Alt-metal icons Faith No More are visiting their earliest material with a deluxe edition of debut album We Care a Lot this summer.
Released in 1985, the low-budget We Care a Lot was the band’s first recording as Faith No More; bassist Billy Gould and drummer Mike Bordin had played together as Sharp Young Men in the late ’70s and early ’80s, changing their name to Faith No Man in 1983 and recruiting keyboardist Roddy Bottum shortly thereafter. This trio would leave Faith No Man for their own Faith No More, with guitarist Jim Martin and vocalist Chuck Mosley.
After recording a handful of songs and attracting the attention of Mordam Records founder Ruth Schwartz, We Care a Lot was finished and became the label’s first release–a pivotal moment for the local San Francisco music scene at the time. Later hailed as “a lustful marriage of mutoid metal and dancefloor verve” by Select magazine, We Care a Lot attracted the attention of Slash Records, who signed the band in 1987 with the release of Introduce Yourself. (That album featured a re-recorded version of “We Care a Lot”; Mosley would leave the band after that album and current vocalist Mike Patton would replace him.)
For this new edition of the band’s debut, to be released on Gould’s Koolarrow Records on August 19, the band has re-teamed with longtime producer Matt Wallace to remix three tracks (“Pills for Breakfast,” “As the Worm Turns” and the title track); those new mixes will be featured as bonus tracks alongside four unreleased demos and two unheard live tracks recorded in 1986. Bottum will also pen new liner notes for the package.
Check out the full track list and pre-order links below!
Faith No More,We Care a Lot: Deluxe Band Edition (originally released as Mordam Records MDR 1, 1985 – reissued Koolarrow Records, 2016)
- We Care a Lot
- The Jungle
- Mark Bowen
- Why Do You Bother
- Pills for Breakfast
- As the Worm Turns
- Arabian Disco
- New Beginnings
- We Care a Lot (Matt Wallace 2016 Remix) *
- Pills for Breakfast (Matt Wallace 2016 Remix) *
- As the Worm Turns (Matt Wallace 2016 Remix) *
- Greed (Demo) *
- Mark Bowen (Demo) *
- Arabian Disco (Demo) *
- Intro (Demo) *
- The Jungle (Live @ The I-Beam, San Francisco – 1/13/1986) *
- New Beginnings (Live @ The I-Beam, San Francisco – 1/13/1986) *