Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Mike Patton made the list a couple of days ago with Mr. Bungle, but I heard him first with Faith No More, specifically on his debut with the band, The Real Thing (1989). Patton went on to spawn a bunch of bizarre projects with other heavy hitters in the metal scene, but without Faith No More, none of it would have happened. The Real Thing is a great album full of diversity, stellar musicianship, and the incredible instrument of Mike Patton’s golden vocal chords. It is also (arguably) ground zero for the trend of rap in metal music, at least what was labeled “alternative metal.” The song Epic exploded on radio and MTV, driven by a controversial video that featured a goldfish flopping around out of water at the end of the clip. It also sparked a minor feud with the Red Hot Chili Peppers (all press is good press!) and added to the song’s notoriety. The bottom line was that the song was incredibly catchy and fresh at that time, and it put the band (and Patton) on the map. In addition to Epic, the title song was stellar, the cover of War Pigs was massive, and several other tracks were memorable as well…From Out Of Nowhere, Falling To Pieces, and Edge Of The World come to mind. Faith No More were possibly too weird and experimental to sustain major success, but for the more underground listeners, the band have remained inspirational and unpredictable to the present time.

Written By Braddon S. Williams

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