Are you Cuckoo for Caca and Digging the Grave in an Epic the Land of Sunshine? If so, then you’ll probably remember a popular alternative metal band called Faith No More that broke up on April 20, 1998.
Faith No More: The Second Coming Tour
Last February, Faith No More announced that they’d be reforming for a reunion tour, called The Second Coming Tour. But most fans were skeptical. The band didn’t exactly part on happy terms. Then it happened. Faith No More played their first show in 15 years on June 10th and they didn’t kill each other.
In fact, Faith No More are now headlining music festivals all over Europe this summer. Even record executives are getting excited. To coincide with the band’s reunion tour, last week Rhino released a Faith No More compilation, The Very Best Definitive Ultimate Greatest Hits Collection, a double album that includes their hit singles and b sides & rarities.
Faith No More Members
The line up for the Faith No More (FNM) reunion tour remains unchanged from their last released album, Album of the Year (1998). Mike Patton is back on vocals and Jon Hudson on guitar. Hardcore FNM fans will notice the absence of Jim Martin, Courtney Love and former lead singer, Chuck Mosley.
- Mike Patton – lead vocals
- Billy Gould – bass guitar
- Mike Bordin – drums
- Roddy Bottum – keyboards
- Jon Hudson – guitar
Even though Faith No More hasn’t played together in 15 years, they still sound great. Here’s a YouTube video of the hit song “Easy” from a recent performance at the “Download Festival” in Donington Park (UK).
Faith No More Music
Faith No More hasn’t been active the last 15 years, but you’ve probably been exposed to their music. Do you recognize or remember any of the following?
- “Easy” was used in a commercial for Levi’s in 2006.
- “Midlife Crisis” was used in the video games Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Tony Hawk’s Underground 2
- “From out of Nowhere” was featured in EA Sports’ Madden NFL 2005 and NHL 2005.
- “Epic” was featured in several video games including a trailer for Street Fighter IV, on the Burnout Paradise video game soundtrack, and a playable track in the Rock Band video game.
- “We Care a Lot” is the theme song for the Discovery Channel show Dirty Jobs, available on Rock Band via download and was also included on the soundtrack to the 1997 John Cusack film Grosse Pointe Blank.
- “Falling to Pieces” was featured in Ridley Scott‘s 2001 war movie Black Hawk Down, as background music while soldiers prepare for their mission.
Faith No More Trivia
Here’s some more random Faith No More trivia:
- FNM’s breakthrough 1989 album, The Real Thing, reached the top ten on the charts thanks largely to MTV’s heavy rotation of the “Epic” music video. The controversial music video featured footage of a fish out of water that died. The fish was later revealed to be Björk’s and controversy around the fish further helped increase the band’s name recognition.
- Faith No More was best known for its influential and creative combination of elements associated with multiple music genres including heavy metal, funk, progressive rock, hip hop, punk, and jazz.
- After the band broke up in 1998, the members disbanded and went off to do solo and side projects. Since 1998, Mike Patton has written, sang or produced albums with Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk, Lovage, Fantômas, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Peeping Tom, John Zorn, The Melvins, Melt-Banana, Kool Keith, Hemophiliac, Maldoror, Painkiller, Naked City General Patton vs. The X-Ecutioners and Björk. He’s also released two solo albums Adult Themes for Voice (1996) and Pranzo Oltranzista (1997).