• There have been a lot of good pieces written recently about The Real Thing on its 25th anniversary and here is one more that really gets it from Lonesome Noise’s Silver Chronicles:
    “Woodpecker from Mars” follows as the only instrumental on the record, but it’s certainly one of the highlights. Beginning with a middle-eastern riff on the keys, Roddy Bottum owns this song throughout. Or does Gould, with his frenetic slap-bass? Or maybe it’s Bordin and his steel-hitting-concrete drums? Or Martin, and his thick rhythms and noise-solo? It’s an impeccable showcase for how each instrument can play a different style in the same song and make it come together.”
  • And onto Angel Dust and it has been selected in Metro Weekly Soundwaves’ top 50 best albums of the 1990s:
    “Schizophrenic, unflinchingly brutal at times, hilarious and scary, Angel Dust is the finest album in Faith No More’s impressive catalog.”
    It is a great list by the way and a reminder on what a brilliant decade for good music the 1990s was.
  • One of that album – possibly my favourite song – for my mood today:
  • While Faith No More are booked in for a return on 4 July, this still hasn’t stopped the band members’ touring with their other projects. Roddy’s Imperial Teen are down to play the Merge 25 Festival in North Carolina. In fact, their Friday 25 July date at Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro is already sold out.
  • And eagle-eyed reader Mark has spotted that Mike P’s Peeping Tom are down to play at Glastonbury according to popular festival site efestivals albeit with a to be confirmed caveat. Alas a little bit more Googling reveals that this listing refers actually to a DJ or disc jockey, as I believe the cool cats coall them, who goes by the same moniker.
  • Not sure whether we featured this before but this recently dropped on a popular video sharing platform near you – demo version of Annie’s Song from 1986.