Now Hear This: Influential and Sorely Underrated

I used to be able to say that these guys were one of the most influential and underrated alt-rock bands of the late-80s-early-90s, but given that a few years ago they decided to resume playing out together regularly, it’s nice to say they still exist.

I’m talking about Faith No More.

When they first burst on the scene they were considered an also-ran to the Red Hot Chili Peppers — in much the same way that nationally Mother Love Bone was initially called a Jane’s Addiction rip-off — but the truth is they were so much more than that. By the time they hit their stride with The Real Thing in 1989, they had none of the Chilis sexual swagger, none of Guns ‘n’ Roses’s sleaze, none of a nascent Nine Inch Nails’s industrial rage. But what they had a lot of was weird — they were so fucking weird. And musically it was almost impossible to put them into one category. That sound — an amalgam of funk, rap, pop, math-rock and punk, all topped off with the lunacy of inscrutable frontman Mike Patton — would go on to become legendary in cult circles and inspire a hell of a lot of other bands that came in their wake.

Everyone knows Epic, but the stuff on the band’s 1992 follow-up to that hit single, Angel Dust, was truly extraordinary and defiant of every kind of convention.

From that record, here’s Everything’s Ruined.

Chez Pazienza was the beating heart of The Daily Banter, sadly passing away on February 25, 2017. His voice remains ever present at the Banter, and his influence as powerful as ever.