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1402, 2017

TOP 10: Faith No More’s most romantic songs

February 14th, 2017|Faith No More, News|2 Comments

Faith No More don’t do romance. They don’t do love songs. They don’t do personal.

Certainly in the Mike Patton era, the lyrics to Faith No More songs have largely eschewed the personal – and indeed the biographical. Both the music and the lyrics are instead created as scenes rather than personal sketches or deep revelations into the soul. Mike Patton told Rock Hard in 2015:

“I like creating fictional characters and trying to appropriate their psychology…They are little films. To be totally frank, I do not know exactly myself what some of my lyrics say because I try before anything else to follow the music. When I discover a new song, I imagine the sounds and the notes on top. Only then do I try to find the words which come the closest as possible to what I have heard in my head.”

So finding traditional love songs in the Faith No More oeuvre is not a straightforward task. Nonetheless, with the help of some covers, here’s a top 10 for Valentine’s Day.

10 Spanish Eyes

A cover provoked by Bill Gould’s spell of listening to San Francisco oldie easy-listening station Magic 61, Spanish Eyes was originally recorded by Al Martino in 1965 and is a reworking of a song called Moon Over Naples released the same year. The FNM version was released as the B-side of Ricochet on most UK and European releases in May 1995. The song was recorded, like all King for a Day B-sides at Bill Gould’s studio – and is one of the only Faith No More recordings to feature Dean Menta on guitar. It has never been played live.
(More here from FNM Followers / photo by Patton Mad)

 

9 This Guy’s in Love with You

“Who doesn’t love some Burt Bacharach?” asked Mike Patton as he introduced this cover on the band’s 2015 BBC Radio 1 session. Patton adores the classic composer – “If you don’t like his stuff, you don’t know shit” he told Kerrang in 1997 – while Roddy Bottum added at the same BBC session: “Its a song with a real twist. He’s such a crafty songwriter. We’ve always loved this song and this is the first time we’ve ever recorded the song.”

For a song which became such a staple of their live show, Faith No More did not play This Guy until right near the end of the 1.0 era – on 16 September 1997 at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC.

 

8 The Crab Song

Chuck Mosley‘s lyrics tended to the autobiographical much more than Mike Patton’s. Certainly, Faith No More, while often hitting the depths of misanthropy, have rarely sounded so out and out melancholic as on this track. Written by Chuck (lyrics) and Bill and Mike Bordin (music), the track was released on Introduce Yourself in 1987 and has remained a live favourite ever since. It is emblematic of IY era Faith No More: Chuck ad-libs, moody synth wash, plangent bass, dramatic segue into all-out thrash. And the perfect Valentine’s Day lyrics:

“Hurts, hurts, hurts like a like a motherfucker
Love, it hurts, it kills, like a sonofabitch”

Here’s a very early live version  – from 1985

7 Glory Box

Our final cover. Faith No More, like the rest of the world, couldn’t resist trip-hop in the mid-1990s and offered up this perfect cover of the sublime Glory Box from Portishead’s Dummy. FNM even went full-on Bristol on their 1997 release Album of the Year with Stripsearch the perfect trip-rock song (Bill Gould Keybord magazine 1997: “The loop in the beginning made such a difference. Before we put it in, the song sounded more like Queensryche. But after the loop, it sounded more like Portishead or something. It gave it a darker, different slant. It didn’t sound like a rock band anymore.”). Anyway, here’s the iconic version of Glory Box with Patton bathing in all of Santiago’s spittle at the Monsters of Rock Chile in 1995, the last of the 13 times they would play the song live.

6 Pristina

Seemingly a reference to the Kosovan capital, the final song on Faith No More final pre-split album was a fitting farewell and another stunning evocation of mood. That came mostly in the music but the lyrics also suggest a parting of lovers:

In every flower bed
In every marriage bed

I’ll be with you
I’m watching you

5 Be Aggressive

Probably more of a sex song than a love song per se, the lyrics for this famously homoerotic Angel Dust track were penned by Roddy Bottum before he came out as gay in 1993. I’ll include it as a love song purely for this line which at least suggests temporary infatuation:
“You’re my flavor of the week”

4 Underwater Love

A metal-based Onion-style satire site once claimed that a woman in Wisconsin had tried to get this song banned due to it apparently encouraging children to become mermaids. The song, of course, makes no such allusions but does contain just enough darkness beneath its oh so shiny surface to make such stories credible. In a rare early explanation of his lyrics or perhaps a bluff, Patton told Kerrang! in 1990: “Underwater Love was basically about murdering someone you love.”
But in the spirit of the day that’s in it, we’ll imagine that these lyrics have a more romantic meaning:

It’s wonderful how the surface ripples
But you’re perfect and I cannot breathe

Forever longing to make you mine
But I can’t escape your stare

Hold me closer, keep me near
My underwater love

Hold me closer, keep me near
I’ll never get enough

Here’s a a 1988 demo version – with significantly different lyrics

The band have not played the song live since November 1992.

3 I Won’t Forget You

The lyrics initially read like the sweet and sentimental ballad of a loser in love. Mike Patton’s brutal and pained delivery suggest something more menacing, with the metaphorical hell of abandonment the most innocent explanation.

You never love someone
Only what they leave behind
And I won’t forget you

I Won’t Forget You is a Patton/Gould composition recorded during the King For A Day… Fool For A Lifetime sessions. It appeared on Who Cares a Lot, the awfully titled compilation from 1998, and it has never been played live.

2 From Out of Nowhere

Probably Faith No More’s finest pop moment. Track one from The Real Thing is a song that could and should have propelled them to mainstream success months before Epic finally did. Keyboard-led, hooky, catchy, those Patton vocals and eventually some Jim Martin crunching adornment, it is The Real Thing in three minutes, 21 seconds.

Obsession rules me
I’m yours from the start
I know you see me
Our eyes interlock

Jim and Faith No More Followers have everything you ever need to know about the song here so I’ll not add much more , only to extract these quotes from Roddy Bottum and Mike Patton on the song’s meaning.

Roddy: “It seems to be about a chance meeting, and how chance plays a role in interaction”,

Patton: “Jello shots, hermetic philosophy, Ptolemaic cosmology… you know, your average commie/junkie jibber-jabber.”

Here’s the band “performing” the song on UK TV institution Top of the Pops in 1990.

1 She Loves Me Not

Regarded by reviewers as either cheesy or soulful when it came out in 1997 on Album of the Year, the straightforward romantic soul of She Loves Me Not was initially met with ambivalence by the band themselves.
The track was written by Bill Gould, Mike Patton and Mike Bordin, and Bill gave their take on the song to Keyboard magazine in 1997:

“This song almost didn’t make it on the record. We almost didn’t even record vocals for it because it’s so different from all of the other songs. I wrote this song, and I was almost embarrassed to play it for anybody in the band because it’s so soft – but at the same time it’s a good song. It’s like a Boyz II Men song of something. I didn’t play it for anybody for, like, a half a year, and then finally I played it for Puffy. He thought we should give it a try, so I gave it to Patton, and he said, ‘I wrote words, but they’re pretty over-the-top.’ But we went forward with it, and he really sang his ass off.”

Some of those over-the-top words:

I’m here, alone
On the the telephone line

I’m right where you want me to be
And I’ll wait alone and never ask why
Ill be where you want me to be

1412, 2016

Links for a Day vol 201: Billy interview, Patton joins Dead Cross, Chuck interview

December 14th, 2016|Faith No More, Links for a day, News|5 Comments

A belated round-up

Bill Gould’s Team Rock interview

Bill Gould’s latest interview as part of the We Care a Lot re-issue promotion was a Q and A in Team Rock/Classic Rock largely focusing on the band’s early days and motivations:

Choice cuts:

With FNM, how much of what you do is art provocation and how much instinctive miscreancy?

It’s a bit of everything. People get hung up on how we fit into their box. We don’t think about it too hard. We just do what feels good.

You never seemed like one of those Last Gang In Town type of bands – more a confederacy of opposites. Fair?

Completely. We were a bunch of people with different abilities and quirks; a dysfunctional family. Jim came from the metal world, which was very different for us. [Chuck Mosley, first frontman] was the wild card; that was part of his charm. We were just playing loops and he would scream over the top. It was hard when we started getting into patterns and structure and touring – it became more like regular work. That’s when the tension started.

And

You must be proud of the band’s achievements: you defined a style of music, defied it, then defiled it.

All of that. It’s cool. You respect what you do, but at the same time you’re a bit of an iconoclast.

Every band has a voice. FNM’s is snarky, sarcastic, even satirical. Are you the hard-rock Steely Dan?

Ha ha! It’s funny, it’s almost like forensics: you have to take the dead body apart to see what the fuck it’s made of.

What a strange band.

Yeah. But at least we’re not boring.

Full interview here – offered as part of fremium service so maybe paywalled

Here are some scans – courtesy of Faith No More French Community

Mike Patton joins Dead Cross

As predicted by Patton Fanatic several months ago, Mike Patton will be the new singer in Dave Lombardo’s new project Dead Cross. Jim from FNM Followers has interviewed Justin Pearson, bassist in the supergroup:

How did this collaboration come about? Was it simply a matter of a phone call to Patton?

Well, yes. Lombardo, Crain, and myself had thought of a few people to sing, Patton being one. Fortunately for us, the universe had its shit together… and here we are.

You had written material with Gabe Serbian prior to parting ways. Did you start afresh when Patton was enlisted?

We had the songs written and recorded prior to Patton’s involvement. When we started working with Patton, he jumped in and started working on lyrics and recording vocals.

So how has Patton’s influence changed the sound?

It’s hard to explain. The band is still finding it’s own skin to fit into. No matter whom you bring into a band, the sound becomes who all are part of it. Let’s revisit this question after the album comes out, after we play shows with the new line up, and after we can reflect on things.

The album will come out in early 2017 through Patton’s Ipecac label.

Brilliant Chuck Mosley interview

One of the few pleasures of 2016 has been the rehabilitation of the reputation of Chuck Mosley during the promotion of We Care a Lot. And Chuck, who has been in the studio working on the second Primitive Race album, has given a very revealing interview with Fear and Loathing in which he expounds at length on the early days of Faith No More.

Some choice cuts:

You first met Billy Gould when you were both going to punk gigs in Hollywood ?

‘Yeah, I met him when I was about 17 or 18, I think. He was the first one of those guys I met, because I didn’t even meet Roddy until Billy had moved up to Berkeley. We both had this friend, Mark Stewart, who I had known since Elementary school. He started to play guitar around the same time that I started playing piano, but I didn’t really see him play until we were in the 12th grade or something. Then one day we were hanging out and he started playing something and I discovered that he had got really good, so I said we should start a band. He asked Billy and two other friends, Paul and Kevin, and that was what became The Animated. As soon as me and Billy met, we pretty-much clicked. He was into all the same bands that I was into, so we started going to shows together. I think he liked going out to shows with me because I didn’t have any limits, so it was like going along to see how drunk I would get or if I was going to get in a fight or what was I going to knock over or what I was going to fuck-up… It was like that most nights, I was pretty-much out of control for various personal reasons. I always went out just to see the bands, that was all I intended to do, but it would often end up in those kind of situations.’

You’d already sung with them on a couple of occasions, just as a temporary thing, hadn’t you ?

‘Yeah, because they were going through different singers and guitar players every other week. So they’d call me if they had a show in LA, and say, we haven’t got a singer, can you do it ? I’d get up and sing with them when they came down to LA without a singer. Billy always loved irony and I wasn’t a singer back then, so it made sense to him that they should ask me to sing!’

Patton Fanatic discography timeline

Patton Fanatic continue to deliver killer content and they have put together a very nifty Mike Patton discography interactive timeline on their site.

Check it out.

111, 2016

The Quietus interview with Chuck Mosley

November 1st, 2016|Faith No More, News|3 Comments

Jeremy Allen – one of the foremost media Faith No More experts – conducted an interview with Chuck Mosley in Paris before the find date of his Reintroduce Yourself tour and The Quietus today published the revealing Q and A.

Here are some highlights:

So tell me about your dreams.

CM: Yeah, in the dream I get invited back to play. I’m on stage with them but I can’t sing a word, I can’t remember a word and I don’t know what to do, and I freak out and hide behind an amplifier, and Billy looks disappointed at me and they’re all looking at me. I had it for a good 20 years or something – a lot! – and it was weird. And then it stopped when I started playing with them again. It stopped happening actually after the first time I went back with them.

So wait? You’re telling me they’d already auditioned Mike Patton when you were still in the band?

CM: I dunno, maybe they had. It took a while, you know, for it to come out. It could easily be that they’d already been talking to Mike before I was even done. Billy was really angry with me for a while for whatever reason. But it’s all under the bridge now, we’re all really super good.

Looking back, what would you do differently?

CM: Probably just show more that I was a team player and go along with the programme a bit more. I could never do that when I was a kid. I’ve always been a rebel and it’s got me in trouble sometimes, and probably kept me poor. And then again, maybe not, because I might not have the two daughters that I have, you know. And we’re all so close now. You know, I came full circle for a reason; I had to grow up a little bit and we all grew up and it’s all good.

 

 

2809, 2016

Chuck Mosley tour update and and Irish radio interview

September 28th, 2016|Faith No More, News, Tour dates|0 Comments

Douglas Esper has given us an update on how the Chuck Mosley European tour is progressing. The band played Chester last night and play in the midlands in Cannock tonight.

Hello from Cannock! Chuck, Andy, and I just arrived in town and we are taking advantage of the local ASDA for two free hours of parking. Last night in Chester was a fun gig. Chuck actually read my setlist and played a few chunks of songs like, Sleep by Cement, and Punk Rock Movie by VUA. As a big fan of the song Sleep I hope to see it in the set at some point. The U.K. has been a blast and the people have treated us very well, but a quick note: crowds, please don’t the shy! Sing along! We love it and feed off of it (ask Edinburgh). We have 18 shows on this leg left and we hope to see you at the shows!

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Chuck Mosley interview with Irish radio

Meanwhile, Irish radio station Newstalk continued their series of interviews and features on the We Care a Lot as presenter and seeming uber-fan Joe Donnelly speaks to Chuck about WCAL and early Faith No More .

Listen below:

2609, 2016

Chuck Mosley European tour update

September 26th, 2016|Faith No More, News|0 Comments

Chuck Mosley’s UK and European tour is now well underway – and early dates in the England and Scotland have earned wide acclaim on social media.

September
27th Live Rooms Chester
28th The Station Cannock
29th Fuel Cardiff
30th The Bierkeller Bristol

October
1st Sanctuary Basingstoke
2nd Cobblestones Bridgewater
3rd The Underground Stoke on Trent
4th The Flapper Birmingham
5th Underground Bradford
6th The Victoria Swindon (support from Phil Cooper)
7th The Anvil Bournemouth
8th Crauford Arms Milton Keynes
9th Hairy Dog Derby
10th Boston Music Rooms Tuffnell Park, London
11th Bootleg Social, Blackpool
12th Star & Garter Manchester
13th The Owl Sanctuary Norwich
14th The Lady Luck Canterbury
15th La Mecanique Ondulatoire Paris, France

 

And here is some video from Chuck’s shows

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Check out the remaining dates below.

 

 

2908, 2016

Faith No More Links for a Day vol 200: Greg Prato details FNM story; Chuck to play Paris: another good review

August 29th, 2016|Faith No More, Links for a day, News, Tour dates|5 Comments

Greg Prato on Faith No More on Irish radio

Seasoned Faith No More writer and author of the Faith No More and Mr Bungle Companion Greg Prato was interviewed by leading Irish radio station Newstalk on Faith No More’s history.

Chuck Mosley adds Paris date to European tour

Chuck Mosley’s European tour in September and October is ever-growing and Chuck has added his first date outside the UK, when he plays Paris on 15 October. Here is the updated list of dates:

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Rock N Reel We Care a Lot review

Good FNM reviews also show an understanding of the band’s essence and Rock N Reel’s Jonathan Hopper is very on point with her We Care a Lot review:

From Jim Martin‘s crunching metallic riffs on ‘Pills for Breakfast’ (like a possessed ‘Woodpecker from Mars’) and the title track to Gould‘s bass intertwined with Mike Bordin‘s pounding drum-work on the new romantic nightmare of ‘Jungle’ and Roddy Bottom‘s chaotic, spiralling keyboards on ‘As the Worm Turns’ (a song that will still resonate with anyone who has ever felt pigeon-holed by society’s ‘norms’); Faith No More have always been at their greatest when their differences have been most pronounced.

 

2408, 2016

Chuck Mosley UK tour and new music

August 24th, 2016|News|4 Comments

Chuck Mosley firmly reclaimed his position as a key figure in the Faith No More story this month as he again fronted the band in two shows in San Francisco and Los Angeles as the re-mastered and re-mixed We Care a Lot hit stores and streams.

Chuck is also working on new music of his own and he also features on the new Indoria record alongside Douglas Esper among others.

You can listen to Indoria’s You’ll Never Make The Six here.

Pre-order here

The record will be released in the UK on the Infinite Hive label. That release will feature exclusive remixes and artwork for the UK CD on Infinite Hive by some of Chuck’s old friends and colleagues and will be available in late September in time for Chuck’s extensive UK tour, which kicks off in Cambridge on 18 September.

2208, 2016

Faith No More aka Chuck Mosley and Friends at Troubadour Los Angeles video and set list

August 22nd, 2016|Faith No More, News|1 Comment

Faith No More’s hybrid version 1 and version aka Chuck Mosley and Friends played their second “surprise” gig at Hollywood’s Troubadour on Saturday night.

 

Videos

 

Setlist

1908, 2016

WATCH: Faith No More (Chuck Mosley and Friends) at Great American Music Hall video round-up

August 19th, 2016|Faith No More, News, Video vault|2 Comments

For those who eschew the privacy-menacing net neutrality threatening walled garden that is Facebook, here is a YouTube rip of the full show from Chuck Mosley and Friends last night together with a playlist of the fan videos uploaded so far.

(c) Stuart Fitzgerald

(c) Stuart Fitzgerald

Full show

Play list

1908, 2016

WATCH: Re-live Chuck Mosley and Friends in San Francisco

August 19th, 2016|Faith No More, News|1 Comment

Re-watch the show from the Great American Music Hall via the Faith No More Facebook page here

 

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