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 3:20 187,961
2 Epic 3:56 419,885
3 Falling to Pieces 5:12 180,713
4 Surprise! You're Dead! 2:27 93,306
5 Zombie Eaters 5:58 102,324
6 The Real Thing 8:12 107,397
7 Underwater Love 3:50 90,287
8 The Morning After 3:42 83,577
9 Woodpecker From Mars 5:40 71,710
10 War Pigs 7:44 121,340
11 Edge of the World 4:09 90,421

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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  • I0O

    >Bad Brains, Fishbone, Malfunkshun and both FNM and Mr. Bungle, among others, were playing funk metal back in the early- and mid-80s.< no.

    8 Apr 6:31pm Reply
  • Blacknuz

    The rapping parts sounds very similar, but not the regular singing. At all.

    6 Mar 6:36am Reply
  • MisterJunior

    How and why do people think this album "rips off" the Red Hot Chili Peppers? For starters RHCP didn't invent "funk metal" or whatever you want to label this type of music. Bad Brains, Fishbone, Malfunkshun and both FNM and Mr. Bungle, among others, were playing funk metal back in the early- and mid-80s. RHCP certainly don't have any claim to being the sole creator of that sound. Beyond that, this doesn't sound much like the Chili Peppers at all beyond perhaps a couple of tracks. For the most part, at least at this point and beyond, Faith No More had a much more metallic sound than RHCP ever had, in addition to FNM incorporating a lot of other types of music that the Chili Peppers never played.

    13 Dec 2014 Reply
  • NinnyHonestLiar

    Perfect album, all songs are so good. I like how every song is so different from other and you still know it's the same album. This album opened my mind back in 2011, FNM remained as one of favourite bands ever since.

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • Rubberbandman16

    loved this album when it came out. Underwater Love ♫

    20 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Blaine_The_Mono

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

    11 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Padocore

    Best RHCP album.

    30 May 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • MsMoonlightt

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

    26 Apr 2014 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 2014 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
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