In 1979, the American rock band who is now known as Faith No More first got its start in San Fransisco, California. Originally, they started out with the name of Sharp Young Men before making the switch to Faith No Man. The name switch suggestion came from their drummer, Mike Borden, who hooked up with the band’s founding members, vocalist Mike Morris and keyboardist Wade Worthington. Also, the first to join Faith No More with Borden was bassist Billy Gould. However, Faith No More didn’t actually receive its official name until after Billy Gould, Mike Bordin, and the replacement to the departed Wade Worthington, Roddy Bottum broke away from Mike Morris. According to Bordin, they removed “the Man” (Morris) from the equation, thus creating the entity now known as Faith No More. Today’s current lineup of this band still has Bordin, Gould, and Button.
But, added to that line-up is lead guitarist Jon Hudson and lead vocalist Mike Patton. Patton joined Faith No More after their lead singer (from 1983 until 1988), Chuck Mosley, was officially fired from the band. In total, Faith No More has produced seven studio albums, six compilation albums, a live album, and 25 singles. Their videography includes 21 music videos, as well as four video albums. In 1991, they were nominated by the BRIT Music Awards as the year’s Best International Group (they lost to INX). Of the music awards, Faith No More did receive they are for Best Album (Sol Invictus) with the 2015 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards and Best Alternative Album (Sol Invictus) with 2015 Metal Storm Awards. And, of the five times Faith No More had been nominated by MTV’s Music Video Awards, their production of (Falling to Pieces) earned them the win for Best Visual Effects in a Video in 1991. Faith No More, mostly remained as a solid band, despite the name and roster change in 1979, until 1998. Eleven years after their hiatus, Faith No More reunited in 2009 and still continues with their brand of music, which has been categorized as alternative metal, experimental rock, funk metal, and post-punk.
10. This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both of Us
Originally recorded in 1974 by an American pop band known as Sparks, the rerecorded single from Faith No More’s 1998 album (Plagiarism) was popular enough among European fans to earn #7 on the Swiss Hitparade, #40 on UK’s Hot Singles Chart, and #69 with Australia’s ARIA Charts. Also, in the UK, the single achieved Silver Certification from their British Phonographic Industry (BPI) trade association. Just as the case had been for Sparks’ version, so is the same for Faith No More’s version.
9. A Small Victory
In 1991, coming from the fourth studio album (Angel Dust) is the single (A Small Victory) that was described at the timing of its release as the most radio-friendly song. It was also described as the most dance-like single coming from their discographic resume. A Small Victory charted to #11 with the US Alternative Airplay chart, #29 with the UK Singles Chart, and #84 on Australia’s ARIA Chart.
(Evidence) was released from the 1995 album (King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime). It came from a timing where Faith No More just fired Jim Martin as their guitarist and was also dealing with the absence of keyboardist Roddy Bottum at the time. Unlike their typical alternative metal/punk material, Evidence has more in common with the R&B genre. While the song didn’t do quite as well within North America, it was popular among Europeans and Asians. In Australia, it peaked at #27 and in the UK at #32. The Official New Zealand Music Chart ranked Evidence as high as #38 and with the Dutch Single Top 100, at #42.
7. Last Cup of Sorrow
With the US Alternative Airplay Chart, the single (Last Cup of Sorrow) reached as high as #14 in 1997. It comes from their album (Album of the Year). In New Zealand, this song charted to #32. With the UK, it reached #51 and in Australia, at #66.
6. Falling to Pieces
In 1990, the single (Falling to Pieces) is released from their album (The Real Thing). It is the first studio album Faith No More produces with Mike Patton as their new lead vocalist. Despite the song’s popularity among the fans and critics, the band really didn’t care to play it live at the concerts they performed at. With the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart, it did place #40 and with the US Billboard Hot 100 at #92, despite the band’s lack of interest in this particular song. In New Zealand, Falling to Pieces did well enough to reach #16. In the UK it reached #41 and in Australia at #26.
5. Digging the Grave
Stemming out of the 1995 album (King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime) is the single (Digging the Grave), which performs well on the charts and is still a favorite among Faith No More’s European fans. Peaking at #11 with Norway’s VG-lista, and at #12 in Australia, Digging the Grave proved to be a real cult favorite within those nations. It also did well in the UK and New Zealand at #16, in Switzerland at #42, and with Germany’s GfK Entertainment charts at #48.
(Easy) was an easy favorite in Australia, peaking at #1 in 1993. Released from Faith No More’s album (Angel Dust), it has since earned ARIA”s Platinum Certification. In Norway, Easy peaked at #2 and in the UK at #3. Elsewhere, it reached #6 in New Zealand, #9 in Switzerland, #10 in the Netherlands, #20 in Germany, and #58 with the Us Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
3. Midlife Crisis
1992’s album (Angel Dust) brings forth the single (Midlife Crisis) and it performs very well on the music charts on a worldwide level. It reached #1 with the US Alternative Airplay chart, #10 in the UK, #31 in Australia, #32 in Germany, #32 in New Zealand, and also #32 on the US Mainstream Rock Chart. With the Dutch, Midlife Crisis peaked at #36.
2. Ashes to Ashes
Achieving ARIA’s Gold Certification is the single (Ashes to Ashes) from Faith No More’s 1997 album (Album of the Year). In that nation, the song peaked at #8. With the US Mainstream Rock Chart, it peaked at #23. Ashes to Ashes also reached #14 in Norway, #15 in the UK, #39 in New Zealand, #50 in Switzerland, and #76 in Germany.
For Faith No More, their 1990 single (Epic) truly is epic, proving to be the most successful rock music hit to come from their music arsenal. Coming from the album (The Real Thing), this song was released in January of 1990. The clear favorite among Faith No More fans all over the world, Epic earned ARIA Platinum Certification, New Zealand’s RMNZ Gold Certification, and USA’s RIAA Gold Certification. On the music charts, it peaked at #1 in Australia, #2 in New Zealand, #9 with the US Billboard Hot 100, #19 with Canada’s Top Singles chart, #25 on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart, and the UK Singles Chart.