Mike Patton 2016 – Year in Review

Mike Patton has done a lot in 2016! Mike Patton 2016 – Year in Review includes a summary of all that Mike Patton has done, including his albums, collaborations, performances, videos, video games, plus anything else he’s been involved with.

We’ve reached the end of 2016. A lot has happened in the Mike Patton camp this year.

Let’s take some time to look back as to what’s happened in 2016 and see what we know about 2017.

3-2-1 – Lift Off for Patton Fanatic

Patton Fanatic Logo

Patton Fanatic (Est. Feb 2016)

I’ll get this introspection over quickly, I promise.

We started pattonfanatic.com in February 2016, and then properly launched it in March 2016.We’ve been lucky enough to enter a tight-knit community of Faith No More and Mike Patton fans that are really encouraging and supportive.

We’ve been lucky enough to enter a tight-knit community of Faith No More and Mike Patton fans that are really encouraging and supportive. In that short time we’ve got over 2,800 Facebook Likes, over 250 Twitter followers, a thriving Mike Patton community on Reddit, and almost 200 email subscribers.

Thanks to everyone who’s come along for the ride!! We hope you keep enjoying what we put together.

Thanks also to Faith No More Followers, Faith No More Blog, When FNM comes on you STFU, New Faith No More, our fellow Reddit moderators on /r/MikePatton, /r/FaithNoMore, and all the others in the Mike Patton Network multireddit for all your support.

It’s been fun getting the site up and running. Since lists seem to be all the rage (more on that later), here are our top 3 posts since February:

1. Mike Patton Album Discography – Infographic

Banner from Mike Patton Album Discography 1989-2016

Mike Patton Album Discography – Infographic

In March, around the same time we launched the site, we created an Infographic of the albums that Mike Patton has been heavily involved with.  There were a number of albums missing including Weird Little Boy and his work with the Moonchild Trio. These will be updated when we add the Dead Cross album next year

2. Mike Patton Discography – Interactive Timeline

Mike Patton Discography for Collaborations

Mike Patton Discography – Collaborations

In December we created a new way of tracking Mike Patton’s extensive Discography.  This time we created an interactive timeline which is more dynamic than the infographic and can be updated when new items are discovered.  At the end of 2016 we’ve got almost all of his albums covered, a few of his Mike Patton’s many collaborations, and we’ve even got an entry for the Dead Cross release in 2017 (more on Dead Cross below).

3. Hunting for Mike Patton’s Hardcore Band

Dead Cross Logo

In September Tery Spruance slipped that Mike Patton was involved in a Hardcore Punk band.  At the time we investigated a number of avenues and thought we were onto something when a number of things pointed to Dead Cross being the new band.  We reached out to Ipecac recordings who said we shouldn’t always believe rumors (on second reading they didn’t actually deny the rumor).  Since then there’s been an announcement that Mike Patton is the new singer for Dead Cross.

Mike Patton 2016 – Albums

In the year of our Lord, 2016, Mike Patton released two new albums.  The self-titled debut album by NEVERMEN on the 29th of January 2016, and a second collaboration with John Kaada releasing Bacteria Cult, (with anything but an April-fools joke) on the 1st of April, 2016. Mondo Cane was also re-released on Vinyl in 2016.

NEVERMEN – NEVERMEN

Nevermen - Nevermen

Nevermen – Nevermen

On the 29th of January, 2016 Mike Patton, Tunde Adebimpe (TV On The Radio), Adam “Doseone” Drucker (Anticon/cLOUDDEAD) released their debut self-titled album, NEVERMEN.

The album included a number of genres and it’s easy to lose track of who’s providing the lead vocals as each artist works closely with each other, coming in and out of the foreground.

As part of the release NEVERMEN did an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit, and also released a music video, with art by Sarina Nihei, for Mr. Mistake.

Kaada/Patton – Bacteria Cult

Album Art for Kaada/Patton's Bacteria Cult

Kaada/Patton – Bacteria Cult

On the 1st of April 2016, the second collaborative album with John Kaada and Mike Patton was released. 12 years after Kaada/Patton released Romances, they teamed up again to release Bacteria Cult. The new album saw the pair pick up where they left off with fantastic orchestration combined with Mike Patton’s vocals.

As part of the release Mike Patton and John Kaada recorded an interview with the BBC, this then led to a BBC6 special on Mike Patton.

Bacteria Cult has provided us with one music video for the song Imodium.

Mike Patton – Mondo Cane

Album cover for Mike Patton's Mondo Cane

Mike Patton – Mondo Cane

In 2016 Mike Patton’s Ipecac Recordings issued another release of the vinyl for Mondo Cane. The repressing was originally scheduled for release in July but was pushed back to August.

Mike Patton 2016 – Collaborations

Mike Patton never rests!

In addition to his two new albums, Mike Patton was involved with two collaborations that were released in 2016.  Firstly providing backing vocals to some songs with Mark Kozelek, and secondly a special vinyl release with hepa.Titus (Kevin Rutmanis) and Void Manes.

Album Art for Mark Kozelek's Sings Favorites (2016), featuring Mike Patton on backing vocals for covers of David Bowie's Win and 10CCs I'm Not In Love

Mark Kozelek Sings Favorites

On the 27th of May 2016, Mark Kozolek released his album of covers titled Mark Kozelek Sings Favorites.  Mike Patton provided backing vocals to two songs. The first was a cover of David Bowie’s Win, the second was a cover of 10cc’s I’m Not in Love.

Album cover for hepa.Titus track Dioxide is Painless

Dioxide is Painless – hepa.Titus, Mike Patton, and Void Manes

Then, on the 15th of April 2016 a collaboration with hepa.Titus (Kevin Rutmanis) and Void Manes released a limited edition 7″ vinyl of a CD from November 2015. The 7″ included covers of the M*A*S*H* Theme song, Suicide is Painless, and Throbbing Gristle’s His Arm Was Her Leg.

Album Art for Deltron 3030's Live album featuring Mike Patton

Deltron 3030 – Live

Finally, on the 11th of October Deltron 3030 released a Live album that included a song with Mike Patton providing backing vocals. The song was City Rising from the Ashes and was originally Delton 3030’s album Event 2.

Faith No More in 2016

Faith No More have been both busy and quiet this year (go figure that statement out). From a performance point of view the band has been very quiet, however, there have been lots of other things to keep the band busy.

Faith No More 7″ in 2016

Vinyl Album of 'I started a Joke' for 2016 Record Store Day

I Started a Joke – Side by Side with the Bee Gees and Faith No More

For record store day, the 16th of April, Rhino records released a Side By Side 7″ of I Started A Joke.  One side of the record contains the original Bee Gees recording, whilst the other contains Faith No More’s version.

Album art for Cone of Shame Vinyl

Faith No More – Cone of Shame

Then in November on Record Store Black Friday Faith No More released four different coloured versions of a 7″ for Cone of Shame from last years Sol Invictus.

Faith No More Re-releases in 2016

2016 was a big year for re-releases by Faith No More. They re-released two Mike Patton era albums and one Chuck Mosley era album.

Album Cover for Faith No More's We Care A Lot Deluxe Band Edition

Album Cover for Faith No More’s We Care A Lot – Deluxe Band Edition

In August We Care A Lot was re-released as Deluxe Band Edition.  The album was completely remastered and included the original tracks; 3 new remixes of: We Care A Lot, Pills for Breakfast, and As The Worm Turns; Demos of: Greed, Mark Bowen, Arabian Disco, and Intro; and two live recordings from the I-Beam in San Francisco in 1986: The Jungle and New Beginnings.

Faith No More also managed to arrange listening parties all around the globe on the release date.

Album Art for Faith No More's Deluxe Edition of King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime

Faith No More – King for a Day… Fool for a Lifetime

Album Art for Faith No More's Deluxe Edition of Album of the Year

Faith No More – Album of the Year Deluxe Edition

Then on the 9th of September Deluxe Editions of King For a Day… Fool for a Lifetime and Album of the Year were released. Each album was remastered, with a second disc providing b-sides, rarities, and live performances.

Other Faith No More News

Mike Patton and Chuck Mosley as posted to Roddy Bottum's twitter feed

Mike Patton and Chuck Mosley at the Troubadour on 20th August 2016

To coincide with the re-release of We Care a Lot a performance was arranged with Chuck Mosley on vocals. The concert was billed as Chuck Mosley and Friends and included all of We Care a Lot Faith No More members with the exception of Jim Martin (Jon Hudson played instead). Mike Patton was even there to take in the show.

Faith No More was a topic of choice on the UK’s game show Mastermind, with the contestant Owen Dawson getting 11 of 15 questions correct. Also on TV was a hilarious segment on a Fox News show where Greg Gutfeld declared Faith No More to be the Greatest Band in the Universe, and revisited the Mike Patton vs. Anthony Kiedis saga.

Finally, Korn released a cover of We Care a Lot for a 30th Anniversary edition of Metal Hammer.

Also check out Mike Patton 2016 – Videos for more on the Cone of Shame Music Video

Mike Patton 2016 – Performances

2016 was a quiet year for Mike Patton performances.  There was supposed to be whirlwind NEVERMEN tour at the beginning of the year, however, this was canceled due to an ‘Illness in the NEVERMEN family’.

Later in the year, Mike Patton revealed that he was taking a year off concerts and traveling but had decided to accept an invitation to play with Eyvind Kand and the Ictus Ensemble at the Sacrum Profanum festival in Poland.

So across the entirety of 2016 we had two live Mike Patton performances, both of which occurred at Sacrum Profanum. One with Eyvind Kang and the other with the Ictus Ensemble.

Mike Patton 2016 – Videos, Games, and Movies

#PattonVids and Faith No More’s Cone of Shame

In September we ran a month we called #PattonVids.  During this month we showcased each of the music videos that Mike Patton projects that have released.  Then, by happenstance, at the end September Faith No More released a new music video for Cone of Shame. Unfortunately, it didn’t star any of the band members.

The video was created by Goce Cvetanovski who had previously worked with Billy Gould on a short film.

Other Mike Patton 2016 Related Videos

In April Joey Siler released a parody video titled Mike Patton’s Culinary Schoo for Kids.  The video used South Park-esque animation and parodied a number of Faith No More songs.

Alongside the #PattonVids month in September, Damn That Television Productions released a fan-made music video for Mr. Bungle’s Retrovertigo.  I interviewed them to get an understanding of how and why they spent over 15 years working on and off on the music video.

To round up 2016 Hisokana Pianisuto released a number of piano covers that included Mike Patton projects.  We generally enjoyed seeing covers of Mr. Bungle’ Ars Moriendi, Tomahawk’s Captain Midnight and South Paw.

Video Games

Image for Edge of Twilight video game

This year saw the release of a Video Game called Edge of Twilight where Mike Patton provided vocal acting. The vocals were recorded back int 2008, however, due to a number of problems the game has only now seen the light of day.  We interviewed the game developers about the release.

Movies

2016 saw Mike Patton add to his filmography.  This time he provided is vocals to the lead character in the animated short film The Absence of Eddy Tables. John Kaada (from the Kaada/Patton collaboration) provides the score to the film as well.

Mike Patton 2016 – Lists, Lists, and more Lists

Top 10 lists rule the internet. If it’s not a Top 10 list someone it trying to trump it with a Top 20 list or a Top 101 list.

We’ve seen a lot of Mike Patton and his projects earn themselves positions in a number of lists.  Luckily enough, none of these lists contradict other lists at the moment, however, we are looking forward to that day.

Here’s a list of 17 lists that Mike Patton has been ‘lucky’ enough to be included in during 2016 (yes, the irony is intended):

  1. Mike Patton was included in a list of The Greatest Singers of All Time.
  2. Mike Patton had a list of 11 Unforgettable Mike Patton Moments.
  3. Mike Patton’s collaboration with The Dillinger Escape Plan on Irony is a Dead Scene (2002) was included in a list of the 10 Greatest Metal Collaborations.
  4. Mike Patton’s work with The Dillinger Escape Plan on ‘When Good Dogs do Bad Things’ was included in a list, by their singer Greg Puciato, of their 15 Most Important Songs.
  5. Mike Patton was included twice in a list of Greatest Collaboration Albums for his work with The Dillinger Escape Plan on Irony Is A Dead Scene (2002) and with Kaada on Romances (2004).
  6. NEVERMEN were included in a list of the Top 20 Best Record Sleeves of 2016.
  7. Fantômas’ Delìrium Còrdia (2004) was placed 16th in a list of the 28 Darkest Songs of all Time.
  8. Mike Patton was included twice in list of Top 25 covers that sound better than the original for Fantômas’ version of Rosemary’s Baby (The Directors Cut, 2001), and Faith No More’s version of Easy (Angel Dust, 1992)
  9. Mike Patton joining Faith No More was in a list of Top Metal Moments in the Last 30 Years.
  10. Faith No More’s King for a Day… Fool for a Lifetime (1995) was included in a list of the Essential Alt-Metal Albums.
  11. Faith No More’s collaboration with the Boo-Ya T.R.I.B.E.on the Judgment Night Soundtrack was included in a list of the 10 Essential Rap-Metal Albums.
  12. Faith No More were number one in a list of Bands to Change Lead Singers and also included in a list of bands who were More Successful after a Lineup Change.
  13. Faith No More were included in a list of  Metal Bands Missing from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  14. Mike Patton was included twice in a list of bands with Totally Different Albums Sounds for Faith No More and Mr. Bungle.
  15. Mr. Bungle were included in a list of songs To Play at Your Funeral.
  16. Mr. Bungle was in a Rolling Stone list of Bands They’d Like to See Reunite.
  17. Mr. Bungle’s self-titled debut album was included in a list of Albums turning 25 This Year That You Must Hear.

Not happy to just be in a list Mike Patton helped created an ‘Insomnia Playlist’ for FACT Mag and was on a panel at Rolling Stone to choose the Top 35 Horror Tracks.

What’s ahead for Mike Patton in 2017?

So what’s ahead in 2017 will we see any new music from Mike Patton?

MOFO Festival Logo where Mike Patton will be performing with tētēma on the 21st of January 2017

In January we know that Mike Patton will be performing the first live performance of Geocidal with Anthony Pateras as part of their tētēma project.  The performance will be part of the Mofo Festival in Hobart, Australia.  During his interviews about the upcoming tētēma Mike Patton also mentioned that there may be additional Faith No More material that hasn’t yet been released. We don’t know for sure, but we’re hoping that this is early evidence that there will be a new Faith No More album in 2017.

Dead Cross Logo

As we discussed earlier in the post, Mike Patton has joined Dead Cross.  The music is complete and his job is to add vocals to the existing music (this sounds very similar to what he had to do with Faith No More’s The Real Thing).  Whilst we have no idea exactly when in 2017 we’ll be seeing the Dead Cross album, we’re expecting the new music to drop in early 2017.

In December John Kaada mentioned they’re working a new music video.  We’re not sure who ‘they’ are, but we presume it’s both Mike Patton and John Kaada.  We’re also not sure what song it’s for but at the moment we’re assuming that it’s a song of Bacteria Cult that was released earlier this year.

Finally, whilst we’re wishing for things, we’re hoping that there will be some sort of Mr. Bungle reunion in 2017.  We have absolutely no evidence that this will occur, but we would love to hear and see new Mr. Bungle.

Patton Fanatic Lowlight of 2016

Being part of the internet we see the best and worst of people.  Lucky for us, the Mike Patton / Faith No More community is a great group of people and we’ve been blessed with everyone being respectful of each other on our site or our social media platforms.

Unfortunately, we did receive traffic from an unsavory search.  Someone in Indonesia searched for “Pxxping Tom Rxpe Video” (I’ve redacted the full term as I don’t want any chance of Patton Fanatic perpetuating this search term).

If you’re searching for this kind of content we’ve got something we’d like to say to you, through the words of Lilly Allen performed by Mike Patton and Faith No More!

I’ve contacted the ISP responsible for this IP address. For those who are technically bent, here’s our web server log (search term redacted as above).

114.125.190.77 - - [23/Sep/2016:04:27:06 -0400] "GET /category/video/page/2/ HTTP/1.1" 200 21618 "https://www.google.co.id/search?q=pxxping+tom+rxpe+video&ie=UTF-8&prmd=ivns&ei=RefkV4n6C4XhjAPYm5OQDA&start=20&sa=N" "Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 5.1.1; en-US; Redmi Note 3 Build/LMY47V) AppleWebKit/534.30 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 UCBrowser/10.10.0.796 U3/0.8.0 Mobile Safari/534.30"

Thanks again to everyone for their support in 2016! Take care in 2017.

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