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2204, 2010

Links for a day…(vol. 58)

April 22nd, 2010|Links for a day|13 Comments

  • We’re a few days late to this but its been busy. Faith No More broke up on 20 April 1998, 12 years ago this week. Here are some of the press obituaries of the time:
  • New York Times: “Faith No More, the 15-year-old San Francisco rock band known for its energetic mix of punk, jazz, heavy metal, samba, polka and easy-listening, has broken up. The group’s announcement this week said the decision was mutual and, in typical band fashion, ended with a joke: ”There will be no pointing of fingers, no naming of names, other than stating, for the record, that Puffy started it.”
  • Rolling Stone (no link as they’ve gone all pay wall): “During Faith No More’s fifteen-year run, they spent nearly as much time diffusing break-up rumors as they did making music. As of today, they no longer have to worry about either. The band officially announced its break-up eleven months after the release of its sixth album.”
  • MTV: “Faith No More has officially called it quits. Earlier this month, the band had played a handful of overseas concerts in Spain and Portugal, a move that served to at least temporarily set their fans’ minds at ease in light of a never-ending sea of rumors, but their relief was short lived.”
  • Not sure if I posted this previously but even if I have it is worth a second look. It is a feature from MTV in 1995 and shows interviews with the band and footage from the Evidence video shoot.
    The second part kicks off with Bill promoting Andy‘s original Caca Volante website and mailing list complete with nostalgic mentions of Mosaic and Netscape. It also includes their appearance on John Stewart’s show.
  • Commenter Lusty has got the second part of her Warfield post up on her Anywhere but here blog. Billy, bed bugs, Bungle tshirts and bed bugs right this way.
  • Patton Archivo unearthed and tweeted this gem earlier today. I grew up on Zig and Zag, the extra-terrestrial aliens, on Irish TV in the late 80s and early 90s and here they are covering Epic in their Two Elvises guise in 1994.
  • Still no word of a summer UK date on this second Second Coming European tour but UK fans can get their FNM fix from new tribute act Faith No Man. Their next date is in the Midlands on 21 May. Check out their tour dates and covers here.
1704, 2010

Links for a day…(vol. 55)

April 17th, 2010|Links for a day|8 Comments

  • Today is Record Store Day. Faith No More may not be releasing new music to mark the occasion like some other bands including Blur but Mike Patton has come out in support of the campaign. He said: “”I love indie record stores! My first job was working at a record store. While touring, I still always hit my favorite record stores. What is not to love about record stores? To be surrounded by millions of records, some that you know and love and others that are hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. Record stores are also a great social outing. You can meet and talk to other people that share your love for the art of music. The excitement of strolling the aisles of a cool record store will always excite me. It’s best to do it without knowing what you are looking for. I can spend hours in my favorite record store. Record stores are my candy shops!!!!”
  • From beyond the grave…What the official Michael Jackson website thinks of the Ben cover (in HQ below)

    (via Patton Archivo)
  • Our own Lusty gives her verdict on Faith No More at the Warfield.
  • And here is Hard Rock Chick’s review.

  • Raymond Ahner’s photos from the third Warfield show.
  • More of the same from Live Daily.
  • Umlaut’s jaded review. Sample quote: “FNM’s resurrection seems more about cashing in on nostalgia than anything else. Sorry, just being honest.”
  • Ozzy Osbourne’s 18-month tour will not impact on Faith No More as Puffy is no longer part of Ozzy’s band with Tommy Clufetos the current drummer.
  • Secret Serpents have some pics of Faith No More signing the Warfield posters.
1104, 2010

Faith No More at the Warfield this week: all the details

April 11th, 2010|Faith No More, News|32 Comments

Here we go with a post to hopefully pull together all the pertinent details for this week’s three Faith No More homecoming concerts at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco.

Monday 12 April

Warfield Theatre
Neil Hamburger as MC
7.00 pm. Doors open
8.10 pm: Pop-o-pies
9.10 pm: Trannyshack performers
10.00 pm: Faith No More

Tuesday 13 April

Warfield Theatre
Neil Hamburger as MC
7.00 pm. Doors open
8.10 pm: Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine
9.10 pm: Barbary Coast Cloggers
10.00 pm: Faith No More

Wednesday 14 April

Warfield Theatre

Neil Hamburger as MC
7.00 pm. Doors open
8.10 pm: White Thrash Debutantes
9.10 pm: El Camino High Cheerleaders (I think this is who Roddy means)
10.00 pm: Faith No More

I hope some of the many commenters and lurkers on the site going to the gigs can tweet me the set lists and other details. Above all, enjoy the gigs.

1104, 2010

Faith No More at the Warfield retrospective

April 11th, 2010|Faith No More, News|11 Comments

Given that it is their hometown it is no surprise that Faith No More have played more gigs in San Francisco than anywhere else but next week’s series of comeback gigs at the city’s Warfield Theatre will only be their fifth, sixth and seventh gigs at the venue.

2 July 1986
There is some confusion over when FNM played their first gig at the historic former vaudeville theatre. They are reported to have played there on 2 July 1986 when the band comprised Chuck Mosley, Roddy Bottum, Bill Gould, Mike Bordin and jim Martin. The Aussiemusicfan gig database provide the following setlist:
Chinese Arithmetic (instrumental)
New Beginnings
New Improved Song
The Crab Song
As The Worm Turns
Arabian Disco
We Care A Lot
The Jungle
R’n’R
Jim
Blood
Why Do You Bother?

Strangely FNM are reported as supporting John Lydon’s Public Image Limited that night but the poster for the PIL gig shows that that gig took place at the city’s Civic Auditorium, as does PIL’s official website’s gig archive.

19 August 1992
o such doubts over FNM’s next (or first) Warfield date. Faith No More were at this stage a band at the peak of their powers with the date coming as Faith No More took a break from their US tour supporting Guns N’ Roses and Metallica which had been postponed due to James Hetfield’s pyrotechnic injury and would resume six days later. Angel Dust had been released months previously, peaked at number 10 in the US charts at 10 and was at 36 at the time of the Warfield date.
The band kicked off with the sonic assault of Caffeine:

A rare playing of Death March and then Land of Sunshine followed:
Midlife Crisis and As the Worm Turns
Why Do You Bother was the penultimate song and featured a stage invader:
While the band’s performance of Edge of the World was promoted by Mike Patton’s infamous questioning of his mother:
Much more from that gig at on YouTube from user Litany Crash and by following the links from the videos above.
Set list:
Caffeine
Death March
Land Of Sunshine
The Real Thing
Midlife Crisis
As The Worm Turns
RV
Surprise! You’re Dead!
Be Aggressive
Crack Hitler
Easy
We Care A Lot
Jizzlobber
Woodpecker From Mars
Epic
Introduce Yourself
Mark Bowen
Why Do You Bother?
Edge Of The World

20 January 1993
Faith No More launched a US tour of their own in January, a month which also saw them garner a Grammy nomination. But not everyone was convinced and indeed the day of their Warfield performance – the fifth on their 14-date US tour – the Sacramento Bee published a scathing review of their 18 January University of Davis performance under the headline “Faith No More buries message in sonic stew”. The article began with the damning: “Life is full of profound mysteries, but few are as inexplicable as the popularity of Faith No More.”

So much for one deluded review’s opinion and back to the Warfield. The band were supported by Babes in Toyland and Kyuss and opened with the sonic assault of Caffeine after support band the Easy Goings got a torrid reception from the crowd. As for FNM, the San Jose Mercury reported in their review: “The band’s Wednesday night show at the Warfield was noisy at times — but it was a thinking person’s noisy. Amid the vocal histrionics of Mike Patton and the slash and burn instrumental pyrotechnics of guitarist Jim Martin, there were moments of intricate and inspired musicality.”

It added: “Faith No More primarily performed songs from its most recent album, “Angel Dust” — but in concert divested them of their studio sleekness, giving them a hysterical, almost punk-ish edge. But that edge also had complex chords and ensemble sections, clashing time signatures and an eclectic feel that’s rare in this genre.”

And the review concluded: “What all of this — Patton’s vocal agility and the rest of the group’s musicianship — produces is a redefinition of what slash/speed metal is and could be. This music doesn’t have to be a dull, monolithic form played by simpletons for simpletons. Instead, it can be music of ear-burning sound and innovative and soul-searing expression. All it needs is a little faith — or, Faith No More.”

Not as much on YouTube for this one but here is Patton in full flow during As the Worm Turns:

And the setlist:
Caffeine
Falling To Pieces
Land Of Sunshine
The Crab Song
Midlife Crisis
Chinese Arithmetic
RV
Surprise! You’re Dead!
Be Aggressive
Introduce Yourself
Easy
Crack Hitler
We Care A Lot
Woodpecker From Mars
Jizzlobber
Epic
Kindergarten
Sweet Dreams (Nestles)
Edge Of The World
Let’s Lynch The Landlord (Dead Kennedys)
As The Worm Turns
A Small Victory

24 April 1995
Faith No More returned to the Warfield in 1995, weeks after the release of King for a Day…King for a Lifetime. Indeed, the concert set list included nine cuts from the March release.
The San Francisco Chronicle review reported: “Mixing material from the new album with landmarks from the four previous, the band took aim at the pop sensibilities of many of their colleagues from the so-called alternative music field. Faith No More brutally lampooned the Cranberries with an apparently spontaneous version of that band’s hit Zombie, which vocalist Michael Patton transformed into a song about nose rings, extracting a Dolores O’Riordan look-alike from the front rows to sing along with him onstage.”

And continues, focusing on the band’s musicianship: “While such eclecticism was crucial to the band’s underground breakthrough, when Faith No More lashed the energy of punk to heavy metal, the musicians long ago abandoned the amateurism of punk for accomplished musicianship that allows them greater range in making their statement. Rather than simple, straight-ahead rockonomy, the musicians indulged in shifting time signatures, densely chorded passages and always scrupulous, sometimes even intricate, song structure.”

The review concluded: “Patton threw himself around stage like a limp rag doll, buckling under the very passion of his vocals. With trimmed-close hair and a short-sleeved shirt, Patton looked like anything but a rock star. But that is part of the statement, something more than a posture, underlined by the hip philosophizing, occasional sloganeering and outright sarcasm reflected in the band’s lyrics.

“There are polemics at work here. Anti-pop, anti-show business, Faith No More takes great pains to deconstruct rock concert conventions. The show ended appropriately with Bottum and Patton tossing a coin to decide whether they would play one more number. “This song goes out to every one of you from every one of us,” Patton said disingenuously before the band cranked out the final tune and left the stage.”

I have two versions of the set list:
Digging The Grave
Be Aggressive
Midlife Crisis
The Crab Song
Surprise! You’re Dead!
Evidence
What A Day
We Care A Lot
Easy
Introduce Yourself
Get Out
Zombie (Cranberries)
King For A Day
Epic
Ricochet
Just A Man
Last To Know
I Started A Joke
The Gentle Art Of Making Enemies

The Negele database also has From Out of Nowhere and Caffeine.

6 October 1997
The band returned to Warfield finally in their death throes in 1997. The Chronicle previewed rather than reviewed the gig, thus:
“Faith No More’s show at the Warfield tomorrow night signals an auspicious return for the veteran Bay Area rock group.”

The same article quotes Billy on the eve of the show: “These shows are giving me more satisfaction than any I’ve ever done. Right now we’re playing really well, and our spirits are all very good, but you can never tell what will happen when we get off the road.”

As this was in the early internet era, we have some great audience descriptions of the show here and here.
Here are some quick quotes:
“After Ugly In The Morning:
Patton: “Well having said that… why don’t you say something? You know it all, you say
something?!”
Roddy?: “You ready for a little more?”
Patton: “Tell us something about yourself, we’re just the band! You, ladies and
gentlemen are the audience!”
Roddy?: “And what a show you are ladies and gentlemen!”
Patton: “Who are you? Who are you?!”
Roddy?: “Where’s my sister?! Raise your hand Kathryn” –
Patton: “I don’t care who you are I wanna dance with ya! I want you to fuck me. You! Fuck! Me!” ”

Set list:
Midnight Cowboy
Collision
Midlife Crisis
Last Cup Of Sorrow
The Gentle Art Of Making Enemies
Evidence
Easy
Introduce Yourself
Ugly In The Morning
Home Sick Home
Ashes To Ashes
King For A Day
Pristina
Epic
Naked In Front Of The Computer
Highway Star (Deep Purple)
Just A Man
This Guy’s In Love With You
Land Of Sunshine
Caffeine
Stripsearch

I have not had any luck finding video for this but there is no shortage of full audio downloads out there on that there t’interweb.

As it transpired Faith No More played only two more US shows after this Warfield date so Monday will really be an historic return.

Acknowledgements:
As always such articles would not be possible without the two following gig resources:
anaussiemusicfan.com
Stefan Negele database
In addition, the archives of the San Francisco Chronicle have been very helpful.
Not long after starting writing this I became aware of Dan’s similar blog post so make sure to check it out too.

804, 2010

Third Warfield poster revealed

April 8th, 2010|News|19 Comments

Our friends at Secret Serpents have unveiled the poster for the third Warfield theatre show on 14 April by Junko Mizuno. The poster goes on sale on the same day from the Secret Serpents store.

3003, 2010

Links for a day…(vol. 54)

March 30th, 2010|News|19 Comments

  • Bill Gould has produced Elvis Jackson‘s debut album, which was released on Monday 29 March. The Slovenian band supported Faith No More in Bucharest last summer. In the News has all the details: Sample quote: “One thing that must be said of this album is that the production quality is fantastic. Punk bands, when producing full releases, sometimes sound like they’re practising to an empty room, bringing an echo chamber-style sound. Here, it’s consistently crisp and you hear absolutely everything you want to, should you single out bass, drums, guitars or vocals. It’s just bloody brilliant.”
  • The official poster for Faith No More’s 12 April gig at the Warfield is out. Its by Californian artist Tim Biskup. Read what he has to say about it.
  • More poster news. Secret Serpents have a range of signed tour posters on sale at reduced rates, typically from $60 to $45. Bill’s Melbourne’s poster is now on sale at just $50. In addition, two special sets are available: one seven-poster set of European posters at $315 and a four-poster set from Australia and New Zealand at $200. That’s Bil signing one of his Melbourne posters below.
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