CHUCK MOSLEY: 1959-2017
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.