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|Birth name||Charles Henry Mosley III|
December 26, 1959 |
Hollywood, California, United States
|Genres||Funk metal, alternative metal, alternative rock, hardcore punk|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano|
|Labels||Dutch East India Trading, Rough Trade, Slash, Reversed Image Unlimited|
|Associated acts||Bad Brains, Cement, Faith No More, VUA|
Charles Henry "Chuck" Mosley (born December 26, 1959) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. Mosley was the front-man of the band Faith No More for their first two albums, We Care a Lot and Introduce Yourself. He was replaced by Mike Patton, under whose leadership the band enjoyed their greatest success.
Mosley was born in Hollywood, California in December 1959, but raised in South Central Los Angeles and Venice. He was adopted at a very early age, as talked about in the Faith No More biography book, "The Real Story."
In 1984 he joined Haircuts That Kill, a post-punk band from the San Francisco area, which lasted up until Mosley's joining of Faith No More.
He joined Faith No More in 1985 replacing Courtney Love (Hole) who had a brief stint as lead singer. Mosley recorded two albums with FNM, but parted ways with the band in 1988 for a number of reasons, including creative differences with other members, and rumors of substance abuse. His departure made quite a stir, when he sued the band for publishing rights, in an attempt to clear his name of the accusations of substance abuse.
In 1990 Mosley began a stint as lead singer in revered hardcore punk band Bad Brains. He performed at nearly sixty shows in the United States and Europe before leaving the band in January 1992.
Mosley immediately went on to form a new band, Cement. They released two albums: Cement and Man with the Action Hair. Both albums were distributed by Dutch East India Trading (United States) and Rough Trade (Europe). The band toured both locations promoting their music. During the first week of what was to be a year-long tour for Man with the Action Hair, the band’s driver fell asleep at the wheel causing a major accident. Chuck spent a year recovering from a broken back, the tour was canceled, and the album was, subsequently, shelved.
Mosley relocated to Cleveland, Ohio in March 1996. He has spent the last several years writing and compiling new material while raising his two daughters Sophie and Erica, and working as a chef in various restaurants.
Throughout his apparent hiatus, Chuck has continued to be cited as a major influence by prevalent groups such as Korn, Disturbed, Limp Bizkit, and others. He was featured in Billboard Magazine in spite of the fact that he has not released a record in several years. He then announced the album title ("Will Rap Over Hard Rock For Food") and that it would be released under the name of "V.U.A. (Vanduls Ugainst Alliteracy)". The band name was later extended to include Chuck's name.
His original recording of “We Care a Lot” remains as popular and relevant as ever. It has been featured as the theme song for the Discovery Channel show Dirty Jobs as well as in the major motion pictures Grosse Pointe Blank and Bio-Dome, and it has also been used to introduce several major league relief pitchers due to the refrain, "it's a dirty job, but someone's gotta do it."
He retains an extremely loyal “cult” following amongst fans, both in the United States and overseas.
Chuck's LP Will Rap Over Hard Rock For Food was released on August 11, 2009  by Reversed Image Unlimited. Guest appearances on the LP include Jonathan Davis (Korn), John 5 (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie), Michael Cartellone (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Roddy Bottum, (Faith No More), (Imperial Teen), and Reversed Image label mate Leah Lou.
On April 14, 2010, Mosley made a surprise appearance on stage at a Faith No More concert in San Francisco, the first time since 1988 that he has performed with the band. Chuck performed the songs "As the Worm Turns", "Death March", "We Care A Lot", and "Mark Bowen" on his own with the band, and was joined by Mike Patton during the final encore to perform a duet on "Introduce Yourself".
November 17, 2012: Chuck has re-released his album, Will Rap Over Hard Rock For Food, and is working on an autobiography book. The book is as-yet untitled, and it is being ghostwritten by Douglas Esper. Chuck has started a website, www.mosleyvua.com but for now it just forwards to his Facebook page. He is searching for a new booking agent/management, and plans to begin recording new material ASAP. On his merch page, www.chuckmosley.bandcamp.com Chuck is offering one of his dreads for sale along with autographed merch and cheap downloads of his latest music. He also announced plans to offer a collection of demos for free/donation shortly.
Haircuts That Kill
Faith No More
-  Mosley on Facebook
-  VUA Merch
- Chuck Mosley on Myspace
- Haircuts That Kill on Myspace
- Chuck Mosley Interview on Billboard.com