Rockin’ Out with Faith No More
I have no clue how long it’s been since I last listened to Faith no More. My dad must have bought their 1987 Introduce Yourself album in the late 1980’s or early 1990’s somewhere though he didn’t even want it – he just didn’t know that yet. What he did want was their 1989 The Real Thing album, because that had the song Epic on it, that he’d heard on the radio. I’m glad he made the mistake though, as I discovered the album many years later and played it silly.
Come to think of it now, it may well be one of my first prolonged experiences with Metal, though many of you might not tend to call it that nowadays. It’s on Encyclopaedia Metallum though, which is a thorough suggestion that it just might me Metal. On Wikipedia the band is described as a “rock band from San Francisco, California”, formed originally as Faith No Man in 1981”. Under genres however it also specifies Alternative Metal and Funk Metal, whereas Encyclopaedia Metallum sticks the labels Avant-garde Metal, Alternative Metal and Heavy Metal on its forehead.
Well whatever the fuck it is, I fuckin’ loved it and I just realize that I still do! When I elaborately scoped out the Majestic Map of Metal the other day I found them under Rap Metal – I guess defining Metal bands is a very subjective business, does that surprise you? It does give a hint about this band’s originality though, which is something you’ll discover soon enough.
In any case, I played them again and funked my head off on the band’s slappin’ snappin’ bass tunes – it’s a good thing I can touch type or you would have been reading gibberish. When Byrd36 just came up with that Rockin’ Out post series idea I immediately knew what had to be done! Faith No More needed a feature.
So, I looked up one of my favorite tracks from back in the days – which happens to be one of their better known too if I’m not mistaking – We Care a Lot. The lyrics of that song are awesome, funny but reeking of societal protest and focusing attention on people’s if-it-ain’t-in-my-back-yard-I-don’t-give-a-horse-dump attitudes. What’s even better – as I’ve hinted upon – is the bass. This band has one of the coolest bass sounds ever: the guy’s slapping his strings silly. Check it out for yourself and make sure you catch the flying dog!
Now that you’ve seen that, do you think these guys were on drugs at the time? If you liked that, you might be interested in hearing that the band, after quitting in 1998, has been back together again since early 2009. Read more about it on their official website.