The Culture Creature interview is an engrossing long read with great questions from the knowledgeable Dan Redding and typically candid replies from Bill.
Here are some choice cuts:
Are there other qualities you hear on it? What stands out to you?
We were all kind of learning our voice. We wanted to do some things that had some rhythmic, repetitive, hypnotic quality to it, but we wanted it to be heavy. It wasn’t quite that heavy yet but we were trying (laughs). You could tell where we wanted to go. I can’t say that we went there all the way yet – I think we still had some growing to do. You can hear the vision that we had, I think…
One thing that stands out on We Care A Lot is this real, raw energy that’s not self-conscious at all. It might be the way it was recorded – we did it very quickly and didn’t have time to polish anything. Part of the unpolished-ness about it is kinda cool.
and on Cliff Burton:
You performed one show as a band called The Chickenfuckers with Cliff Burton, Mike Bordin, and Jim Martin [note: the Chickenfuckers performed one show at Mabuhay Gardens circa 1984, with Gould on vocals]. What do you remember of that performance?
(laughs) It was ridiculous. I’d never sung in a band before, and I’ve never sung in one since. I think I drank a half a bottle of whiskey during that performance. It was kind of an ‘anything goes’ jam, just try to go as out there as possible. Unfortunately for that reason, I remember very little of it…. It was a complete open improv. It was fun.
And from Radio Tangra
Are there any songs that you wanted to be on the record [Sol Invictus], but you decided to pull them away?
Yeah, we made more songs than we did. Definitely. I don’t know, I mean, our relationship is very good so I don’t see why we wouldn’t. But I just can’t be the guy to tell you.
Faith No More fans have been spoiled over the past decade with the band reforming to tour the world, recording new music with the wonderful Sol Invictus and now re-releasing their under-exposed debut album We Care a Lot with the added bonus of two special concerts with original vocalist Chuck Mosley.
Founding father, bassist and the beating heart of Faith No More Bill Gould is enjoying the experience- and he again took a break form his busy WCAL schedule to answer a few questions from Faith No More 2.0.
Bill Gould in 1982 (c) Joan Osato via Faith No. Man / Faith No More Followers
How pleased are you with the final We Care A Lot deluxe band issue?
Very pleased…it sounds good, it looks good, people seem to be approaching it in the right spirit.
This seemed to be a real labour of love for you personally but also the rest of the band. Are you surprised at how energized you have been by rediscovering your past?
Yes, both energized and surprised. On my side, it was great looking back, I had totally forgotten about this period of the band, but it has been gratifying to view this band from a broader perspective.
Is there any possibility of any more band issues in the near future or do you have to wait for a long time to regain control of your own music?
This is the only release, besides Sol Invictus, that the band controls 100%. Unfortunately, I don’t see any of those albums in between reverting back.
The new WCAL sounds amazing. Cleaner and richer without being compressed. Guitars seemingly more urgent but vocal track clearer. How have you managed to improve the tracks while retaining their essence? Can you explain a little the process of remixing the album for the less music production savvy?
Several things: 1) The transfer was done to digital with much better conversion than the original, 2) Matt has had 30 years of experience to refine his mixing skills, and 3) Maor Applebaum, who did the mastering, treated the final result with proper respect and didn’t mess with the general character.
Matt Wallace produced originally and remixed a number of tracks here – how good was it to work with him again and how crucial has he been to capturing Faith No More’s sound?
He was crucial because we grew up together: us as musicians and he as a producer/engineer. So we was really part of our unit. Since Angel Dust we we in different directions but it has been great to reconnect. Working with FNM is more than just a job to him, and I think that shows in the final result.
What track are you most satisfied with on the re-issue?
All of them.
Post-punk and post-punk revival music remains popular (think Parquet Courts, DIIV and more now). This record again shows that FNM were original post-punks. Is it important to you to reclaim your true musical heritage and escape the lazy metal labelling?
Well, its the origin of who we are. I believe original context is everything.
In your now mythical basement, is there any unreleased or unheard of FNM music that could yet see the light of day?
I do have a TON of cassettes…
The re-issue and promotion seems to have brought the band and Chuck even closer. When you told WSJ that“I can see us doing something creatively together.” would that be as a band or you and him?
What can we expect at the two live listening parties this week. What other friends can be expect?
Free admission, WCAL on the sound system.
WE CARE A LOT – DELUXE BAND EDITION” release date is August 19, now available now for pre-order:
Chuck Mosley and Friends will be live streaming their concert tomorrow night at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco and on 20 August from The Troubadour in Los Angeles from their Facebook page.
Broadcast time for tonight’s show is o630 in London (Friday), 0230 in Santiago (Friday) and 1530 in Sydney (Friday) Check out your time zone here
In the run-up to the 19 August release of the deluxe band issue of We Care a Lot, Faith No More have out the re-tooled title track out via The Wall Street Journal.
Speaking about the new version, Bill Gould told WSJ:
Gould says he asked original producer Matt Wallace to take another crack at mixing the various individual tracks that comprise “We Care a Lot” and a couple other songs on the deluxe re-release. While the new mix of “We Care a Lot” has a few changes, including a different arrangement, Gould thinks it doesn’t sound all that different from the album version.
“That kind of surprised me,” he says. “Thirty years of technology and experience, and here we are, still at kind of the same place.”
And Bill also hinted at future collaboration with WCAL vocalist Chuck Mosley:
“Right now, we’re on pretty good terms,” Gould says. “I can see us doing something creatively together.”
WE CARE A LOT – DELUXE BAND EDITION” release date is August 19, now available now for pre-order:
Owen Dawson did all Faith No More fans proud last night (well actually in May when the episode was recorded) when he answered questions on Faith No More as his specialist subject on BBC’s iconic Mastermind quiz.
[Spolier alert] Owen – who is Curriculum Manager: English & Maths at Barnet and Southgate College – fared very well, scoring 11 on Faith No More in a minute, passing on one question and missing two despite being under the intense pressure of the chair, lights and studio audience plus millions watching at home.
And, realising how good he is at answering questions, we tracked him down for a quick interview in co-operation with Jim from Faith No More Followers.
Did you make it through? That score would win most episodes! When did you apply? When did the recording take place?
I haven’t been told if I made it through to the semi final yet. Here’s hoping! I had to sign some very official looking forms saying I wouldn’t discuss the Mastermind process, so I can’t say too much about the application or the show I’m afraid. I can say that it was recorded in May in the BBC’s Media City complex in Salford. I haven’t actually seen the episode as I am currently in Greece on holiday and can’t access the BBC iplayer to watch it!
Was Faith No More your first choice of subject?
I had to submit three subjects – again, I’m not allowed to be specific, but the other two were more ‘academic.’ I was stumped for a third subject and put down FNM for the sake of completion as much as anything. To my great surprise, the Mastermind people suggested I should do it. Which was fine by me!
How did you prepare?
I had read Stefan Chirazi’s “Faith No More: The Real Story” many years ago, so I re-read it. I also bought Greg Prato’s “The Faith No More and Mr. Bungle Companion” which took things up to around 1999, and of course Allmusic was good for the more technical discography stuff.
As well as the aforementioned sources, I am lucky enough to count David Fox of Valentine Records, Manchester, as my oldest friend. We got into FNM together as youngsters and he set me a fiendishly difficult quiz which I didn’t do too well in. It was useful because I think I had got over confident at that stage, thinking as long as I knew the discography I would find it easy. David’s quiz soon brought me down a peg and forced me to widen my research and not neglect the band’s story in favour of just the music.
How intimidating is it sitting in the chair?
The chair itself is really not intimidating at all. It’s a rather run of the mill, standard office type chair, not the big black imposing interrogation seat that one associates with Mastermind. But the music…when you hear those first few bars of ‘Approaching Menace’ that’s when the nerves start jangling.
What score were you aiming and hoping for in FNM round and overall?
I had no pre-conceived points target for either round. The only target I set myself was not to finish last.
Are FNM your favourite band?
Yes, FNM are without doubt my favourite band and have been for nearly 25 years. I’m a big fan of other bands like Therapy? Nirvana, Queens of the Stone Age, Anthrax, but FNM take it to another level in terms of their inventiveness and their embracing of so many genres.
Have you seen them live? If so, what’s your favourite gig?
Funnily enough, I am not a huge fan of live music in general and don’t go to that many gigs. I have only ever seen FNM once, back in 2010 at Brixton Academy. It was amazing. Patton in his pink suit crooning Peaches and Herb’s ‘Reunited’ with Roddy…wonderful.
And favourite album?
My favourite album is ‘Angel Dust.’ FNM haven’t made a bad record, but ‘Angel Dust’ stands out for so many reasons. After ‘The Real Thing’ it would have been so easy to just reproduce that poppy, breezy vibe, and had they done so, it would have been terrific. But they chose to go down the route of eclecticism and make their fans work to understand the album and for that, they deserve great respect. I think it’s a majestic album; it brims with confidence and originality. And whilst ‘The Real Thing’ has – understandably ‘- dated to an extent, ‘Angel Dust’ still sounds fresh and original nearly 25 years on. That is some achievement.
What is it about FNM you love enough to take your knowledge to this level?
I have always disliked genres and have always greatly admired those who are not afraid to either experiment with genre or smash it down completely. You can get the same rush from a soul ballad as you can from a thrash metal track. LL Cool J was a pioneer in that respect, as were Run DMC, Aerosmith, Anthrax, Public Enemy etc. But I don’t think there has ever been another band that has so successfully made genre irrelevant as FNM. Just look at ‘King for a Day…” how can one band have ‘Evidence,’ ‘Digging the Grave’ and ‘Just A Man’ on the same record? But that’s what FNM have always done and it’s wonderful. Of course, a lot of that is down to Patton’s extraordinary vocal skills, but that willingness to jump between genres is present on all of their records since ‘Introduce Yourself.’ I guess in personal terms, FNM has been the soundtrack to my life in many ways. Exam results, teenage crushes, university, first job, first car, marriage…FNM have been playing in the background during all of these milestones. Their music is kind of part of who I am.
Why do you think FNM have such dedicated fans in the UK?
I guess British music fans know quality when they see it. The UK loves originality – it did produce The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bowie, Depeche Mode, Bow Wow Wow, Talk Talk…the list goes on. So when a band like FNM shows up in London, they’re going to be noticed. They are also not overtly American in a way that perhaps the Chilli Peppers are. Their music has strong British and European overtones which connect neatly with the UK listener base. You can see the punk influence in many tracks for example.
The indefatigable Bill Gould has continued his promo tour for the deluxe band issue re-release of We Care a Lot with an interview with SF Weekly.
Here are some choice cuts:
On WCAL the song:
“It was both serious and tongue-in-cheek,” Gould explains. “You have to look at it through the time that it was written. Everybody was exploiting their humanitarian values. There was a lot of self-congratulatory bullshit going around that we were kind of making fun of.”
On their first venture into the studio to properly record WCAL:
“It was a real gamble,” he says. “We were spending all this money that we didn’t even have to make those recordings. What would happen if the records just ended up sitting in the shelves? What if no one liked it?”
Loudwire is the latest publication to attempt to rank the FNM discography. I think most fans would disagree with their number one choice.
Meanwhile, Angel Dust and KFAD dominate these lists from Reddit users.
An even earlier review
After Steve Albini‘s offering yesterday, friend of the band Jardar has produced an even earlier review. It is a review of Faith No Man from 1983: