Faith No More was a successful alternative metal band in the 1980s and 1990s.
Formed in San Francisco in 1983, they are probably best known for the singles "Epic" and "Falling to Pieces" off of their 1989 album The Real Thing, and for their cover version of the Commodores' classic Easy. Their style of music is difficult to categorize, but in some ways their sound anticipated nu metal of the late 1990s. They also incorporated funk, rap and slower pop elements into their music.
Early albums were recorded with Chuck Mosely on vocals, their most famous track from this era is probably We Care a Lot. At one point in the band's history, Courtney Love sang vocals. Lead singer Mike Patton left Humboldt State University to join Faith No More in 1988 and the line-up stayed constant from then until 1994:
- Mike Patton - vocals
- Jim Martin - lead guitar
- Mike Bordin - drums
- Billy Gould - bass guitar
- Roddy Bottum - keyboards
Faith No More's 1992 release Angel Dust featured the songs "Midlife Crisis" and "A Small Victory", as well as a re-recording of the theme to the film Midnight Cowboy. In the summer of 1992, Faith No More briefly toured with Metallica and Guns N' Roses.
In 1994, founding member; lead guitarist Jim Martin left the band, to be replaced by a former roommate of Billy Gould, Jon Hudson who was previously in a band called Systems Collapse.