I heart Mike Patton. I've been looking at a blank screen trying to put into words the depth of my adoration, but I don't know where to start. Sure, I could write things like I think he's a modern-day Mozart, that he's the most dynamic lead singer in rock (headed Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantomas, Tomahawk), that he changes genres like underwear, or that he's a delightfully mischeivous motherfucker (was dubbed a "shit terrorist" for leaving random poops in fun places like hotel driers or air vents), but I'll try to just convey my thoughts through videos. Trust me, I could carry on far longer than the GNR post below, as I own the discography for all three bands in the above parenthetical (22 albums total), but the visual/aural stimulation is much more fun (and easy) for everyone.
You just watched "From Out of Nowhere" by Faith No More, a band in which 99% of you have only heard the song "Epic" (remember the dying fish and exploding piano?). Amazingly well-made, complex, dynamic rock n roll. They toured with GNR and Metallica, a show I would have clubbed baby seals and kicked puppies (like I already need an excuse) to see. Angel Dust is a perfect example of this band in its prime.
The next comes courtesy of Mr. Bungle, a band Mike Patton was in pre-FNM and continued to front because I guess FNM wasn't crazy enough. There's a whole amalgam of genres here: ska, rock, metal, funk, salsa, 50s music (listen to "Vanity Fair"), all mashed together. Keep in mind he was releasing albums with both bands at the same time. "My Ass Is on Fire" is a prime example of the eccentricity of Mr. Bungle. I love the masks, too, combined with the thought that this is probably what a lot of Mr. Bungle shows looked like. I know, it's awesome. Get California, probably the band's most accessible album, and a damn fun one to boot.
Finally, we finish the night with Fantomas, Mike Patton's metal band. This is quite possibly some of the most MANIC music you'll hear. It's everywhere at the same time. Sure, that may be a bit vague, but those familiar with Mike Patton know what I mean. This isn't Sunday afternoon, sit down and relax music. Although The Director's Cut, their take on movie themes, is pure genius. Below, they play a Slayer medley from one of their live shows. Enjoy.
Interesting sidenote: Mike Patton has said he'd love to do the music for a David Lynch movie. Now while I have my feelings against David Lynch (Lost Highway...WTF?), the Mike Patton factor would be enough for me to see it.
Shall I go into Tomahawk, Peeping Tom, Lovage? I could, but this is getting longer than I anticipated. So I'll leave you with two last songs to check (honor system?) by Tomahawk: "101 North" and "God Hates a Coward."
Thanks for humoring me in getting to know a true musical icon. The more I listen to these albums, the more blown away I am by the sheer range with which Mike Patton operates. Now make Mikey proud and play all three videos at the same time. Rock.