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Faith No More

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San Francisco, California, USA (1979 – 1998, 2009 – present)

Faith No More is an group that formed in San Francisco, California, USA in 1979. Their music combines elements of various different genres, including heavy metal, funk, hardcore punk, progressive, electronica, soul, gospel, film scores, soft rock, R&B, hip hop and jazz, among many others.

Faith No More formed in 1979 under the name Sharp Young Men, and later Faith No Man. This early incarnation of the band was fronted Mike “The Man” Morris. Roddy Bottum, Mike Bordin, and Billy Gould decided they wanted rid of him, and rather than firing him, all three quit. They changed their name to Faith No More at the suggestion of a friend (as “The Man” was no more). After cycling through a few guitarists, the members recruited Jim Martin. A number of singers passed through, including a brief stint by Courtney Love. Chuck Mosley became the full time singer and appeared on their first two records. Their best known song from this era is probably “We Care a Lot”, which satirized the prevalence of charity-related rock efforts such as Live Aid and “We Are the World”.

The band gained a reputation for infighting and friction that sometimes went way beyond the limits of “creative differences.” In a notorious interview in 1987, Mosley claimed that Martin had hit him with a bottle, and there were frequent rumours of physical confrontations between band members. Indeed, in a short history of the band in one issue, the British music newspaper Melody Maker observed that the band’s internal relationships had descended into “pathological hatred”. Bordin in particular seemed to be very much the “whipping boy” of the band and the butt of numerous cruel pranks and practical jokes.

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  • Stretchryan

    Also if anyone is interested in swapping a standing ticket for the 17th of June in London for one for the 18th let me know - thanks

    9 hours ago Reply
  • Stretchryan

    Anyone know who the support band in Berlin is next week?

    9 hours ago Reply
  • Ichthyander

    Sol Invictus is Album of the Year! ))) (2)

    Yesterday 5:47am Reply
  • henriiquecrvg

    Mudei de ideia, melhor álbum da década agora

    Yesterday 5:14am Reply
  • VerbalImaginary

    In terms of metal, I really think Faith No More is one of the most influential bands since Zeppelin. So many bands have taken parts of FNM's style or even completely ripped it off like Mushroomhead.

    27 May 6:15pm Reply
  • olegkrasnov

    Sol Invictus is Album of the Year! )))

    27 May 11:26am Reply
  • Truja

    Happier Faith No More

    27 May 11:11am Reply
  • sevenlee7

    "Is it me or «Superhero» seems to be trying so hard to rip «Epic» off?" Nope, just you.

    27 May 10:33am Reply
  • Coolbutlame

    Sol Invictus is way too good to be a comeback album. What the heck. This band can do no wrong.

    27 May 2:48am Reply
  • Ichthyander

    da müssen aber system of a down sowas vonn heftig nachlegen, ich bin gespannt... .-)

    27 May 1:04am Reply
  • Ichthyander

    "...Leader of men Leader of men Get back in your cage Will you be one of them?..."

    27 May 12:34am Reply
  • olegkrasnov

    New album is very amazing!

    25 May 11:47am Reply
  • henriiquecrvg

    Sol Invictus é o álbum do ano e creio que esse título ngm vai tirar

    25 May 5:18am Reply
  • Ichthyander

    voll krass!

    24 May 6:13am Reply
  • Ichthyander

    new album is amazing... it grows and grows...

    24 May 6:13am Reply
  • JarOfLies-

    Sol Invictus might be a bit short but nevertheless, great album!

    22 May 9:35am Reply
  • lebital

    Is it me or «Superhero» seems to be trying so hard to rip «Epic» off?

    22 May 6:37am Reply
  • Ichthyander

    new album is sooooooooooooo good!

    21 May 9:37pm Reply
  • Ichthyander

    indeed!

    21 May 7:38pm Reply
  • ssageht

    Sol Invictus get's better the more often I listen to it. Great Album.

    21 May 10:14am Reply
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