Top 100 singles of all time: 80 – Faith No More – Ashes to Ashes

I think I’m using this post as an excuse. 1, to look at the lovely Mike Patton; and 2, to listen to a great Faith No More song.

Like most of the bands on this list, I could have picked almost any single and called it a favourite. I went through a phase of listening to their greatest hits album, which worked as an album in its own right because they’re just such a good band. (That’s not always the case – the Korn one’s downright patchy, which just magnifies their reputation as only sporadically any good.)

The single reached number 15 in the UK charts and number 23 in America’s Mainstream Rock chart. Album of the Year underperformed, selling only 213,000 copies in the US (Angel Dust sold three times that) and was given lukewarm reviews. However, its global tally was a healthy two million sales. It contained three of my favourite FNM songs: Stripsearch, Ashes to Ashes, and Last Cup of Sorrow. The latter always reminds me of Ministry’s Filth PigContinue reading

The Age of Clank: Why Genres are Important

Written for Collapse Board

A few weeks ago, Chris Razor wrote about clank – a new genre title he’d coined, and I was grateful, because I’d been trying to think of a word for it for ages. I was getting fed up of saying “experimental electronica”, because that makes it sound like it sounds more like this and it doesn’t. Instead, it sounds like this.



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#trendingtopics: 15 Vocalists

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The rules:  Don’t take too long to think about it.  Fifteen vocalists that will always stick with you.  List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes.  And in no particular order.  Tag fifteen friends, and me, because I’m interested in seeing what singers my friends choose. (To do this, go to your Notes tab on your profile page, paste rules in a new note, cast your fifteen picks, and tag people in the note — in the ‘tag’ line.

Here are mine:

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5 Great Faith No More Moments

In a separate conversation on Facebook regarding influences, someone denounced Mike Patton’s output as “s***”, which stunned me because I have never in my whole life ever encountered anyone who doesn’t like Faith No More. Even my mother liked them. It would be almost like saying you didn’t like The Beatles, only I know quite a few people who regard them as overrated.

I must admit I’ve not really checked out Patton’s various projects such as Tomahawk or Mr Bungle, or his solo stuff on Ipecac (to be honest, the idea of someone grunting and shrieking into a microphone with no actual music or singing didn’t really appeal). Faith No More, however, provided a merry soundtrack to my youth and I still enjoy giving their fabulous greatest hits collection a spin.

Let’s remind ourselves of some of their more magic moments …


I saw the video for Epic on The ITV Chart Show in 1989 and it was the most awesome thing I’d ever witnessed. The guitar solo is just magic. I did rather wish Patton would stop gurning though.


From 1997’s Album of the Year, Stripsearch – a mellow trip-hop style chill-out track – is perfect for late nights. I always really liked the bass on this song.

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