Hello there, thank you for visiting my website and showing interest in the story behind this website.
My name is Claas and I am 38 years old.
I was born and raised in Hanover, Germany and I am eventually back living in Hanover again. If you like to share your thought and views about this website or in Mike Patton or any of the great musicians on this planet, please feel free to contact me!
How did I turn into such a Patton maniac?
I was more or less accidently introduced to my first favorite band FAITH NO MORE in 1992 whilst listening to a mix tape consisting of songs from their albums “Angel Dust”, “The Real Thing”, and also “Appetite For Destruction” by Guns N’Roses! The tape was given to me by my friend’s brother Markus (Thanks Markus for this huge impact!) It just blew me away… And yes, I also became a GN’R-fan until they ended their career with the release of “The Spaghetti Incident?”. Actually, I still more consider GN’R dead even though “Chinese democracy” eventually actually really was released after years and years of rumors. However, it did not even make my pre-screening and I just ignored this most expensive album ever produced after more than a decade.
In 1995 I eventually got my first own FAITH NO MORE-CD “King For A Day…Fool For A Lifetime” including the bonus-CD featuring the hilarious “German” song “Das Schützenfest” as well as the special track “Absolute Zero”. The energy that is delivered and transferred to the lister along with it’s musical variety made me check out Faith No More performing live in Hanover that same year. This was really one of the most extreme experiences ever. Is any performance on earth comparable to a live Patton show? This energy, this insane stage antics…. It’s just full of power and emotion.
After this concert experience I became a true and solid fan and needed to get everything from FNM. However, I never ended up buying “Introduce Yourself” and “We Care A Lot”
since I still can’t stand Chuck Moseley’s way of “singing”. When I collected my first experiences in the world wide web and news about the upcoming “Album Of The Year” spread I turned
into a REAL “Die hard”-FAITH NO MORE-FAN and started searching the web for every snippet I could find. By that time it was still special to get a short excerpt of a yet unreleased song. Therefore it was quite special to get to listen to the complete “Album Of The Year” about a month before it was being released.
Without the information being spread over the internet I probably wouldn’t have had the possibility to see and hear them perform live at their short club tour prior to the the album release. (Thanks to Andy Couch, Stefan Negele, Simon Levesque & Don Maik Festing). Although this concert was another amazing live experience, it wasn’t as intense as the previous gig in ’95. I felt sort of special as I was about the only one already knowing the new songs. Eventually the Caca Volante Mailing List had a new member join their group. Accidently I even managed to get Billy Gould‘s personal e-mail-address. By contacting him I ended up on the guest list for my last two FNM-gigs! (Thanx Billy!)
Caca Volante then introduced me to Mr.Bungle, a side project by Patton (actually his first band from high school times). Listening to Bungle’s self titled debut album in the record store I was pretty surprised by the different sound that I just had to buy it for further “investigation” Well, my curiosity paid off in the end. I have got to admit that especially “Disco Volante” (Bungle’s 2nd album) took me some time to get into it. However, now it is one of my favorite albums of all times. This was the first record which made me notice something new and different each time I have listened to it! And I still do…
After FNM’s break up, I was “doomed” to fall in love with Fantômas, a brainchild of Mike Patton. He teamed up with none other than Dave Lombardo (Slayer, Grip Inc.), King Buzzo (Melvins) and Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle). They are just as special and amazing to watch live. For this band it is a must to experience them live to “understand” the music and tension in total. Although I unfortunately misplaced Fantomas’ third effort “Delirium Cordia”, I do not really miss this album. The Director’s Cut also belongs to my TOP 5 albums ever.
Tomahawk, another all-star-band featuring Mr. Michael Allan Patton along with Duane Denison (ex-Jesus Lizard), John Stanier (ex-Helmet) and Kevin Rutmanis (Melvins; well, no longer
in both bands now) became another big shot for me. Not being to positively surprised in the beginning, it took some time to realize that they definitely rock. For some reason I don’t think that they’re such a good live band though. The music is great but the performance is simply up to Mike Patton himself. With Mr. Bungle and Fantômas it’s more about interaction between
the musicians on stage. You can also feel that they are into their music.
Also worth meantioning are side projects like Lovage (great laid back hip hop album by Dan The Automator featuring Mike Patton and Jennifer Charles on vocals), Peeping Tom (Patton’s much longed for version of a pop record, featuring various collaborations with other artists such as Norah Jones and Massive Attack, looks like it’s going to be more of a major project), Patton vs. the Xecutioners (am experimental avant-garde hip-hop album of highest quality) and Patton & Kaada (movie score alike gothic ambient songs).
I also got to meet “the god of the vocals” himself for five times by now. If you’re interested in these stories, please check out my reviews!
My favorite bands are:
My favorite albums are:
FAITH NO MORE – Angel Dust
FANTôMAS – The Director’s Cut
MR.BUNGLE – Disco Volante
NINE INCH NAILS – The Fragile
TOOL – 10.000 days
BEASTIE BOYS – Check Your Head
DEFTONES – White Pony
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS – Purple
PRIMUS – Sailing The Seas Of Cheese
ALICE IN CHAINS – Unplugged