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Artist: Faith No More

Title: The Real Thing

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Faith No More The Real Thing Album Cover


Category: DefiesClassification

Year: 1989

Label: Slash/Reprise

Catalog Number: W2 25878


Mike Patton vocals
Jim Martin guitar
Roddy Bottum keyboards
Billy Gould bass
Mike Bordin drums


1.  From Out of Nowhere  3:22
2.  Epic  4:53
3.  Falling to Pieces  5:15
4.  Surprise! You're Dead!  2:27
5.  Zombie Eaters  5:58
6.  The Real Thing  8:13
7.  Underwater Love  3:51
8.  The Morning After  3:43
9.  Woodpecker from Mars  5:40
10.  War Pigs  7:46  Cover: Black Sabbath Cover
11.  Edge of the World  4:11
Total Running Time:  55:19

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From: AOR freaky Date: August 4, 2005 at 14:19
Usually not my kind of stuff, but this is far from bad ! I even like the title track a lot. Special sound, kind of unique : a mix of several styles. NOt bad at all and their best CD !

From: Fat Freddy Date: February 9, 2007 at 17:31
Faith No More were a weird band, but I mean that in a good way. I must admit that I abso-f**kin'-lutely HATED the hit single "Epic" when I first heard it, but it eventually grew on me after so many airings on MTV that I broke down and bought the album. And y'know what? I loved it. There was nothing like them back in 89, and this album still holds up well today.

From: rockhardrock Date: December 27, 2007 at 18:36
i remember hearing"Epic"when i was a kid and loved it.i didnt know their name untill i saw"Epic"video in my late teenage years (18 or 19)then it was time to get that album and listen to it.i dont like the whole album but there are songs that i like very much, like:"From Out of Nowhere", "Epic"(their best song),"Falling to Pieces" and "Underwater Love".Their sound is unique, combining elements of hard rock, heavy metal, funk and also jazz. Mike has very unique voice and i like it.

From: metalalways Date: June 23, 2008 at 21:46
This is Faith No More at their peak and their best CD love Surprise! Your Dead!, Epic, From Out Of Nowhere, Falling To Pieces this whole CD kicks ass i normally don't like rap metal but i like and can stand 80's early 90's rap metal wayyyyyyyyyyyy better than the rap metal of the late 90's early 00's of today.

From: pie75 Date: July 14, 2010 at 5:22
this was the only FNM album i liked i thought they were great when i seen the video to epic still a great song as is from out of nowhere and falling to peices sadly anything else they've done is just crap

From: Mace Date: July 17, 2013 at 4:06
I get the feeling FNM were not rated as highly in the USA as they were down here in Australia. They were huge here and this album started it all. Classic release!

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 17, 2013 at 10:21
"Epic" was a huge hit in America back in the summer of 1990, and still gets airplay (pretty much the only song of theirs to do so). That one song was big enough to get at least moderate play for most of their future singles, but Mace is right: to a mainstream popaudience, and even to a lot of metalheads, they weren't that big. Their popularity really lay in more of the alternative-rock crowd, I think, or the more adventurous metal people. FNM had a huge influence on the nu-metal/rap-rock scene of the late-'90's, though, much to Patton's chagrin.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: June 28, 2015 at 22:43
To me, Faith No More are one of those bands that comes along every few years, like Queens of the Stone Age or Mastodon--they sound like metal for the most part, but for some reason, people who normally don't like metal pick up on them and embrace them. "Epic" was such a crossover hit, they even got airplay on radio sstations that normally only played R&B and rap. Funny but fucked-up story: I was ten years old in the summer of 1990 when "Epic" was inescapable. So one day, the family's piled in the car going somewhere, and my mom's up front flipping around as her usual station is starting to fade out. And she lands on the chorus of "Epic," and keeps flipping. I go, 'Hey, I like that song." She flips back, but by then, Mike Patton is rapping, and she says, with great disgust, "We're not listening to this mess."e

From: Auslander Date: March 10, 2021 at 12:54
I like this band quite a lot. I think Doghouse is right though, while they had heavy elements they also had alternative elements. If anything, rather than influence nu metal, I reckon they paved the way for alternative metal. That is, bands like Tool. Those artists who are more experimental with their sound. This album still had that funky vibe from the first two releases but future albums would be more influenced by Mike Patton and his eclecticism. Key tracks: Epic, From out of Nowhere, title track, Falling to Pieces. 88/100.

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