Faith No More was a rock music group, formed in San Fransisco, California in 1982, and disbanding in 1998. They first performed as 'The Chicken F*ckers'. They are probably best known for the singles "Epic" and "Falling to Pieces" off of their 1989 album The Real Thing, and for their cover version of the Commodores' classic Easy.
Their music is difficult to categorize neatly, but is rooted in heavy metal, and in some ways they anticipated the nu metal of the late 1990s, as it combined angular, distorted guitars with big pop choruses, and heavy doses of rap-style vocals. Faith No More have been classified as alternative metal, demonstrating their talent for incorporating elements of funk, rap, soul and even country into their sound.
Faith No More formed in 1982. The instrumentalists were established early-on, but a number of singers passed through, including a brief stint by Courtney Love, who never recorded with the group. Chuck Mosley became the full time singer, and appeared on their first two records. "We Care A Lot"--a song satirizing the prevailence of charity-related rock efforts (Live Aid, "We Are The World")--is probably their best known song from this era.
Mosley was fired in 1988, and replaced with singer Mike Patton. Patton would prove a more versatile singer than the rather monotone Mosley. Patton had previously fronted Mr. Bungle, and dropped out of Humboldt State University to join Faith No More. His first record with the group, The Real Thing, was a major hit, selling over a million copies. The video for "Epic" received extensive airplay on MTV. The end of this video features slow motion footage of a fish flopping out of water, a sight which provoked anger from animal rights activists in the summer of 1990. The Real Thing also featured a cover of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" and the album has been described as "not quite early Brian Eno joins Led Zeppelin and Funkadelic, but it's closer than might be thought." 
That same year, Faith No More gave memorable performances at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards (September 6th) and on Saturday Night Live (December 1st).
Faith No More displayed a distinctly experimental bent on Angel Dust. One critic writes that the album is "one of the more complex and simply confounding records ever released by a major label,"  and another writes that "'A Small Victory,' which seems to run Madame Butterfly through Metallica and Nile Rodgers ... reveals a developing facility for combining unlikely elements into startlingly original concoctions."  Angel Dust featured the "Midlife Crisis" and "A Small Victory", as well as a re-recording of the theme to the film Midnight Cowboy.
After touring to support Angel Dust in the summer of 1992, (including tours with Metallica and Guns N' Roses), longtime guitarist Jim Martin was fired during the early stages of recording their follow-up. Three more guitarists would pass through before Faith No More disbanded in April, 1998.
Patton went on to collaborate with John Zorn, and has been active with several other groups, including Tomahawk and Fantômas. Keyboardist Roddy Bottum formed Imperial Teen, whos sunny pop music seemed very different from Faith No More. Mike Bordin regularly performs as a member of Ozzy Osbourne's band. Billy Gould is a member of Brujeria, as well as founder of Kool Arrow Records.
Despite being extinct for some years, this band still manages to influence and inspire musicians worldwide. The somewhat experimental and psycadelic tone of Faith No More's unique style, combined with Mike Patton's amazing vocals will never be forgotton.
Jim Martin now has the 235th largest pumpkin ever grown.
Side projects and collaborations
In 1991, the Faith No More song "Perfect Crime" appeared on the soundtrack for Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey.
Faith No More collaborated with the Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. for the song "Another Body Murdered" on the 1993 Judgment Night soundtrack.
In 1998, the Sparks (band) album Plagarism was released featuring two collaborations with Faith No More ("This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us" and "Something for the Girl with Everything").
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