Jim Martin Reveals Why He Quit Faith No More
Former Faith No More guitarist Jim
Martin has at last finally spoken out on why he left the
outfit at the peak of their prowess.
Martin, who replaced original guitarist Mark
Bowen in 1983, quit the Cali alt-metallers during the
band's 'Angel Dust' years. It has long
been understood that he was never keen on the musical direction the
band took with their fourth album, which was the second FNM record
to feature Mike Patton on vocals.
Now in a fan Q&A, Martin explains it was more than just
"My publicised 'not being into' Angel Dust was all about the
way the whole process went down. There was a lot of weird pressure
to follow up The Real Thing, and as a consequence, Angel Dust was
more contrived musically than I thought was necessary.
"I wanted more of the record to happen in the studio and
Billy Gould wanted every last tack nailed down before we went in. I
wanted to spend time with it; management and the record company
wanted to rush it out the door.
"Producer Matt Wallace was calling me, complaining about
Mike Patton's performance. Management and the record company were
calling me complaining about Mike Patton's performance and desire
for outside projects.
"The record company president came in the studio and said:
'I hope nobody bought houses.' All the air got sucked out of the
room. That was one of those great moments when reality slaps you in
the face. Some of my associates had bought houses.
"The pressure was on, and everyone wanted to be in the
studio with me while I recorded, endlessly tinkering and fucking
with me and fucking with Matt - and Matt is a really fucking wound
up guy already. I had to kick everyone out, and even though it was
not a new concept it really pissed everyone off.
For the full interview, which includes all 15 questions posed by
the UK based fansite, head to
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