Your Faith No More news roundup for the week so far.
FAITH NO MORE - WE CARE A LOT 2016
- Reviews of the latest official FNM release are starting to come in.
Can a classic recording be imperfect? Can a work of art's reputation be bigger, better than the work itself? The newly-reissued Faith No More debut suggests that the answer is maybe.
The three 2016 remixes add new dimension to “We Care a Lot”, “As the Worm Turns” and “Pills For Breakfast”. Demo versions of “Greed” and “Mark Bowen” are almost preferable to the final versions while two 1986 live cuts are nice but perhaps unnecessary artifacts.
The final verdict, then? The original We Care a Lot could have been trimmed down to a cohesive and earth-scorching EP. Having it back in circulation gives obsessives a chance to embrace it with new fervor (and new packaging). The record hasn’t aged badly it’s just not as good as what would come.
But, hey, that’s what debuts are for.
Record Collector Mag | 3/5
FNM debut re-introduces itself.
This re-release is bolstered by some intriguing bonus tracks; 2016 mixes of the likes of As The Worm Turns and Pills For Breakfast, as well as some early live recordings which are interesting to hear despite being mostly shouts and cymbal crashes. Best of all are the revealing early demos.Although not the strongest album in Faith No More’s discography, We Care A Lot is a damn fine debut.
The Music | 4/5
If you don't care a lot about the Faith No More that existed before Mike Patton, or even know Chuck Mosley, this re-release might pass you by, but it shouldn't.
- Bill Gould has spoken with his hometown paper about the debut FNM album.
Faith No More Will Re-Release Its Out-of-Print Debut After Founding Bassist Bill Gould Discovered The Masters
On the song 'We Care A Lot'
"It was just one of those things that clicked. Like, we heard [Bordin's] riff, and in five minutes were like, 'That's it!' "
"It was both serious and tongue-in-cheek.You have to look at it through the time that it was written. Everybody was exploiting their humanitarian values. There was a lot of self-congratulatory bullshit going around that we were kind of making fun of."
- In 1986, then Big Black frontman Steve Albini panned the debut LP. Albini’s review, published in a small Chicago magazine, did little to deter the band’s future success.
- Team Rock has published a great interview with Roddy Bottum.
Faith No More's ivory-tinkler can’t be trusted with car keys, but he cares a lot about sex, squash and Sasquatch
What’s the strangest place you’ve been naked?
“In San Francisco in the early days, there used to be naked club things that were sort of weird, that gay people would do. That seemed odd. It’s a weird, vulnerable place to be. I mean it’s not that weird, because everyone else is naked, but to be in a room with a bunch of naked people is weird. I liked it, it was really fun, but looking back, it was a weird experience.”
What’s the oddest gift you’ve had from a fan?
“There was a witch named Rhianna, in Washington D.C., that used to gift me a lot of things. She had a couple of ferrets and was a full-on black witch. She used to send me different strange stuffed animals, like dragons, very Dungeons & Dragons sort of fantasy, stuffed animal things. It got a little crazy. She also gave me all of the stuffed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but I ended up giving them to a friend’s child. They were lovely, but I passed them on.”
- Chuck Mosley has spoken to GAD! Zine.
"Most shows involved us playing, getting drunk, or getting fucked up and then playing really crappily. A few songs were not played very well, cause I was on guitar and singing. We were always looking for a singer, and I was supposed to sing backup vocals. But we never could find a singer, so most of the time, I would be singing. Then we'd find a singer and I'd do backup again. I was really relieved when Louise came along. We had a couple of girl singers, but nobody really fit the bill, but she was the best one at that point. So she'd sing, and I'd do backup and play guitar. But we were really crazy rude, like we'd practice somewhere, get drunk.... (laughs) we'd smoke PCP. And my drummer was a black punk rocker, he grew up around a lot of Mexicans, so he grew up in the Mexican projects, so he was a black but he talked like a cholo but he played like Keith Moon. He was really good but he was a total drunk. We were all fucked up. We would practice in the gym in the projects... We'd end up in a fight. The bass player and the drummer would try to take my money cuz I was the only one that worked. They'd be outta beer and they'd keep me company cuz they wanted to get more beer. We'd all be in a fight. One time we played with Bad Religion... After a while, we started getting really tight and started trying to be serious about it. We started getting a following and stuff. There's a movie, I can't even remember which one, but one of our fliers is in the bedroom of the kid in the movie. And that movie, Pump Up The Volume."
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