General Patton’s Rock Infantry presents “Album of the Half Century”

The results are in for Mike Patton’s 50th (virtual) Birthday Band – find out who made the cut from your responses.

Mike Patton 50th Birthday AlbumYes, it’s taken a while and we’ve finally been able to crunch the numbers to work out who you’d like to see in the Mike Patton 50th Birthday Band.

We received a great response with 286 polls filled in, with some very definitive results and some surprises. Thanks to everyone who participated.

General Patton’s Rock Infantry Album of the Half Century

So without any further messing around here’s the (virtual) band that we’ve put together for Mike Patton’s 50th Birthday.  The band name is General Patton’s Rock Infantry, and the album is Album of the Half Century.

Album of the Half Century

Album of the Half Century – Album Art


Here’s the top 5 results for each of the categories.


With three slots for guitarists, we were able to include a good variety of Mike Patton's career. Trey Spruance came in first place, and we suspect that his cross-over from Mr. Bungle to Faith No More's King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime (1995) helped with his popularity.

Buzz Osborne came in just ahead of Jim Martin, with both of them filling in the remaining two spots.

Trey Spruance (Mr.Bungle, Weird Little Boy, Faith No More)17328%
Buzz Osborne (Fantomas)8814%
Jim Martin (Faith No More)8514%
Duane Denison (Tomahawk )579%
Jon Hudson (Faith No More)508%


This category was contentious. Only allowing for a single bass player in the band led to questions of fairness, and then to add insult to injury The Melvins announced that their next album would have two bass players.

When the results came through it wasn't a huge surprise that Trevor Dunn was the preferred bassist with Billy Gould coming in a respectable second place.

Special mention goes to Les Claypool who was included multiple times in the other category. I'd love to see Claypool and Patton sharing a stage together.

Trevor Dunn (Mr.Bungle, Fantomas, Tomahawk, Moonchild Trio)13548%
Billy Gould (Faith No More)9935%
Kevin Rutmanis (Tomahawk, Fantomas Melvins Big Band )
Justin Pearson (Dead Cross)


How's that for a perfect tie! Both the old and the new were chosen to be Mike Patton's drummers with Dave Lombardo from Fantomas and Dead Cross, and Puffy from Faith No More.

Dave Lombardo (Fantomas, Dead Cross)12829%
Mike "Puffy" Bordin (Faith No More)12829%
Danny Heifetz (Mr.Bungle)358%
John Stanier (Tomahawk)276%
Terry Bozzio (Fantomas)225%


The Mondo Cane Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini Orchestra convincingly took this category out.

We were very pleased that the fan-suggested "Kronos Quartet" received such a good response, considering that Mike Patton hasn't performed with them yet.

Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini (Mondo Cane)13863%
Kronos Quartet (Fan Suggestion)5826%
Ictus Emsemble (Laborintus II)157%
Other Option84%

Producers and DJs

The producers began with 14 options and were whittled down to five. We're happy to see that Dan the Automator, whos' worked with Mike Patton on a number of projects and collaborations, take the lead. He was then followed by a number of producers from the Peeping Tom album, plus Rob Swift from the X-Ecutioners.

Dan the Automator, (Lovage, Peeping Tom)14526%
Massive Attack (Peeping Tom)8315%
Kid Koala (Lovage, Peeping Tom)7012%
Amon Tobin (Peeping Tom)336%
Rob Swift (General Patton vs. The X-Ecutioners)336%

Brass and Strings

John Zorn and "Bär" McKinnon both received a good vote to see them provide saxophone duties, whilst Eyvind Kang wins the strings section.

We were also pleasantly surprised to see that Theo got such a good result.

John Zorn (John Zorn, Moonchild Trio, Hemophiliac, Weird Little Boy)15935%
Clinton "Bär" McKinnon (Mr.Bungle)13430%
Eyvind Kang (Eyvind Kang, Mr. Bungle)8218%
Theo Lengyel (Mr.Bungle)7016%


We have an all-lady affair for the three vocalists to sing alongside Mike Patton. Chuck Mosley came close to taking to the stage.

Special mention goes to both Sade and Greg Puciato who got a few 'other votes. We also have a 'comedian' in our ranks with a single vote going to Anthony Keidis...

Bjork (Bjork)8722%
Jennifer Charles, (Lovage)6817%
Norah Jones (Peeping Tom)5715%
Chuck Mosley [RIP] (Faith No More)4211%


There was a pretty convincing win for Roddy Bottum to play piano/keyboard in the band.

Special mention goes to our good friend Hisokana Pianisuto who also got a well-deserved nomination under the 'Other' option.

Roddy Bottum (Faith No More)22063%
John Kaada (Kaada/Patton)5817%
Anthony Pateras (Tetema)288%
Adam Doll (The Dillinger Escape Plan)267%


We weren't surprised with Ipecac Recordings taking winning this category. It'd be pretty obvious for Mike Patton to release his birthday album on his own label.

We're glad to see that there was some love for Slash/Warner Bros, who released Faith No More's albums up until their break-up as well as Mr. Bungle. We're also happy to see that John Zorn's label also got some votes.

Special mention goes out to whoever thew in Ben Weinmen's (The Dillinger Escape Plan) "Party Smasher Inc." as a potential label.

Ipecac Recordings19675%
Warner Brothers93%
Other Option83%

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