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Faith No More photo 1997

Faith No More Biography

One of the first Alternative-Metal Funk-Metal act, was formed in early '80s in San Francisco, California USA; the band was founded by keyboardist Roddy Bottum, bassist Billy Gould and drummer Mike Bordin; shortly before they began work on the debut album, enlisted guitarist Jim Martin and vocalist Chuck Mosley to fill out the line-up.

The group's first album, "We Care A Lot", was released in September of 1985 on Mordam Records.
The next year Mosely was fired from the band because of his drug, alcohol and attitude problems, Mike Patton joined as the new lead vocalist for the band; in the spring of 1987, Faith No More, issued their major-label debut, "Introduce Yourself", but once again the record failed to chart.
The band's big break came when embarked on an American tour with Metallica, their subsequent album, "The Real Thing", which arrived in June of 1989, peaked at #11 on The Billboard Top 200 chart and went gold-disc in Australia; the first single, "Epic", crashed into the top 10 of The Billboard Hot 100 and the second single cut, "Falling To Pieces", was a minor hit.
1992's "Angel Dust", contained the #1 Modern Rock hit single "Midlife Crisis" and "A Small Victory" which peaked at #11 in the same chart, the tracks' success pushed the album into the top 10 of The Billboard Top 200 list.
One year later, after the European tour, the band issued a 4-track EP which includes the cover-song of the Commodores' "Easy", the track rose to #3 in the U.K. Singles chart.
As the band was recording its fifth album, "King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime", in early 1994, Martin was fired from the group and replaced by a string of guitarists, Trey Spruance recorded all guitar parts for the album, in December Dean Menta was added as a new member; the record hit #31 in U.S. Top 200 chart but didn't have any charting singles.
The next release, "Album Of The Year", was recorded with another guitarist, Jon Hudson; the record, issued in june of 1997, generated "Last Cup Of Sorrow" which reached the #14 on Billboard's Active Rock list, "Ashes To Ashes" made top 30 in the same chart, but the album missed the top 40 in the U.S. chart.
Faith No More played a few shows in support of their last full-length disc and finally in April of 1998 announced their break-up.


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  • Faith No More band mid 90s Faith No More band mid 90s
    Group shot 1995: left to right: Billy Gould, Mike Patton, Dean Menta, Roddy Bottum, Mike Bordin