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703, 2017

Roddy Bottum to star alongside Michael Cera in new Sebastian Silva film

March 7th, 2017|Faith No More, News|11 Comments

Faith No More founder member and keyboard player Roddy Bottum will step in front of the camera in the new movie from star Chilean director Sebastian Silva.

Roddy shared some on-location photos from filming in the Catskills on Instagram last week, and he has revealed more details on the project to us at Faith No More 2.0.

Roddy said: “I just finished two weeks shooting a film called Tyrel by director Sebastian Silva. He’s a good friend of mine and asked me to be in his new movie. It is sort of an ensemble piece about a group of guys that go on a birthday weekend trip up to the Catskills in a cabin. Michael Cera, Caleb Landry Jones [Get Out], Jason Mitchell [Straight Outta Compton] and Chris Abbott also star.”

Silva is the rising star of South American cinema with a trio of breakout highly-lauded English-language movies in Crystal Fairy (the 2013 film that inspired the band name of the latest Ipecac super group), Magic Magic (both also staring Cera) and Nasty Baby.

Roddy is no stranger to the world of film either. An avid filmmaker in his teens, Roddy initially moved to San Francisco in 1981 to study film at San Francisco State University. Roddy has scored Adam & Steve (2005), What Goes Up (2009), Kabluey (2007), scored Gigantic [2008], Fred the Movie (2010) and the documentary Hit So Hard [2010].

Roddy added: “I think it’s gonna be a really special movie. He’s kind of my favorite filmmaker.”

Nico’s porch swing

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it’s so cold with Caleb

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guys. the director is so mean.

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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

Roddy Bottum set to debut new opera Ride

December 14th, 2016|Faith No More, News|3 Comments

2016 may have been a relatively fallow year for Faith No More (We Care a Lot re-issue aside) but as usual the individual band members are keeping as busy as the Trump Tower lifts. Roddy has returned to opera and his latest opus – The Ride – will be performed at the Merkin Music Center in New York tomorrow night (15 December).

The opera chronicles two gay men from different generations who take part in an AIDS charity bike ride from San Francisco, CA to Los Angeles, CA. Roddy of course has taken part in the bike ride himself and raised quite a considerable sum of money for the cause.

“The older generation of gay men who dealt with AIDS as a life threatening disease and were in the trenches for the first generation of the disease helped their friends get through life or death situations,” Roddy told Experiements in Opera, who are present the piece as part of Story Binge II. “The generation of gay men today who are on PrEP drugs and TRUVADA don’t really view the disease as life threatening. It’s just a different relationship. And that, to me, is interesting.”

Story Binge II is a single evening event featuring semi-staged and concert versions of five works in progress. Throughout this 15-minute opera, the characters sing and talk from stationary bikes about how their participation in The Ride is emblematic of their relationships with the disease.

The cast is: Robbie Daniels, rider one; Tristan Viner-Brown: rider two; Ann Magnuson, Lorri Jean; Luis Illades, drums; Roddy Bottum, synthesizer; Robbie Lee, synthesizer; Domenica Fossati, Margaret Lancaster, Katie Cox, and Roberta Michel, flutes.

This week Roddy tweeted about the event:


my new short form opera is this Thursday in NYC… come out, the info and tix in my bio 😘

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You can find more info here and buy tickets:

And here is the trailer video:

2112, 2015

INTERVIEW: Roddy Bottum looks back on 2015 with The Skinny

December 21st, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|0 Comments

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Scotland’s leading music website The Skinny have always given Faith No More the coverage they deserve and this year was no exception. Fittingly then, they have just published an extensive interview with Roddy Bottum in celebration of Sol Invictus being number 11 in their albums of the year list  – and looking back on the year of the album’s release.

First of all, Roddy spoke at length publicly for the first time about his recent appearance on stage with Dinosaur Jr:

“Could you imagine?” He gasps like a man who just struck one off the bucket list. “The show was on J’s birthday – the last night of their six night residency at Bowery Ballroom. I played guitar on Start Choppin’ – pretty fun! There were a lot of guests that night – Kim Gordon and Lee Ranaldo played, Evan Dando came out onstage and sang, Kurt Vile, the dude from Negative Approach – a lot! It’s rare when a horrible guitar player like me can get onstage with J Mascis and play.”

He again recounted the album’s genesis and agreed that Bill Gould was the driving force:

“Billy wears those pants for sure. That’s the sort of person he is; he drives things forward in our band and kinda always has. When we started doing stuff again we were in different cities – I was in Los Angeles at the time, and just the prospect seemed a little crazy. It’s not that I didn’t believe in it, but I wasn’t paying a lot of attention to it. I was working on some projects, as was Mike Patton, but Billy and Mike [Bordin] really started to get into the rhythm and groove of it. Billy eventually presented it all to us and it took a while for us all to get involved, but these things happen for a reason. Honestly, that’s the way it happened back in the day. Billy was always the champion, nudging us onwards; he’s just a very motivated guy. Sol Invictus followed the course that the records of our past followed. In that way it was fitting too.”

And Roddy makes a fresh point about Mike Patton’s lyrics on this record:

“With Mike in his lyrics, and I think this is also true of the band musically… things start to evolve into a personal statement by the end of the day. I think Mike, particularly on our earlier records, would revert to taking on roles of other people and characters and not really speaking in his voice. Which is effective; that’s one process. But this record in particular took on some personal themes – that’s what’s going on, it’s about ownership, coming into our own and a resolution where we’re taking back what’s ours. It sounds selfish when I say it out loud but it’s taking artistic ownership too.”

But he makes no promises about the band’s next steps:

 

1012, 2015

Roddy Bottum plays live with Dinosaur Jr

December 10th, 2015|Faith No More, News|0 Comments

The Bowery Ballroom last night played host to a sight likely to quicken the heart, moisten the eye and flannel the shirt of any 1990s alternative music fan, as Faith No More’s Roddy Bottum joined Dinosaur Jr on stage as they played the last of their seven 30th Anniversary shows.

Roddy was one of a stellar cast of indie luminaries who joined the band. The FNM keyboardist showed his multi-instrumentalist chops by playing guitar for Start Choppin’ along with Imperial Teen band-mate Lynn Truell. Evan Dando, Kevin Shields and Kurt Vile were among the others who joined the band on stage for collaborations.

I got to play guitar with Dinosaur Jr tonight. I was invited. by J. a shining highlight in my life.

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words with Kevin Shields. one guitar player to another.

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oh. and Lynn played too. #coattails

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#iphoneconcertsabotage #jmascis #dinosaurjr #roddybottum #faithnomore #boweryballroom

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2610, 2015

CONCERT: Faith No More at Aftershock setlist, video and more

October 26th, 2015|Faith No More, News|14 Comments

Faith No More definitively wrapped up their stunning 2015 – new chart-topping album, US and world tours,  new music video – with a final show at the Aftershock festival at the Gibson Ranch, Elverta in California.

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@faithnomore closed the night out with an amazing set!! What an incredible weekend!!! @monstermusic #aftershock Photo @stephaniedcabral

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Setlist

Here is the full list:
Motherfucker
Be Aggressive
Caffeine
Evidence
Epic
Sunny Side Up
Midlife Crisis
Gentle Art of Making Enemies
Easy
Separation Anxiety
Ashes to Ashes
Superhero

We Care Alot
Just a Man

 

Videos

From Five Finger Death Punch bassist Chris Kael:

 

909, 2015

LINKS FOR A DAY 190: Roddy and Mike Bordin interviews; Vote FNM

September 9th, 2015|Faith No More, Links for a day, News|1 Comment

RODDY BOTTUM INTERVIEW

Chat show host and Faith No More keyboardist was his usual eloquent self when speaking about homophobia in an interview with Westword:

“If someone had a problem with it, I don’t think they would address that to my face. Bigotry is chickenshit, you know? The Klan wore masks because they were ashamed to show their faces. The people who would have a problem with a gay keyboard player wouldn’t do it publicly; they would talk about it behind my back. So that way, I didn’t see a whole lot of resistance. ”

MIKE B MODERN DRUMMER INTERVIEW

Mike Bordin has given an interview for the October edition of Modern Drummer magazine. Mike speaks about the evolutionary recording process, the band’s musical language and getting a second chance as Faith No More.
Get the magazine on iOS, Android or Google Play here

ModernDrummer

There will also be an online Q and A published soon

MIKE B SPEAKS TO ROCK AND POP

Mike also spoke to Chilean radio station Rock and Pop for a radio interview:
Full interview here

VOTE FAITH NO MORE

Faith No More have been nominated in the Album of the Year category for the Classic Rock  Roll of Honour awards – for Sol Invictus not Album of the Year.
You can and should and must vote here

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A LETTER FROM MIKE PATTON’S MUM

Friend of the site Jim Brown from Faith No More Followers has been digging deep into his exhaustive Faith No More magazine archive for some great articles recently – and right at the bottom of this one is a possibly apocryphal letter to Rolling Stone from Mike Patton’s mother from September 1990.
She said: “FNM is a group of hard-voicing, talented and creative musicians who are responsible and intelligent young men with keen senses of humour.”

2408, 2015

LINKS FOR A DAY 188: Rolling Stone catch-up, Boston photos, Take this Bottle cover and more

August 24th, 2015|Links for a day, News|1 Comment

Rolling Stone interview

Roddy Bottum and Mike Bordin spoke to Rolling Stone as the magazine published their second in-depth piece on the band in a manner of months. Here’s the video below. This seems like a trailer to a larger story but this is the full story on the site.

Matt Wallace interview

Faith No More’s long-time producer and friend of the band, Matt Wallace has given a very revealing interview with the AllMusic site.
Here are some choice cuts:

On Mike Patton and The Real Thing:
And he was listening to a bunch of Tibetan chanting, Eskimo nose singing, all these things, and he’d bring these different ideas into the record within the context of a heavy rock, alternative, progressive band, he was bringing his ideas on how his vocals should go. And it was really forward-thinking, because a lot of bands, after that record, kind of followed in his footsteps, because Patton was unafraid to try different things, whether it was a different vocal approach or a different lyric, some of the lyrics are pretty challenging. I thought it was really stunning that he came to the forefront and grabbed the flag. That was a thrill, that whole record was a thrill to make.

On Faith No More now:
It’s interesting that the band trusted their instincts, they did Angel Dust and put it out there and it didn’t sell well in the States, but it did well overseas, and about eight or nine years ago, Kerrang magazine did a thing about the most influential records of all time, and I started in the 50s, 40s, 30s, and I said, “Man, none of my records made this,” I was hoping something I’d worked on would have made it, and at number one was Angel Dust, they thought it had influenced so many bands, and that’s a really nice indication of a band that just trusts their gut, and seeing them live in L.A. a few months ago when they did “Midlife Crisis,” the entire place, everyone sang that thing a cappella like it was a huge hit, it was really wonderful to see a song that’s kind of a twisted lyric and kind of a unique song, but so many people sang the entire chorus, and it was really surreal. That moment for me was one of the best.

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Take this Bottle cover

Here’s a pretty cool recent cover of Take this Bottle by Jake Carden. The singer from The Pimpsons and Just Like Vinyl did an all-Faith No More acoustic show in Seattle with assistance from lenn Cannon of Windowpane and Johndus Beckman of Ten Miles Wide and The Mothership.

Boston photos

Meg Loyal have some great shots from Faith No More’s performance at Boston’s Blue Hills Bank Pavilion here.
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Superhero

And given that it’s the fourth ever video on the band’s YouTube channel, here’s official Superhero

1008, 2015

CONCERT: Faith No More at Toronto setlist, video and poster

August 10th, 2015|Faith No More, News|5 Comments

Faith No More’s penultimate North American Sol Invictus tour date saw them return to Canada. The band again played an 18-song set and threw in some snippets of Drake and Van Halen.

Setlist

The Real Thing
Be Aggressive
Everything’s Ruined
Evidence
Epic
Black Friday
Caffeine
Midlife Crisis (Van Halen ‘Jump’ interlude)
Cone of Shame
The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
Easy
Separation Anxiety
Matador
Ashes to Ashes
Superhero

Motherfucker
I Started a Joke

We Care a Lot

Videos

Playlist from fnm4ever

Poster

Tour Talk

Part 1

Part 2 brought to you by Invictus wine

608, 2015

CONCERT: Faith No More at Madison Square Garden – setlist, posters, videos, Roddy’s Tour Talk

August 6th, 2015|Faith No More, News|16 Comments

Faith No More made their debut performance at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York last night (ok, the Theater after a late switch) and delivered another hugely impressive set.

The band played no fewer than six songs from Angel Dust – with RV and A Small Victory again getting relatively rare airings – with five from new album Sol Invictus.

One New York resident was very impressed:

  As was the venue itself

Setlist

The Real Thing
Be Aggressive
Everything’s Ruined
Evidence
Epic
Black Friday
Caffeine
Midlife Crisis (with Boz Scaggs – ‘Lowdown’ interlude)
A Small Victory
The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
Easy
Separation Anxiety
Matador
Ashes to Ashes
Superhero

Motherfucker
RV
Just a Man

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Tour Talk

Here’s Roddy with special guest Steven Barrymore Blush

Tour Talk on Periscope

Videos

Posters

These are again by the brilliant Tara McPherson and here they are:

And here is Tara’s own post

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