Today is the birthday of Mike Patton, who does dual duty
as vocalist for Faith No More and Mr. Bungle; he was born in 1968 in
Eureka, California. While Patton wasn't the original vocalist for Faith No
More, his rude mouth, quirky vocals and on-stage antics have earned the band
more attention than they ever bargained for.
Formed by bassist Billy Gould
and keyboardist Roddy Bottum, Faith No More began as a San Francisco-based
outfit with drummer Mike Bordin and guitarist Jim Martin, who had been playing
in a band with the then-future Metallica bassist Cliff Burton (who died in a
car crash while touring Europe in Metallica). During club gigs Faith No More
allowed volunteers to sing with the band; although one of these was often Hole
vocalist Courtney Love, the most avid was Chuck Mosely, who was eventually
hired to front the band.
The group's indie single, "We Care A Lot," earned
them a record deal, and they released an album of the same name in 1985,
followed by Introduce Yourself in 1987. However, Mosely was booted for
"unpredictable behavior," and Patton, who had been working with Mr. Bungle in
Northern California, was quickly hired to replace him.
Not that Patton
wasn't guilty of unpredictable behavior. But he fit well with the band's
rock-thrash sound, adding a funk element which launched the group into MTV
success. He recorded The Real Thing with them, which was released in
1990 and included hits like "Epic" and "From Out Of Nowhere."
Patton worked with Mr. Bungle, then returned to Faith No More for 1992's
brilliant Angel Dust. Martin left the group in 1994; while Trey Spruance
from Mr. Bungle recorded guitars for their 1995 album King For A Day, Fool
For A Lifetime, Dean Menta officially took Martin's place.
switched back to Mr. Bungle to make Disco Volante in 1996. In the midst
of recording a new Faith No More album, Bordin took a job playing drums on Ozzy
Osbourne's tour last spring, but the band managed to finish the album without
him. Currently being mixed, that album will be released by the summer. Other
birthdays: Margot Timmins (Cowboy Junkies), Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Nedra
Talley (Ronettes), Seth Justman (J.Geils Band), Brian Downey (Thin Lizzy),
Gillian Gilbert (New Order), prodigy and composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,
ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov and the late Ross Bagdasarian, voice of Alvin
& The Chipmunks. -- Beth Winegarner