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Friday, May 21, 2004


Blogging is going to be light this weekend as I will be working on upgrading our bedroom bathroom and selling my car (if your interested in a 99 Saab 9-3 SE with under 70k miles, let me know). Blogging should be normal today, and I have a longer post I've been working on that I hope to post later this morning.

FNMIn the meantime, I am going to leave you with a great blast from the past, a special Friday edition of the Monday Song Lyric and the soundtrack to my office this evening. Faith No More toiled in relative obscurity (at least to me) for most of the 80s, forming in 1981 under the moniker Faith No Man. After a couple of not very well received albums the band fired a hard drinking singer and replaced him with Mike Patton of the legendary California speed/death metal band Mr. Bungle. Within two weeks he had written the bands next album, The Real Thing, and within six months had it recorded and released. The album was a huge success, and in part through Patton's impeccable metal credentials, the band found themselves touring in support of Metallica. The lead single from the album, Epic, became one of MTVs most heavily promoted videos (and Rolling Stones #60 video of all time) and the band exploded across America. From the thumping bass line, raping metal lyrics (over a decade before Korn, et al) and mesmerizing piano outro, it is a classic of modern day rock radio . . . an ode to desire, hard work and perseverance.

Following the release and multiplantinum success of The Real Thing and Epic, Faith No More went on to further commercial and artistic success throughout the 90s, releasing progressively more impressive recordings and consistently raising the bar for other rock/funk/rap bands coming out of California.

Sadly, The Real Thing is not available (yet!) on the iTunes music store, but Epic, as well as other hits from that stellar album such as From Out of Nowhere, Falling To Pieces (which may have been an even bigger radio hit than Epic), and their great cover of Black Sabbath's War Pigs are all on the recently release greatest hits package - This Is It


Can you feel it, see it, hear it today?
If you can't, then it doesn't matter anyway
You will never understand it cuz it happens too fast
And it feels so good, it's like walking on glass
It's so cool, it's so hip, it's alright
It's so groovy, it's outta sight
You can touch it, smell it, taste it so sweet
But it makes no difference cuz it knocks you off your feet
You want it all but you can't have it
It's cryin', bleedin', lying on the floor
So you lay down on it and you do it some more
You've got to share it, so you dare it
Then you bare it and you tear it
You want it all but you can't have it
It's in your face but you can't grab it
It's alive, afraid, a lie, a sin
It's magic, it's tragic, it's a loss, it's a win
It's dark, it's moist, it's a bitter pain
It's sad it happened and it's a shame
You want it all but you can't have it
It's in your face but you can't grab it
What is it?
It's it
What is it?...


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