The Real Thing

Rhino/Warner Bros.
Release date
15 Jun 1989
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 From Out of Nowhere 3:20 183,725
2 Epic 3:56 405,745
3 Falling to Pieces 5:12 176,159
4 Surprise! You're Dead! 2:27 90,732
5 Zombie Eaters 5:58 99,779
6 The Real Thing 8:12 104,723
7 Underwater Love 3:50 87,983
8 The Morning After 3:42 81,468
9 Woodpecker From Mars 5:40 69,687
10 War Pigs 7:44 118,860
11 Edge of the World 4:09 88,302

About this album

The Real Thing is the third studio album by American rock quintet Faith No More, first released through Slash Records on June 20, 1989. It was the first release by the band not to feature vocalist Chuck Mosely; instead the album featured Mike Patton from the experimental rock band Mr. Bungle. On this album, Faith No More advanced their sound range combining heavy metal, progressive rock, hip hop, funk, jazz, and soul.

Although released in mid 1989, The Real Thing didn’t enter the Billboard 200 until February 1990, after the release of the second single from the album, “Epic”, and eventually peaked at number eleven on the chart in October 1990, following the the reissue of “Epic” almost a year and half after the initial release of the album. It was eventually certified platinum in America and Canada as well as being certified Silver in the United Kingdom

The writing for the majority of the music for The Real Thing took place after the tour for Introduce Yourself. A demo version of “The Morning After”, under the moniker “New Improved Song”, with alternate lyrics written and sung by Chuck Mosely was released on the Sounds·Waves 2 extended play with the Sounds magazine. “Surprise! You’re Dead!” was composed by Jim Martin in the 1970s, while he was guitarist for Agents of Misfortune who also featured Cliff Burton in the line up.

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  • Issa-Void

    I have been doing a lot of research into the making of this album and I have come to the conclusion that all of the songs (apart from "War Pigs" and arguably "Woodpeckers From Mars") are about masturbating.

    23 Oct 5:46pm Reply
  • Freshed_Fisch

    where do all these people come from that combine chili peppers with faith no more every time? they sound so different! you can't compare the guitar works of the guitarists, you even can't compare the bass lines and jesus, who in the world would compare the singers?!? Both bands sound great, but chili peppers is way more funk to my ears, while faith no more have more rock elements in their sound.

    18 Oct 9:14pm Reply
  • Rubberbandman16

    loved this album when it came out. Underwater Love ♫

    20 Sep 10:44pm Reply
  • Blaine_The_Mono

    Best RHCP album. [2] It's such freaking rip off, that you could actually confuse these two.

    11 Jul 10:02am Reply
  • Padocore

    Best RHCP album.

    30 May 2:30pm Reply
  • henrizzle2011

    I agree with fozzi26, but I still find this album almost flawless. Really awesome album, followed up by an even more awesome album known as Angel Dust :D

    26 May 7:11am Reply
  • MsMoonlightt

    One of the best albums of all time! Classic! [2] Very ahead of its time.

    26 Apr 5:23pm Reply
  • fozzi26

    Its got its moments, and i understand the appeal, but I find Pattons vocals on this album extremely grating every time he goes high pitch. Too squeaky for me. Im glad he changed his style after this and I think it benefits the band greatly, because to me the next 3 albums are all amazing in their own rights. The real Thing and From Out of Nowhere are still great though!

    2 Apr 3:54am Reply
  • petikee69

    One of the best albums of all time! Classic!

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • EpicGeeza36

    Faith No Mores first 3 albums combine the right amount of rock and funk together, love Mike Pattons voice on this especially in 'From Out Of Nowhere', 'Zombie Eaters' and 'The Real Thing'

    17 Oct 2013 Reply
  • RevolutionECW

    One of the MathaFNBEST albums EVER!!!!!!

    8 Sep 2013 Reply
  • DimaStekolnikov

    the best album ever they have done!

    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • vanillatape

    so glad patton stopped singing like this lol

    2 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Treats4TheSOUL

    aPatton had almost nothing to do with the writing of this album.

    25 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Idiots-Rule

    This album is totally amazing, but Patton's vocals aren't really aging well, imo. Just felt that way while listening the other day.

    8 Jan 2013 Reply
  • FromSydney

    Definitely not my favourite Patton album (By a long shot) but still pretty damn awesome.

    12 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Omnigraph

    probably my least favourite fnm album, patton's voice is just too annoying in it

    8 Dec 2012 Reply
  • gspanjers

    This album is just....Epic

    9 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Idiots-Rule

    After the years I've been an FNM fan, I mostly used to call this my favorite album of theirs. However, during the last 1-2 years I've realized that Angel Dust is so good and maybe even more experimental than this. The most fair thing I can probably say about this is that: The Real Thing is my favorite FNM album during the spring and summer, while Angel Dust is my favorite FNM album during the fall and winter. It's rather a question about mood for me, since the quality of both album makes the fight pretty damn even. They're both my top-2 fave albums of all time ...

    25 Jul 2012 Reply
  • BobPaiva

    their best imo

    24 Jul 2012 Reply
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