Faith No More Album Reviews
Faith No More’s origins go right back to 1979, when the rhythm section of Mike Bordin and Billy Gould formed a band together. By 1982 keyboard player Roddy Bottum joined and they had became Faith No More – a young Courtney Love was among their early members. By 1988 they had released two albums but had fired vocalist Chuck Mosley, replacing him with 19 year old Mike Patton.
Patton’s extravagant vocals and memorable lyrics fuelled 1989’s The Real Thing and the accompanying hit ‘Epic’. Faith No More followed up with 1992’s heavier Angel Dust and 1995’s King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime. 1997’s Album of the Year indicated a band that was running out of ideas, and they split up, although they’ve since toured and released a new album (2015’s Sol Invictus). Mike Patton has also enjoyed a busy career outside of Faith No More, with Mr Bungle, The Fantomas, and Tomahawk.
Considering my ambivalence to other bands from the turn of the 1990s that inhabited the space between rock, rap, and funk, it’s surprising that I enjoy Faith No More at all. But despite a lack of instrumental firepower compared to bands like Rage Against the Machine and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, I find Faith No More a much more interesting band; they’re more diverse, Bottum’s keyboards give them a more detailed sound, and Patton is a much more interesting front man and lyricists. They’re also credited with inspiring the nu-metal genre, and again Faith No More are like men among boys; an accomplished, interesting band in a genre that often feels adolescent.
I’ve only covered their four albums from 1989-1997 – the albums that represent Mike Patton’s initial tenure in the band. I am planning to cover Mike Patton’s Mr. Bungle before I cover further Faith No More albums.
“I think Anthony [Kiedis], deep down, feels like I’m a better dancer than he is. I think I shake my booty just a little bit fresher than he does.” – Mike Patton, 2001.
Ten Favourite Faith No More Songs
From Out Of Nowhere
A Small Victory
One Last Cup Of Sorrow