How SADE inspired FAITH NO MORE
Helen Folasade Adu better known as Sade celebrated her 60th birthday on January 16th. The soul singer has had a 35 year long career and enjoyed much chart success.
"Oh god, my influences suck! I don't know. But if I had to tell you one right it would be Sade. She's got it all man." - Mike Patton 1989
Funnily enough Sade is often mentioned alongside Faith No More. In the early 90s Mike Patton was particularly obnoxious during interviews and it was hard to tell whether the singer was being truthful or simply toying with the interviewer to get a reaction. When asked his influences he would list bands such as Slayer then in an extreme contrast he would mention Elton John and Sade. We have come to realise that, yes Patton has such extremely different influences, it is this which helps him to create such varied and diverse music of his own.
"With Faith No More, when I tried to explain the version with Jim Martin and Mike Patton, it was like a spiderweb that was pulling equally in five different directions, there was no de facto leader. One guy’s in metal land, Jim Martin was going towards Black Sabbath and Patton’s going towards Sade and Roddy’s going to more dance-oriented stuff, so it was a really interesting tension of five guys pulling in different directions that made this music." - Matt Wallace 2015
In 1989 at Night Moves in California FNM slipped a short cover Sade's song Paradise into the set.
Jim Martin described Patton's voice as sounding like Sade when he first joined the band. Patton wasn’t the only member of FNM who considered Sade as an influence, Bill Gould listed Sade 1984 debut album Diamond Life as an early influence, "Apparently, this wasn’t such a cool record, but it was for me. Exceptional and very well written songs."
In 2013 Patton was invited to present a selection of his favourite videos on Rage TV among his choices was Sade’s 2009 song Soldier Of Love in which he revealed he had also a crush on the singer.
"Sade, I can't really say her name without blushing. I've enjoyed her in many ways, probably mostly holding up her poster with one hand - dig?! But I love her music too." - Mike Patton 2013