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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Mike Patton

"Who's that?" you may ask.  For those of you who was born before 1985 may know him as the lead singer of FNM (Faith No More), as shown in the video below.  However, most of us probably didn't notice the white t-shirt he was wearing occasionally...


But FNM wasn't Mike Patton's only band.  He's been in quite a few, and has helped with vocals in many other projects.

Mr. Bungle

A college friend of mine in the early 1990s convinced me to buy their first self-titled album and their second album, Disco Volante.  I'm not mentioning any names, Nathan (LOL).  Mind you this was years before broadband Internet, YouTube, and many other online resources where you could listen to music before you bought it.  Back in these days, unless you knew someone who already had the album, you were taking a big risk with your $15.  I was angry because I hated these albums, and thought I wasted $30 of my hard-earned money.  Since I had already opened them, I couldn't return them, so I figured I would give these albums a few more tries.  Mr. Bungle went from being my most hated Mike Patton band to my top three most favorite bands of all time.  Their bassist, Trevor Dunn, is also amazing, and is in a few other Mike Patton bands (excluding FNM).
They've made several demo albums before their self-titled album, but their self-titled album is usually considered their "first".  It's funky jazz rock meets deranged carnival/circus music along with stuff you'd expect to hear in a Pee-wee Herman show with offensively hilarious lyrics.  Two of their most loved songs by most fans are "Squeeze Me Macaroni" and "Girls of Porn" (both containing explicit lyrics)...



Personally, "Dead Goon" is also a great song, until you realize what the song lyrics are about, and then you wish that you didn't (LOL).  But seriously, "Dead Goon" is probably the most disturbing songs I've ever heard in my entire life.

I personally consider Disco Volante to be their musical genius album, since they drifted away from the deranged carnival/circus music into other genres, such as combining various forms of metal with techno, 1950's (both Beach Boys and Elvis), music from The Munsters, Italian James Bond music, avant-garde jazz, elevator music in a psychotic horror movie, weird sound effects/samples, and whatever else floated their boat. One of my personal favorites from Disco Volante is called "Ma Meeshka Mow Skwoz", or as I lovingly call it, "The Cartoon Song", since it reminds me of Looney Tunes intoxicated, and high on both acid and crack. My kids love it.


I never could get into their third album, California, because it was mostly 1950s music, but I may give it another try again soon.  Here's my personal favorite song from that album...


Fantômas

If I thought Mr. Bungle was hard to get into, Fantômas was even harder.  Their first self-titled album (as the cover album art implies) sometimes sounds like background music for a low budget, B-rated 1960s sci-fi movie that you'd quickly pass by on Netflix.  It's been regarded as "anti-music", and Mike Patton doesn't even sing throughout the entire album, but uses his voice as "special effects", if you will.  But you'd think with a superband line-up such as Mike Patton doing vocals, Buzz Osborne of Melvins playing guitar, Trevor Dunn of Mr. Bungle playing bass, and Dave Lombardo of Slayer playing drums, that it would be funky jazz metal.  Nope, not really.  It is considered "avant-garde" (experimental) metal, and here's a sample...


I need to listen to their newer albums because I've heard Fantômas have changed styles since their first self-titled album.

Tomahawk

Oh, how do I discribe Tomahawk?  To me, IMHO, it kind'a sounds like Faith No More combined with some Native American music, but has ventured down a very strange, dark path.  I like some of it, but not all of it, but perhaps it needs to grow on me more.  Here's a sample...


Peeping Tom

It's Mike Patton doing electronica/hip hop.  Yes, that's right, but it's actually not that bad.  To me, it has kind of a sexy sound quality to it.  Before you judge, here's a sample below.  Just give Peeping Tom a try...


Mondo Cane

It's Mike Patton singing 1950s and 1960s Italian pop songs with a 40-piece orchestra (and you though him singing electronica/hip hop was strange).  Still don't believe me?  Here's proof...


Miscellaneous

And he's done work with plenty of other acts, bands, and even video games.  For example, here's Mike Patton with John Zorn...



Mike Patton is more talented than most vocalists, and I consider him to be a true musical genius.  Turns out Mike Patton, and not Axl Rose, is the greatest singer of all time.

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