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Question: Which of Taith No More's full length studio CD's is their best?
We Care a Lot  (1985)
Introduce Yourself  (1987)
The Real Thing   (1989)
Angel Dust   (1992)
King for a Day...Fool for a Lifetime   (1995)
Album of the Year   (1997)

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« on: May 24, 2007, 04:30:07 PM »

1992's Angel Dust is my personal favorite FNM release as they really let Mike Patton cut loose on this one.    While I realize that The Real Thing will always (in most people's eyes) be their definitive release, Angel Dust is the one that really caught my ear the most.   A truly dense, complex and sometimes thematic piece of work that really confounded people upon it's initial release as they were expecting The Real Thing part 2.

As far as their weakest, I would say that 1995's King for a Day...Fool For a Lifetime.  While it has some gems on it, as a whole it just didn't work as the band was really missing the presence of original guitarist Jim Martin who they fired by fax in 1994.
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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2007, 05:30:15 PM »

While I agree with you on Angel Dust, it's hard to pick a "best" for albums which are so drastically different.

I basically started with Angel Dust, having only listened to a few songs on The Real Thing.  Yes, it's pretty crazy, but it's not completely crazy.  Heck, my mom likes some of the songs on Angel Dust.

I disagree with your verdict on King for a Day, an album I listened to obsessively when it came out.  It may not sound like Angel Dust, but then that album doesn't sound like its predecessor either.  In fact, if I remember correctly I only went back to The Real Thing and realized what a strong album it was after listening to King for a Day.

As for weakest album, I'd go with Album of the Year.  While there are some decent songs, there aren't any strong ones.  I think the heart was gone from the band.  It's probably for the best they disbanded afterwards.

I've never heard their pre-Patton music outside of a few songs.

Now if only Mr. Bungle had put out more albums during their tenure.
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2007, 06:21:17 PM »

Great thread!  I still can't get enough FNM.  Strangely, I find myself most attached to King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime.  It's the album that really got me into FNM; to me, it's Faith No More at their most varied.  Songs like Ricochet, Cuckoo for Caca, and Star A.D. are about as polar opposite as it gets, but they're all great.  I've always thought Just a Man was their best song ever and couldn't be better as far as album closers go.

Angel Dust is certainly incredible, though.  Mofo said it best about the leap from The Real Thing to Angel Dust; talk about dramatic.  Angel Dust is undoubtedly varied as well, but while I find myself listening to all of KFADFFAL, there are some I tend to skip on AD (Be Aggressive, Midnight Cowboy).  Gotta love RV, though.

The Real Thing is very good, but it's the one I listen to least.  It sounds the most dated to me, but I still love it.

I thought Album of the Year was a nice swansong, but like Mofo said, it's best they disbanded after that.  Helpless, She Loves Me Not, Last Cup of Sorrow, Stripsearch, Ashes to Ashes ... still a lot of awesome songs to be had.

Hell, I even enjoy Introduce Yourself and, to a lesser extent, We Care a Lot.  Chuck Moseley will never be able to hang with Patton, but songs like Anne's Song and As the Worm Turns are personal favs.

I was never able to get into Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk, or any of the other Patton projects after FNM.  It's sacrilege, I know, but Fantomas is nothing but a bunch of noise to me.  I guess I just don't "get it."  There are a couple of songs I love from Mr. Bungle and Tomahawk, but they never caught my attention like FNM.
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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2007, 08:27:09 PM »

I will have to say that my favorite thing that Faith No More ever did was the track "The Perfect Crime" from the Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey soundtrack.

Talk about a great song! 
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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2007, 04:37:32 PM »

I can tell you what cemented my admiration of Faith No More.  My friend had gotten his hands on a copy of one of their live CD's.  He played part of it to see if I could recognize one of the songs.  After a bit of piano playing I figured it out.  "Holy crap, it's the Nestles song!"  Played straight no less.  It's one of the funniest things I've ever heard a rock band do, especially since so few seemed to have a sense of humor about themselves (especially at the time).

Of course, their acidly sarcastic renditions of popular radio hits are pretty good, too.  Check out their web page.  (Pay no attention to the sign that says clips are not available.)
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