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Faith No More  4

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I first heard Faith No More when my brother was playing The Real Thing in his car - I was hooked more or less instantly, so I went out and bought the CD. For a while I played it to death and generally annoyed my mates by going on about how great it was all the time. My favourite tracks were Epic, Zombie Eaters, Underwater Love, Edge Of The World and their cover of the great War Pigs.

When Angel Dust was released I bought it as soon as I could and was pleased with it immensely - it was a lot different to The Real Thing and Mike Patton’s voice was different. Midlife Crisis was an instant favourite and on subsequent plays I also liked Caffeine, A Small Victory and Crack Hitler.

I saw them play live at the NEC in Birmingham supported by L7 and they were both bloody brilliant. Faith No More played all the tracks from Angel Dust apart from Smaller And Smaller and Malpractice and quite a few older tracks, too. It was the first time I heard their cover of Easy - I was quite surprised and kept expecting it to suddenly speed up or something! Halfway through the show someone had pulled a cover off their seat and thrown it at the stage, Frisbee style - about 5 seconds later the air was filled with flying seat covers with most of them heading for the stage. Mike Patton started throwing them back and Billy Gould was trying to walk around with one on his head.

UPDATE: I found this article written by a guy who travelled with the band on this particular tour - of the NEC concert he says:

“By the time we reach Birmingham NEC, it’s so cold it’s unbelievable! Freezing, lung-collapsing temperatures. I hate it, and jump at the first cafe for warmth and comfort. The NEC is a huge complex, many different halls and arenas, plus trains, shops, bars…. We have to wait for a couple of hours, but, rushing around to keep warm, it seems to go by pretty quickly. Then there’s problems getting in. The guest list is just late; our names are there … oh well. Next problem is the size of this particular venue — 12,500 capacity, apparently all sold out. This one’s gonna be interesting…

The eventuality is a big success. FNM take to the event magnificently, performing as raw or brutal or accomplished or intricate as ever, but almost Bart Simpson-like, continuously flipping the bird at the very audience that sustains them. They play their version of ‘Easy,’ at first encouraging everyone to get their lighters out, and then taking the piss outta those who fell for the ploy. Patton jumps around wildly, imitating Nirvana’s infamous amp-toppling antics. And ‘Epic’ is introduced as ‘The biggest stadium trick of all .. ’ as they close the set … But it is in the encore, during ‘Lets Lynch the Landlord,’ that someone somwhere discovers that the nylon seat covers are only held in place by velcro. They’re easily removed from the seats, and then frisbee beautifully across the auditorium. First only a few appear, but a song later, everyone seems to be joining in, and the air upfront of stage is a melee of whirling covers. Patton encourages the chaos, tempting pot-shots as he dives across the stage, and then collecting the strays and assembling them into huge crashmats centerstage for more of his somersaulting antics. By the end of the encore, the stage is like a garbage dump, and FNM leave victorious, having taken their glorious chaos to a new realm, the stale surroundings of the stadium atmosphere, and having installed their righteous anarchy, whether the masses had wanted it or not.”

After that I bought one of their older albums, Introduce Yourself, and at first was mildly disappointed, but it still had some good tracks. I also got hold of We Care A Lot, their first album which, while sounding vastly different to their later albums, was unmistakably Faith No More, albeit with Chuck Moseley on vocals as he was on Introduce Yourself, too.

I was short of cash when King For A Day … Fool For A Lifetime came out, so I gritted my teeth for a week or two until I could afford to get it - bloody Poll Tax! I loved Get Out and Evidence on first listen and learned to love Digging The Grave and Ugly In The Morning after several plays. It was a damn fine album but, for my money, wasn’t quite as good as Angel Dust.

I bought their final album, Album Of The Year, more or less as soon as it came out and loved it. Stripsearch was an instant hit (and is still one of my favourite tracks of any band) along with Ashes To Ashes, Last Cup Of Sorrow and Naked In Front Of The Computer. Incidentally, Stripsearch is also one of my dad’s favourite tracks and probably the only Faith No More track he likes.

Live MP3’s

I saw them live again at The Wolverhampton Civic Hall on 1st December, 1997, and it was a brilliant show - the venue was quite small and the sound was brilliant. The show was broadcast on Radio 1 and I managed to find some MP3’s of it on the internet; I downloaded them, recorded them to MiniDisc and a friend burned them onto a CD. Now I’ve re-encoded them to MP3 (having deleted the originals) at 128Kbps and they’re available for download as a 30.6MB ZIP file or individually:

TrackFile size
Be Aggressive3.2 MB
Collision3.4 MB
Easy2.9 MB
Epic4.3 MB
Get Out2.1 MB
Last Cup Of Sorrow3.1 MB
Midlife Crisis3.1 MB
Naked In Front Of The Computer1.8 MB
Stripsearch4.1 MB
Ugly In The Morning3.3 MB

Comments

I was at that very gig at the NEC, and still possess the cover for seat number 82 :) It was phenomenal seeing all those seat covers flying through the air! - Niel

I managed to get a seat cover, too, but my dad threw it away during a clear-out. :^( - Timmargh

I was also at that gig. The seat covers flying around was brilliant, the airspace of the whole auditorium seemed to be filled with them at one point. Something I haven’t really seen at a gig since or before that. Crazy night - elucid

I was there too. Probably the best gig (sound wise) i’ve ever been to. Great laugh. Big FNM fan. Couldn’t sneak a seat cover out as security guards were snatching them back from us.(or trying to!!) Great times!! - simon humphrey