I can’t even remember where I got this CD, or when exactly (early twenties kinda a blur),probally when I was hungry for anything FNM. There’s plenty of energy here, M.P. let’s it all out the bag. Anybody looking for live FNM (pre-Angel Dust)would’nt be disappointed. Some really sweet tracks. You would think the Brits would be critical of any Sabbath cover, but M.P. gets them in a sing along. Live version of “We Care A Lot”(Discovery Channels Dirty Jobs theme song) with a new kid spoof(does anybody remember them?) FNM always satisfied fans with on stage antics (like on SNL)and it comes through on this live release. But wait there’s more, “The Cowboy Song” studio track has a guitar solo that’ll blow your mind.
- (Hed) Pe pride themselves in their station as a rap-metal hybrid who aren t just about a predictable guitar assault with a few tossed in rhymes. The California band truly exists as both hip-hop innovators and metal provocateurs (mixing in a few other styles to boot). It s a mixture best appreciated in the live setting, and the 2008 record (as paired with a DVD) brings you as close to the experienc
Never released in the U.S., this is their 1990 live album for Slash. The first eight tracks are from their April 28th,1990 show at the Brixton Academy; the last two are studio cuts. 10 tracks total, including ’From Out Of Nowhere’, ’Epic’, ’We Care A Lot’ and a cover of Black Sabbath’s ’War Pigs’.
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But that doesn’t make it any less good. The Real Thing is one of my favorite albums of all time, so these live tracks certainly are enjoyable. The dvd is even better, they put on a sick show, it also includes “As the Worm Turns” and “Underwater Love”. What really got me on this cd was “The Cowboy Song”. I was hungry for more Real Thing-era FNM and this song is definately in the same vein, it should have been on the Real Thing. It’s catchy and epic at the same time. One of my favorite FNM songs. I spent $12 and it was all worth it for “The Cowboy Song”, the live stuff just added.
A must have album for every FNM Fan out there, this album captures FNM at their peak. Live at the Brixton Academy finds the guys supporting “The Real Thing” album. Plus you get a treat, a WAR PIGS cover (originally from Black Sabbath) it is played so raw and aggressive that I use it while working out. A classic from Faith No More.
Hearing Billy Gould talk about Live at Brixton it makes sound this was a heavily overdubbed, over produced “live album” typical of most of the live albums put out by arena rock bands like KISS where the live elements like audience noise are generally mixed in after wards. Still does this mean this is a substandard CD? No. It’s basically the Real Thing live with one song, “We Care a Lot” from the band’s first and second records. This CD showcases the greatness of the Real Thing / Rock mode FNM very well and also gives at hint at the weirdness that was to come for the band. The ever bizarre Mike Patton dropping in bits of the New Kids on the Block “Right Stuff” and Teknotronic’s “Pump up the Jam” is a perfect example of this. Of course anyone who was lucky enough to catch the band live would know that they regularly included covers from guys like Take That (Back for Good), the Bee Gees (I Started A Joke), Portishead (Glory Box) in the sets as well as renditions of standards like Green Sleeves and Spanish Eyes.But for me the real gem on this disc is the bonus studio track “The Cowboy Song” which along with “The Perfect Crime” from the Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey CD are great missing tracks for the Real Thing era of FNM. It really showcases the talents of the band a great keyboard hook by Roddy, Billy’s masterful bass thumping and the grinding geetars of Jim Martin (founder of the Faith No More spiritual and religious sect). It’s another one of those tracks that really makes you wish Faith No More would release a real B-Sides collection of these tracks and stuff like Das Schutzenfest or the Patton version of As the Worm Turns.In short if you like the Real Thing or a Faith No More completist, you really should make an effort to find this album.
Altough it never was released in the US, I am very glad that the record company decided to capitalize on FNM’s success at the time and put out this live record. There is never a dull moment with this band, and their live show is no different. Each song gets the “Patton touch”, and although difficult to digest at first, you will find yourself liking these versions of songs off ‘The Real Thing’ just as much as the originals, and liking the fact that this isn’t just the 1989 release with a bit of crowd noise. The songs are completely different, with Patton also giving his version of the FNM staple, ‘We Care A Lot’. And if the 8 songs weren’t enough for anyone drooling for an FNM live show, we are treated to two rarities, ‘The Grade’ and ‘The Cowboy Song’, the latter being one of the best songs the band wrote in that era. Definitely worth the import price, this live show rocks.