Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the release of Faith No More’s breakthrough album The Real Thing. The album was the first to feature the vocals and songwriting of Mike Patton and spawned the hit single Epic. The album peaked at number 11 in the Billboard US album charts and  number 30 in the UK. Once more I’m grateful to the Metal Hammer blog archive for another excellent Behind the Music-style article on the genesis of the album. Sample quote: “It was a great time for us,” recalls [Mike] Bordin. “We never had any of the issues that were to cause such problems later on in our career. We were getting along really well, and I think the music reflects that sense of belonging together. And I am so proud what we did back then, and how we did it. Without taking the easy route.”