365 Days of Mike Patton

Day 62: “Baby Let’s Play”—Tomahawk (2013)
Day 61: “The Big Kahuna”—Faith No More (1997)
Day 60: “Dead Goon”—Mr. Bungle (1991)
Day 59:Highway Star“—Faith No More (1998)
Day 58: YouTube vocal coach reaction, part 2 (2019)
Day 57:A Small Victory“—Faith No More (1992)
Day 56: “Vanity Fair”—Mr. Bungle (1999)
Day 55: “Motherfucker”—Faith No More (2015)
Day 54: “As the Worm Turns“—Faith No More (1985)
Day 53: “On Top of the World”—Patton/Jean-Claude Vannier (2019)
Day 52: “Last Cup of Sorrow”—Faith No More (1997)
Day 51: “The Omen (Ave Satini)”—Fantomas (2001)
Day 50: “Kill the DJ”—Peeping Tom (2006)
Day 49: “Edge of the World”—Faith No More (1989)
Day 48: “Ashes To Ashes”—Faith No More (1997)
Day 47: “Sweet Charity”—Mr. Bungle (1999)
Day 46: YouTube vocal coach reaction (2019)
Day 45: “The Bit”—Fantomas/Melvins (2002)
Day 44: “Archie and Veronica”—Lovage (2001)
Day 43: “Separation Anxiety”—Faith No More (2015)
Day 42: “Desert Search For Techno Allah”—Mr. Bungle (1995)
Day 41: “Goodbye Sober Day”—Mr. Bungle (1999)
Day 40: “Catch My Heart”—Bohren and Der Club of Gore (2011)
Day 39: “Fire in the Hole”—Gen. Patton vs. X-ecutioners (2005)
Day 38: “A Little Poker Tomorrow Night?”—A Perfect Place (2008)
Day 37: “Digging the Grave”—Faith No More (1995)
Day 36: “Kool-Aid Party”—Team Sleep (2003 or 2005)
Day 35: “Lost Weekend”—The Qemists (2008)
Day 34: “Church of the Motherfuckers”—Dead Cross (2017)
Day 33: “Introduce Yourself”—Faith No More (1987)
Day 32: “Underwater Love”—Faith No More (1989)
Day 31: “Omaha Dance”—Tomahawk (2007)
Day 30: “RV”—Faith No More (1992)
Day 29: Deep Down”“—Mondo Cane (2010)
Day 28:The Quiet Few“—Tomahawk (2013)
Day 27: “The Perfect Crime”—Faith No More (1991)
Day 26: “No Flag”—Dub Trio (2008)
Day 25: “Cape Fear”—Fantomas (2001)
Day 24: “Jockstrap”—Tomahawk (2001)
Day 23: “Ora D’Amore”—Mondo Cane (2010)
Day 22: “Totem”—Tomahawk (2007)
Day 21: “My Ass Is On Fire”—Mr. Bungle (1991)
Day 20: “Pig Latin”—Dillinger Escape Plan (2002)
Day 19: “Everything’s Alright”—Neil Hamburger (2019)
Day 18: “Naked In Front Of This Computer”—Faith No More (1997)
Day 17: “Charade”—Fantomas (2001)
Day 16: “White Hats/Black Hats”—Tomahawk (2013)
Day 15: “Everything’s Ruined”—Faith No More (1992)
Day 14: “Ars Moriendi”—Mr. Bungle (1999)
Day 13: “Take This Bottle”—Faith No More (1995)
Day 12: “Roc Raida …”—Gen. Patton vs X-ecutioners (2005)
Day 11: “Ricochet,” part 2—Faith No More (1995)
Day 10: “Sun Dance”—Tomahawk (2007)
Day 9: “Me and the Flamer”—Fantomas/Melvins (2002)
Day 8: “Ricochet”— Faith No More (1995)
Day 7: “Scalinatella”—Mondo Cane (2010)
Day 6: “Platypus”—Mr. Bungle (1995)
Day 5: “Lookaway”—Sepultura (1996)
Day 4: “Epic,” part 3—Faith No More (1989)
Day 3: “Epic,” part 2—Faith No More (1989)
Day 2: “Epic,” part 1 —Faith No More (1989)
Day 1: Intro-What are the 365 Days of Mike Patton?

From my intro on Jan. 27, 2019:

Today is my favorite singer’s birthday. His name is Mike Patton, and he has a bit of a cult following. He’s best known as the lead singer of Faith No More—which is best known for the 1989 hit “Epic“ where Patton continuously asks the question “What is it?”—but he’s sung for countless other bands and musicians, including his most famous side projects Mr. Bungle and Tomahawk. The people who frantically follow him from project to project are die-hard, and when they recognize one another in public, the image is lasting.

An example: The other day I went into a Mediterranean place near work for lunch. The guy behind the counter who was about to cut some lamb for me looked in my eyes and said, “Hey, weren’t you the guy who likes Mr. Bungle?“ He knew that because about a year ago (or more), I wore a Mr. Bungle T-shirt while ordering lunch from him and we spent a good 10 minutes talking about Mike Patton. I hadn’t seen him since. But we remembered.

On New Year’s Day, I was looking at Twitter, and a baseball writer I follow named Al Mechior announced a new project. I guess he’s a big fan of the Grammy-winning rock band Toto, so he opened a new Twitter account called @ThoughtsToto, where he’s in the process of drowning himself in each of the band’s albums and writing about each song in the band’s catalog. I thought that was a good idea. So, I kind of borrowed it. But I’m not opening a new Twitter account. Instead, I’m writing it here at joshkatzowitz.com.

For the next year or so, I’m going to write (most) every weekday about Patton’s songs and why we love when he sings them. Maybe there will be some anecdotes. Maybe there will be some history. Maybe there will be explanations on the ridiculousness of Patton’s vocal range.

Who knows.

Anyway, today is Patton’s 51st birthday, so today is the day I’m unveiling my 365 Days of Mike Patton. I’ll write about his songs. I’ll probably post some videos. I’ll talk about why I love them both. These won’t be long posts. I’ll get in and get out, so you and I can move on with our days. We love Patton, but goddamn, we don’t have to obsess about him for more than a few minutes at a time. I’ll plan to go for 365 days, but honestly, I don’t even know if he has 365 recorded songs. I guess we’ll figure it out as we go.

If you’re a die-hard Patton fan (and really, why else would you be here?), maybe you don’t love the idea of brevity. Maybe, like Patton sings in “Epic,” you want it all. But true to form, you can’t have it.

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