FAITH NO MORE 35

Today we celebrate 35 years of the most exciting and influential bands in music history. Faith No More have in fact only been a fully functional musical group for 24 years, as the band of course were inactive from 1998 to 2009. But where's the fun in that!
The origins of FNM did begin much earlier than 1983, core members Bill Gould and Roddy Bottum were childhood friends. They, Mike Bordin, Jim Martin and Chuck Mosley had various musical exploits, together and apart, which were the foundations of the band. 

However it was on October 7th 1983 that Faith. No Man ceased to exist and from the ashes rose Faith. No More to play their very first show. 
Here are are just a few of the most important events from Faith No More's 35 year long career.


The First Faith No More Show

The line up of Faith. No Man included Mike 'The Man' Morris (vocals and guitar), Wade Worthington (keyboard), Bill, and Mike BHowever as tensions between band members particularly Morris and Gould rose, it became apparent that the rest of the members of the band didn't see eye-to-eye with their front-man. Worthington saw the writing on the wall and left,  to be replaced by Roddy

"We all just kind of quit. We said: 'We're going to start playing without Morris.' We like each other, we've got a vibe. We've got an itch that we want to scratch'. So that's why there was keyboard, bass and drums, and that's why we switched guitarists so much, because it was just us three. The 'Man' was gone - the man was 'No More'." - Mike Bordin 2002

Bill and Puffy spoke about Roddy's joining FNM.

"Roddy fitted in perfectly, and it was only a short matter of time before we realized we couldn't stand the singer. Me, Puffy and Roddy were getting along really well, we were around he same age and had a lot in common, So one day we all 'quit' the band, which is kinda a polite way of kicking out the singer. We had called him 'The Man' because he was older, bossier, he wanted me to dress as some New Romantic or some shit like that. So finally we just told him to fuck off, yet he'd managed to brainwash us into believing that we couldn't write songs. So we were afraid that we might've needed him. That made firing him a big stab in the dark. But then we started coming up with all this cool stuff, where we pretty much threw caution to the wind and said 'if we can't come up with good stuff what the heck we'll have a good time trying?' That's how we came up with our basic first sound, and it was a liberating kind of thing. We didn't give a fuck if we never got a record deal, we didn't give a fuck about anything. We were just playing music we couldn't play with anyone else." - Bill Gould 1993

"It was really Mike Morris' band, and he was a terrorist. I am aware that I'm the one who pretty much saw that they left him, if I hadn't joined they'd probably have stuck with him a lot longer. The combination of the three of us was a lot stronger than just them. We were hanging out around each other a lot, talking amongst ourselves, preparing to oust that guy." - Roddy Bottum 1993

"One thing led to another and we both realized that 'The Man' was a slave-driver, a bit of a dick. The keyboard player quit, Roddy came in and he isn't the type to be browbeaten by anyone. We liked playing with each other, there was something going on and it didn't have to be anything. For the first lime it wasn't bad rock, it wasn't bad progressive, it was bad whatever! It was bad 'everything'." - Mike Bordin 1993

The guitarist and vocalist positions would alter from night to night after the band parted ways with Morris. On October 7th the newly named Faith. No More played a gig in San Francisco at On Broadway or so this flyer for the show indicates. Was this the first Faith No More show?

A live recording of the night exists but it is labelled October 11th which leaves us guessing the precise date of the very first gig. Either the tape is labelled incorrectly or FNM were billed for the 7th and didn't play.......Matt Wallace was sound engineer for the show. The lineup for this show included Jake Smith on guitar and Joe Pop-O-Pie on vocals. Joe of course was the singer from 80s misfit punk outfit Pop-O-Pies and there is a fascinating story which outlines the origin of the lyrics to the Faith No More song Spirit

"So I think it was just before we were going to start the first rehearsal for the first FNM show. This was September of 1983. The show was in October of 1983. Roddy and I arrived at the practice space first. It was also used by a band called Crucifix. Jake Smith was the guitarist on that first FNM show. Anyway, we're waiting for everybody else to show up and Roddy got behind the drum kit and started banging away. Jake had his Marshal Half Stack and this awesome new fangled guitar that had to be tuned with Allen wrenches. Well, I fired it up and started playing. The sound I was getting out of this thing was awesome! Very inspiring. Just off the top of my head I started playing this set of power chords that would later become the bass line of my version of "The Words of Jamal" (for the first FNM show we would end up using a different instrumental underneath the words). Ok so I'm strumming away and Roddy's still playing drums and I remembered those words that I had jotted down from that night i NYC. And I started to rhythmically shout them over the chords I was playing. It sounded really good so it stuck. Now in March of 1984, when I was recording the next Pop-O-Pies album we did a version of it. The album is called "Joe's second record" with Bill Gould on bass, Mike Bordin on drums and (the infamous) Mark Bowen and myself are playing the guitars on it. And of course, I was doing the vocals also." - Joe Pop-O-Pie 2013

You can read in explicit detail about this first show in Adrian Harte's new biography Small Victories: The True Story Of Faith No More, here is a short extract. 

"We had incense.It was part of that neo-hippie vibe we were pushing. Incense, dashikis, dreadlocks. We were super ramshackle hodgepodge fashion. We wore dashikis for sure. We had gotten into Last Poets, and we loved fucking with all the punkers who were wearing the traditional Doc Martens. It was so uncool to be a dirty hippie at that time. It was our main intention to set ourselves apart from the scene that was going on at the time. And we just found it all really provocative and hilarious." - Roddy Bottum 2017

The Metamorphosis Of Mike Patton

It's no secret that during the promotional tours of The Real Thing Patton found it difficult to adjust to his new way of life. His distaste for everything was apparent. He rubbed against his fellow band members and the press, behaving like a spoilt brat and constantly suggesting he was about to leave the band at any time to concentrate on Mr. Bungle

"That was in the period I gave a lot of interviews that I shouldn't have given. I was fed up with Faith No More. Nobody bought our albums and we just kept touring. I was disillusioned. When you're touring, sometimes as a band you get the feeling you're living like rats. You're kept busy and stupid temporarily. You're treated like a pimp treats a whore. And if you don't want to be a part of that, it gets frustrating. We needed people to bang our heads against the wall. I wanted to crawl away. That's why I was delighted to record an album with Mr. Bungle. The interviews I did during that time were pretty negative. I said things like: Faith No More is like a job to me. Because I felt like that. But I don't think I portrayed myself correctly; It made me look like a spoilt son-of-a-bitch more than anything else. In the end I got what I wanted. And that's good, because being in two bands at the same time is great. It isn't a threat. It's more like a physical need: I found I had to do more. You eat a little too much and then you have to shit some more." - Mike Patton 1992

Over the course of 1991 a transformation began. His attitude became more relaxed, it seemed he had come to terms with being a part of FNM and was comfortable in his role. His hobbies became more mature, albeit still rather twisted. 

"In a relationship, in the beginning, there's inhibitions. After a while, all of those things fall apart, and that's how you get comfortable with somebody. I think that's probably how it happened. You learn how to fart and cuss in front of them. That's healthy. The way the band operates, politically, is, whoever steps out of line, everyone pounces on him. So if you're constantly afraid of doing something, nothing gets done. When everybody gets a little more comfortable, you can pull out any idea, and it can be manipulated, raped, made fun of, whatever. But still ... that's OK. Because that's how shit gets created; I'm convinced of that." - Mike Patton 1993 

"I never knew what kind of band it was. We became a hard rock band by default, it was an accident, but the beautiful thing was that we all knew. We could look at each other and say however bad it got, however much of a pet monkey we became, however much of a pet funk-metal rock band we were, there were 4 other guys who have to deal with it to. And each guy dealt with it in their own little way. There had never been any question of my staying in the band. We started writing the music for this album, and being a part of something so fundamental was what made sure of it for me. The Real Thing' had been like someone'else's music, someone else's band, it had felt like an obligatory thing. They hadn't needed a damn singer, it was just that they had to have a singer. That's why I was there, that's why Chuck was there, we weren't needed we were there."

"Before this album I still threw ideas out, whether that be fool's courage or whatever, so I always had the courage. It was just the fact we started from the pot in the middle where everybody pees into it. We'd done our time, so it felt like we'd been in jail with someone for a while. Like a junkie, it doesn't matter whether you agree with someone's way of thought, what they do for a living or what they do in their spare time, it doesn't matter because whatever it was you were there. Proximity made it happen. And now, of course, we're kinda friends in a weird sort of way." - Mike Patton 1994

The change in his appearance was also apparent and the first promo shots from January 1992 and proved that the hair metal poster boy was gone, replaced with the look of a serious frontman. However the most noticeable development was in his voice, the funk derived nasal sound that had brought him so much attention on TRT had gone on Angel Dust, their second album with Patton, and so was the rapping. We would hear his natural singing voice and the extremity of what he was capable of achieving with his vocal chords. Growls, screams, squeals, heavy breathing....the list is endless. 

Extract from Kerrang 431

Have you noticed how much more a part of FNM Mike Patton has now become? Patton's development seems to have escaped press probings. The piss-drinking, the tampon-munching, the lurches, the screams, the insults, the jokes, the lyrics, the dark side of 1989s pin-up. He has become the definition for mischievous, curious and warped youths worldwide, a man who will try anything just for, the hell of it. But the biggest strides Patton made were in actually becoming a happy member of Faith No More. When did this penny drop?  
"At first, the fruit wasn't ripe," trills Patton obliquely, "but it got riper and riper, and now it tastes really good. But the actual point at which everything finally clicked is hard to pin down. One thing about this band is that there's many things we've either not had the courage or the means to do before; but we're beginning to care less how we're perceived and to just get on with things." 
It's probably easier for him now, looking back, to work out why he was so antagonistic when he first joined FNM."The truth is, there were certain things I wanted to know about the band, and I also saw a lot of things I didn't wanna know, so I ignored them. Rather than confronting issues, I found it much easier to ignore them." Was becoming the Metal pin-up kid of 1989 the sort of thing we're talking about? "Definitely!" So your belligerence and antagonism were just to get you through? "That stuff was just instinct. When you enter a volatile situation, with the whole thing spiralling towards the toilet, you just stir it a little more. With this LP, we were all spiralling in the same direction at last." 
Were you encouraged to express your weirder, more f**ked-up ideas on the record, such as on Malpractice and RV? "It's not really aggression, it's just feeling comfortable, being able to unload everything. There was just a better forum for extremes." 
Did you re-invent yourself, with the new haircut, the uglier tones, the darker personae than in the smooth, white pretty boy of yore? "We'd better talk to the psychiatrist!" So there was no conscious effort to say, f**k this, I'll never be a magazine pretty boy again'? "Nothing conscious. Certain things just happen naturally. When you've toured for two years and you're trapped in a time capsule, you come back f**ked up." 
Was there this bitterness of 'missing your youth'? "No, it's just that you get to feel like a rat sometimes, because all you can do is run along with it, chasing the trail of cheese. In the end, you lose dignity - you really do. You end up convincing yourself that you have control when you just don't."  
So why is it so much easier now than before? "Explaining that would be like sitting down with your Mom and explaining why you farted at the dinner table three years ago!" 
Is it therapeutic dealing with characters in songs, getting your anger out? "No, because sometimes it isn't good to have that shit out in the open." He sighs deeply before smirking, "There's this myth about lyricists and singers, that they're always 'projecting their inner-most secrets', which is horse-shit. Singers are the WORST! They can't hide behind instruments..."


The Problem With Jim Martin 

FNM have always thrived from their conflicting personalities and ideas of what their music should sound like, this unlikely union has always produced wonderful results. During the making of IY tensions ran high between Chuck Mosley and the other band members, whilst on tour promoting TRT Mike B fell victim to the other members poking fun.

Jim's attitude towards Angel Dust  was strained from the beginning and he seemed disagreeable with everything from the songs, to the recording, to the album title. The fracture between him and the other four members began during the writing of AD. His father had died in the weeks before rehearsals started, the band moved their studio space from San Francisco to Oakland to accommodate him however Jim still decided not to attend. 

"It was frustrating, the bottom line was that Jim’s dad had died three weeks before we started making that record, and the guys in the band and myself were saying, “Why don’t we take a pause on this thing, let’s regroup in a few months, give you some time to grieve your dad and let that settle,” but he comes from a more macho approach to life and said, “No, don’t talk about my personal shit, we’re going to make this record.” So the band had a rehearsal place in Oakland, which was a trek for them because they were in San Francisco, and Jim just wasn’t available in a lot of ways." - Matt Wallace 2015

He would therefore work on his guitar parts in at home. 

"It makes for a weird tension. He's working on stuff at home but you visualise everything, including the guitar, when you write the song. And then it comes back different to your perception - but if the person isn't there from day one they can't be expected to read your mind." - Bill Gould 1992

Due to his absence during the song writing Jim found it difficult to understand what direction the others were taking, he felt the music was "very contrived and I thought that the band was trying too hard. It took me a while to figure out where I was going to fit in". So much that Bill contributed guitar to some of the album.

 "The only real struggle that we had was with the guitar parts. We sort of panicked because Jim wasn't really understanding some of the things that we were doing, so we did them ourselves. Some of the guitar parts, our bass player Bill played." - Mike Patton 1992

"There was a lot of weird pressure to follow up The Real Thing, and as a consequence, the album AD was more contrived musically than I thought was necessary. I wanted more of the record to happen in the studio and Bill wanted every last tack nailed down before we went in. I wanted to spend time with it, management and the record company wanted to rush it out the door. " - Jim Martin 2012

 "He kept calling the record “Gay Disco” - everytime they’d play something, he’d say, [dismissively] “Eh, this is a bunch of gay disco.” And I’d say, [agitated:] “Dude if you put your fuckn’ big guitar in it, it won’t be quote-unquote ‘gay disco.’ I need you to jump onboard and do this.” So it almost became a self-fulfilling prophecy for Jim, because he didn’t invest the way I was hoping he would. He’d do these guitar parts, and the band would come in the next day and they’d listen and the parts would be serious, but they wanted him to be Jim Martin and do his thing. So there were a lot of yelling matches and people disagreeing with each other. It was pretty ugly." - Matt Wallace 2015

The recording process was even more torturous, the rift between him and the band had escalated and tempers ran high. 

"It's been an unpleasant experience from the very beginning! It's been very unpleasant, but not really much different to my experiences in making records with Faith No More before. It's always been a very unpleasant experience - a lot of people scrambling to get henchmen on their side to play silly games, to blow smoke on a situation." - Jim Martin 1992

"This album has taken so long to record... God, it's been almost eighteen months - you can't believe the torment I've been through man. It's not supposed to be like that, not supposed to be that hard. Took too damn long... I'm gonna make sure that doesn't happen again. I'm gonna take some recording gear out on the road with me soon as possible, and start working on new songs straightaway. See if I can come up with some real sick single again." - Jim Martin 1992

"Jim and I are absolute extremes. To enable the scales to keep balanced, the further I go in my direction, the further he has to go in his. If he stays where he is and I continue to go further, then things will go off-kilter. On the last album, he kinda stayed where he was: it wasn't only that he didn't produce a whole lot of material. So as things stand now, we're a little off-kilter but we'll work it out that. " - Roddy Bottum 1993

The subsequent tour would drive a deeper wedge between the band and Jim. On the tour with Gun n' Roses Jim revelled in the rock n' roll lifestyle while the others found it an ugly experience. After a year of touring the album the level on communication between Jim and his band mates had become non-existent. 

"You like to give people credit that as an individual, they have two eyes and two ears the same as anyone else - and that they can see what's going on. Musicians are forced to live together more than married couples. I don't think he has any idea of what we're doing. I don't think he understands our music at all." - Bill Gould 1993

The last show FNM played in the AD tour was on July 17th 1993 at Phoenix Festival in the UK, it would be Jim Martin's last ever FNM performance. On November 30th the band informed Jim via fax that he was no longer a member of the band. 

"We have definitely parted company. I think anybody who's read the music press over the past year, even two years, shouldn't be too surprised with what's happened. The situation just came to a point where it was impossible to work together, and we wish Jim all the luck in the world with whatever he does. We don't plan on working with him any time soon. "The way the music press works, which is the way mass communication works, is that media is transferred in very simple images. So I think a lot of the preconceptions people have of this band are not entirety accurate in the real sense. Historically, Jim has actually  had very little to do with the song writing, and i think most people don't know that. However, I also think he probably wasn't too happy with the song writing we do. So I think it's for the best for both sides, really. I think Jim's talented in his own right and that he should do what he wants to do - and what he's good at. I think that what we do has nothing to do with what he does. Anything negative I have to say about Jim, I've already said in the press while he was in the band, so I don't see any point in reiterating it. I can't see anything constructive coming out of bad-mouthing Jim at this point in time. I understand that people will be egging us on (to do so) and that's fine; I love to hear dirt too. I just think that at this point in time, it wouldn't do us any good - and my obligations are to this group and making it work. I think we just wanna write a good record. And now, circumstances have finally happened that can allow us to write a great record. We're really excited with our new possibilities. Hopefully, this will be the first terminated relationship that we can work out as human beings. I don't know if we can handle it or not, but we'll give it a shot. All I can say is that throughout, we were really unhappy with the problem, and the situation was realty bad. But at the same time, we were stuck in a situation where we couldn't dwell upon it. "Sometimes, when you read things in the music press that you're trying to ignore just because you're trying to get your work done, it turns up the pressure and starts getting into paranoia.
Probably, Jim had a lot of paranoia his side because he's reading things over which we have no control. But we're dissatisfied, and it's in the back of our minds." - Bill Gould 1993

"Faith No More, as you know it, is no longer. I believe the fact that we (always) went in different ways musically was actually an integral part of the band. "I am still writing songs working on music as I have been throughout most of my life -  and will continue to do so. Hopefully, I will see you all soon." - Jim Martin 1993


Faith No More Split Up

On April 20th 1998 Faith No More announced via a press statement that they were....no more. 

"After 15 long and fruitful years, Faith No More have decided to put an end to speculation regarding their imminent break up... by breaking up. The decision among the members is mutual, and there will be no pointing of fingers, no naming of names, other than stating, for the record, that "Puffy started it". Furthermore, the split will now enable each member to pursue his individual project(s) unhindered. Lastly, and most importantly, the band would like to thank all of those fans and associates that have stuck with and supported the band throughout its history."

Bill Gould added his own statement.

"I personally would like to thank all of you folks who've done such a fantastic job in keeping us alive, and growing with us through our changes, but especially in helping make our band available to people through the Internet, because I'm absolutely convinced that without all of your help we would have been ignored (especially in the States).
Seeee ya,
Bill....."

It's quite fitting that FNM's closing album of the 90s was themed around finality and death. With the cover art featuring funeral photos and song titles such as Ashes To Ashes and Last Cup of Sorrow we should have figured out that the band were winding down. The members of FNM even dressed up in black burial suits on stage. 
When Jon Hudson joined the band in '96 he noticed that all was not well, the band seemed preoccupied with their individual projects and disjointed. 

"I viewed everything as an opportunity. I could see the pressure of trying to deliver another great record was wearing on some of the guys because they were putting their energies into other areas or projects. I felt like this might be their last record, so I wanted to make sure I enjoyed it as much as I could." - Jon Hudson 2015

In interviews there was little talk of the future and members seemed to discuss being in the band like it was an unavoidable chore rather than an expression of the art. 

"Oh, I can imagine it [not being in FNM]. I can imagine it, put it that way. This isn't the only piece of green grass, if you know what I'm saying. The best thing and the worst thing about Faith No More is that we are still a band. And as a band, we have a lot of mistrust of each other, too much mistrust. I would say that some of it is for good reason, and that's healthy. But if there's one thing that has always been counter-productive, then I would say that it's that mistrust. It's inherent, it's there. I mean we're friends, but it's just that there's this healthy disdain for each other. But whilst we talk about this, I think maybe we talk about it too much. That's why everyone thinks we're weird and why everyone thinks we're about to break up. And sometimes you do wonder if it's still worth it. Having breakfast, you know, looking down at your eggs and asking yourself whether this is still worth it.. But when it's over, you know it's over. You don't have to ask questions."  - Mike Patton 1997

The focus seemed to be on the individuals projects outside FNM. Roddy Bottum was creating indie pop with Imperial TeenMike Bordin touring with his idol Ozzy OsbourneMike Patton was living in Italy, becoming more immersed in the avant-guarde and anticipating a tour with Mr. Bungle
In the early April of 98 the band performed three European shows and were booked to perform in the summer on a stadium tour with Aerosmith

To most members the eventual split announced on April 20th 1998 was a relief. Mike Bordin was the first to speak out about the split. 

"I'd just like to say thanks. Thanks to everyone who supported Faith No More. Thanks to everyone in the UK and to everyone at Kerrang!. I really appreciate it, and I know Billy does too. Your support's been amazing over the years. We really couldn't have asked for more. Sorry it had to end this way."  - Mike Bordin 1998

Bill was distressed by the break up, FNM had been his life for 17 years. 

"Well, I dropped out of school to be in a band, thinking, This is what I'm going to do with my life. So when when Faith No More got successful I took it personally, because it was kind of a validation of the choices I'd made in life.Then when the band split, I felt like I couldn't separate myself from that, because I felt that it was the only validation I had in my life, and Id lost my identity. It took me close to a decade to figure out that it was not necessarily my band." - Bill Gould 2018

"It was heartbreaking trying to be in a band where nobody wanted to be in it. So breaking up the band was a bit of relief. But yeah, I always felt a little frustrated because I felt we didn't really ever get to say everything we wanted to say and I lost my vehicle to say it." - Bill Gould 2016

"The thing is that the band had to break up, otherwise there would've been all that anger garbage. It was very civilised: we decided together in one room. The thing that was amazing was that we all turned that page together. I was afraid there would be people disagreeing that it was time to end. It was almost a let-down! It was great while it lasted, and now we can treat each other like human beings. We don't 'have' to get along perse. Me and Bill have even talked about working together again. We're not enemies, we don't hate each other, and that proves to me it was the right decision." - Mike Patton 1999

In 2006 Greg Prato interviewed members of the now long defunct FNM to write a story about their career for Classic Rock Magazine

“I think it was the right time to turn off the lights before we became a pathetic band. Creatively, we hit the wall as a band and it was important to some of us that we end it with integrity.” - Mike Patton 2006

If 'Puffy started it' then let's give him the last word.

“We loved this band. It was our lives. So for people to say: ‘It’s a bad story’ or ‘They didn’t care’ is bullshit. Don’t believe the fucking hype.” - Mike Bordin 2006



Faith No More Reunited

In 2006 Mike Patton said it would never happen, at least not with himself on vocals. In late 2008 Bill Gould had spoken to Kerrang! denying the rumours a reunion was on the cards.

"If anything like this were to happen, it would have to come from the band, and I haven't spoken with any of them in over a year. So as far as I know, there isn't anything to talk about, and I'm pretty sure that if you were to contact Patton, he would tell you the same thing."

On February 24th 2009 FNM announced to the world that they were back together via Mike Patton's publicist. On February 25th the band issued this statement.....

Faith No More has always stood out as some sort of unique beast; part dog, part cat—its music almost as schizophrenic as the personalities of its members. When it all worked, it worked really well, even if the chemistry was always volatile. Throughout our 17 years of existence, the mental and physical energy required to sustain this creature was considerable and relentless. Though amicable enough, when we finally split, we all followed paths seemingly destined to opposite ends of the universe. 
Yet during the entire 10 years that have passed since our decision to break up we've experienced constant rumors and requests from fans and promoters alike. Nevertheless, for whatever reason, none of us kept in regular touch, much less to discuss any possibilities of getting together 
What's changed is that this year, for the first time, we've all decided to sit down together and talk about it. And what we've discovered is that time has afforded us enough distance to look back on our years together through a clearer lens and made us realize that through all the hard work, the music still sounds good, and we are beginning to appreciate the fact that we might have actually done something right. 
Meanwhile we find ourselves at a moment in time with zero label obligations, still young and strong enough to deliver a kick  ass set, with enthusiasm to not only revisit our past but possibly add something to the present. And so with this we've decided to hold our collective breaths and jump off this cliff.... BACK, GOD FORBID, INTO THE MONKEY CAGE!!!
We can only hope that the experience of playing together again will yield results erratic and unpredictable enough to live up to the legacy of FNM.Who know where this will end or what it will bring up...only the future knows. But we are about to find out!
FAITH NO MORE are:Mike Bordin, Roddy Bottum, Bill Gould, Jon Hudson and Mike Patton.

Sol Invictus

Touring the old material wasn't enough for FNM and in 2015 they released Sol Invitcus, their first album in 18 years.


"It was a language that we all speak together, and it was clear that it was still there. Then we decided that we wouldn’t play any more shows unless we made more music. So we did." - Roddy Bottum 2015


"Writing and recording wasn't up for discussion during the reunion tour; we simply went out and played the existing material for several years, and we had no intention of doing anything else at that point. Although I don't think anyone else in the band had said, 'Well, we're never gonna make another record or write another song.Three years ago or thereabouts, Bill [Gould, bassist/producer] started throwing around some ideas, and we took one idea and arranged it really quickly and played it live [Matador], and that was a good way for us to get back into it again. At that point, it was still 'wait and see'. We decided that we were pleased with the way that turned out, so some more material started getting sent back and forth several months later. We've been working on this thing for two and a half years. We didn't have someone getting on our case to deliver something in any specific time frame. There was no pressure. So, we worked on it at our leisure. We took it piece by piece; there was no record label or publishing agreement to have to worry about." - Jon Hudson 2016


Bill, Roddy and Mike B have been in the band a total of 24 years each since its foundation in 1983. Patton joined in late 1988 so his time with FNM is a little over 17 years.
Jon Hudson is officially now FNM's longest serving guitarist at 11 years, taking over Jim Martin who was with band just over 10 years. Chuck Mosley (RIP) was frontman for 5 years. Dean Menta on guitar for less than a year, and the member with the least time in the band is Trey Spruance who was within their ranks only for the recording of King For A Day.

For the whole detailed and accurate history of Faith No More grab a copy of Adrian Harte's new biography Small Victories: The True Story Of Faith No More. 

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