Faith No More was formed after the breakup of Faith. No Man.. They underwent several lineup changes including a period of where they would play 'open mic' shows where they'd invite people to take on vocal duties. Courtney Love and Paula Frazer were two of the temporary vocalists which occasioned the mic at these shows.
Finally they settled on Chuck Mosley (Vocals), Roddy Bottum (Keyboards), Billy Gould (Bass Guitar),Mike Bordin (drums) and Jim Martin (Guitar). They released their debut album 'We Care A Lot' on Mordam Records in 1985.
They were signed to Slash Records and released Introduce Yourself in 1987. This album spawned their first hit We Care A lot. Due to tensions within the band Chuck Mosley was fired prior to the recording of their third studio album The Real Thing. Mosley was replaced by Mike Patton.
The Real Thing was released in 1989 to critical and commercial acclaim. It featured another rock/rap hit called 'Epic' plus a string of other minor hit singles. 'The Real Thing' was the first album by the band to achieve platinum sales figures in the US.
Their fourth studio album 'Angel Dust' the second with new vocalist Mike Patton. The album met critical success and is often deemed their most important record. It is often cited as the album which gave birth to Nu-Metal. This album’s darker themes; frequent genre changes Patton's maturation and vocal versatility was a drastic shift in artistic direction and saw another rift open, often publically between the band and guitarist Jim Martin. Jim Martin was sacked via fax following the 'Angel Dust' tour in late 1993.
Faith No More – Angel Dust
Slash – 828 326-1, London Records – 828 326-1
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM
All Media, Album, Limited Edition
A1 Land Of Sunshine
A3 Midlife Crisis
A5 Everything's Ruined
Featuring [Samples, Composed By] – Dmitri Shostakovich
Featuring [Samples] – Kronos Quartet
B2 Be Aggressive
B3 A Small Victory
B5 Smaller And Smaller
C Midlife Crisis (Scream Mix)
Remix – Matt Wallace
D1 Crack Hitler
D2 Midnight Cowboy
Written-By – John Barry
Recorded At – Coast Recorders
Recorded At – Brilliant Studios
Mixed At – Scream Studios
Mastered At – K Disc Mastering
Pressed By – DFI
Licensed From – Slash Records
Licensed To – London Records 90 Ltd.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Slash Records
Copyright (c) – Slash Records
Art Direction – Kim Champagne
Bass Guitar – Billy Gould
Drums – Mike Bordin
Engineer [Assistant] – Adam Munoz*, Craig Doubet, Gibbs Chapman, Lindsay Valentine, Nikki Tafrallin
Engineer, Mixed By – Matt Wallace
Guitar – Jim Martin
Keyboards – Roddy Bottum
Mastered By – John Golden
Mastered By [Cut] – Porky (5)
Mixed By [Co-mix] – David Bryson
Photography By [Band] – Ross Halfin
Photography By [Bird Photo, Red Square Photo Adaptation] – Werner Krutein*
Photography By [Meat] – Mark Burstein
Producer – Faith No More, Matt Wallace
Vocals – Mike Patton
Written-By – Faith No More (tracks: A1 to D1)
Recorded at Coast Recorders, San Francisco and Brilliant Studios, San Francisco.
Mixed at Scream Studios, Studio City.
Mastered at K-Disc.
"Malpractice" contains samples of "Quartet No. 8".
"Smaller and Smaller" sound effects courtesy of Sound Ideas Canada.
LP issued in a printed inner sleeve, 12" in plain black inner sleeve.
Catalog# on 12" labels "869 783-1".