For a guy who’s spent much of his career making some seriously weird, challenging, and abrasive music, Mike Patton sure is a romantic. For every hardcore punk and experimental avant-grade album Patton has been influenced by, his record collection probably contains just as many albums of beautiful balladry and intimate…


Mike Patton has been called a lot of things over his career, including but not limited to: Man of 1000 Voices, Godfather of Nu-Metal, and “a complete and utter musical visionary and a mind-blowing and standard-warping genius.” But ask anyone he’s collaborated with, and one word is sure to come…


“There is something more important than logic: imagination.” — Alfred Hitchcock

Mike Patton has worn many hats during his long career, you could practically fill a walk-in closet with them. In addition to his contributions to a vast and ever-expanding list of musical projects, he is also both a screen…


Oh shit, I forgot about this one.

Ever get ahead of yourself? Ever get so excited you make careless mistakes? Well I have, and I want to apologize. Between releasing the spastic first FANTôMAS album and the masterful final Mr. Bungle album, Mike Patton put out a record called She…


Like most of the internet’s favorite music critics, I have a very active presence on Twitter. In fact, part of the reason I created The Mike Patton Corner was to redirect some of my irrepressible admiration for the man from my Twitter feed into a long-form blog. While I’ve tried…


During the slow demise of Faith No More, Mike Patton found himself artistically restless. By 1998, the band that had made him a global superstar was basically dead, and in addition to reconvening with Mr. Bungle to write new material (tune in next time for that one), he had also…


In taking on this project, I figured I would have to decide at some point where to draw the line between experimentation for the purpose of challenging the boundaries of what music can be, and experimentation for the sake of making a bunch of weird bullshit. Does the answer lie…


As someone who’s been a semi-semi-professional music journalist for close to a decade, I feel confident in saying that critical acclaim is quite overrated. It doesn’t matter how much praise a film, album, TV show, or novel receives upon initial release; it is ultimately the audience that decides whether something…


In the music app on my phone, Mike Patton sits comfortably right underneath another one of my favorite enigmatic musical geniuses, hip-hop supervillain MF DOOM. The two actually have a lot in common: both have carved out their own unmistakable and influential style with a trademark sense of humor, both…


In the beginning, God said, “Let there be light.” And in 1996, Mike Patton said, “FUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCK.”

These days, with our Pitch Perfects and our Pentatonixes, it’s easy to lose sight of what a cappella music is and really should be: one man, alone in a hotel room, with subpar recording…

Harrison Mains

Just a big fan of Mike Patton

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