Regardless of how many copies the album goes on to sell, it's safe to say Mike Patton has scored with the second LP by Fantômas, The Director's Cut.
For the 16-track LP, scheduled for a July 24 release by Patton's label, Ipecac, the former Faith No More frontman and his bandmates have interpreted selections from the scores for films such as "The Godfather," "Cape Fear" and "Twin Peaks - Fire Walk With Me" all with the avant-garde weirdness fans have come to expect from Patton, bassist Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle), drummer Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer) and guitarist Buzz Osbourne (Melvins).
For a preview of the album, an MP3 of Fantômas' take on Christopher Komeda's lullabye theme from "Rosemary's Baby" is available for download at www.ipecac.com.
A cover of Irene Cara's "Flashdance ... What a Feeling," from the movie "Flashdance," was originally slated for inclusion and was dropped when the LP became focused on horror and science-fiction soundtracks, according to the band's publicist.
In addition to The Director's Cut, which follows Fantômas' eponymous 1999 debut, the prolific Patton is involved in the third Fantômas album, expected in November; Tomahawk, another all-star endeavor centered on former Jesus Lizard guitarist Duane Denison; Peeping Tom, a relatively accessible undertaking (by Patton's recent standards); and a collaboration with New York turntablists the X-ecutioners, hopeful for 2002 (see "Patton Pending: Ex-Faith No More Frontman Preps Five Projects").
The track listing for The Director's Cut, including original composers, according to Fantômas' publicist:
- "The Godfather" (Nino Rota)
- "The Golem" (Karl-Ernst Sasse)
- "Experiment in Terror" (Henry Mancini)
- "One Step Beyond" (Harry Lubin)
- "Night of the Hunter (Remix)" (Walter Schumann)
- "Cape Fear" (Bernard Herrmann)
- "Rosemary's Baby" (Christopher Komeda)
- "The Devil Rides Out (Remix)" (James Bernard)
- "Spider Baby" (Ronald Stein)
- "The Omen - Ave Satani" (Jerry Goldsmith)
- "Henry - Portrait of a Serial Killer" (Robert McNaughton)
- "Vendetta" (John Barry)
- "Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion" (Ennio Morricone)
- "Twin Peaks - Fire Walk With Me" (Angelo Badalamenti)
- "Charade" (Henry Mancini)