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Ranking: Every Faith No More Song from Worst to Best

Still weird. Still wild. Still the real thing.

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    Avant-garde, funk metal, post-apocalyptic lounge … however one chooses to describe Faith No More, odds are good he or she will be right, in some capacity or another. Born as Faith No Man in 1981, with four notable lead vocalists and enumerable stylistic shifts, worldwide acclaim through genres galore never sounded so engrossingly, pleasantly bizarre.

    Fronted initially by singer Mike Morris, he was later abandoned by Billy Gould, Roddy Bottum, Jim Martin, and Mike Bordin in 1982, who quickly reformed under the moniker Faith No More. After a then-unknown Courtney Love tried her hand at leadership, Chuck Mosley was put at the helm for two LPs before getting fired due to erratic stage behavior and heavy drug use.

    Ultimately, it was Mr. Bungle’s Mike Patton who earned mainstay traction and over two weeks had constructed every lyric that inevitably became Faith No More’s breakout hit, 1989’s The Real Thing. Single upon video single garnered major renown, skyrocketing FNM into alt-metal superstardom, one oddly-shaped LP at a time.

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    Faith No More new album Sol Invictus

    As each subsequent release became more sonically foreign to major labels and mainstream audiences, and a string of varied guitarists came and went, Faith No More sadly disbanded following 1997’s Album of the Year. Mike Patton, no worse for the wear, had begun numerous side-projects in the meantime, including a stint with his previous act. The rest was history, until 2009’s Download Festival reunion performance spurned rumors of new material, thus culminating in 2015’s independent release, Sol Invictus.

    To commemorate their triumphant return, we’ve sorted through 126 album cuts, official performances, singles, and soundtracks to bring you raw, uncut Faith No More, from worst to best. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the real thing, and if you like your rock and roll on the weird, wild side, look no further.

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    Note: No bootlegs or remixes have been included, so Courtney Love’s only known recorded contribution did not appear. However, as an honorable mention, you can find her 1984 rendition of “Blood” on YouTube.

    126. “Introduce Yourself” [4-Track Demos]

    Who Cares a Lot? (1998)

    We kick this off with a sloppy Chuck Mosley demo. He has a fleck of surfer-bum allure, but does anyone care?

    125. “Greed”

    We Care a Lot (1985)

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    Awful ’80s syncopation decided to shit on a cassette and let a stoner chant prayers over it.

    124. “Spirit”

    Introduce Yourself (1987)

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    Basically the prior installment’s twin, save for slightly improved production value, and a switch from forgettable Ministry to generic California punk.

    123. “As The Worm Turns” [Live]

    “Epic” (B-Side) (1990)

    Mike Patton’s first appearance covers a Mosley-era tune that (strangely) only Mosley could do. Their styles are vastly dissimilar, exacerbated here in concert.

    122. “As The Worm Turns” [Re-Recorded]

    “Midlife Crisis” (B-Side) (1992)

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    It even turns out that the in-studio reworking is only a marginal improvement.

    121. “Highway Star” [Live]

    Who Cares A Lot? (1998)

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    Our first truly gimmicky throwaway and one best left to the cutting-room floor. Speaking of which…

    120. “Das Schutzenfest”

    Songs To Make Love To EP (1992)

    …does the band ever have trouble discerning the difference between genuine art and genuine sarcasm?

    119. “I Wanna Fuck Myself”

    “Ricochet” (B-Side) (1995)

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    An extremely brazen feat of static noise that is virtually incomprehensible, though nothing else quite like it exists in the FNM catalog. Does anyone else sense some Tomahawk foreshadowing?

    118. “Another Body Murdered” [ft. Boo-Yaa Tribe]

    Judgment Night OST

    A collaboration with hip-hop group Boo-Yaa Tribe, this song appeared on a soundtrack album full of strange rap/rock bedfellows, so it works … if only in context.

    117. “Collision” [Live]

    “Stripsearch” (B-Side) (1997)

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    The only recorded live rendition of this 1997 album cut does not do Album of the Year justice at all.

    116. “A Small Victory” [Live In Munich, Germany – November 9, 1992]

    “I’m Easy/Be Aggressive” (B-Side) (1992)

    That introduction is just painful.

    115. “We Care A Lot” [Live]

    “Evidence” (B-Side) (1995)

    On the off-chance Mike Patton can do a Chuck Mosley impression semi-decently … some of the time. The rest of the band just sound like spectators though, and that ain’t cool.

    114. “Falling To Pieces”

    Live At the Brixton Academy (1990)

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    Faith No More has exactly one official live LP. The Pee-wee Herman vocals and the annoying chamber echo are a testament as to why.

    113. “RV”

    Angel Dust (1992)

    Roddy Bottum plays keyboards over Patton in “scare your ass” spoken word mode, as if this was a mock jingle. Wait, was it satire? Was that the point? Either way, it’s dumb.

    112. “From The Dead”

    Sol Invictus (2015)

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    Sol Invictus’ dull closer is not horrid, just forgettable. And we’re relatively sure the song title is referencing their return in a less than subtle manner.

    Stream this track and others from the new album here.

    111. “Paths Of Glory”

    Album Of The Year (1997)

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    Much like this mediocre Album of the Year track.

    110. “Midnight Cowboy” [Live]

    “I Started A Joke” (B-Side)

    A live snippet from an otherwise better studio output. There is so much more meat to offer, why only use a minute of the material at all? Fond preview, we suppose.

    109. “Edge Of The World”

    Live At the Brixton Academy (1990)

    Patton goes full-blown mumbler, the band goes deadpan lounge, the listeners simply go dead.

    108. “We Care A Lot”

    Live At the Brixton Academy (1990)

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    This song with anyone other than Mosley singing it just sounds off. This was one of his better contributions — a parody of “We Are the World” that works, if only in studio.

    107. “From Out Of Nowhere”

    Live At the Brixton Academy (1990)

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    I am really glad Patton’s voice cracked a tad more before Angel Dust, or later shows would have been absolute hell.

    106. “Midlife Crisis” [Live]

    “Everything’s Ruined” (B-Side) (1992)

    Whoever was running these soundboards should be fired immediately. Mike Bordin’s drums sound like empty beer kegs left backstage by roadies.

    105. “Ashes To Ashes” [Live From Phoenix Festival]

    “Stripsearch” (B-Side) (1997)

    Are these the same techs? What happened to microphone volumes? The single audible vocal is the chorus, and the guitar’s screaming worse than a dying cat.

    104. “The Gentle Art Of Making Enemies” [Live In Rotterdam]

    “Ashes To Ashes” (B-Side) (1997)

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    Soundchecking appears to be greatly improved. It’s only the performance that sucks.

    103. “Mark Bowen” [Live In Munich, Germany – November 9, 1992]

    “I’m Easy/Be Aggressive” (B-Side) (1992)

    Covering old material from a previous frontman is not wise, in this case. Patton and Mosley are from very different planets, and this song was garbage anyhow.

    102. “Mark Bowen”

    We Care A Lot (1985)

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    Seriously, who is Mark Bowen, and why is he not worth a decent song?

    101. “The Crab Song”

    Introduce Yourself (1987)

    Like an STD with a known cure you kept for sentimental value.

    100. “Anne’s Song”

    Introduce Yourself (1987)

    The chunky bass lines that dominated the band’s first three LPs are delicious, even here. Why did we have to ruin it with another episode of Mosley’s Poetry Corner? And why can’t Anne go into the fridge? Did she eat your Sizzler leftovers? How was this a single?

    99. “R n’ R”

    Introduce Yourself (1987)

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    No rest and relaxation, no rock and roll, just perfunctory chaos.

    98. “The Real Thing”

    Live At the Brixton Academy (1990)

    Jim Martin’s guitar is stellarly displayed, whereas Patton is so off his game it’s tragic.

    97. “Woodpecker From Mars” [Live]

    “From Out Of Nowhere” (1990 Reissue B-Side)

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    This stunning instrumental hailing originally from The Real Thing is brooding, baffling, all-around aesthetically pleasing. Alternatively, its live counterpart falls depressingly flat.

    96. “Underwater Love” [Live]

    “Falling To Pieces” (B-Side) (1990)

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    This original The Real Thing cut could only have existed on said ’89 breakthrough; it fits nowhere else. Not even in concert, apparently.

    95. “Zombie Eaters”

    Live At the Brixton Academy (1990)

    And here we see another shining example of why Live at the Brixton Academy was a bad idea to put to tape.

    94. “This Guy’s In Love With You” [Live]

    The Very Best Definitive Ultimate Greatest Hits Collection (2009)

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    Patton has become well-known in various circles for tackling a multitude of pop standards, and this is no exception. If only the sound were 10 times better and this had been a solo concert.

    93. “Epic”

    Live At the Brixton Academy (1990)

    This song’s popularity allowed Faith No More the courtesy of playing Brixton Academy, and its intro here is pretentious at worst, cheesy at best.

    92. “Song Of Liberty”

    Quiet In Heaven/Song Of Liberty EP (1982)

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    During the Faith No Man days, they heavily emulated ’80s goth and pseudo-political consciousness, and it sort of functions. You can hear hints of future elements bleeding through bad playback quality.

    91. “Let’s Lynch The Landlord”

    Songs To Make Love To EP (1992)

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    Boys and girls, we have a Dead Kennedys cover, and while it’s not really spectacular, it’s a novelty worth noting.

    90. “Sunny Side Up”

    Sol Invictus (2015)

    Obvious sun reference is obvious. This song qualifies as nearly “RV”-level filler on an otherwise awesomely scatter-shot comeback record.

    Stream this track and others from the new album here.

    89. “Instrumental”

    Who Cares A Lot? (1998)

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    This random instrumental is not really good or bad, just middling and unnecessary.

    88. “Mouth To Mouth”

    Album Of The Year (1997)

    This odd trinket seems at home in an Aero the Acro-Bat score. Roddy Bottum, however, shows off his awesome improvisational chops.

    87. “Arabian Disco”

    We Care A Lot (1985)

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    Though riding stronger keyboards than most of 1985’s We Care a Lot, the offbeat arrangement is still minutely irritating.

    86. “Faster Disco”

    Introduce Yourself (1987)

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    Bombastic instrumentation nailed into the coffin by a drug-addled Mosley yelp. If anyone has this sophomore release with no vocal track, we’ll gladly pay you.

    85. “Introduce Yourself”

    Introduce Yourself (1987)

    There is only one reason to mention this title track anywhere — Bordin’s drum fill during the chorus.

    84. “Absolute Zero”

    The Very Best Definitive Ultimate Greatest Hits Collection (2009)

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    Remember that earlier prayer-type opening verse from “Greed”? This is how it’s supposed to be done.

    83. “We Care A Lot”

    We Care A Lot (1985)

    A tongue-in-cheek jab at the popularity of collaborative pop singles for charity, Chuck Mosley and company shout at the mics with sarcastic fervor; however, shoddy production holds this original take far below that of its ’87 Introduce Yourself do-over.

    82. “Pills For Breakfast”

    We Care A Lot (1985)

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    Dark instrumentals are a good try, and at least Billy Gould’s bass gets some solid airtime.

    81. “Quiet In Heaven”

    Quiet In Heaven/Song Of Liberty EP (1982)

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    Faith No Man’s more indelibly positive mark on the world. We give it an A for effort, and there is evidence here of possible Joy Division influences.

    80. “The Morning After”

    The Real Thing (1989)

    As a result of the transition from one eccentric vocalist to another, the members of Faith No More still couldn’t shake certain rhythms. This song is proof that time to heal is important.

    79. “I Won’t Forget You”

    The Very Best Definitive Ultimate Greatest Hits Collection (2009)

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    This is a rare occasion where Mike Patton’s voice experiments ruin a studio cut. Good thing it’s a spare part, and one of the better ones, despite a couple of badly tuned strings.

    78. “Home Sick Home”

    Album Of The Year (1997)

    The orchestration is stellar, the vocals are on point, yet at no juncture do the two seem to cohesively connect.

    77. “Got That Feeling”

    Album Of The Year (1997)

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    Sounds like an Angel Dust scrap that was poorly rewritten in 1997.

    76. “Death March”

    Introduce Yourself (1987)

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    LA Beatnicks do not belong in this discography. Period.

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