CHUCK MOSLEY: 1959-2017

Metal Hammer (UK) - - HOLY VISION -

IF FAITH NO More never got enough credit for chang­ing the course of rock in the late 1980s, then Chuck Mosley never got enough credit for chang­ing the course of Faith No More. He wasn’t the band’s first singer, and he cer­tainly wasn’t the most fa­mous. But the two al­bums he recorded with the San Fran­cisco heavy­weights, 1985’s We Care A Lot and 1987’s In­tro­duce Yourself, es­tab­lished them as the decade’s great­est under-the-radar vi­sion­ar­ies.

In this group of out­siders, Chuck was King Out­sider – a sneer­ing provo­ca­teur whose with­er­ing, wil­fully off-key drone and sur­real, hi­lar­i­ous lyrics were de­signed to an­noy. But his mav­er­ick ten­den­cies proved too much for his band­mates, who fired him in 1988, mak­ing way for Mike Pat­ton. He went on to sing with punk icons Bad Brains and his own band, Ce­ment, though in re­cent years he re­united on­stage with FNM to sing their break­through hit, We Care A Lot.

Chuck strug­gled with ad­dic­tion on and off through­out his life, and on Novem­ber 9, his fam­ily an­nounced that ad­dic­tion had fi­nally cost him his life. His ex-band­mates in FMN paid trib­ute: “He helped set us on a track of unique­ness and orig­i­nal­ity that would not have de­vel­oped the way it had had he not been a part.”

Ham­mer sends our con­do­lences to his friends and fam­ily.

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