Faith No More

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Faith No More performing in Portugal in 2009
Background information
Also known as
  • Faith No Man
  • Sharp Young Men
Origin San Francisco, California, United States
Years active
  • 1979–1998
  • 2009–present
Associated acts
Past members See list

Faith No More is an American rock band from San Francisco, California, formed in 1979. [1] Before settling on their current name in 1982, the band performed under the names Sharp Young Men [1] and later Faith No Man. [2] Bassist Billy Gould and drummer Mike Bordin are the longest-remaining members of the band, having been involved with Faith No More since its inception. The band underwent several lineup changes early in their career, along with some major changes later on. The current lineup of Faith No More consists of Gould, Bordin, keyboardist/rhythm guitarist Roddy Bottum, lead guitarist Jon Hudson and vocalist/lyricist Mike Patton.

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After releasing six studio albums, including their best-selling records The Real Thing (1989) and Angel Dust (1992), [3] Faith No More officially announced their breakup on April 20, 1998. They have since reunited, embarked on The Second Coming Tour from 2009 to 2012, and released their seventh studio album, Sol Invictus , in May 2015. [4]

<i>The Real Thing</i> (Faith No More album) 1989 studio album by Faith No More

The Real Thing is the third studio album by American rock band Faith No More, released on June 20, 1989 by Slash and Reprise Records. It was the first major release by the band not to feature vocalist Chuck Mosley. Instead, the album featured Mike Patton from the experimental/funk band Mr. Bungle. On this album, Faith No More continued to advance their sound range, combining thrash metal, funk, hip hop, progressive rock, synthpop, carousel music, and hard rock, along with what has been described as "a black sense of humor".

<i>Angel Dust</i> (Faith No More album) 1992 studio album by Faith No More

Angel Dust is the fourth studio album by American rock band Faith No More, released on June 8, 1992 by Slash and Reprise Records. It is the follow-up to 1989's highly successful The Real Thing, and was the band's final album to feature guitarist Jim Martin. It was also the first album where vocalist Mike Patton had any substantial influence on the band's music, having been hired after the other band members had written and recorded everything for The Real Thing except vocals and some lyrics.

The Second Coming Tour concert tour by American rock band, Faith No More

The Second Coming Tour is the seventh concert tour by American rock band, Faith No More. The tour supported their sixth greatest hits album, The Very Best Definitive Ultimate Greatest Hits Collection (2009). The tour primarily visited Europe with additional shows in Asia, Australasia and the Americas. Beginning in June 2009, the tour played over fifty shows, with a majority being an appearance at a music festival. It marks the band's first tour after over a decade hiatus.


Early days (1979–1984)

Vocalist Chuck Mosley joined Faith No More in 1983, and during his five-year tenure with the band, he appeared on their first two studio albums. Chuck Mosley.jpg
Vocalist Chuck Mosley joined Faith No More in 1983, and during his five-year tenure with the band, he appeared on their first two studio albums.

Faith No More was originally formed as Sharp Young Men in 1979 by bassist Billy Gould, drummer Mike Bordin, vocalist Mike Morris, and keyboardist Wade Worthington. Mike Morris described the name as "a piss-take on all the ‘elegant’ groups at the time." [5] Later on, Morris proposed the name Faith In No Man, but, eventually, the band settled on Bordin's suggestion Faith No Man (stylized as Faith. No Man). [5]

Billy Gould American musician

William David "Billy" Gould is an American musician and producer. He is best known as the bassist of Faith No More.

Mike Bordin American musician

Michael Andrew "Mike" Bordin is an American musician, best known as the drummer for rock band Faith No More. He has amicably been known as "Puffy", "Puffster" or "The Puff", in reference to the afro hair style he wore in the early 1980s. The nicknames were coined by Faith No More guitarist Jim Martin, and they stuck around even after he grew out his hair and tied it in dreadlocks, a trademark look he has worn for most of his career.

The band's classic logo, used on their 1985 debut We Care a Lot. It was originally designed by Billy Gould as an homage to the Symbol of Chaos. Faith no more logo.png
The band's classic logo, used on their 1985 debut We Care a Lot. It was originally designed by Billy Gould as an homage to the Symbol of Chaos.

They recorded "Quiet in Heaven/Song of Liberty", released in 1983. The songs were recorded in Matt Wallace's parents' garage, where Wallace had set up and been running a recording studio while the band was still recording under the name Sharp Young Men, [7] with Mike Morris, Billy Gould, Mike Bordin and Wade Worthington. Worthington left shortly thereafter. They changed their name to Faith No Man for the release of the single, which featured two of the three songs recorded in Wallace's garage, [8] and hired Roddy Bottum to replace Worthington. Bottum, Gould and Bordin quit the band shortly after and formed Faith No More. They chose the name to accentuate the fact that "The Man" (Mike Morris) was "No More". The band played with several vocalists and guitarists, including a brief stint with Courtney Love, until they settled on vocalist Chuck Mosley in 1983 and later, guitarist Jim Martin. [9]

Quiet in Heaven/Song of Liberty Faith No Man song

"Quiet in Heaven"/"Song of Liberty" is a double A-side single, and is the only official release, by Faith No Man, before the majority of their members quit and formed Faith No More. The songs have not appeared in any of the band's compilation albums and have not been performed live since Mike Morris left the band.

Matt Wallace is an American record producer. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, and has been producing professionally since the early 1980s. He is best known for his work with David Baerwald, Faith No More, Maroon 5, O.A.R., The Replacements, and Train.

Courtney Love American singer and songwriter

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We Care a Lot and Introduce Yourself (1985–1988)

After the name change, the band initially started recording We Care a Lot without backing from a record label and, after pooling their money, recorded five songs. This gained the attention of Ruth Schwartz, who was then forming the independent label Mordam Records, under which the band, after getting the necessary financial support, finished and released the album. It was the first official release for both the band and the label. [10]

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Mordam Records was a California record distribution company for independent record labels. It was founded in San Francisco in 1983 as an independent punk distribution company by Ruth Schwartz. Mordam was the exclusive distributor for dozens of punk rock and independent record labels throughout the 1980s and 90s, gaining a reputation as one of the few "distros" that paid their labels on time.

In late 1986, Faith No More was signed to Los Angeles label Slash Records by Anna Statman. [11] The label had recently been sold to the Warner Music Group subsidiary London Records, ensuring a widespread release for the band's following albums. Introduce Yourself was released in 1987, and a revamped version of their debut album's title track "We Care a Lot" saw minor success on MTV. Mosley's behaviour had started to become increasingly erratic, particularly during a troubled tour of Europe in 1988. Incidents include him allegedly punching Billy Gould on stage, [12] the release party for the album Introduce Yourself — during which he fell asleep on stage — and one of Mosley's roadies getting into a fist fight with guitarist Jim Martin during the European tour. [13] [12] Mosley was eventually fired after the band returned home from Europe. Billy Gould reflected "There was a certain point when I went to rehearsal, and Chuck wanted to do all acoustic guitar songs. It was just so far off the mark. The upshot was that I got up, walked out and quit the band. I just said: ‘I’m done – I can’t take this any longer. It’s just so ridiculous’. The same day, I talked to Bordin, and he said: ‘Well, I still want to play with you’. Bottum did the same thing. It was another one of these ‘firing somebody without firing them’ scenarios." [12]

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Faith No More in a promotional photo for The Real Thing , c. 1989–1990

Mike Patton joins and The Real Thing (1989–1991)

Chuck Mosley was replaced with singer Mike Patton in 1988. Patton, who was singing with his high school band, Mr. Bungle, was recruited at Martin's suggestion after he heard a demo of Mr. Bungle. [14] According to Patton, he first met the band during a 1986 gig at "a pizza parlor" in his hometown of Eureka, California. [15] Two weeks after joining Faith No More, he had written all the lyrics for the songs that would make up the Grammy award-nominated The Real Thing , which was released in June 1989. [16]

"Epic" was released in January 1990 and was a top 10 hit. The music video for "Epic" received extensive airplay on MTV in 1990, despite anger from animal rights activists for a slow motion shot of a fish flopping out of water at the end of the video. [17] [18] That same year, Faith No More performed at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards (September 6) and on the 293rd episode of Saturday Night Live (December 1) [19] [20] "From Out of Nowhere" and "Falling to Pieces" saw releases as singles, and a cover of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" was also produced for non-vinyl releases. In 1990, the band went on an extensive U.S. tour, sending The Real Thing to Platinum status in Canada, the U.S., and South America. The album also had big sales numbers in Australia, U.K., and the rest of Europe, pushing the total sales well above 4 million worldwide.

Vocalist Mike Patton joined Faith No More in 1988, replacing Chuck Mosley. Mike patton.jpg
Vocalist Mike Patton joined Faith No More in 1988, replacing Chuck Mosley.

In February 1991, Faith No More released their only official live album, Live at the Brixton Academy . The album also included two previously unreleased studio tracks, "The Grade" and "The Cowboy Song". That same year, the band contributed a track for the motion picture soundtrack to Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey with the song "The Perfect Crime". Jim Martin also made a brief cameo in the film as "Sir James Martin" as the head of the "Faith No More Spiritual and Theological Center". Mike Patton's original band Mr. Bungle would go on to sign with Slash and Reprise Records' parent label Warner Bros. Records in 1991, following the worldwide success of The Real Thing. [21]

Angel Dust (1992–1994)

Faith No More displayed an even more experimental effort on their next album, Angel Dust , which was released in 1992. [16] One critic writes that the album is "one of the more complex and simply confounding records ever released by a major label" [22] and another writes that the single "'A Small Victory', which seems to run Madame Butterfly through Metallica and Nile Rodgers (...) reveals a developing facility for combining unlikely elements into startlingly original concoctions." [23]

Aside from "A Small Victory" (which received a nomination for Best Art Direction at the MTV Video Music Awards), the tracks "Midlife Crisis" and "Everything's Ruined" were also released as singles. The album included a re-recording of the theme to the film Midnight Cowboy , and later pressings included a cover of The Commodores "Easy", which in some parts of the world became the band's biggest hit. Angel Dust, though not as successful as The Real Thing in the U.S., sold 665,000 copies there, and managed to outsell The Real Thing in many other countries. In Germany, the record was certified Gold for sales of more than 250,000 copies. The album also matched the sales of The Real Thing in Canada (Platinum), Australia (Gold), and surpassed it in the Netherlands, France, Russia, and the U.K.. Worldwide sales are around 3.1 million copies.

After touring to support Angel Dust in the summer of 1993, long-time guitarist Jim Martin left the band due to internal conflicts. He was reportedly unhappy with the band's change in musical direction on Angel Dust, describing it as "gay disco". [24] According to Roddy Bottum, Martin was fired via fax. [25] However, Martin himself states it was his decision to leave. [26] Both Godflesh guitarist Justin Broadrick and Killing Joke guitarist Geordie Walker were reportedly offered to join Faith No More after Martin's departure, but declined to join. [27] The position was filled by Mike Patton's bandmate from Mr. Bungle, Trey Spruance, who left soon after recording 1995's King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime and just before the band was to begin their world tour. Spruance was replaced by Dean Menta, the band's keyboard tech.

King for a Day..., Album of the Year and break-up (1995–1998)

The alternate "barking dog logo", based on the artwork for Faith No More's 1995 album King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime 14063-KillingforaDayFoolforaLifetime20150903-3-1w6u22p.png
The alternate "barking dog logo", based on the artwork for Faith No More's 1995 album King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime

Faith No More's fifth studio album King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime was released in 1995, [16] and varies greatly from song to song in style; post-hardcore/punk, country, jazz, bossa nova, thrash metal, gospel music, along with other signature FNM elements, are woven together throughout the album. Singles included "Digging the Grave", "Evidence", and "Ricochet". The album featured Mr. Bungle's Trey Spruance on guitar. The record went Gold in the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands and Germany, which gave the album a respectable sales figure of around 1.5 million copies; this was significantly lower than sales of their previous albums. A 7 x 7-inch box set of singles was released, which included the B-sides and some interviews between the songs.

Album of the Year was released in 1997 and featured yet another new guitarist, Jon Hudson, who was a former roommate of Billy Gould. The album debuted much higher than expected in some countries (for example, in Germany, the album debuted at No. 2 and stayed in the chart for 5 months). In Australia, Album of the Year went to No. 1 and was certified Platinum. The album charted in many countries in Europe. To date,[ clarification needed ]Album of the Year has sold around 2 million copies worldwide. The singles "Ashes to Ashes" and "Last Cup of Sorrow" had minimal success (notably, the music video for "Last Cup of Sorrow", which featured actress Jennifer Jason Leigh, was inspired by the Alfred Hitchcock film Vertigo ). "Stripsearch" was released as a single in various countries (excluding the U.S. and U.K.). The album received largely negative reviews from U.S.-based critics at the time. Rolling Stone magazine wrote in their original review "[They] are floundering around desperately, groping for a sense of identity and direction in a decade that clearly finds them irrelevant", [28] while Pitchfork Media stated "Album Of The Year leaves one feeling like waking up and finding last night's used condom – sure, the ride was fun while it lasted, but what remains is just plain icky. And you definitely don't want it in your CD player." [29]

In early 1998, rumors of Faith No More's imminent demise began. Starting with a rumor posted to the Faith No More newsgroup claiming Mike Patton had quit the band in favor of side projects, this rumor, although denied at the time, proved to be at least partly true. Faith No More played their last show in Lisbon, Portugal on April 7, 1998. [16] The band cancelled their planned support tour for Aerosmith and on April 20, Billy Gould released a statement by email and fax, saying "[T]he decision among the members is mutual" and "the split will now enable each member to pursue his individual project(s) unhindered." The band "thank[ed] all of those fans and associates that have stuck with and supported the band throughout its history."

Immediately after the dissolution of Faith No More, the members went on to numerous different projects. Mike Patton notably co-founded the supergroups Fantômas and Tomahawk in 1998–99, as well as continuing his original band Mr. Bungle, who were still signed with Warner Bros. Records. The sound of Tomahawk in particular has often been compared to Faith No More's mid-late 1990s output. [30] [31]

When Faith No More was brought up in a 1999 interview with The A.V. Club , Patton (then fronting Mr. Bungle) stated "I'm definitely glad it's over: It was a great thing while it lasted, but it really had to end. I think if it had continued it would have gotten really ugly. No fistfights or bloody noses or anything like that, but the music would have been substandard. So the line must be drawn there." [32] In another interview from 2001, he similarly stated that the band had broken up "because we were starting to make bad music." [33] However, Gould did not share the same sentiment as Patton on the quality of the band's late material, stating in 1998 "However many records we sold or didn't, we maintained over a long period of time a high standard of music that we're proud of, and we never sucked. Whatever shit that happened to us on the way, thank God it didn't get in the way of the music." [34]

Reformation (2009–2012)

Rumours that Faith No More would reunite for shows in the U.K. in the summer of 2009 were circulating in late November 2008, [35] but were originally dismissed by bassist Billy Gould. He explained: "If anything like this were to happen, it would have to come from the band, and I haven't spoken with any of them in over a year. So as far as I know, there isn't anything to talk about, and I'm pretty sure that if you were to contact Patton, he would tell you the same thing." [36]

However, on February 24, 2009 after months of speculation and rumors, Faith No More announced they would be reforming with a line-up identical to the Album of the Year era, [37] embarking on a reunion tour called The Second Coming Tour . To coincide with the band's reunion tour, Rhino released the sixth Faith No More compilation, The Very Best Definitive Ultimate Greatest Hits Collection , a double album that includes their hit singles and b sides & rarities, in the U.K. on June 8. [38] Faith No More than played in major European festivals including Download Festival in the U.K. in June, Hurricane and Southside festivals in Germany, [39] Greenfield Festival in Switzerland, [40] Hove Festival in Norway and Roskilde Festival in Denmark, [41] among other dates. The tour continued into 2010 with appearances at the Soundwave Festival in Australian cities throughout February and March. [42] During their tour, the band added covers to their repertoire including "Switch" by Siouxsie and the Banshees. [43]

After an eleven-month hiatus, Faith No More played four shows in South America in November 2011. On the first date (November 8, 2011), the band played a "mystery song," which led to speculation of new material. [44] They played Sonisphere France on July 7, 2012. [45] Following several more shows in Europe during 2012, Faith No More became temporarily inactive again. Mike Patton spent 2013 touring with his reformed rock supergroup Tomahawk, [46] while the band's other members also pursued their own side projects. In July 2013, Billy Gould confirmed that the band's hiatus would not be permanent, saying "We will do something again only when all members are with the focus on that, and ready for the challenge. This is not the time... yet." [47]

In a 2015 interview, Roddy Bottum said that the band originally intended to reform with guitarist Jim Martin for their reunion tour, but it did not happen. [48]

Sol Invictus, hiatus and new music (2015–present)

On May 29, 2014, Faith No More posted a message (along with a photograph of Mike Patton) on their Twitter account, saying that "the reunion thing was fun, but now it's time to get a little creative." On July 4, Faith No More played their first show in two years at Hyde Park in London, supporting Black Sabbath. [49] At that show, Faith No More debuted two new songs "Motherfucker" and "Superhero" (also known by fans as "Leader of Men"). [50] [51] On August 20, the band posted "The Reunion Tour is over; in 2015 things are going to change." These tweets led to speculation that the band was working on new material. [52] [53] On August 30, Gould said that the band is "considering doing something new", and may begin work on a new studio album at some point in the not-too-distant future, explaining, "to do something creative would be a really good thing to do." [54] On September 2, Bill Gould revealed to Rolling Stone that the band had begun work on a new album. [55] [56] Faith No More headlined the final edition of Australia's Soundwave in February and March 2015. [57] The band released their seventh studio album, Sol Invictus , in May 2015. [4] The songs on the album were influenced by The Cramps, Link Wray and Siouxsie and the Banshees. [58] Speaking to Revolver , Gould described the song "Cone of Shame" as "blues-based rock and roll". Describing the song "Matador", he said: "parts of it remind me of the first Siouxsie and the Banshees album. We used real pianos and that brings this organic quality to it to the music". [58] The second single from the album, "Superhero", was shared by the band on March 1, 2015. [59]

In a June 2016 interview, guitarist Jon Hudson stated that he has been "working on a few ideas" for the next Faith No More album, and added that "it's something that [he] wanted to focus on after the tour ended." [60] [61] [62] When asked about the prospect of more music from Faith No More, Patton told Australian newspaper The Sydney Morning Herald , "I don't know whether or not we're going to attack it, but there is some stuff we wrote around the time of the last one and said, 'Why don't we save this for the next record?'. So we'll see." [63]

In August 2016, the band performed two concerts with former lead singer Chuck Mosley to celebrate the reissue of their debut album We Care a Lot . [64] The band was billed as "Chuck Mosley & Friends" for the two shows and featured the lineup of Mosley, Mike Bordin, Billy Gould, Jon Hudson and Roddy Bottum. [65]

In a September 2017 interview on Full Metal Jackie Radio , Patton revealed that Faith No More had been "on an extended break." He added that he did not rule out more shows with the band, explaining, "If something happens, it'll happen organically and naturally. But I kind of don't think it will. I kind of feel like we've tipped the scales a little bit. But we'll see. Who knows? I've learned my lesson not to say 'no.'" [66]

Former Faith No More singer Chuck Mosley died on November 9, 2017, due to "the disease of addiction." He was 57 years old. [67]

In February 2018, it was announced that a documentary film on the late former Faith No More frontman Chuck Mosley had begun production; titled Thanks. And Sorry: The Chuck Mosley Movie, the film is being directed and edited by Drew Fortier and produced by Douglas Esper. [68]

In a November 2018 interview with Chandler Sorrells of "The Ring, The Cage, and The Stage", Bottum revealed that he has been writing new material for the next Faith No More album with Bordin and Gould. He is quoted as saying, "I will periodically go to San Francisco and make music with those guys. What we do is a really special, unique thing that we kind of share — especially like me and Mike Bordin and Billy… We were super young — we were, like, 18 [or] 19 years old — when we started making music, so we kind of get in the room and we have a language that speaks really loud and really clear, at least to the three of us. I mean, where it goes is questionable, but we have sort of a language that's kind of undeniable in a really sort of family sense. And I think we all acknowledge that it's not something that any of us wanna turn our backs on, and it's kind of fun to do. So in the hopes of pushing things forward and making new music, we continue to do that, to get together and make new sounds and just have a dialogue about prospects and songs and where we go in the future." [69]

Musical style and influences

While Faith No More's music is generally considered as alternative metal, [70] experimental rock, [71] [72] and funk metal , [73] [74] [75] [76] [77] as Faith No Man, their sound was described as post-punk. [78] The band's first single from 1983, "Quiet in Heaven/Song of Liberty", was labelled as a "solid post-punk/pre-goth single." [79] These elements endured during their tenure with Chucky Mosley, with AllMusic comparing their first album to early Public Image Ltd works. [80] By the mid-1980s, Billy Gould stated the band were in a "weird spot", as their eclectic sound didn't fit in with the burgeoning hardcore punk and alternative rock movements of the era. [81] Upon Mike Patton's arrival in 1989, the band began to expand their sound range even further, merging disparate genres such as synthpop, [82] thrash metal, [22] and carousel music [22] on The Real Thing. Rolling Stone states that during the late 1990s, the band were "too heavy for the post-grunge pop hits of The Verve and Third Eye Blind [and] too arty to work comfortably with the nu metal knuckle-draggers they spawned." [70] Over the course of their career, they have experimented with heavy metal, funk, hip hop, progressive rock, [83] alternative rock, hardcore punk, polka, easy listening, jazz, samba, [84] ska, [85] bossa nova, [86] hard rock, pop, [87] soul, [88] gospel, [89] and lounge music. [90]

Faith No More's lyrics have been described as "bizarrely humorous". When interviewed about his lyrics, Patton responded, "I think that too many people think too much about my lyrics. I am more a person who works more with the sound of a word than with its meaning. Often I just choose the words because of the rhythm, not because of the meaning." [91]

Bordin acknowledged certain bands as early influences, including Killing Joke, PiL, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, and Theatre of Hate, [92] and upon reforming, Faith No More returned to their early post-punk influences on Sol Invictus . [93]


In a 2015 article by Artistdirect, Duff McKagan, Chino Moreno, Serj Tankian, Corey Taylor, Max Cavalera and Jonathan Davis praised the band for their significance and influence. [94] Nirvana bassist, and co-founder, Krist Novoselic cited Faith No More as a band that "paved the way for Nirvana" in the late 1980s. [95] Robert Plant, singer of Led Zeppelin, mentioned the then Chuck Mosley-led Faith No More as one of his current favorite bands in a 1988 interview with Rolling Stone . [73] Plant and Faith No More subsequently toured together following The Real Thing's release. [96] Scott Ian of Anthrax has also named Faith No More as one of his favorite bands. [97] [98]

Corey Taylor (frontman for both Slipknot and Stone Sour) told Loudwire in 2015 that if it wasn't for Faith No More, he "wouldn't be here today." While recovering from an attempted suicide at his grandmother's house, he saw the band perform "Epic" live on the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards and the performance inspired him to begin writing and performing music again. [99]

They were voted No. 52 on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock". [100] The band is credited for inventing the alternative metal genre which began in the 1980s and that fuses metal with other genres, including alternative rock. [101] Tim Grierson of said the band "helped put alternative metal on the map." [102] Faith No More has also been credited for influencing nu metal bands, such as Limp Bizkit, Korn, and Sevendust, [103] primarily due to the popularity of "Epic", and other early material that featured rap and rock crossovers. Papa Roach vocalist Jacoby Shaddix, a self-confessed fan of the band, stated in a 2015 interview "They fused some of that hip-hop and rock together. They were one of the earliest bands to do that, and definitely pioneers to a whole genre. If you listen to Korn, if you listen to how the bass and the drums lock up, it's quite similar to how Faith No More was doing it in their early years." [104]

Faith No More have been covered by prominent metal acts such as 36 Crazyfists, [105] Apocalyptica, [106] Atreyu, [107] Between the Buried and Me, [108] Disturbed, [109] Five Finger Death Punch, [110] Helloween, [111] Ill Niño, [112] Korn, [113] Machine Head, [114] Papa Roach, [115] Redemption, [116] Revocation, [117] Sentenced, [118] Slaves on Dope [119] and Trail of Tears. [120] In 2002, a tribute album titled Tribute of the Year (a reference to Faith No More's Album of the Year ) was released by Underground Inc. It featured 30 Faith No More songs covered by mostly unknown independent hardcore punk, industrial and alternative metal acts. [121]

The band and their 1989 [note1] single "Epic" have frequently been cited as an example of an '80s or '90s one-hit wonder. [122] [123] [124] Flavorwire stated in 2014 "Although the band always had a loyal fan base and Patton remains an indie hero, they only cracked the Billboard Hot 100 once, with Epic." Others have noted that after "Epic"'s success, the band still managed to remain highly popular in regions outside North America: including Australia, South America, Europe and the U.K. [125] The band's original final record Album of the Year notably experienced high sales in countries such as Australia (where it went platinum), [126] New Zealand and Germany, while being deemed a critical and commercial failure in their native USA.

Relationship with Red Hot Chili Peppers

After the release of The Real Thing , Faith No More developed somewhat of a rivalry with fellow Californian funk rock group Red Hot Chili Peppers, whom they had previously played with on The Uplift Mofo Party Tour. [127] [128] Singer Anthony Kiedis accused Mike Patton of stealing his "style" in the "Epic" music video. [129] [128] He told Kerrang! magazine "My drummer says he’s gonna kidnap [Patton], shave his hair off and cut off one of his feet, just so he’ll be forced to find a style of his own". [128] In a separate interview, he clarified his comment, remarking "I love The Real Thing, and I liked his vocals on that record. I mean, when I heard the record I noticed subtle similarities, but when I saw that video it was like, 'Wait a second here, what the fuck?.'" [129] Roddy Bottum responded by saying "To me, our band sounds nothing like Red Hot Chili Peppers. If you're talking about long hair, rapping with his shirt off, then yeah, I can see similarities. But beyond that, I can't see any. I haven't talked to them since this whole thing started. We're really good friends with that band and I'd like to think they're doing it... like as a favor". [130] Mike Patton finally addressed the allegations from Kiedis in 1990, commenting that "It just kind of came out of the blue. It doesn't bother me a bit. I got a real big kick out of it to tell you the truth. I mean, if he's gonna talk about me in interviews, that's fine – it's free press! Either he's feeling inadequate or old or I don't know, but I have no reason to talk shit about him." [131] Later in 2001, Patton also theorized that "I think Anthony, 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. And if he would stop doing drugs I think he could outdance me. Maybe one day we'll have a breakoff, just breakdance." [132]

In 1999, Patton's other band, Mr. Bungle, performed a Halloween show in which Patton (dressed as Kiedis) and his bandmates parodied the Red Hot Chili Peppers and their hit singles. [128] The performance was in response to getting kicked off a series of lucrative festival gigs shared with Red Hot Chili Peppers, due to Kiedis's refusal to perform with Patton. [128]

Despite this, other members of both groups appear to have remained on good terms since the initial controversy. Regarding the perceived conflict, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea stated "There was never any fight between us, that was a bunch of bullshit created by the media. I mean I think they're a good band. Maybe there was some things said between Anthony and the singer [Patton], but it all means nothing to me. Those guys in the band are nice people and there's no fight." [133] At a 2014 show in Brooklyn, the band also notably covered a portion of the Chuck Mosley-era song "We Care a Lot". [128]

Fox News commentator Greg Gutfeld attracted media attention in 2016 when he stated "You’re either a Faith No More fan, or a Red Hot Chili Peppers fan. You cannot love Mike Patton and Anthony Kiedis, because they are two different people. You have to love Mike Patton, you cannot love Anthony Kiedis. So that is why the Red Hot Chili Peppers are the worst band in the universe, because Faith No More is the greatest band in the universe." [134] [135]

Concert tours

Band members

Current members

Awards and nominations

Grammy Awards
YearNominee / workAwardResult
1990"The Real Thing" Best Metal Performance Nominated
1991"Epic" Best Hard Rock Performance Nominated
1993"Angel Dust" Best Hard Rock Performance Nominated
Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards
YearNominee / workAwardResult
2015 Sol Invictus Best AlbumWon

Metal Storm Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2015Sol InvictusBest Alternative Metal Album [137] Won
MTV Video Music Awards
YearNominee / workAwardResult
1990"Epic" Best Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Video Nominated
1991"Falling to Pieces" Best Art Direction in a Video Nominated
1991"Falling to Pieces" Best Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Video Nominated
1991"Falling to Pieces" Best Visual Effects in a Video Won
1993"A Small Victory" Best Art Direction in a Video Nominated


Studio albums

See also

Related Research Articles

Mike Patton American singer

Michael Allan Patton is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, multi-instrumentalist and film composer, best known as the lead vocalist of the alternative metal band Faith No More. Patton is also the founder and lead singer of Mr. Bungle, and has played with Tomahawk, Fantômas, Dead Cross, Lovage, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Peeping Tom.

Chuck Mosley American musician

Charles Henry Mosley III was an American musician, singer and songwriter, who was best known as the frontman for Faith No More from 1984 to 1988. During his tenure with the band, they released two albums, We Care a Lot and Introduce Yourself.

Mr. Bungle American band

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<i>Introduce Yourself</i> 1987 studio album by Faith No More

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Roddy Bottum American musician

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<i>Album of the Year</i> (Faith No More album) 1997 studio album by Faith No More

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California is the third and final studio album by American experimental rock band Mr. Bungle. It was released on June 13, 1999, through Warner Bros.

<i>We Care a Lot</i> 1985 studio album by Faith No More

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Midlife Crisis 1992 single by Faith No More

"Midlife Crisis" is a song by the American rock band Faith No More. It was released on May 26, 1992 as the first single from their fourth album, Angel Dust. It became their sole number-one hit on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.

We Care a Lot (song) 1988 single by Faith No More

"We Care a Lot" is a song by Faith No More. There are three versions of the song, all of which have been officially released over three different albums. The original was recorded for and released on the band's first studio album, We Care a Lot. A re-recorded version, with new lyrics was included on the Introduce Yourself album and was the lead single, reaching no.53 on the UK Singles Chart. The live version, without original singer Mosley was included on the live album and video Live at the Brixton Academy and was also released as a single in 1991. Although a Chuck Mosley-era song, it was the second most frequently-played song during the band's live performances, behind "Epic". "We Care a Lot" featured different lyrics and ad-libs when performed by Mike Patton, much like performances of "Chinese Arithmetic".

<i>Who Cares a Lot?: The Greatest Videos</i> 1999 video by Faith No More

Who Cares a Lot? The Greatest Videos is the VHS version of Faith No More greatest hits album Who Cares a Lot?. It contains almost all of the band's music videos, a new live video, and behind-the-scenes interviews and footage, most of which was taken from a previous video release, Video Croissant. It is the most complete Faith No More video release to date.

<i>Epic and Other Hits</i> 2005 compilation album by Faith No More

Epic And Other Hits is a compilation album released by Faith No More in 2005. Despite the album's title, only a handful of songs on it are actual hits, even though the band had other hits which do not appear here. The compilation greatly focuses on the band's 1989 album The Real Thing, with six out of the ten tracks taken from it. Epic And Other Hits is generally considered a "weak" compilation, and many fans see it as a way to cash in on the success of Mike Patton. Most notably, the Mosley-era track "Arabian Disco" is included, from the We Care A Lot album, which is currently out of print on CD. The album also contains no tracks from King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime or Introduce Yourself. It is presumed that this album consists of a small selection of songs licensed by Warner Bros Records to the budget label Flashback, and as such no other songs could be included without breaching copyright. This compilation is generally not mentioned in the band's canon due to their lack of involvement in it.

<i>King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime</i> 1995 studio album by Faith No More

King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime is the fifth studio album by San Francisco-based band Faith No More, released on March 28, 1995 by Slash and Reprise Records. It was their first album recorded without longtime guitarist Jim Martin. The album showcased a greater variety than the band's usual heavy metal leanings, with Rolling Stone calling the result a "genre shuffle". The album spawned three singles—"Digging the Grave", "Ricochet" and "Evidence".

Motherfucker (Faith No More song) 2014 single by Faith No More

"Motherfucker" is a song by American band Faith No More, the first single from their seventh studio album Sol Invictus. It was released on Record Store Day's Black Friday, November 28, 2014. It is the band's first release of new studio recorded material since Album of the Year (1997), breaking a 17-year hiatus.


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1. ^ The song was recorded in 1988 and first appeared on 1989's The Real Thing, although it gained popularity after being released as a single in 1990.


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