Live at Brixton Academy

Faith No More

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Live at Brixton Academy Review

by Greg Prato

Recorded live on April 28, 1990 at London's Brixton Academy, You Fat B**tards (the title taken from a joking stage rant from vocalist Mike Patton at a previous U.K. concert), captures Faith No More just as their album The Real Thing and single "Epic" started to become worldwide hits. While the hour-long video shows that Patton was still finding his vocal style (he relies on a nasal-like whine too often), and his stage persona was comparable to a bratty child (obviously poking fun at the larger-than-life and far too serious metal acts of the late-80's/early-90's), the band as a whole offers a thoroughly inspired performance. The large crowd shows their appreciation by going wild throughout, as FNM blasts out such favs as "From Out of Nowhere," "Falling To Pieces," "We Care A Lot," the psychedelic instrumental "Woodpecker From Mars," and the moody extended compositions "The Real Thing" and "Zombie Eaters." Also featured is their aforementioned breakthrough hit "Epic," as well as the pop rockers "Underwater Love" and "Edge of the World," the early track "As the Worm Turns," and the set-closing cover of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs," during which Patton fakes barfing fake blood and passing out - while eventually climbing a lighting truss. An interesting and worthwhile glimpse into the unpredictability of a Faith No More show.

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