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Faith No More - Who Cares A Lot? The Greatest Hits

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’best Of’collection with Limited Bonus Disc featuring Unreleased Tracks, Demos,& Two Live Tracks from Australia.A curious coda from a truly peculiar bunch. Who Cares a Lot is the swan song of the most engaging band to come to the fore when the late-’80s and early-’90s funk-punk hordes defiled the land. What set the San Francisco-based quintet apart all the lukewarm Chili Peppers of the time was powerful musicianship (few hard-rock bands could match them onstage in their Real Thing prime) and a contrary disposition. When the sweeping ”Epic” briefly transformed FNM into MTV darlings, they responded by recording their most challenging work, the jarringly unpredictable Angel Dust, a commercial lapse from which they never quite recovered. Then there was their unsettling taste for easy-listening sounds, rather too generously evidenced on this best-of package by Lionel Richie’s ”Easy,” Bacharach and David’s ”This Guy’s in Love with You,” the Bee Gees’ ”I Started a Joke,” and ”Theme from Midnight Cowboy.” Their adrenaline-drunk fans never knew whether to cry or laugh. Of course, their trademark extreme alt-rap-metal forays are also in evidence, from 1987’s ”We Care a Lot” (a puncturing parody of altruistic star sing-alongs) to the half dozen turn-out-the-lights tracks from 1998. Ultimately, no one ever found solace in Faith No More, but, as Who Cares a Lot affirms, they were often beyond belief. –Steven Stolder

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  • This is a perfect set for those that missed the bus with FNM. They were so much more than ‘Epic’ and it shows on this collection. I do feel that a lot was ommitted here, but that is always a problem with greatest hits collections. Be warned, this will start a new addiction in your life.

    Posted on January 19, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • The duration that this unpredictable and volatile San Francisco group stayed together for so long was probably the most surprising thing about Faith No More. Throughout the Eighties and Nineties the band made some of the most diverse and inspiring music in rock, always challenging their audience with a blend of metal, jazz, rap…well, anything that goes. With the farewell ‘Who Cares A Lot?’, all the greatest and most known songs are on offer – from the groundbreaking `We Care A Lot’ from the early days to the single `I Started A Joke’. In between are the seminal classics of `The Real Thing’ including the hits `Epic’, `Falling To Pieces’ and `From Out Of Nowhere’. The smooth and spacey `Stripsearch’ sitting next to the menacing `Digging The Grave’ display the versatility of the band showing the warped genius of Faith No More. The real motivation for Faith No More fans to buy this record is the bonus CD highlighting the even weirder side to the band. Cover versions are varied from `Midnight Cowboy’ and `This Guys In Love With You’ of the unreleased demo of `Introduce Yourself’. A great showcase of one of the most influential bands in recent times. The package will only be of significance to newer fans.

    Posted on January 18, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This album is a 2-Disc intro journey into the wacky minds of the since-disbanded Faith No More. Inspiring countless cookie-cutter rapmetal bands, and the occasional shining hope such as Incubus, not to mention taking the world by storm, FNM unleashed their keyboard-laced, funk-jazz-rap-rock-metal analgam onto the world 15 years ago. This album documents that, grabbing the hit “Epic” and other smooth workouts like “A Small Victory,” “Falling To Pieces,” and “Digging The Grave,” to show the progression of the band through its five albums. Witness the wacky vocal extravaganzas of Mike Patton(and limited previous singer Chuck Mosely) through the 15 tracks. A bonus disc includes bootlegs and B-side rarities for the FNM purist. Only an introduction, though. After this, get the Real Thing and branch off from there. The music is wacky and at the same time heavy-mental, depending on how you choose to look at it. Lounge-type songs exist, as well as the straightforward metallic numbers. Something for everyone willing to transcend genre defining and cultural/societal boundaries. Enjoy…

    Posted on January 18, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • With one disc full of singles, and one of extras, this is perfect for the casual, and hardcore fan. The 15 on disc one are roughly what they should be. Just a couple from the pre-Patton era, all of the “big” hits, and a few covers. My only real complaint, is only two tracks from their masterpiece “Angel Dust”. But it does have “We Care A lot”, “Epic”, “Midlife Crisis”, “Last Cup of Sorrow”, and the cool closer “Stripsearch”. The big treat with this package is the bonus disc. It’s a handful of b-sides and covers, that are a must for the “FNM” fanatic. All good too. There’s also the 19 track “This Is It” best of, with some different songs on it, if you want to check that out. Either way, listen to “Faith No More”.

    Posted on January 18, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • No band in the world was quite like Faith No More. While arena rock bands like Metallica and Guns ‘N’ Roses rose to the forefront, becoming the mainstream heroes that FNM deserved to be, FNM was making far more original music. Why did Faith No More never rise to the levels of commercial greatness? Because they were too damn good. They were unwilling to sell out to conform to what the industry wanted to hear. When “The Real Thing” became a big hit, the music industry wanted to hear “The Real Thing Part II.” Instead, the band released a little album called “Angel Dust” (if there’s been an underrated rock album this decade, this is it). Right up until the end, FNM stayed true to themselves and true to their fans; that’s why Faith No More’s fans are much more devoted than, say, Limp Bizkit’s. This two-disc set chronicles the band from their earliest recordings with original frontman Chuck Mosely, who sang like he suffered from acute mental retardation, to the material they recorded with their defining frontman, Mike Patton, covering four albums. The first disc rocks harder than maybe anything you’ve ever heard. The second disc is a curious treasure trove of oddities, aimed primarily at the fans. While the disc runs excruciatingly short, it does feature some great material. “The World Is Yours,” “Hippie Jam Song,” “I Won’t Forget You,” and “This Guy’s In Love With You” all shine brightly, while tracks like “Highway Star,” “Theme From Midnight Cowboy,” and “Introduce Yourself (4-Track Demos) seem a bit unnecessary. But who cares? Or rather, who cares a lot? After all, this IS Faith No More. While other bands would be content to fill a hits collection with, just that, hits, FNM was always reaching for something greater, and as a result, they are far more respectful. It’s about time this band got their due, even if they have disbanded. They were innovators in the greatest sense. If you haven’t been exposed to the brilliance of FNM, then buy this album, goddammit.

    Posted on January 18, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now