Faith No More

We Care a Lot

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"We Care a Lot" gave genre-bending alternative metal pioneers Faith No More their first taste of mainstream attention, highlighting the rap-metal fusion that would come to full fruition once the band fired vocalist Chuck Mosley and hired the more versatile, bizarre Mike Patton. The song originally appeared as the title track of their 1985 indie label debut album and was re-recorded for the follow-up, 1987's Introduce Yourself; this second version's accompanying video garnered moderate airplay on MTV. The song bears many of the basic hallmarks of the Faith No More sound: Roddy Bottum's atmospheric keyboards, Jim Martin's crunching, Black Sabbath-ish guitar, and the funky backbeat provided by bassist Billy Gould and drummer Mike Bordin. It also features Mosley on vocals, who conveys a sort of brute thuggishness through his flat, virtually uninflected bleating. Originally recorded in 1985, the year of the first Live Aid concert (not to mention U.S.A. for Africa's "We Are the World"), the lyrics of "We Care a Lot" mock the popstar posing that accompanied those charitable events, suggesting that preening ego and public image were the chief motivations, and that wealthy musicians didn't really have much authority to speak on the consequences of poverty. Its sarcastic humor, as well as its musical adventurousness, foreshadowed the brilliant originality that was to follow during the Mike Patton era, but "We Care a Lot" is a fully realized effort in itself.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
We Care a Lot 1985 Manifesto 4:09
Left of the Dial: Dispatches from the '80s Underground 2004
Various Artists
Rhino 4:03
The Very Best Definitive Ultimate Greatest Hits Collection 2009 Rhino 4:03