Faith No More
Live At The Brixton Academy


4.0
excellent

Review

by Andrew H. EMERITUS
January 16th, 2005 | 16 replies | 7,725 views


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist


In Febuary 1991, Faith No More released this 12 track live album. It was recorded during the band's 1990 tour of their breakthrough album, "The Real Thing" and also released to support the release of their video, "Live At The Brixton Academy, You Fat Bastards". Despite being a great album, it is also quite apparent that this album is a recording released to make a quick buck. The cover for the album is extremely similar to the cover of "The Real Thing". The album mainly features tracks from "The Real Thing", making it almost pointless for people who own "The Real Thing", unless they are big Faith No More fans and are interested in the two studio tracks also released on the album. Despite all this, the album is extremely fun and if you are a big fan of Faith No More or are looking for a fun live album to sing along to, you should definitely give this album a look.

As mentioned before, this record is incredibly fun. One of the most noticeable things about the record (Mike Patton in particular) is that they are all just having fun. They aren't trying to make their instruments hit the exact right notes all the time (although they do anyway), they are just enjoying the live performance. All of the tracks on the album are quite solid but the middle section of the album is easily the most enjoyable. After a few listens, it seems as though the band are just warming up on the first couple of tracks, but by track 3 and onwards, the band are pumped and at their peak.

All of the songs feature the eerie, fun and sometimes cheesy keyboard parts of Roddy Bottum. The bass is an excellent part of many of the songs, being major highlights in songs such as "Falling To Pieces", "We Care A Lot" and "Epic". The guitar parts on every single song are excellent. It's quite easy to see that Jim Martin is a rather accomplished guitarist. The drumming on every song is also very good, being extremely powerful in backing up the rest of the band. The drums work extremely tightly with the bass.

Mike Patton is in a world of his own on the record. While this album may not be his strongest performance ever, it's pretty close. Sometimes he just seems to be having an extremely good time, such as the time he is yelling to the crowd "what is it? What is it? WHAT THE F- IS IT???" during the performance of "Epic". Other times he seems to be possesed or have gone crazy. He will change between high falsettos and extremely low, almost death metal sounding "growls" in a matter of seconds. In the band's cover of the Black Sabbath classic "War Pigs" he sings it as if the song was written by him.

The album has many highlights and were definitely a wonderful live act (my youth pastor actually saw them live in the mid 90s, he said that they were incredible live and Mike Patton was a crazy, crazy man. He said that he thought he was possessed!). Overall, the band really shine on tracks such as "Epic" and "The Real Thing". At the end of "The Real Thing", for 40 seconds, Patton adlibs lines from the song "Pump Up The Jam" by Technotronic. One part to note is in "War Pigs" when Patton goes crazy and does death metal sounds with his voice. He sounds like Lord Worm of Cryptopsy! He also often sings lines by saying jibberish such as "yayayayaya". It is very obvious that Patton is in his element when they played live.

The album includes two tracks that were recorded in the studio. Neither of them and anything amazingly special, but aren't bad nonetheless.

Pros

Extremely fun
- The band are so together live
- The crowd get right into it
- Patton is quite the showman

Cons

- Occasional squeaks of microphone feedback
- Basically just a live repeat of "The Real Thing"
- Quite short for a live album with only 10 live tracks. Some releases (including mine) only have 10 tracks, making just 8 live tracks

Song Highlights

The Real Thing
Epic
War Pigs
We Care A Lot

FINAL RATING: 4/5



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Bartender
Emeritus
November 20th 2004



826 Comments


Good review. I am a fan of Faith No More, but I haven't got this yet. I remember seeing it cheap when I was first getting into the band several years ago, but I was put off by the fact it was a live album. That was before I knew who Patton was and what he's like, obviously

br3ad_man
Emeritus
November 20th 2004



2125 Comments


I found this for $5 new in a bargain bin. Good times.

Is the new review ok? Like is it as good as track by track ones? I've decided to stop doing them because they're really unprofessional. Plus not many people bother reading the whole thing.

Bartender
Emeritus
November 20th 2004



826 Comments


Yeah, this was a good review. A live album is a good thing to go non-track-by-track though, because you've got plenty to talk about.

I read it all the way through, which in my eyes means its a good review.

talk show host
November 20th 2004



18 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review

This was the first Faith No More album I ever owned. I got it for about 2 on cassette in a second hand music shop years ago. It is a very fun album, but it's not one i listen to regularly anymore.

4/5

Distorted Vision
November 20th 2004



184 Comments


Good review mate, I don't own this but I do have one question - is 'The Cowboy Song' a Thin Lizzy cover, cos that's a famous Lizzy tune?

br3ad_man
Emeritus
November 20th 2004



2125 Comments


As far as I know it's a FNM original. In the booklet it says that all tracks were written by FNM besides "War Pigs".

Distorted Vision
November 20th 2004



184 Comments


So the opening line isn't 'I am just a cowboy, lonesome on the trail', is it?

Just checking, because it would be very cool if they did do the cover.

spoon_of_grimbo
February 13th 2006



2240 Comments


"the cowboy song" is fucking excellent!!! and its definitely a FNM original. are there some versions of this with "as the worm turns" live on it? cuz i got "this is it, greatest hits" and its on there, (all the tracks are in chronological order, and its placed just before the angel dust tracks on the tracklist, which would suggest it was from this live album...????).

DTisdabestest
February 23rd 2006



22 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Best song on the album is The Cowboy Song!

Cool Review

Two-Headed Boy
May 18th 2006



4527 Comments


^I would have to agree with that.

pjrule45
June 4th 2006



23 Comments


cowboy song rox hard
mean solo but mike as always steals the show

kygermo
September 19th 2008



994 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

MEHHHH, released too early into their career. Imagine a live album with Angel Dust and KFAD stuff. Still good, nonetheless.

Inveigh
May 15th 2010



24798 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

At the end of "The Real Thing", for 40 seconds, Patton adlibs lines from the song "Pump Up The Jam" by Technotronic.

one of the greatest moments I've ever heard on a live album

MiniatureHorse
December 29th 2012



908 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You take the elevator to the top.
The next thing you know, there you are standing on the edge!

slagun
February 12th 2013



675 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good album but the vocals are annoying at times, its almost like Mike tried to sound like Chuck Mosley on some of the songs which is not a good thing..

Inveigh
February 17th 2013



24798 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Patton is epic on this



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