Faith No More is an American alternative metal band from San Francisco, California formed originally as Faith No Man in 1981 by bassist Billy Gould, keyboardist Wade Worthington, frontman Mike Morris and drummer Mike Bordin. A year later when Wade Worthington was replaced by keyboardist Roddy Bottum, and Mike Morris was ousted, the group began calling themselves Faith No More.After going through a series of singers which included Courtney Love, the band was joined by Chuck Mosely in 1983. The same year, Jim Martin was recruited to replace guitarist Mark Bowen. The band is best known for combining elements of heavy metal, funk, progressive rock, hip hop, hardcore punk, thrash metal, and jazz, among many others, and have been hailed as an influential rock band.
Faith No More underwent several line-up changes before releasing their first album, We Care a Lot, in 1985. Within a year the band signed up with Slash Records, and in 1987 their second album Introduce Yourself was released. Membership remained stable until vocalist Chuck Mosley was replaced by Mike Patton in 1988. In 1989, the band released their highly successful album, The Real Thing, which featured their breakthrough hit single "Epic". The band's next album, 1992's Angel Dust, was also highly successful and spawned the hit "Midlife Crisis", which became their sole #1 hit on the Modern Rock Tracks chart in their career. Faith No More declined in popularity after longtime guitarist Jim Martin left the group in 1994 and was replaced by Mr. Bungle guitarist Trey Spruance. After the release of their next album, 1995's King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime, Spruance was replaced briefly by Dean Menta, who would eventually be replaced by their current guitarist Jon Hudson. After releasing one more album, Album of the Year, in 1997, Faith No More broke up in April 1998, and all members began work on side projects since then.
On February 24, 2009, Faith No More announced that they would be reforming for a European tour with the same lineup before their break up. In June 2009, they performed together for the first time in eleven years at the Brixton Academy in London, England. The band has continued to perform at multiple live venues since. In July 2009, Faith No More - Epic came in at #46 in Triple J Hottest 100 of all time, voted by the Australian public.
* 1988–1998, 2009–present: Mike Patton – lead vocals
* 1981–1998, 2009–present: Billy Gould – bass guitar
* 1981–1998, 2009–present: Mike Bordin – drums and percussion
* 1981–1998, 2009–present: Roddy Bottum – keyboards
* 1996–1998, 2009–present: Jon Hudson – guitar
* We Care a Lot (1985)
* Introduce Yourself (1987)
* The Real Thing (1989)
* Angel Dust (1992)
* King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime (1995)
* Album of the Year (1997)