We Care a Lot (song)

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"We Care a Lot"
Song by Faith No More from the album We Care a Lot
Released 1985
Recorded Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati, California, 1985
Genre Funk metal
Length 4:08
Label Mordam
Writer Charles Mosley, Rodney Christoper Bottum
Composer William Gould, Rodney Christoper Bottum
Producer Matt Wallace, Faith No More
We Care a Lot track listing
"We Care a Lot"
(1)
"The Jungle"
(2)
"We Care a Lot"
Single by Faith No More
from the album Introduce Yourself
Released January 18, 1988
Format CD, vinyl
Recorded Mid 1986, Studio D in Sausalito, California
Genre Funk metal
Length 4:02
Label Slash
Writer(s) Chuck Mosley, Roddy Bottum, Billy Gould
Producer(s) Matt Wallace, Steve Berlin, Faith No More
Faith No More singles chronology
"Quiet in Heaven" / "Song of Liberty"
(1982)
"We Care a Lot"
(1988)
"Anne's Song"
(1988)
Alternative cover
Roller brushed cover
Introduce Yourself track listing
"Death March"
(5)
"We Care a Lot"
(6)
"R N' R"
(7)
"We Care a Lot" live
1991 live single for "We Care a Lot"
from the album Live at the Brixton Academy
Length 3:50
"From out of Nowhere"
(5)
"We Care a Lot"
(6)
"Zombie Eaters"
(7)

"We Care a Lot" is a song by Faith No More. It was recorded for and released on the band's first two studio albums, We Care a Lot and Introduce Yourself, and was included on the live album and video Live at the Brixton Academy; the latter two recordings also each have the song as a single release (January 18, 1988 and in 1991 respectively, the former making it to No. 53 on the UK Singles Chart).[1] Although a Chuck Mosley-era song, it was the second most frequently-played song during the band's live performances, behind "Epic".[2] "We Care a Lot" featured different lyrics and ad-libs when performed by Mike Patton, much like performances of "Chinese Arithmetic".

Production[edit]

The original version of the song was one of the first five songs finished for We Care a Lot, recorded before the band received financial backing for the album[3] at Prairie Sun Studios, Cotati, California, and was re-recorded, with some updated lyrics, for their major label début Introduce Yourself in mid-1986 at Studio D, Sausalito, California.

Lyrical content[edit]

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31 second sample from Faith No More's "We Care a Lot".

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The lyrics of this song are a sarcastic parody of "the popstar posing that accompanied those [Live Aid style] charitable events"[4] and mentions a range of things about which the band sarcastically claims 'we care a lot', such as the LAPD, the "food that Live Aid bought", the Garbage Pail Kids and even The Transformers. The original version, released in 1985, mentions Madonna and Mr. T. This was altered for social relevance in the 1987 re-release. When asked about the song's meaning, Chuck Mosley replied

Well, ah Roddy wrote all the things that he cared about and I just wrote the part that says, "it's a dirty job but someone's gotta do it" 'cause I figured that's just the feeling I got. That's the only thing I submitted. That, and the newer lyrics in the updated version.[5]

There was a seven-second-long ad-lib of "The Right Stuff" by New Kids on the Block on The Real Thing-era live performances, including the Live at the Brixton Academy version. In later performances of the song, during the Mike Patton era as vocalist, he occasionally changed some lines: the studio versions' lyrical reference to Rock Hudson and disease (i.e., AIDS) was changed to mention Rodney King.[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

The music video produced for "We Care a Lot", directed by Bob Biggs & Jay Brown,[6] was the first video produced for a Faith No More song and received moderate airplay on MTV.[4]

Appearances[edit]

As well as the appearing on the albums We Care a Lot, Introduce Yourself and Live at the Brixton Academy the song has appeared on every compilation and video album released by the band and has three different cover versions on the tribute to Faith No More compilation album Tribute of the Year. It appeared in the movie Grosse Pointe Blank, and was also track No. 7 on the first volume of movie's two soundtracks. The bridge of the song is also used as the theme to the Discovery Channel program Dirty Jobs (except for a few months in 2007), and is referenced in the opening of the song "Cats, Sex, and Nazis" by the Canadian punk band NoMeansNo, from their album Why Do They Call Me Mr. Happy?. The song was later made available as a download for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the music video game Rock Band on February 5, 2008, and for Wii and PlayStation 2 versions on the Rock Band Track Pack: Volume 1, released on July 15, 2008. The song was also used in the movie Bio-Dome.

Members[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Allmusic's reviewer laments the song's lack of future front-man Mike Patton, calling Mosley's vocals "brute thuggishness" and "flat", but also says that the song is a "fully realized effort in itself".[4] "We Care a Lot" was also listed in PopMatters' 65 Great Protest Songs, citing it as Faith No More's anti-protest song and as a "smirking account of everything that pop and political culture shoved down our throats at the height of the Reagan revolution".[7]

Track listings[edit]

From Introduce Yourself
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "We Care a Lot"   Mosley Gould, Bottum 4:02
2. "Spirit"   Gould Gould 3:50
3. "Chinese Arithmetic" (Radio Mix, 12" bonus track) Mosley Martin, Bordin 3:54
From Live at the Brixton Academy
No. Title Length
1. "We Care a Lot" (live at Brixton) 3:50
2. "We Care a Lot" (Remix) 3:52

Covers[edit]

  • MC Hammer's 1990 song "Pray" contains a sample of "We Care a Lot".[8]
  • Russian band I.F.K. (Insect Flyin' Killa) recorded the song in 2000.
  • Chuck Mosley recorded the song for his 2009 album Will Rap Over Hard Rock for Food with keyboardist Roddy Bottum. Mosley changed lyrics in the verses, including a nod to his former band's biggest hit "Epic" with the lyric, "We care a lot about the guy who wanted it all but couldn't have it."[9]
  • It is suspected that Muse used samples of "We Care A Lot" to create the music for their 2012 song Panic Station.[10]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Chart Stats – Faith No More". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on July 30, 2012. Retrieved January 27, 2008. 
  2. ^ FNM.com statistics page, retrieved February 17, 2008
  3. ^ Aswad, Jem (June 1992). "Faith No More: Angel Dust in the wind". Issue 25. Reflex Magazine. Retrieved June 15, 2008. 
  4. ^ a b c Huey, Steve. "We Care a Lot – Song Review". Allmusic. Retrieved August 28, 2008. 
  5. ^ [1] "Interview with Chuck Mosley & Jim Martin" (MTV Europe, 1988)
  6. ^ Faith No More (May 23, 2006). Live at the Brixton Academy, London: You Fat Bastards/Who Cares a Lot?: The Greatest Videos (DVD). Rhino Entertainment. 
  7. ^ Lundy, Zeth; Berman, Jarrett. "Part 4: Heaven 17 to N.W.A. (1981–1988) – PopMatters Picks: Say It Loud! 65 Great Protest Songs". PopMatters. Retrieved December 24, 2008. 
  8. ^ [MC Hammer | Biography | Contactmusic.com http://www.contactmusic.com/info/mc_hammer]
  9. ^ [Original Faith No More Singer Resurfaces | Billboard http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/58259/original-faith-no-more-singer-resurfaces]
  10. ^ [Muse: Panic Station sounds like Faith No More: We Care A Lot | Sounds Just Like http://www.soundsjustlike.com/1820/muse-sounds-like-faith-no-more/]

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