parodies & text by nacrowe
back on new years eve of 2019 i did a DEER GOD RADIO episode on one of my all-time favorite artists in MIKE PATTON. his work with FAITH NO MORE alone basically marked a turning point in my childhood, especially after listening to the glorious epic mindfuck that is ANGEL DUST (review linked HERE) when i was in middle school in the late 1990s. concurrent to FAITH NO MORE (and actually preceding it by a few years) he similarly fronted the relatively more experimental MR. BUNGLE, which likewise has maintained a diehard cult following.
whats interesting about PATTON is that he is not particularly nostalgic and is constantly and fearlessly chasing his muse, usually juggling several unrelated projects simultaneously and maintaining a virtually unmatched streak in quality for what is now decades. notable past projects include FANTOMAS (collaboration with members of MELVINS, MR. BUNGLE and SLAYER), TOMAHAWK (collaboration with members of THE JESUS LIZARD, MELVINS and HELMET), DEAD CROSS (collaboration with members of SLAYER, LOCUST and RETOX), PEEPING TOM (collaboration with members of MASSIVE ATTACK, KOOL KEITH, AMON TOBIN and NORAH JONES), LOVAGE (collaboration with DAN THE AUTOMATOR and JENNIFER CHARLES), TETEMA (collaboration with ANTHONY PATERAS) and NEVERMEN (collaboration with members of TV ON THE RADIO and DEEP PUDDLE DYNAMICS). even more varied and extensive are his guest appearances on albums by the likes of BJORK, JON ZORN, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, MERZBOW, THE X-ECUTIONERS, ZU, MELVINS and JOHN KAADA. he even did a solo album where he sang classic ITALIAN film music (MONDO CANE). its quite the exhaustive discography that very much runs the gamut from ALTERNATIVE ROCK,POST HARDCORE,TRIP HOP, PUNK ROCK, METALCORE, HARDCORE, INDIE ROCK, POST PUNK, avant garde CLASSICAL MUSIC, POST ROCK and even HIP HOP. the dude has limitless range.
whats funny for me is that this late 2019 episode was the second time i used this playlist (the first was in 2018 on EPISODE 8 which has since been lost to the livestream gods) and i still failed to include music from every project he had been a part of up to that point in time. it was my second attempt and i still failed! some collaborations and projects are very obscure and ive only come to learn about them recently. but this just proves as evidence of his remarkable range as a singer and artist as well as his eclectic taste in art. i pretty much look at PATTON as a compass in that anytime i feel jaded, like nothing is new and exciting, i just check out whatever is going on with his solo projects or IPECAC RECORDINGS label and i am dissuaded of that notion. cant think of a higher compliment than that.
if you are unfamiliar with PATTON then the show embedded below is a good teaser but is anything but comprehensive regarding his ever growing exhaustive discography. he is most definitely worth checking out.
parody by nacrowe
check out HERE this recent streaming video episode of DEER GOD RADIO dedicated to the enigmatic, wide-ranging career of the singular musical talent of MIKE PATTON, easily one of my all-time favorite musicians for his work in FAITH NO MORE, MR. BUNGLE, TOMAHAWK, FANTOMAS, PEEPING TOM and his various other collaborations over the years. this playlist really only scratches the surface of his impact and legacy.
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somewhere along the way, legendary guitar player SCOTT IAN of THRASH METAL icons ANTHRAX learned he had a real gift for storytelling. his obvious mentor in this regard was HARDCORE frontman HENRY ROLLINS of BLACK FLAG/ROLLINS BAND fame who has maintained a longstanding second career as an in-demand spoken-word artist.
given his stature, IAN has seen things over his 30+ year career and his second memoir ACCESS ALL AREAS: STORIES FROM A HARD ROCK LIFE (DA CAPO PRESS 2017), which he penned himself, maintains his acerbic wit, cadence and voice. reading through this it is not hard to imagine him standing beside you performing each narrative as a spoken-word routine, which is definitely a compliment. there is a reason why most musicians don't write their own memoirs, and IAN proves himself a highly capable narrator. his style is very much utilitarian in that he doesn't get too wordy or overly clever with descriptions, which in a way describes his iconic no-sense rhythm guitar work and that of his musical idol, MALCOLM YOUNG of AC/DC.
obviously i don't want to give away any of the stories, but i will say that they deal with his outside pursuits regarding professional poker, moonlighting in tv shows like THE WALKING DEAD and GAME OF THRONES, relationships and of course touring. highlights include stories that include the pranks of legendary PANTERA guitarist DIMEBAG DARRELL (R.I.P.), hanging out with MADONNA and the wardrobe choices of the immortal LEMMY KILMISTER (R.I.P.) of the almighty MOTÖRHEAD.
IAN comes off as a hardworking musician more than aware of how fortunate he is to have his career and the respect of his peers and this book, along with the previous I AM THE MAN: THE STORY OF THAT GUY FROM ANTHRAX (DA CAPO PRESS 2014), seem to be a celebration of that community of musicians. a celebration of how they touched his life, so in that regard i hope he keeps writing.
also keep a look out for the dude in concert. just learned he's touring with MR. BUNGLE in 2020. MIKE PATTON and SCOTT IAN sharing a stage. man, life certainly does not suck.