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Faith no More – Midlife Crisis

Roddy Bottum, merican singerand keyboard player (Faith NoMore and Imperial Teen) was born 1 July 1963. Faith No More hail from San Francisco, California, and were regarded as one of the most influential metal/rock bands of the late 80s and early 90s, and credited for inventing alternative metal and as an influence on nu metal.

The band was formed originally as Faith No Man in 1981 by bassist Billy Gould, keyboardist Wade Worthington, vocalist M Morris, and drummer Mike Bordin.A year later when Worthington was replaced by keyboardist Roddy Bottum, who along with Gould and Bordin, formed Faith No More. After going through a series of singers which included Courtney Love, the band was joined by Chuck Mosley in 1983. The same year, Jim Martin was recruited to replace guitarist Mark Bowen. Faith No More underwent several line-up changes before releasing their first album, We Care a Lot, in 1985. Within a year the band signed up withSlash Records, and in 1987 their second album Introduce Yourself was released. Membership remained stable until vocalist Mosley was replaced by Mike Patton in 1988. In 1989, the band released their highly successful album, The Real Thing, which featured the songs“Epic,  Falling To Pieces, From Out of Nowhere and Small Victory. The band’s next album, 1992′s Angel Dust, was also highly successful and spawned the hit   Midlife Crisis, , which became their sole #1 hit on the Modern Rock Tracks chart in their career.

The next album Angel Dust is widely considered to be one of the most influential albums of the 90′s. Faith No More however declined in popularity in the subsequent years. Longtime guitarist Jim Martin left the group in 1994 and was replaced by Mr. Bungleguitarist Trey Spruance. After the release of their next album, 1995′s King for a Day… Fool for a Lifetime, Spruance was replaced briefly by Dean Menta, who would eventually be replaced by their current guitarist Jon Hudson. After releasing one more album, Album of the Year, in 1997, Faith No More broke up in April 1998, and all members began work on side projects.On February 24, 2009, Faith No More announced that they would be reforming for a Europan tour with the same lineup at the time of their breakup.In June 2009, they performed together for the first time in eleven years at the Brixton Academy in London, United Kingdom, as part of their The Second Coming Tour. Throughout 2010, the band continued to perform at multiple live venues. In September 2010, the band announced that the reunion tour would come to an end in December and plans for a new album had been scrapped, although bassist Billy Gould has said recently that the band might continue. Faith No More returned again in November 14th 2011 at the SWU Music and Arts Festival, in the Brazilian city of Paulínia, as well on three other dates. Trey Spruance joined the band onstage for the very first time to perform the King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime album in its entirety in Santiago, Chile in November 2011.


On the subject of Midlife crisis, I read an article recently listing The top 40 signs of a modern midlife crisis, as being..

  • Stalking your ex on Facebook or suddenly embracing Twitter
  • Desiring a simpler life
  • Still going to music festivals like Glastonbury
  • Looking up old boyfriends or girlfriends on Facebook
  • Realising you will never afford to pay off your mortgage
  • Joining Twitter so your bosses will think you ‘get’ digital
  • Excessively reminisce about your childhood
  • Taking no pleasure in your friends’ successes
  • Splashing out on a very expensive bicycle
  • Developing a Sudden desire to play an instrument
  • Worrying over thinning hair
  • Taking up a new hobby
  • Wanting to make the world a better place
  • Longingly looking at old pictures of yourself
  • Dreading calls at unexpected times from your parents (fearing the worst)
  • Go to reunion tours of your favourite bands from the 70s and 80s
  • Switching from Radio 2 to indie stations like 6 Music
  • Revisiting holiday destinations you visited as a child
  • Being unable to envisage a time when you will be able to afford to retire
  • Reading obituaries in the newspapers with far greater interest – and always check how people die
  • Obsessively comparing your appearance with others the same age
  • Dying your hair when it goes grey
  • Not telling people your age
  • Dreaming about being able to quit work but knowing you’ll never be able to afford to
  • Start taking vitamin pills
  • Worrying about being worse off in your retirement than your parents
  • Wanting to change your friends but not meeting anyone new that you like
  • Thinking about quitting your job and buying a bed & breakfast or a pub
  • Flirting embarrassingly with people 20 years your junior
  • Looking up your medical symptoms on the internet.
  • Thinking about going to church but never acting on it
  • Always noting when politicians or business leaders are younger than you.
  • Contemplating having a hair transplant or plastic surgery.
  • Taking out a direct debit for a charity
  • Not sleeping because of work worries
  • Having hangovers get worse and last more than day on occasions
  • Constantly comparing your career success with your friends
  • Worrying about a younger person taking your job
  • Taking up triathlons or other extreme sports
  • Only reading books while on holiday

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