They Say I’m Somewhere In Between (#78 – Faith No More, “Epic”)

#78 on KROQ’s top 300 list

June 20, 1989


Fourth grade was awful. It sucked. All of it. The last day of school may well have been June 20, 1989, and I’m pretty sure that sucked too, but at least I didn’t have to go back the next day.

The day I graduated from fourth grade, Faith No More released their biggest album to date, The Real Thing. Faith No More is the second band in a row that formed in 1979, and the second band in a row that emerged from the punk scene and evolved into something else entirely.

epicaus7fThey got classified as metal, even though that’s not really true. Sure, they had long hair and flying-V guitars, and occasionally they played the kind of riffs one might hear on a flying V guitar, and their music sounded a bit like Ozzy’s backing band. Metal was kind of a means to an end for ol’ FNM, though: they sound a bit more like early Red Hot Chili Peppers, and their aesthetic was less “Shout At The Devil” and more sort of day-glo esoterica: Devo by way of Black Sabbath. And George Clinton. Except the keyboards sound sorta like Duran Duran. Also hip-hop. Oh, and the chorus on “From Out Of Nowhere” sounds like something you might have heard in a big-budget Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. And…

They’re really hard to pin down, is what I’m saying.

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How The End Always Is (#53 – The Cure, “Pictures Of You”)


On May 2, 1989, The Cure released Disintegration. It’s their most beloved record, and probably their most cohesive one. It’s 72 minutes of cold, damp, grey, thunderstorm music, and I love every second of it. The songs are big sweeping epics of synthesizers, bass, and chorus pedals, and there isn’t a single piece of music anywhere that hits me quite the same way “Plainsong” does.

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