Watch Iconic Producer Matt Wallace Dive Into the Creation of Faith No More’s Groundbreaking Album ‘The Real Thing’

Published : Friday, June 17, 2022, 2:59 pm
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Gibson TV, the iconic American brand’s award-winning, worldwide online network--features original series about music and culture from the world’s best storytellers. In this new Gibson TV Original Series, “Behind The Board,” we put the spotlight on the top music producers on the planet who have created the most beloved albums. All Gibson TV shows stream for free on demand via HERE; subscribe to Gibson TV on YouTube and be notified when new episodes are available.

This debut episode of “Behind The Board,”--directed by Todd Harapiak, Content and Director, Gibson TV--focuses on the making of Faith No More’s groundbreaking, platinum-selling, third studio album The Real Thing. Sit down for a deep dive as record producer Matt Wallace discusses the entire production process and he listens back to the album tracks including “From Out Of Nowhere,” “Epic,” “Falling To Pieces,” “Surprise! You’re Dead” and “The Real Thing.”

Watch and share the Episode 1 of Gibson TV’s “Behind The Board” and learn how Wallace found himself working with Faith No More, discover the stories behind the songs and how the band created their unique blend of muscular guitars and melodic keyboards that earned them two GRAMMY nominations and saw The Real Thing go platinum.

In 1981, Bay Area California musicians Mike "Puffy" Bordin, Billy Gould, Mike Morris, and Wade Worthington formed a band called Faith No Man. A year later when Worthington was replaced by keyboardist Roddy Bottum, and Mike "The Man" Morris was ousted, the group began calling themselves Faith No More. After going through a series of singers, the band was joined by Chuck Mosely in 1983. The same year, Jim Martin was recruited to replace guitarist Mark Bowen. A four-song demo tape recorded in 1984 led to the band's first real album, We Care A Lot, released on Mordam Records in 1985.

Within a year the band signed up with Slash Records and in 1987 their second album, Introduce Yourself, was released. The subsequent tour brought Faith No More a good deal of press in Europe, but when the tour was over the rest of the band chose to part ways with vocalist Chuck Mosely.

Mike Patton, frontman of Eureka, California band Mr. Bungle, was a replacement suggested by Jim Martin, who had heard a demo tape that exhibited the long-gone death metal side of Mr. Bungle and was hired in January of 1989. Within a two week period, he had written lyrics for the songs Faith No More were working on for their next album, and The Real Thing was released six months later.

The Real Thing was a critical success, and the band toured with Metallica, playing in front of huge audiences. Even so, it wasn't until the song "Epic" was released as a single in January of 1990 that Faith No More's popularity took off in the U.S., thanks in large part to heavy rotation on MTV. Another successful video for "Falling To Pieces" followed and the band received a GRAMMY nomination for “Best Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Performance.” By the end of the year, The Real Thing had gone platinum in the U.S.

Producer Matt Wallace believes the best and only music worth making is the kind that pushes boundaries and digs deep emotionally. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Wallace started out making records in his parent’s garage in the early 80s. Inspired by his early exposure to the military radio station, the Far East Network, and his discovery of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, Wallace put his stamp on music that helped shape a generation through his work with artists including Faith No More, Maroon 5, O.A.R., The Replacements and Paul Westerberg’s solo albums, as well as Train. With over 30 years of experience, Wallace now produces at his studio, Studio Delux, located in the Sound City Center in Van Nuys, California.

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