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Matt’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #30-#26

Over on my favorite forum for rambling about metal, The History of Metal (it’s an open Facebook forum, so anyone, meaning you, can join and flap your jaw about metal with a wide variety of metalheads from all over the world), the admin made a challenge to all the members to create their top 100 albums of all time. Loving making lists I’m all on this. Between the ~1500 albums I have there is a lot to filter through and this has turned into quite a daunting, yet fun, challenge. This list will represent where I am with my favorite albums right now, if I were to do this last year or next year, while being similar, I’m sure there would be lots of differences. My only self-imposed limitation on this is I’m confining each band 3 albums in the list to avoid entire, very large, discographies over saturating it. Every 5 days or so I’ll make a post with the next 5 entries into the list. Fellow bloggers, I extend this challenge to you (and be sure to let me know where and when you’ll be posting it, I’d love to read it), and for readers without a blog join up with THOM and post yours there! Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

#30 King for a Day… Fool for a Lifetime by Faith No More

While the bulk of King for a Day… features the heavier material that FNM are known for Mike Patton, Billy Gould, Mike Bordin, and Co. took more deviations from their metal/hard rock roots. The uber-smooth crooning in “Evidence” makes me feel like those girls in those famous Beatles videos, the Tom Jones/Las Vegas inspired “Star A.D.” make me feel like a high roller, and “Caralho Voador” make me feel like I’m chilling on a nice tropical beach (with Satan). Then there’s the heartfelt ballads. “Take This Bottle” is a sweet little country inspired rock ballad and “Just a Man” with it big soul back up singing, fat grooves, beautiful lyrics, and amazing vocal performance by Mike Patton easily sends shivers down my spine. And then there is the heavy metal and groove filled end to the record with nutzoid tunes like “Cuckoo for Caca” and “The Gentle Art of Making Enemies”. With so much substance and diversity on this record, it has always boggled me why this record never received the accolades that FNM’s earlier work did.

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Video of the Week: Take Me to Your Leader

Nowadays Incubus is anything but metal, but back in the day (the mid 90’s) they had a nice edge to them.  Along with some funky beats, jazzy guitars, and slamming bass playing they knew how to turn the distortion up.  Quite possibly my favorite Incubus release was their E.P. Enjoy Incubus which was re-recordings of a few songs off their first album Fungus Amongus and a couple new ones.  The whole 30 min or so the E.P. ran was pure gold filled with amazing songs and tons of great humor.  I like their new non-heavy sound well enough, but I ask why they ever abandoned the style of this record and their album S.C.I.E.N.C.E. is beyond me ($$$?).  They had such a fun thing going on.

My favorite track off the E.P., “Take Me to Your Leader”, got the video treatment and it’s a doozy.  It’s pretty much Incubus reenacting the always hilarious film The Gods Must Be Crazy (seriously, watch that one).  The lyrics are quite off the wall with lines like “What if I had a mustard drenched cucumber tied to my leg and did not want my pants to get dirty?”  Ya, I think some mind altering substances were at play when they wrote that one.

Funny Incubus story from circa 1998.  I have a buddy who worked for a radio station, 95.9 WRAT Belmar, NJ, and he had to do an interview with Incubus.  Brandon Boyd, the singer arrived to the interview under the influence some type of hallucinogenics.  While waiting for the interview he tried to seduce the rat mascot statue in the radio stations office and ripped up his clothes on it somehow.  Fortunately, the interview went down without a hitch.  Later that night at the show they were playing in NJ, I had thought that my buddy was me but then saw that Brandon was still wearing the ripped up tee shirt.  He also played half the show with a sneaker on top of his head.  They kicked some major ass.  Moral of this story, Incubus needs to start doing drugs again (and get their old bass player back) 😉   Disclaimer: A Metal State of Mind does not encourage the use or sale of hard drugs…….  Enjoy! Peace Love and Metal!!!!