Faith No More may have enjoyed their biggest commercial success with Mike Patton as their singer, but it was his predecessor, Chuck Mosley, who got the ball rolling with such alt-rock classics as 1985’s We Care A Lot and 1987’s Introduce Yourself. Since exiting the band in 1988, not much has been heard from the man who some feel is responsible for first merging rap and rock on the title track from We Care A Lot. But for the past few years, Mosley has been working on his first-ever solo release, Will Rap Over Hard Rock for Food, which drops August 11th.
“It just took that much time to be able to get it done right,” Mosley tells Rolling Stone. “Some of the wonderful people that helped me on this record, I might not have had all of them available five years ago or so. As far as I’m concerned, there isn’t any filler on this album.” The “wonderful people” that Mosley is referencing include Korn’s Jonathan Davis and Rob Zombie’s John 5 (on “The Enabler”), Leah Lou (“Nameless”), and even his ex-FNM bandmate, Roddy Bottum (a remake of “We Care A Lot”).
Interestingly, Mosley’s return coincides with Faith No More’s decision to reunite for live work — with Patton, however. “Of course I have to say that it’s not a total Faith No More reunion. But aside from that, more power to them,” Mosley says. “Good luck, and thanks for helping promote the records that I’m on even a little bit more, and perhaps expanding on my royalties.” However, he recently almost did share the stage once more with the band. “They actually invited me to come out [to Europe] and sing a duet with Mike Patton. But unfortunately, my passport expired and I couldn’t get it in time.”
That said, would Mosley ever reunite with Faith No More? “Oh, totally! Especially with [guitarist] Jim Martin, because personally, I thought [firing Martin] was as big if not bigger a mistake than getting rid of me — just because he had a lot of pull with the big part of their crowd at the time. And he was ‘the personality,’ y’know? There was something people could identify to. After Jim, they were going through a string of different guitar players, and I couldn’t name one of them. That Jagger/Richards, Plant/Page thing was gone.” Mosley plans on supporting Will Rap Over Hard Rock for Food with a full tour.