YMMV: Faith No More

  • Awesome Music:
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The CD version of The Real Thing has as the final track "Edge of the World", a creepy lounge-jazz track about a pedophile (there's a mention of being "40 years older") who's offering "candy" to a girl. For bonus whiplash, it comes on the heels of the heavy Mideastern-influenced instrumental "Woodpecker from Mars" (the final track on the vinyl version) and a blistering note-for-note cover of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs".
  • Ear Worm: BE AGGRESSIVE! B-E AGGRESSIVE! B-E-A-G-G-R-E-S-S-I-V-E!
  • Epic Riff:
    • "Epic", true to its name.
    • The drum intro to "Midlife Crisis".
    • The keyboards in "From Out of Nowhere".
    • The main riff from "Smaller and Smaller".
  • Face of the Band: To most, Faith No More is Mike Patton and a bunch of nameless guys, as is often the case for Patton's bands. However, James Martin and Roddy Bottum also get a fair bit of recognition, Martin getting a cameo in Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey and Bottum being recognised for his work with Imperial Teen (and for being one of the few openly gay people in metal). Chuck Mosley is quite well-known as well, if only because Patton replaced him. Courtney Love is possibly the most famous person to ever be a member of Faith No More (much more than Mike Patton), but her stint with the band is barely known. Finally, while certainly the least obvious to the average listener, bassists and drummers tend to hold Billy Gould and Mike Bordin in high regard.
    • Martin is well-known among hardcore Professional Wrestling fans, due to a superfan who resembled him being in the front row of nearly every ECW taping and several Wrestlemanias (known colloquially as "The Faith No More Guy").
  • Fandom Rivalry: With Red Hot Chili Peppers, born following Anthony Keidis seeing a Mr. Bungle show and thinking Mike Patton stole his singing style.
    • The music video for "Epic" is largely a parody of the Peppers.
    • After a first meeting where they managed to at least settle the feud somewhat, Mike got angry at RHCP again because they asked the record company to postpone Mr. Bungle's California album until after RHCP put out Californication, so in a concert he sang a verse mocking "Under the Bridge" and pretended to shoot up. Kiedis then got Mr. Bungle thrown off a festival bill they were supposed to share with RHCP. Read up for more information - notably, the management and the other RHCP members emphasized to Mike that Anthony alone was responsible for that.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The band was much bigger in Europe and Australia than the US. Their cover of The Commodore's 1977 hit "Easy" even managed to top the ARIA singles chart in Australia, making it the groups second #1 there, after "Epic".
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • The reason the band reformed: they realized they still really liked each other and that they made great music.
    • The band sometimes inviting former singer Chuck Mosley on stage to sing some of his old songs. While opinions vary on the actual performance, it's still a sweet show of respect to a former colleague.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the film Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, 'classic lineup' guitarist Jim Martin was introduced in the future as the leader of the "Faith No More Spiritual and Theological Center". The band's reputation only grew after their break-up and reunion, so describing a New Age facility named after them may not be too far off.
  • Magnum Opus: Considered by most fans to be Angel Dust.
  • Moment of Awesome:
    • When they reformed in 2009.
    • Opening their first (official) reappearance with a cover of Peaches & Herb's Reunited, no less.
    • Releasing Sol Invictus in 2015, their first album in nearly eighteen years, to great reviews and their highest Billboard chart placement since their heyday.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Roddy Bottum's coming out as gay in 1993. He's been one of the most prominent LGBT faces in rock for long enough that people seem to forget that he was one of the first, if not the first mainstream note  rock musicians to come out at a time when the world as a whole was still distinctly more homophobic than it is now. He paved the way for numerous other musicians to come out, including Rob Halford, who mentioned that Bottum was the catalyst for his coming out. To younger fans who either weren't alive at that time or were too young to be cognizant of it when it happened, however, it may seem as if it's a case of "much ado about nothing".
  • Signature Song: "Epic" or "Midlife Crisis" for the Mike Patton era, "We Care A Lot" for Chuck Mosley.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: The Real Thing, recorded after Chuck Mosley was fired and replaced by Mike Patton. Mosley was vocally limited, and Patton was highly skilled but unknown at the time. It brought him and the whole band their biggest success.