So I am excited to say that Faith No More is getting back together. The latest news is that they’ll be touring in Europe this summer. That’s all. The reason I’m happy is because of Mike Patton, the lead singer. He took over after they fired Chuck Mosby for being rude, drunk and unhelpful in promoting the band. Mike Patton took over and came out with hit Epic, on the album The Real Thing, that went platinum. That really put them on the map as far as main stream music goes, but they never stayed there. It’s my personal opinion, but I don’t think they really wanted to be there or stay there. Mike Patton took the band to different platforms, making different sounds by changing it up a bit and moving away from the 90s rock music that was also coming out at the time. They called it quits in 1998 to pursue other things, and put an end to rumors about quitting, so they quit.
But Mike Patton kept on making music, creating and joining new bands, and really exploring what his vocals could do. He was part of Lovage on their album Music To Make Love to Your Old Lady By, Peeping Tom, which was one album where every song featured another artist. The type of music is labeled “experiemental/ghettotech”. Peeping Tom’s most popular track, “Mojo” can be interpreted in many different ways, but its music video mocks television shows by recreating movements, visuals, camera shots, among other things to shows or commercials. Before Faith No More, Mike Patton created Mr. Bungle, which is very post modern in terms of music; adding different vocals, sounds, and noises and retracted from the ‘verse, chorus, verse, chorus, solo, chorus’ convention. Mr. Bungle is certainly a different way of making music.
I don’t know what the future holds for Faith No More, but I’ll be sure to be first in line when they come to the Midwest or any other place I’d be willing to travel to see them. I’m really excited to hear the new music they’ll come up with, and I’m hoping Patton will include some other artists he’s worked with before (including the beat boxer ‘Butterscotch’) to add another side to Faith No More that we haven’t seen.