Mike Patton
Adult Themes for Voice



by left USER (3 Reviews)
August 7th, 2005 | 15 replies

Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Most people know Mike Patton as the lead singer from Faith No More. Some people know Mike Patton as the lead singer from Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk or Fantômas. But almost nobody thinks about the experimental/noise artist when mentioning the name Mike Patton. Well, i do, and this because Patton has released some experimental material that i find very good.

At 16, Patton already sang death metal with Bungle. At 20 he was the lead singer for Faith No More. And at 22 he already played shows live with the great John Zorn. I believe that says a lot. And hence he has done these things so early, it became aparent that he was bound to release at least one bizzare material, if not many. And so it was. Aparently, during some tour with Faith No More he recorded and mixed a whole album in hotel rooms, using 4 track cassette deck. All the experimental sounds you hear on this CD are made from just voice and microphone. The album doesn't contain traditional songs as such, it plays as a continuous piece, and hence there are no obvious highlights. We dont have melodicity here, we only have brutal and harsh noise, that may be disturbing for lots of people.

However, there are many songs on this album that i find really great, and i`m going to try and describe them, even if it may seem a little streched to rescribe every song you have on a noise album. My personal favorite would have to be Raped on a Bed of Sand. What do we have here ? Patton using his voice to sound imitate a seagull's cry. And knowing the name of the song, it's easy to imagine what can happen in it. Penumonia With Complications is almost like an anti-tobacco advertisment, with Patton coughing his lungs out, of course everything really distorted. Red Mouth, Black Orgasm is a song in which Patton just screams for almost half a minute. I cannot reproduce what he is screaming, but you can guess.

Violence is amazing. In this song we just have silence/noise/silence/noise. And while the silence part is like any silence part in any song you might know, the noise part is Patton screaming as loud as he can, and doing all the weird screwed up sounds with his voice, as if he would be playing a noise cover of Ma Meeshka Mow Skwoz. The One Armed Vs. 9 Killers is not a common noise song, for it has somewhat of a rhythm. Still, this doesnt make me think about the title, and sounds more like a loud enginee.

We also have 3 different versions of Robot Sex, the best having to be Neon, in which Patton does a lot of sounds that would appear on future Fantômas recordings. Inconsolable Widows In Search Of Distraction is a really creepy track, in which Mike makes some sounds as if he was an old woman crying/laughing, you can't really tell.
The 4 Guinea Pigs are interesting, and i like most the last one. There Patton is screaming as if he would be the guinea pig and somebody would try to eat him.

Screams of the Asteroid and Catheter sounds exactly like the title tells us. Just dont play Catheter really loud, it's gonna get really disturbing. Wuxiapian is another personal favorite. It starts really rhythmic and then it just gets creepy and slient, only to have a loud and fast ending. Wuxiapian is a type of japanese western of i remember correctly, but i`m not really sure on that.

Anyhow, in 1996 when this came out, on John Zorn's label (surprising, isn't it ? ) Tzadik, it was something that probably not even Mr. Bungle fans had expected. And we will see what happened next, in 1997 when Patton released his second solo album, by all means better than Adult Themes For Voice, which still gets 3.5/5

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August 8th 2005


Album Rating: 3.0

I've owned this album since it came out. I honestly didn't know what to expect when I purchased it. I had all of the FNM releases and Bungle releases up to that point... so based on some of their material I knew that it wasn't going to be normal.

This CD was one of many turning points for me, musically. While I've only listened to it a couple of times all the way through (by nature it isn't something you can listen to on a regular basis) it did open my eyes to new possibilities.

Then in 1998 I had the oppurtunity to see Fantomas when they played Seattle (that was before the album was even out, and they were still a bit unpolished and even messed up a few times). They only played a handfull of shows on that mini tour, mostly west coast.

To make a long story short, I had Mike autograph my "Adult Themes For Voice" CD, amist the crowd that was holding "The Real Thing" CDs and asking for autographs... hehe I'm sure he was thinking one of two things.... 1. Wow, this guy is a true fan! or 2. Wow... this guy is an idiot... I scream and cough and whimper into a microphone and he buys the CD!

August 8th 2005


good review, I'll have to try this, fantomas, faith no more and mr bungle are all excellent bands bolstered by the genius of patton, probably be expensive though

January 24th 2006


As a vocalist, this is a bible.
Guitarists often look up to those who can shred at 436837804 BPM. Vocalists look up to people (well, mostly Mike Patton) who push the boundaries as far as possible with their voice.

January 24th 2006


Album Rating: 2.5

Technically speaking it's impressive. It's not music though, and this is coming from a major Patton fanboy.

January 24th 2006


No, it's not music. But for me it's fun to listen to and gives me something to shoot for.

February 11th 2006


You are a very lucky man, Lemon8.

I like the comment about this album being a bible for vocalists. Never thought about it from that angle. It's true. Myself, I only listen to a couple select tracks, but they're awe-inspiring. One of my favs is probably "The Man in the Lower Left Hand Corner of the Photograph".

And to CocaineAndCrucifixes, go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4%2733%22 Just an interesting article on what is or isn't music.

February 11th 2006


I really dig a lot of Patton's stuff, including most of his work with his major bands. But even if you love his music I'd advise against getting this. He's clearly very versatile as a vocalist, but that doesn't make the CD any good...it's just lacking in any elements that really makes the music enjoyable to me, to be honest. But if you want to see how many noises people can make with their voice then it's good I guess.

January 27th 2009


Album Rating: 3.0

this is interesting as a demonstration of what he can do, but you cant really listen to it properly and i dont think it was intended to be "enjoyed". As a demonstration of his abilities it is excellent

January 30th 2009


Album Rating: 3.5

Patton is unafraid to be different and strange, like countless others. But I have never heard anything quite like this before.

I loved it.

December 7th 2009


...why would he even release this to the public?

December 7th 2009


because he's mike patton

December 7th 2009


Whateva whateva, Mike Patton does what he wants.

December 7th 2009


"because he's mike patton"

lol true. Not gonna argue.

December 7th 2009


Mike Patton brings the lols. Listen to John Zorn's Six Litanies for Heliogabalus.

June 5th 2017


Album Rating: 1.0

I... have no idea what to make of this

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