Saturday, April 25, 2009


Epic. 1989 hit by Faith No More. Faith No More originated in 1982 in San Francisco and mixed heavy metal, funk, progressive rock, hip hop, hardcore punk, thrash metal and more. Call me a nutter, but the band has always been sympathetic to me because of the lead singer's name, Mike Patton. As a matter of fact, it wasn't until Patton joined in the late eighties that the band gained prominence. Epic and its success was the first sign of his influence, but personally, FNM only registered on my radar after the album Angel Dust, which featured such hits as Midlife Crisis and A Small Victory. For some reason always liked the cover of Angel Dust.

FNM disbanded in 1998 or so, but they recently reunited and are currently even touring Europe.

The following song, "The official ironmen rally song", is from the Guided by Voices album Under the bushes under the stars" (1996). GBV was a US indie rock band formed in Dayton, Ohio in 1983. Its extremely volatile crew revolved around five core members, that is to say singer/songwriter Robert Pollard, guitarists Tobin Sprout and Mitch Mitchell, bassist Dan Toohey and drummer Kevin Fennell. What makes GBV so special is not their hits - they had few - but their sheer number of albums and songs, the fact that most songs are in the two-minute range even contributing to the proliferation of material. Having started in the early eighties, it's not surprising GBV sported influences from prog rock, psychedelic rock, punk and postpunk (although I would be hard pressed to tell you the difference between the latter two). Guided by Voices disbanded in 2004.

The video is cool.


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