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.
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.”
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.
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
#WorldCup of Faith No More Group A:
(Vote for your favourite; top 2 advance to round of 16; songs were drawn at random; all FNM singles and selected others qualified)
(Sponsored by Small Victories – https://t.co/NUfYINE6Fd )
#WorldCup of Faith No More Group B:
(Vote for your favourite; top 2 advance to round of 16; songs were drawn at random; all FNM singles and selected others qualified; no covers)
(Sponsored by Small Victories – https://t.co/NUfYINE6Fd )
RT to spread the word#FNMWORLDCUP
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
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.
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.
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.
The tragic death of Chuck Mosley has left all Faith No More fans devastated, numb and bereft. Chuck was the voice of Faith No More for most of the 1980s, and in many ways the personification of the the raw, untamed and brash band spirit.
I did not know Chuck. Unlike many fans, I did not get the chance to meet him in person. But I spoke to him by phone and email. And in recent research I got to appreciate profoundly his role in the band’s creation and evolution and early success. I attempted to capture this contribution and legacy and this spirit and essence over many pages and many months. But today, despite darkness and despair, the band, his band, succeeded in capturing that essence in pitch perfect fashion in a few hours, in a few lines:
It’s with a heavy, heavy heart we acknowledge the passing of our friend and bandmate, Chuck Mosley. He was a reckless and caterwauling force of energy who delivered with conviction and helped set us on a track of uniqueness and originality that would not have developed the way it had had he not been a part. How fortunate we are to have been able to perform with him last year in a reunion style when we re-released our very first record. His enthusiasm, his sense of humor, his style and his bravado will be missed by so many. We were a family, an odd and dysfunctional family, and we’ll be forever grateful for the time we shared with Chuck.
Chuck – charismatic, boisterous, quick-witted – was a natural front man. He joined Faith No More in 1983. The band wanted a presence for live shows rather than a voice for recordings. And Chuck delivered: he was part poet, part punk preacher, part precarious performer, all attitude.
His devil-may-care demeanour was a little deceptive. He said of his introduction to Faith No More: ‘I was really nervous. And I remember being in awe of this sound because I hadn’t heard anything like it before. It made me nervous because I didn’t know what to do with it. You know what I mean? That was where the rapping came from.’ That’s the origin of rap-rock. Punk attitude, unfamiliar music, improvisation — allied to having little chance to rehearse with the rest of the band based down the coast in San Francisco — led to chanting and ranting and, eventually, when things calmed down somewhat in the studio, to rapping: ‘I was just like screaming to the beat, like ranting. Not rapping, but ranting.’
Chuck was also an accomplished lyricist, capable of devastating self-awareness and of expressing delicate and personal emotion. And equally adept at penning party anthems and catchy chatter. He hit his lyrical and vocal peak on ‘The Crab Song’, probably the most personal and romantic song in the Faith No More oeuvre. It is the perfect embodiment of how Chuck’s bratty rap could perfectly complement Faith No More’s music. Lyrically, he evokes every emotion in a doomed relationship arc: love, yearning, frustration, anger, hatred, regret. Or, as Chuck has himself said: ‘Getting broken up with, thus turning from a sad little love monkey into a raging psychopathic, blood-lusting, sociopath of a serial killer, inflicting the pain in your heart upon everyone who has the misfortune of crossing your path….theoretically speaking…per se…a real bloodbath…..then turning back into a sad little love chimp oh so regretful of what you’ve done.’
Now I know why everything turns grey, but it’s our own world we paint
And I want the brightest, I want flourescence every day and night
Deepest sympathy to the band and all who were close to Chuck. A special word for his dear friend Douglas Esper, who went beyond the call of duty to ensure that Chuck got the recognition he so richly deserved in recent years.
Heartfelt sympathy to Chuck’s long-term partner Pip Logan, his two daughters, Erica and Sophie, and to his grandson Wolfgang Logan Mosley.
Jawbone Press, the leading UK music book publishers, will release Small Victories, the new definitive biography of Faith No More written by former BBC and Guardian journalist Adrian Harte, in autumn 2018.
Based on meticulous research and hundreds of extensive new interviews with current and former band members and other key figures, the book will tell the story of one of the most significant bands of the late 20th century, and show how Faith No More helped redefine rock, metal and alternative music.
Author Adrian Harte, editor of the popular Faith No More 2.0 website and media intelligence manager at European football organisation UEFA, said. “I’m extremely grateful to Jawbone Press for giving me this opportunity to tell the true story of Faith No More. I hope that the book – written with the diligence of a journalist but the passion of a fan – will do justice to this captivating band and give Faith No More the book it deserves.”
The book will be published by Jawbone Press in autumn 2018. Jawbone Press has a rich history of publishing books with interesting angles and untold stories.
The music world is still stunned with shock and sadness at the passing of Soundgarden and Audioslave and all-round rock god and rock legend Chris Cornell.
Faith No More and Soundgarden followed parallel and often criss-crossing paths from the Seattle band’s earliest shows – sometimes literally sharing a stage – right up until 2014 in Hyde Park.
Therefore it was no great surprise that FNM paid heartfelt tribute to Chris today:
“Chris Cornell was a Great Singer and Songwriter, and an old, dear Friend of Everyone in This Band.
His sudden passing is beyond comprehension right now.
Our heartfelt condolences and best wishes to His Children, Loved Ones, and Musical Partners.
May He R.I.P.”
Mike Patton also paid tribute:
“Very sad news about Chris Cornell. Did a lot of roadwork with him and Soundgarden. He was a very nice guy. My sympathies to his family, the Soundgarden family and his friends. May he rest in peace.”
The connection between the bands was so strong that Chris was even considered as a potential vocalist for Faith No More after they parted company with Chuck Mosley. Greg Prato explained in Classic Rock:
“Eventually, the search for a singer began and Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell’s name came up.
“Soundgarden opened up for us a few times in Seattle,” remembers Gould. “We were friends with them. I think one day, Mike and I went to Chris’s house to jam, but I don’t think that we had a musical connection.”
And Soundgarden took the chance to show their appreciation to FNM in Prato’s Faith No More and Mr Bungle Companion:
“This was weird”- our first gigs with Faith No More, we opened for them, our next gigs with Faith No More they opened for us, and then our next gigs with Faith No More, we’re opening for them again. That was before ‘Superunknown’ blew up [in 1994], so it might have turned all around again! We’ve toured with Faith No More probably more than anybody.” – Kim Thayil
“That’s when Faith No More was at their full mighty power, and they were just incredible. Oh my God. They were just one of the most stunning bands I’ve ever seen in my life.” – Matt Cameron
Faith No More’s Bill Gould has spoken to Serbian music website Balkan Rock, with a lengthy interview published yesterday.
Here are some choice cuts:
On Sol Invictus:
“[Sol Invictus] was definitely a lot of work, like all our albums usually are, but I could say that this album was certainly the biggest challenge in the sense that we were all by ourselves, almost as in a vacuum…I always thought that the band had much more to say, so I’m very happy that it came to this.
On the band:
I also realized that as long as the band exists, I will have to accept that some things will never change.
The positive side is that everyone has the opportunity to contribute, so that the result is usually better than would have been the case that it comes from one individual or doubles. In addition, I think it creates an atmosphere of teamwork that is transferred to our performances. On the other hand, things become very inefficient when decisions are made.
Oh, and Billy also mentioned some of the bands he likes listening to: Usssy, Burial, BadBadNotGood, Getatchew Mekurya, Bucolica, Protomartyr.
Faith No More founder member and keyboard player Roddy Bottum will step in front of the camera in the new movie from star Chilean director Sebastian Silva.
Roddy shared some on-location photos from filming in the Catskills on Instagram last week, and he has revealed more details on the project to us at Faith No More 2.0.
Roddy said: “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.”
Silva is the rising star of South American cinema with a trio of breakout highly-lauded English-language movies in Crystal Fairy (the 2013 film that inspired the band name of the latest Ipecac super group), Magic Magic (both also staring Cera) and Nasty Baby.
Roddy is no stranger to the world of film either. An avid filmmaker in his teens, Roddy initially moved to San Francisco in 1981 to study film at San Francisco State University. Roddy has scored Adam & Steve (2005), What Goes Up (2009), Kabluey (2007), scored Gigantic , Fred the Movie (2010) and the documentary Hit So Hard .
Roddy added: “I think it’s gonna be a really special movie. He’s kind of my favorite filmmaker.”