by Mike Hayes and Adrian Harte (author of the Faith No More biography, Small Victories, and this website), is available below and on most podcast platforms.

The first episode serves as an introduction to the pod. Each subsequent episode will focus on a different Faith No More subject (album, song, live show, band member etc), while also featuring latest band and band member updates, interviews, plus discussion of general new music.

A big part of every show will be questions and queries from listeners, so please let us know what you would like to hear discussed in later episodes.
If you have any general comments, please feel free to comment below.

We would also like to hear any specific insights or queries you might have on Faith No More’s one and only live DVD/video, You Fat Bastards, the subject of an imminent episode.

Have your say 

You can also find us and speak to us on social media:
@podcroissant
Facebook

How to listen:

You don’t need anything special to listen to Podcast Croissant or any podcast.

On PC/laptop
Simply listen at the Podcast Croissant site here or listen to the embedded player above.

Phone
Podcast Croissant will soon by on the Podcasts iPhone app, so you will be able to listen there.
Podcast Croissant is also available here on Spotify

Listen on Apple’s Podcasts app here 

1012, 2018

Faith No More book Small Victories features in end-of-year book lists

December 10th, 2018|Faith No More|3 Comments

Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More has featured in a number of early best-of lists for 2018.

The Herald – the longest running national newspaper in the world and the most-read national newspaper in Scotland – included Small Victories in its list of the best music books of 2018.

Teddy Jamieson wrote:

Adrian Harte’s account of the alt-rock stroke rap band Faith No More, Small Victories, is clearly a labour of love. His account of the band’s story is exhaustive, informed and studded with first-person testimonies.

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Music blog Midlife Mixtape also include Small Victories in their best music books round-up, saying:

This definitive bio by Adrian Harte fills in all the gaps about this post punk rock band that is the only musical search result when you search the term “midlife crisis.” My favorite is the blurb on the back from band member Bill Gould: “It provided me with more than a few revelations…and I’m in the band.”

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France’s leading rock and metal magazine Rock Hard ranked Small Victories as one of its top 10 gifts for metal fans. They said:

It avoids a major stumbling block by not deifying a group whose human relationships were as complex as its music. His gaze is that of a rational fan and it will not fail to seduce fans of the San Francisco combo.

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1911, 2018

Swiss station Couleur3 broadcasts Faith No More special

November 19th, 2018|Faith No More, News|2 Comments

Leading Swiss-French public radio station Couleur3‘s flagship heavy metal show Rhinoféroce dedicated a whole episode this week to Faith No More and Small Victories.

I was interviewed at length about the band and the book, and a dozen FNM and FNM-related tracks were played in the hour-long programme.
You can listen here below:

Or on podcast here.

1611, 2018

London fans enjoy Small Victories night

November 16th, 2018|Faith No More, News|3 Comments

On Wednesday night, the Rock N Roll Book Club hosted a Small Victories and Faith No More night at the cosy and charming and historic Dublin Castle venue in Camden, London.

Around 50 Faith No More fans turned up for an evening of music and books. First up, Rock N Roll Book Club’s Julie Hamill interviewed Adrian Harte, author of Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More about the book and the band. Julie, herself an esteemed author and an experienced host and presenter, expertly orchestrated the deep dive into the book. The interview was a mixture of short readings, probing questions and humorous insights, culminating in a series of questions from the audience.

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The Rock N’ Roll Book Club’s Julie Hamill interviews Adrian Harte, author of Small Victories: The True Story of Faith No More live at the Dublin Castle.

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The discussion and subsequent book signing by the author was followed by what can only be described as a rip-roaring set by the ultimate Faith No More tribute act, Faith No Man. Opening their set with a Faith No More-ified version of “Paperback Writer”, the band got the crowd onto their feet and rocking with a hits-laden set that was eerily reminiscent of Faith No More themselves. Indeed, if you closed your eyes, one could almost imagine that they were The Real Thing.

Faith No Man at Small Victories book event

The brilliant Faith No Man play the Dublin Castle in Camden as part of the Rock N Roll Book Club’s Small Victories book signing event.

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Thanks to a wonderful concept, the best possible venue, an enthusiastic audience, a brilliant band, an accomplished host, tuned-in staff, and a grateful author, the night was a huge success.

I would like to thank to Julie (and Tony) from the Rock N Roll Book Club, Bugbear, Dublin Castle, Troy, the two Matts, Steve and all of Faith No Man (go see this band!), Tom from Jawbone Press, Darrell, Nessie, Allen, Matt, Jimmy and everyone who attended.

911, 2018

Small Victories and Faith No More interview with Rock N’ Roll Archaeology podcast

November 9th, 2018|Faith No More, News|1 Comment

I had the great pleasure to speak at length with Christian Swain for his Rock N’ Roll Archaeology Deeper Digs in Rock series, which is now available for listening on your preferred podcast platform.

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1810, 2018

Ghost show off their Faith No More love

October 18th, 2018|Faith No More, News, Other bands|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|Faith No More|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.

 

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