Wednesday "Rock Gods" Post
Today is Wednesday, which means it is Rock Gods Musical Chairs day. I will get back to the "Good News" postings shortly (I will be starting a second thread). Also, for those of you emailing and wondering when I am going to address the situation with the judge, please note that, due to stipulations set forth in my employment contract, I can not (and would not, anyhow) blog about it. I will also announce the kitty's name later today.
Other participants (I will link their specific posts when they go up):
In today's installment of Rock Gods, I pay tribute to the many musical stylings of Mike Patton, star of Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantomas, Tomahawk and Lovage and co-founder of Ipecac Recordings. It would be hard to say what I love most about Patton: the versatility of his voice - his soothing tones, his guttural screams, his passionate moans - or his lyrical and musical genius.
Here are three Mike Patton samplings, from three different eras/bands:
1. Faith No More - Midlife Crisis (download)
It's not my absolute favorite FNM song, but it does epitomize what FNM is all about: With lyrics like your menstruating heart, it ain't bleedin' enough for two and liberal use of Patton's clenched teeth hissing and growling, Midlife Crisis is a great starting point for the uninitiated. It's got this raw anger that comes only with age; a bitterness that leaves a taste like Greek olives in your mouth and a certainty that yea, you're getting old but at least you're bound to beat the shit out of someone before you're too tired to do it.
2. Mr. Bungle - Retrovertigo.
Taken from the pure work of art known as California, Retrovertigo is, in my mind, one of the greatest songs ever recorded. It's slow, it's moody, it pulls at your gut and sucks you in and never lets you out. Patton's voice is at its finest here. He's all smooth and low one minute and powerful the next and in between there's about a billion emotions. Here, you can also get a great lesson in how to compose a tune that will forever be etched in someone's head. You'll be watching the news one day and suddenly the words to Retrovertigo will pop into your head and Mike Patton will be singing them. And you will thank me.
3. Lovage - Anger Management
Here we have a selection from another Patton band, Lovage, from the album Music To Make Love To Your Old Lady By (produced by Dan the Automator and featuring the incredibly sexy voice of Jennifer Charles ). Listening to Anger Management is to put yourself in a red velvet bedroom with mirrors on the ceiling. It's sitting in a smoky barroom watching the female lounge singer lick her lips and run her hands down her sides. It's red lipstick and black garters and cigar smoke and maybe even a few dollars on the nightstand in the morning. Patton's voice is at once sultry and dangerous and, together with Charles, this tune oozes sexuality.
Patton can do it all - anger, love, jealousy, horror, sex - and he has a different voice, a different persona for each emotion, each genre he puts forth. His voice is a music instrument in itself and Patton plays it perfectly.
For those whose only experience listening to Patton comes from his nasally, spasmodic rap on Epic (you know, that video with the fish), I suggest you try out the tunes above and get a taste of what else the man has to offer.
Other essential listening:
From The Real Thing: Surprise! You're Dead!
From Angel Dust: RV
From King For a Day, Fool For a Lifetime: Gentle Art of Making Enemies
From Album of the Year: Helpless
From Fantomas - Director's Cut: The Omen (Ave Satani)(download)
From Mr. Bungle: Stubb (a Dub)
From California: Vanity Fair
Mike Patton... excellent choice. Mike is one of the early ones... Even though Faith No More's debut came out in '89, Patton's work goes back to the early eighties. A friend of mine from SoCal was playing us the Bungle demo back in '85. We had no idea that he would be the one responsible for an entire genre of metal music. Nothing but respect for Mike Patton.
Mr. Nimbus says:
Mike Patton is the Man. I remember how pleasantly surprised I was when the first Mr. Bungle CD came out and it sounded nothing like FNM. He is one seriously warped individual, and I say that with much respect.
Unfortunately, Patton never grabbed my attention, other than the video with the fish. However, I remember him being this manic, buff little man, with long hair and wild eyes. I can imagine he tore up a stage like no one's business.