The Real Thing is the third studio album by American rock band Faith No More, released on June 20, 1989 by Slash and Reprise Records. It was the first album by the band not to feature vocalist Chuck Mosley, instead, the album featured Mike Patton from the experimental/funk band Mr. Bungle. On this album, Faith No More continued to advance their sound range, combining thrash metal, funk, hip hop, rap metal, progressive rock, synthpop, carousel music and hard rock, along with what has been described as "a black sense of humor".Wikipedia
I may have tainted my listen a little by learning of Faith No More's relationship to the Chili Peppers as I began to play it. As I recently discovered, I'm one of the people who can't stand the latter band, and so as The Real Thing played I kept coming back to the idea "RHCP but good". At least, better. I'm still not a huge fan. The reasons for that seem pretty small, but they're consistent across the record. First, the electronic sounds come across as incredibly dated, and not in an endearing way. Come to think of it, I'm not sure that I've ever liked old synths on a rock record. The above point is also assuming that the strings are synth strings; They sure sound like it. Second, I'm not a fan of Patton's vocals. Besides those things, though, there's a high-energy blend of styles played pretty well. Not well enough to get over my objections on first listen, but my impression has already moved from the very low bar of the Chili Peppers to better-than-middling.
Wow, this came out in 1989? Obviously a huge influence for nu-metal bands of the '00s like Disturbed, Godsmack, Korn, etc. Man, just seeing names like Atreyu and Ill Nino on the wikipedia is throwing me way back. For what they're doing, this sounds good. But it's not a type of music that I enjoy at album's length. Alex was always more of the nu-metal, headbanger guy when we were younger. I like the hits, but metal is the one genre that I have a hard time connecting with. I did like the "War Pigs" cover, that's the second Black Sabbath cover we've had on an album so far. Really looking forward to the day Paranoid actually shows up on this list. Favorite tracks: War Pigs, Epic, Woodpecker from Mars. Album art: I do dig this cover. What are we looking at, is that a bottlecap on fire? No, it can't be, it looks like milk. The text at the top is great, very bold. Also there's a vinyl cover shown on wikipedia that's an expanded, even cooler version of this. 2.5/5
Wait, you're telling me that Epic is the band's most popular song when it's the biggest dud on this album? I... I don't get it. The rest of the album bangs hard, but Epic completely kills off the early momentum. You slot it into spot four or five on the album, then maybe it works, but it's not a track two. No way. Five stars despite this ludicrous oversight.
Hatte ich davor sehr lange nicht gehört, und eigentlich sogar vergessen, wie faszinierend ich die damals fand. Mit Faith No More hab ich abseits von stumpfem Pogo die ersten Tanzversuche auf dem Indie-Disco-Dancefloor gemacht. Crossover war der Shit und plötzlich lag Funk im Metal. Mike Patton war dieser interessante Freak der angeblich auf der Bühne Pisse aus seinem eigenen Schuh trank (ich war nicht selbst dabei), der nett aussehende Billy Gould hatte nebenbei ne mexikanische Deathmetalband mit Fotos von abgetrennten Köpfen auf dem Cover, und Jim Martin hab ich überhaupt nicht verstanden. Und das war ja nur ein Einstieg in diese ganze faszinierende Welt. Ähnlich wie bei Blur neulich, aber ganz anders: plötzlich bekam man einen Eindruck, was alles möglich war. Und ein bisschen fühlte man sich eingeladen. Abgesehen von biographischem aber auch: super Platte. Metal, Pop, Funk, Freakshow und (hab ich aber erst jetzt gemerkt) Black Sabbath-Cover: alles da. Produktion bisschen dated und Cover-Artwork so schlimm dass man auch darüber schon fast wieder nostalgisch werden möchte. Ich geb da mal voll verdiente 4,5.
Can one judge a band for spawning a contemptible legacy? You know, if every band citing them as an influence turns out to be not just woeful, but hateful? Radiohead and landfill indie, or Nirvana and all those godawful mid-90s angsty alt-rock twats? One of the most acute examples of deleterous imitators threatening the original band's reputation is Faith No More. Practically a one-hit wonder in their home country of the States, they managed much more success in Europe and the Antipodes. Despite this, the lead singer Mike Patton has good (hah!) claim to be the godfather of an especially American genre, nu-metal. With The Real Thing's eclectic fusion of metal, funk, rap, and prog, Faith No More set up what would become the sorriest genre of music 10 years later. The line from Faith No More to Korn, Limp Bizkit and Papa Roach is an inch long with no deviations. Is The Real Thing to blame for the crimes of the future? Well, it's not as if it can't be judged for the crimes of its present. Funk metal and rap rock are hardly the most esteemed of genres for justified reasons: not only were the songs usually risible, they tried too hard to convince that they were the apotheosis of cool, making them the least cool music on the planet. Still, I was 6 when Epic was released as a single, and I remember thinking that the song and video, what with its rapping and its posturing and its special effects, was awesome and radical, a song worthy for the Bretts of the world. Thirty years on, I can't deny it still has an immature charm, even if the vision of Mike Patton frugging around like a numpty in Bermuda shorts invites a chuckle and not a whoop. It does remember to rock enough, and that's enough for it to work, if not quite excel. And you can extend that judgement to the rest of the album. It's a servicable rock album, diminished partially by showy gooning. Although Epic is the defining song of the album, I prefer the opener From Out of Nowhere, which is a fine, solid bit of 80s hard rock. The album peaks with its straightest rock numbers, yet chafes when they start slapping the bass and throwing gang signs. I should also mention that Mike's voice proves divisive; many will find it, like those of his nu-metal descendents, uninvitingly whiny. I empathise with that position, but I was able to forgive it. It's adolescent more than discordant. I acknowledge that I'm being generous, but there are far worse albums in the world. Every album claiming this album as inspiration, for instance.
An absolute masterpiece
I love this album. I loved it in 1990 and I love it now.
Die Sucht Teil 2. Noch vor Pearl Jam waren Faith No More mein Heroin. Ich konnte nicht genug kriegen, Japan Importe bereits bekannter Singles mussten her für den Kick was neues zu bekommen, ein frisches High, auch wenn die B-Seiten oft etwas schräg Zappa‘haftes hatten, wie bei dem herrlich bekloppten fake German äh Polka-Song „Das Schutzenfest“. Da sitzen Monty Python am Nebentisch in Bavaria, ja in Bavaria. Aber zurück zum wahren Ding, diesem immens kraftvollen, leicht am Rande des Wahnsinns trippelnden, elegischen Beleg einer wild schäumenden Kreativität. Woher kam nach zwei wenig aufregenden Alben diese Flut an Idee und Ekkletizismus Wut? Zum Großteil lag es an Mike Patton (you’re right, Guido). Wenn du ihn im Team hast, wird’s jedenfalls kein langweiliges Game. Die Verausgabung findet nicht nur zur Show, nicht nur auf der Bühne statt. Neben dem Touren hatte der Besessene genug Stoff für Nebenprojekte u.a. Mister Bungle - deren wichtigste Alben fallen mit der entsprechenden Entwicklung der Hauptband zusammen. Aus der Real Thing Phase geht bspw. das irre Crazy Clown-hafte Debut hervor und musste unbedingt zu den Importen und bootlegs dazu. Der virile Mike hatte ja so viel zu geben und ich war seine willige Bitch. Wie sehr hab ich ihn geliebt & nachgeeifert; das heutige HartzIV Abzeichen Augenbrauen Piercing hab ich mir damals nur wegen ihm zugelegt. *Seufz Auch später als unsere Beziehung etwas erwachsener wurde, habe ich nach Bands gesucht, die in etwa an die FNM DNA zu kommen vermochten. Alles Sackgassen, aber das Abklappern erweiterte die Ortskenntnis und so kann ich wohl diese erst ab „Angel Dust“ so richtig wahrgenommene Gang als Kompass bezeichnen. Zielgerichtete 4.7
Absolutely the best album of Faith No More and one of the best albums ever in my life.
3.3 - the image of the flopping fish from the “Epic” music video was seared into my 12 year old memory and it’s a song I’ve loved since. Finally having listening to this album, I’m not surprised that the supporting album to that single is a little thin on substance. Don’t get me wrong, the band and lead vocalist are oozing with skill and talent. When everything comes together, they sound like a more synth-driven metal rap rock version of early RHCP. But there are a few misfires with “Underwater Love” and “The Morning After” that sound especially sophomoric, as well as a forgettable “War Pigs” cover.
Shite. Shite voice. Shite version of RHCP, who are shite. Saved from 1* by the instrumental "Woodpecker from Mars" and the faithful recreation of War Pigs.
I really just didn't care for this album -- I didn't like the lead vocalist and the songs were just bland. They also couldn't seem to pick a lane musically...do they want to be a metal band, or a Red Hot Chili Peppers knockoff, or a whiny rock band?
In the no-man's land between metal, soft rock, and grunge. Utterly cringey in places.
Best song of the album is a cover from Black Sabbath...
Whoa, ick. Did not enjoy this at all. And somehow it got a combo of Epic and Tom Sawyer stuck in my head and that's just awful as you'd think.
Listened to probably half but it was pretty good.
lol I listen to this album probably at least 2-3 times a week, along with King for a Day. Amazing band, and this is their best album. Just riff city, awesome funky basslines, Patton doing his thing at the peak of youth voice. And tbh Epic is the worst track - the rest is so much better, but even that song is still great haha. I love it when an album actually deserves to be on the list! 5/5.
always a fav
I'm not much of a metal fan but lucky for me this has an alternative/pop appeal packed in it. And it rips. I think everyone can get behind this one. Decent 9/10.
Sommige platen nog veel beter dan het typische Faith no more dat ik kende, top album.
high energy, good melodies, fun to listen to
Eigentlich eine 4, weil auch hier der Sound nicht wahnsinnig gut gealtert ist und Pattons Stimme auf späteren Alben doch angenehmer klingt. Wegen biographischer Relevanz wird aber hochgestuft. Somebody put me together
Basslines are sick in this album, was not expecting that. The instrumentation and genre changes are fantastic. Thought they were less heavy than this, really enjoyed it.
Such a brilliant album
Why haven't I listened to this more? This is a fantastic album. Has my second favourite cover of Warpigs, the first is by Cake.
One word wednesday: Epic!
I loved the punch this album had. Each song was different, Epic is still a banger but then right after you have Falling to Pieces which sounds like its out of a thrash band. The vocals are what keeps everything tied together and feeling like a band, but I loved this album.
One of my favorites
Mike Patton has one of the most unique voices in rock. Faith No More must have really stood out from all the grunge and alternative of the era. Fave tracks: “From Out of Nowhere” “Epic” “Surprise! You’re Dead!”
Absolutely great, I forgot some of these songs existed. Such a jam through and through
Yuss! Love me some Faith No More! This is the only album of theirs on the list?! That don't seem right! Fave track - "Surprise! You're Dead!", but really I have such a longstanding affection for this album I could pick any of the tracks...
Good fucking album.
Starts off very strongly with "From out of Nowhere" and "Epic", gets a little softer in the middle section but then ends with an amazing cover of "War Pigs".
Quan el vaig escoltar per primer cop va ser una bomba, molt semblant al primer cop que vaig escoltar 'Nevermind', en els mateixos anys. La sensació que una nova década començava i que ho feia mitjançant la música, trencant amb tot al que estàvem acostumats. Amb els anys, el seu pols revolucionari ha anat deixant pas a un disc immortal, barreja de géneres feta amb la màxima inspiració i que sobresurt com una de les obres més importants d'aquells anys
Zombie is hauntingly beautiful. The range Woodpecker from Mars is a little meandering/long War Pigs cover is incredible
Hi- From Out Of Nowhere, Falling to Pieces, Underwater Love Lo- The Real Thing is really where Faith No More opens up and finds their sound. It opens with From Out Of Nowhere, harkening back to their pop/punk roots, before progresses into the more darker, bass-heavy funk/thrash metal sound that Faith No More is known for (Epic, Falling to Pieces), but also stretches them artistically in other ways, whether it's the otherworldly Zombie Eaters, the surreal Underwater Love, the an instrumental like Woodpecker from Mars, or the fantastic cover of Black Sabbath's War Pigs, there really is something for everyone here.
Lekker stevig album en toch melodieus, met een heel unieke sound. Veel leuke bass-lijnen ook
Although this is not my favorite album by Faith No More, it is definitely their most well-known because of "the song." Even with that song, I like this one a lot. It's funny, a friend of mine and I diverge right around here for FNM. I started to like them more and more, with this being where I really became more interested in them. By the time the next album came out, I was all in and my friend had bailed. The band has evolved so much past "Epic." However, you can hear a lot of their future endeavors in this, going from "From Out Of Nowhere" to "Zombie Eaters." Patton's voice is an interesting choice here. It is so much more than what is featured here, but I get the feeling he was trying to be a bit like Chuck Moseley, the previous singer. The trio bass/keys/drums really puts such an effective groove. I can pick out Bordin's drumming pretty easily, he has a very distinctive snare hit, kind of like Bill Bruford, actually. The music is wide-ranging, although not as much as later albums, which made it not so easy to pigeonhole the band. But as it is it's an amazing effort by the band. I wish that they had held onto Jim Martin for longer. But, the work he does here is great. I would definitely say this is the album to start with if you wanted to get into Faith No More, but it is not their best. I never bought "Edge Of The World", But one clunker doesn't mean the album sucks, right? And "Woodpecker From Mars..." holy crap is that great! So high praise for this one, I will give it 5, great intro album for this band, but their later albums really progress from here.
I was really happy to see Faith No More pop up on this list and thoroughly enjoyed this album. It's been many years since I last listened to them, but I should obviously start doing so again. They're rock solid in all of their versatility and their catchy, funky alternative metal mash-up is simply a ton of fun to listen to. Highlights: Falling To Pieces and the very good War Pigs cover
It was new for me, but I liked it.
So good I listened a lot.
This is a seminal album from an influential band.
Amazing album! This is another formative album for me that I have been listening to for the last 20 years. Pumped this made it on the list!
I wore out more copies of this album as a kid than any other album combined - and it was CDs. One of the greatest albums ever.
A very good funk metal album filled with some insane bangers ,and Mike Pattons brand of craziness. The final instrument track WOODPECKERS FROM MARS was amazing with kinda arbic style riffs. THE REAL THING is an eight minute masterpiece with some in and out monments and very thrash metal riffs and screaming The only bad thing is mike patton vocals could be naselly and very annoying in some places . So overall a very good album
This is ready one of my all time favorites. I remember when it came out and fnm were on top of the pops. Mike was mining terribly to out of nowhere. Off the back of that piss taking performance I bought this on vinyl and got tickets to rock city which I think was the next night. Not seen them since. Amazing live band. Amazing album. Got to love that slap base too
Really love this album, it starts really strong with the first two songs, we can see Mike Pattons vocal range right from the start
Alternative metal. Ei vielä new metal. Albumin nimikkobiisi "The real thing" on se juttu... paras biisi. Albumi muutenkin todella kiinnostava kuunnella. War pigs.. Vähän huono cover.. Parempi cover maistuis.. Pallit löysä cover.. hyvin recordattu vocalit ja kivat reverbit.. ei tarpeeks raskas kuitenkaan.. war pigsin pitää olla raskas.. JA vain ozzy saa laulaa sen..
Love this album, from out of nowhere an epic collection of tunes where your dead wrong if you miss this album
Really excellent album which kind of set the tone for rock of the early 90s. 5/5
Wow walk down memory lane with this one. Fully expected to give it a straight 4. A relisten bumped it up 4.5. 5
One helluva ride
Realmente é um disco monumental, base para formação do caráter.
I mean, this album is near perfect. It was a major part of my musical listening at that time. At that time it was like nothing I'd ever heard before. So fun to go back and listen to this one.
I had forgotten how good this album is. I loved this album when it came out in 1989. I played it to death back then and saw the band open for GnR and Metallica. It definitely requires one to like rock/metal, but if you do, it holds up over time.
Death? Zombies? A War Pigs cover? This album truly is The Real Thing! What can I say? It’s EPIC!
I feel like I should preface this by saying that I’d get it if someone weren’t really into this after just getting it randomly here. I may tell you you’re wrong, but I’d get it. You just can’t fault Faith No More for their one of a kind sound and how insanely innovative they were. Also, can we talk about how iconic Mike Patton is? Grew up with this and still love it. Maybe even more now!
Very good, really enjoyed it, very unique and catchy
Love me some Faith No More. Broad range across albums and fun vocals. Anything with Mike Patton is gold. GOLD
I got this album on CD and listened to it many times through the years. It's a truly epic, pun intended, mix between funk, metal and alt-rock. Mike Patton is an excellent addition to the band and I can't think of Faith No More without him. His vocals are certainly unique and he's using it to a full extent that's hard to find elsewhere. Faith No more blends styles seamlessly and switches between a Mother's Milk/Blood Sugar Sex Magik era RHCP and heavy metal. This is an easy (Angel Dust reference) 5/5 for me.
I love this album. Many of my favourite Faith no More songs are on The Real Thing and even their cover of War Pigs is a great track.
Did you know I (Courtney Love) was an early lead singer for the band? Neither did I until I researched the band a bit. Favorite song- ‘Surprise! You’re Dead!’ ‘Edge of the world’ is also amazing. This band had major influence on so many of my favorites
I really enjoyed this… more than I expected!
Was very pleasantly surprised by this one. Didn't expect it to be nearly as good. 7.5-8/10
Pretty nuts that this was released in 89, feel like this record inspired a lot of bands. I remember reading Slash's autobiography and he said this album was the shit when it came out. A cavalcade of genres blended expertly, with one of the wildest vocalists. Only complaint is the keyboards sound dated as hell. Favorite tracks: "Surprise! You're Dead!", "Zombie Eaters"
Good rock/rap album, I feel like they started this genre. it's not something I ever listened to outside of Rockband.
Oh man. I love this band. I liked them for years but never went full convert until the 2000s. While this album undoubtedly spawned some terrible other bands, I still look at it specifically as a gateway record for me to get into alternative music. They had a top 20 album BEFORE Nirvana, which I think provided a real blueprint for weird, heavy, melodic music to find commercial success in the midst of hair metal mania. (For better or worse.) That said, it’s in no way my favorite Faith No More record and Mike Patton’s voice is so nasally and whiny in places here I wonder if he himself can even believe he made that choice. Still, I love “From out of Nowhere,” “Zombie Eaters,” and “Woodpecker from Mars.” And in 2015 I saw them and Refused play an outdoor show in Raleigh on a perfect sweaty night and you know what? “Epic” fucking ruled right down to the somber ending, which is one of only about three things I kinda know how to play on the piano.
I thought I hadn't heard these guys before but there is song on here called Zombie Eaters that Ill Nino covered on that same album that had Territorial Pissings from the Nirvana album. I enjoyed this album, they felt like a slightly angrier Red Hot Chili Peppers. Besides that song, I really enjoyed Epic, too. The War Pigs cover was great and some of the others had some good pieces like Woodpecker from Mars. Interesting album cover as well. This was a welcome surprise for a monday!
One of the best one-two opening punches in rock music, and in truth, the quality doesn't dip much from the onwards. The only weak link is Bottum's keys work, which sounds a bit rudimentary - especially so as I think his nagging, insistent riff throughout 'From Out of Nowhere' propels the song. A small quibble though, overall such a strong, meaty and fun album!
Some great tracks 👍
Pretty good and definitely better than other albums we've heard (*cough* auteurs *cough*), I liked the funky bass and blending of genres in some songs. Faves were Epic and Woodpecker from Mars
Pretty much what I want out of a rock album, swaggering, full of personality and high energy. (Maybe would’ve cut a few songs for length but hey)
(already heard this a bunch, including recently, so I will just rate it!)
I’ve been a fan of this band for a long time, but I’ll be honest, it was more from a Greatest Hits album I found as opposed to the actual albums (Album of the Year withstanding, that’s a great one). This did not disappoint. The opening three tracks are killer, it flows from there. Really enjoyed this one and will explore more of their discography
I was not expecting this. Really good, some songs I already knew. Mix of genres.
I liked this one. The heaviness factor gyrated and occasionally got too heavy but most the time I was digging it. I'm rounding up here but wtf
I like this a lot. Nice and rocky.
Partono qui ne aveva 21 di anni
Enjoyed Underwater Love, and would probably listen to the album again. One of the better albums so far IMO. Has a definitive style and doesn't try to be something its not.
I really like this unique brand of metal going on here..."Underwater Love" was an especially creative track.
Another solid 4.5 that falls to the 4 star rating side, really wish we could do half stars. I'm a little "over" Epic, but the rest is super good. Can't mistake those bass lines for many other bands.
More than just "Epic." Great bridge between genres of 80s and 90s. Really enjoyed the War Pigs cover.
This is another tape I wore out. It was kind of exactly what I needed after graduating from the Poison and Metallica diet I had been on up to that point. The same hard-edged music that was just a good bit weirder. I think the tunes and performances hold up.
In Conclusione: i Faith No More sono praticamente la versione metal dei Sonic Youth, sono l'ispirazione base della maggior parte dei gruppi metal o pseudo metal che apprezzo. Devo dire che non sono mai stato un grande fan della voce di Mike Patton, per quanto sia innegabilmente bravo sembra sempre un po' troppo sopra le righe e che solo perché sa cambiare 15 registri li deve cambiare ogni due secondi. In ogni caso di sicuro i Faith No More sono più di Patton e questo album è ancora più innovativo di una gran parte dei gruppi metal di oggi ed è praticamente contemporaneo di ...And Justice For All. A prescindere dal valore storico devo dire che alcuni pezzi mi fomentano ancora e in certi momenti lo stile di Patton e la musica fanno click e il risultato è davvero figo. Gli dò 4 anche se forse è un 4 scarso ma li premio per rilevanza storica (le regole le faccio io e faccio come me pare). In più ci tengo a dire che chi odia la voce di Mike Patton non ce capisce un cazzo di musica e se non è d'accordo lo aspetto sul gruppo di WhatsApp
Great band. Great album. Zombie Eaters is fantastic.