The Real Thing

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Starting with the careening "From Out of Nowhere," driven by Bottum's doomy, energetic keyboards, Faith No More rebounded excellently on The Real Thing after Mosley's firing. Given that the band had nearly finished recording the music and Patton was a last minute recruit, he adjusts to the proceedings well. His insane, wide-ranging musical interests would have to wait for the next album for their proper integration, but the band already showed enough of that to make it an inspired combination. Bottum, in particular, remains the wild card, coloring Martin's nuclear-strength riffs and the Gould/Bordin rhythm slams with everything from quirky hooks to pristine synth sheen. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Starting with the careening "From Out of Nowhere," driven by Bottum's doomy, energetic keyboards, Faith No More rebounded excellently on The Real Thing after Mosley's firing. Given that the band had nearly finished recording the music and Patton was a last minute recruit, he adjusts to the proceedings well. His insane, wide-ranging musical interests would have to wait for the next album for their proper integration, but the band already showed enough of that to make it an inspired combination. Bottum, in particular, remains the wild card, coloring Martin's nuclear-strength riffs and the Gould/Bordin rhythm slams with everything from quirky hooks to pristine synth sheen. It's not quite early Brian Eno joins Led Zeppelin and Funkadelic, but it's closer than might be thought, based on the nutty lounge vibes of "Edge of the World" and the Arabic melodies and feedback of "Woodpeckers From Mars." "Falling to Pieces," a fractured anthem with a delicious delivery from Patton, should have been a bigger single that it was, while "Surprise! You're Dead!" and the title track stuff riffs down the listener's throat. The best-known song remains the appropriately titled "Epic," which lives up to its name from the bombastic opening to the concluding piano and the crunching, stomping funk metal in between. The inclusion of a cover of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" amusingly backfired on the band -- at the time, Sabbath's hipness level was nonexistent, making it a great screw-you to the supposed cutting edge types. However, all the metalheads took the band to their hearts so much that, as a result, the quintet dropped it from their sets to play "Easy" by the Commodores instead!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/1989
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 075992587822
  • Catalog Number: 25878
  • Sales rank: 30,617

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Faith No More Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Mike Bordin Cymbals, Drums, Keyboards, Group Member
Mike Bottum Keyboards
Roddy Bottum Keyboards, Group Member
Bill Gould Bass, Group Member
Jimmy Martin Guitar, Group Member
Mike Patton Vocals
Jim Martin Guitar
Technical Credits
Faith No More Composer, Producer
Mike Bordin Composer
Roddy Bottum Composer
John Golden Mastering
Bill Gould Composer
Mike Patton Composer
James Watts Vereeke Engineer
Matt Wallace Producer, Engineer
Jim Martin Composer
Jeff Price Art Direction
Jim "Watts" Vereecke Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolute Masterpiece

    This album is a brilliant effort...Mike Patton shines on his 1st official release....This is when Mike actually used to sing instead of the distortion and samplers he currently uses on his vocals...The album has a very similar vibe as the previous effort "Introduce Yourself" but Patton's vocals are not as raw as Chuck Mosely...Songs like 'Epic' and 'From Out Of Nowhere' are considered the bands best work...'Falling To Pieces and 'Underwater Love' have a lot of slap bass which gives bassist Billy Gould some room to show Flea isn't the only bassist who can slap that hard...There is a lot more funk on this album than on later efforts.....Similar vibe as the Red Hot Chili Peppers but with more variety on song structures..The boys also throw in a blues song "Edge of the World' and a cover of 'War Pigs' which was done as a joke....This is the album that made Mike Patton's career and jumpstarted Faith No More's career as one of the most original and influential rock bands of all time

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Real Album!

    This is very good album! The first four tracks are classics! The Vocalist has relaxing voice! Surprise You're dead is a violent song, full of anger! The last track is slow but I like it! It is a beautiful song! Woodpecker from Mars, maybe the best instrumental track ever! And the cover "War Pigs" from Black Sabbath ain't bad either!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Junk Rock

    The Real Thing features Faith No More's unique blend of hard rock and Michael Patton's vocals. The Real Thing showcases guitarist Jim Martin on the instrumental track ''Woodpecker From Mars''. Up until Faith No More's third release, 1989's THE REAL THING, the San Francisco quintet was considered too eccentric for rock's mainstream. Unlike other bands of the era, FNM refused to be limited to just one musical style--the group was indeed heavy, but it also touched upon many other styles (alternative, rap, Middle Eastern, punk, funk, jazz, etc.). But prior to the writing and recording of the album, the band parted ways with its longtime singer, Chuck Mosely, and hired newcomer Mike Patton. Unlike his predecessor, Patton was a very talented and versatile vocalist who could easily adapt to any of the different musical styles his new bandmates threw at him. While it took a few months for sales to crest, THE REAL THING went on to become the group's much sought-after commercial breakthrough. The rap-metal anthem ''Epic'' was a surprise Top-10 smash (pushing the album to multi-platinum status), while such other tracks as ''From Out of Nowhere,'' ''Falling to Pieces,'' ''Zombie Eaters,'' and ''Underwater Love'' were just as exceptional. Although the band had been waiting years for mainstream success, FNM decided to challenge its newly acquired pop audience with its next release.

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    Posted October 7, 2010

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