Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Mike Patton

Adult Themes for Voice

For some reason I keep thinking I already posted this.
Perhaps it's because it reminds me of Marc Ribot's Book of Heads. Like that album, this one really isn't what you expect from the artist. This is singer Mike Patton (Faith No More, Tomahawk, Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, etc..), while on tour in hotel rooms simply making noises into a tape recorder, and then processing the results ala Musique Concrete. I personally find it pretty damn amusing, even though this album has nearly everyone I've played it for completely annoyed. The best way I've found to listen to it is to have it in an MP3 player (or your computer's jukebox) on random, completely dispersed throughout other selections.
Petula Clark's Don't Sleep on the Subway, Darlin' will never sound the same again, after being sandwiched between Porno Holocaust (my fave) and Red Mouth, Black Orgasm.

Orgy In Reverb (10 Kilometers Of Lust)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a Review I wrote for the album on Amazon:

When this album first came out, my friends and I listened to it in the car as soon as we got out of the store. We were freaked out. Keep in mind that aside from F.N.M. and Mr. Bungle there weren't really any other Patton projects on the market at that time. We ended up spending the rest of the night sneaking up on people and playing the cd at full blast, then driving off as people jumped or just thought that our car had some sort of engine problem. We ended up making that a weekend routine that we called "Mike Pattoning" people.

It wasn't until I had my own copy and was able to closely study each song that I truly understood the vocal dexterity present on the album.

Rather than a collection of "songs," this album is more like reading Mike Patton's journal. A journal with some pages covered with doodles and other pages with extreme study on a particular subject.

My only complaint is that the liner notes fail to mention the use of effects pedals- an omission easily overlooked, yet still scratching at the integrity of the work due to the fact that the manipulation of effects plays an integral part of specific pieces.

Most dissent towards this album stems from the lack of melody in the work. This opinion comes from fans who put the "logical" F.N.M. at the top of their list and the "irrational" sounds of either Mr. Bungle or Fantomas near the bottom. This work is freeform and percussive, much like certain Bungle track moved towards and Fantomas fully embraces.

If you are a fan of this album, I would highly suggest checking out Period Two on the MySpace website. His work is in a similar vein but come from the roots of 1980s beatboxing.


1:40 PM  
Blogger Loopy C said...

I like your suggestion on how to play this...and your style ;-) Thanks for the continued diversity.

11:34 PM  
Blogger Chardman said...

Nice write up, Anon!
Thanks for the thanks Loopy.
Diversity's my middle name.

11:38 PM  

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