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Interview: Bill Gould (of Faith No More)

on October 08, 2010, 12:01am
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If the media backlash sounds complex, there’s a good reason for that. The album is widely considered to be their best by their fans, and the band’s sales went platinum and gold in various places around the world…everywhere except in the States. It’s not that the USA doesn’t have a lot of rabid Faith No More fans, but their aesthetic appeal is far more apparent in countries like Chile where they become bodyguard-escorted rock gods.

faithnomore Interview: Bill Gould (of Faith No More)

“I don’t know,” he laughs. “I don’t get it. I’m just really happy that people still care. I don’t care about this other stuff. If the American media likes us or not, who gives a shit?”

Not that the band ever made it particularly easy for the media to fully embrace them. Temperamental singer Mike Patton was known to push journalists’ buttons, whether it was extending live TV appearances by screaming his head off or generally fucking with interviewers’ heads. That’s what you get when you have a group that refused to conform.

But even the art of compromise wasn’t totally lost on the band. Their ex-guitarist Jim Martin was fired from the band after Angel Dust, when the complexity of growth and compromise started to hold the band back. Some purist fans pinpoint Martin’s departure for the reason why the band sold less records in the years to follow, but Gould considers everything after Angel Dust to be their best work and the most enjoyable to play.

The relationship between Martin and Faith No More seems a bit volatile to this day, but Gould holds no grudges against the eccentric guitarist, known for his reverse Mohawk and geeky glasses.

fnmad3 Interview: Bill Gould (of Faith No More)

“Jim was a really interesting guy. Smart guy, but different. I don’t think he accepted our kind of lifestyle, if that’s the right word. His was more traditional…like a back to nature, rock and roll, truck driving, Ted Nugent-listening kind of guy. We were kind of a weird band anyway, but putting him in my band was kind of an experiment to see ‘what if we had this and we mixed that?’ and it worked. But the maintenance gets hard. After a couple of years, everyone wants to do something for themselves, and what he wanted to do for himself was more guitar, more guitar solos and things like that. There was nothing wrong with what he wanted to do, but it wasn’t what we wanted to do, and we couldn’t explain that to him. It also has to do a lot with us growing up. I mean, we were in our 20s…you get to a certain point where you have to communicate with other people. You either do or you don’t. Bands go through that. Everyone does, for whatever reason.”

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