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Faith No More

San Francisco, California, USA (1979 – 1998, 2009 – present)

Faith No More is an alternative metal group that formed in San Francisco, California, USA in 1979. Their music combines elements of various different genres, including heavy metal, funk, hardcore punk, progressive, electronica, soul, gospel, film scores, soft rock, R&B, hip hop and jazz, among many others.

Faith No More formed in 1979 under the name Sharp Young Men, and later Faith No Man. This early incarnation of the band was fronted Mike “The Man” Morris. Roddy Bottum, Mike Bordin, and Billy Gould decided they wanted rid of him, and rather than firing him, all three quit. They changed their name to Faith No More at the suggestion of a friend (as “The Man” was no more). After cycling through a few guitarists, the members recruited Jim Martin. A number of singers passed through, including a brief stint by Courtney Love. Chuck Mosley became the full time singer and appeared on their first two records. Their best known song from this era is probably “We Care a Lot”, which satirized the prevalence of charity-related rock efforts such as Live Aid and “We Are the World”.

The band gained a reputation for infighting and friction that sometimes went way beyond the limits of “creative differences.” In a notorious interview in 1987, Mosley claimed that Martin had hit him with a bottle, and there were frequent rumours of physical confrontations between band members. Indeed, in a short history of the band in one issue, the British music newspaper Melody Maker observed that the band’s internal relationships had descended into “pathological hatred”. Bordin in particular seemed to be very much the “whipping boy” of the band and the butt of numerous cruel pranks and practical jokes.


Faith No More was an American alternative metal band who formed in San Francisco, California, and were active between 1982 and 1998.
After quitting their former band Faith No Man (1979-1982), Billy Gould, Roddy Bottum and Mike Bordin formed Faith No More, a name suggested by a friend of Billy Gould's as "the Man" (referring to Mike Morris, Faith No Man's singer) was "No More".
Mosely was fired in 1988 due to his erratic behavior during sessions and at shows and the release party for the album Introduce Yourself. He was replaced with singer Mike Patton.
In 1991, the band contributed what is probably the most popular track from the motion picture soundtrack to Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey with the song "The Perfect Crime".
Faith No More played their last show in Lisbon, Portugal on April 7, 1998.

 

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