Faith No More is an American rock band from San Francisco, California that is featured on the game Rock Band. The band makes the songs Epic, We Care A Lot, and Midlife Crisis. Epic is an On-Disc song in the first Rock Band, We Care A Lot is a DLC song in the same game. It is available for download on the X-Box Live Marketplace. Midlife Crisis is an On-Disc song in Rock Band 3.
They were formed in San Fransisco in 1979 by drummer Mike Bordin, bassist Billy Gould, keyboardist Wade Worthington and vocalist/guitarist Mike Morris. After performing as Sharp Young Men, Morris suggested they change their name to Faith In No Man, but Bordin decided on Faith No Man. A lot of changes happened to the group in 1983. Worthington quit, and Bordin and Gould’s friend Randy Bottum replaced him. Morris also quit, and his duties were split, with Jim Martin on guitar (recommended to them by former Metallica bassist Cliff Burton) and after a brief stint with future Hole frontwoman Courtney Love, Chuck Mosley on vocals. They released their debut album, “We Care A Lot” in 1985. It’s title track was very revolutionary at the time, mostly thanks to it’s “us against the world“ subject matter. 2 years later, they released their sophomore LP, “Introduce Yourself.” It featured a re-recorded version of “We Care A Lot“ and ”Annie’s Song.” Mosley quit due to personal issues, later to briefly replace HR in Bad Brains, and the charismatic Mike Patton took over the mic. They released their 3rd album, “The Real Thing” in 1989 and this was the record that made them overnight stars, thanks to MTV’s heavy rotation of “Epic,” which soon became their signature song. “Angel Dust” followed it 3 years later. It marked a drastic change in sound for the group. People who were wanting to see Patton rapping and rolling on the floor like in the “Epic” video were sorely dissapointed, the record featured a more darker, metal style. Nevertheless, it still featured a hit in “Midlife Crisis.” They went on tour with Metallica & Guns N Roses to support it, though they were thrown off the tour because Patton allegedly planned to poop on the monitors that helped Guns N Roses singer Axl Rose remember his lyrics onstage every night. Unfortunately, he never got to put this plan into action, and they were booted off soon after. Ice-T’s rap-rock side project Body Count replaced them. The next year, Jim Martin was fired via fax, reportedly because he was unhappy with their new sound on “Angel Dust” and called the record “gay disco.” They replaced him with Trey Spruance. “King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime” dropped in 1995, and didn’t do so well. They replaced Spruance with their keyboard tech Dean Martin, but after arguing that they needed a guitarist who could work both on the road and in the studio, Jon Hudson joined for 1997’s “Album Of The Year.” It bombed, mostly due to the experimental nature of the record, including a venture into electronica on ”Stripsearch.” Due to the record’s failure, the group disbanded in 1998. Acts like Limp Bizkit & POD popularized the Nu-Metal movement, largely inspired by “Epic.” Despite this, they missed the point completely, so in 2009, Faith No More reunited (with the “Album Of The Year” lineup) to show the young pretenders how it should be done. During the Second Coming reunion tour, they played at London’s Brixton Academy, the same location where they recorded their 1990 live album “You Fat Bastards.” Before they went on stage, they played Peaches & Herb’s 1978 easy-listening hit “Reunited” over the monitor. They released a new album, “Sol Invictus” in 2015 and are still touring and recording today.