My iPod #394: Faith No More – From Out of Nowhere

I don’t listen to Faith No More. Not because I don’t like the group’s music. More because I’ve never really tried to listen to it. Though the three songs I know by them are ones that are actually very good. The cover of ‘Easy’‘s astoundingly smooth, and “Epic” is the complete opposite. It lives up to its name. Though the video confused me a bit when I first saw it. What did that poor fish do to deserve such treatment?

Though “From Out of Nowhere” is the track that I’ll really go into. It is the opener, and was the first single, from the band’s third album “The Real Thing” in 1989. And what a way to start things off to. Barely a second goes before a strident power chord surrounds your ears and gets the track’s momentum going. Honestly, that introduction feels like a unstoppable train thundering down a track at a tremendous speed which then pummels through a solid brick wall when the drums kick in.

The track seems to be about a brief encounter between Patton and a perfect stranger, though the brevity of the meeting hurts him deeply. The song’s music written by the group’s bassist, Bill Gould, and keyboard player, Roddy Bottum seem to perfectly fit the lyrics’ theme of wonderment and incredulity.

Its booming rhythm section, roaring guitars, glorious synthesizer and not to mention Mike Patton’s passionate vocal delivery¬† got to me quite a bit when I watched the video on MTV2 a few years ago. It’s easy to understand why it is a popular one amongst Faith No More followers. Great track.

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Author: Jamie Kyei Manteaw

An English student at Coventry University who spends most days listening to music (old and new) and reading and writing about it, however informal it may be. And studying too, obviously.

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