Introduce Yourself

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Introduce Yourself
Faith No More Introduce Yourself.jpg
Studio album by Faith No More
ReleasedApril 23, 1987 (1987-04-23)
RecordedMid 1986 at Studio D in Sausalito, California
GenreAlternative metal, funk metal, rap metal[1]
Length37:42
LabelSlash
Producer
Faith No More chronology
We Care a Lot
(1985)
Introduce Yourself
(1987)
The Real Thing
(1989)
Alternative covers
United States CD cover
United States CD cover
Alternative cover
"Green Splatter" cassette cover
"Green Splatter" cassette cover
Singles from Introduce Yourself
  1. "We Care a Lot"
    Released: January 18, 1988
  2. "Anne's Song"
    Released: May 18, 1988
  3. "Chinese Arithmetic"
    Released: 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]

Introduce Yourself is Faith No More's second album, released in 1987. Due to the limited availability of the first album, We Care a Lot (until it was re-released on CD years later), many, including the band, once considered this Faith No More's true debut album. Being the group's major label debut, this album features better production than its predecessor, which is most evident on this album's version of the song "We Care a Lot," which also features updated, more topical, lyrics. It was the last album Chuck Mosley appeared on with the band.

Background[edit]

Faith No More's debut album We Care a Lot was released in 1985 through independent label Mordam Records.[3] In late 1986, Faith No More was signed to Los Angeles label Slash Records by Anna Statman.[4] The label had recently been sold to the Warner Music Group subsidiary London Records, ensuring a widespread release for the band's following albums.

Music videos featuring the band members were made for the songs "We Care a Lot" and "Anne's Song". "Chinese Arithmetic" was also released as a single.

Touring and promotion[edit]

After the album's release, Faith No More joined fellow funk metal/punk band Red Hot Chili Peppers on The Uplift Mofo Party Tour.[5] They opened for them on several late 1987 dates throughout the US.[5] Guitarist Jim Martin recalled "We were travelling in a box van with no windows. We drove all the way to the east coast for the first show. Flea asked me if we liked to smoke weed. I said: ‘Yes’ and he said: ‘We’re going to get along just fine’. We did something like 52 dates in 56 days."[6] The band's future singer Mike Patton later became involved in several controversies and disputes with Anthony Kiedis, frontman of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.[7] To further promote the album, Faith No More embarked on their first tour of the UK in 1988.[8]

Release history[edit]

The album was originally released in April 1987 on vinyl and cassette. The album cover for this release is a centered ink splatter, with text to the extremes of the cover. The tape has a larger smear of the ink, that looks more like a green spot. The second release of this album was on November 15, 1996, through Slash/Uni Records, this version also featured the centered ink splatter. The last North American release of this album was on October 17, 2000, through Slash/Rhino Records; they later released This Is It: The Best of Faith No More in 2003. This version has a close up of the ink splatter with the wording a bit further from the edges.

Reception[edit]

The record has garnered positive reviews from music critics, although as with the band's previous studio effort We Care a Lot, some criticisms have been directed at vocalist Chuck Mosley. AllMusic stated that "the album is consistent and interesting, with Mosley's out-of-tune vocals being an acquired taste to most".[2] In 1988, Neil Perry of Sounds Magazine referred to the album as "a breathtaking harmonisation of molten metal guitar, deadly dance rhythms and poignant, pointed lyrics".[8]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Faster Disco"MosleyGould, Bottum, Martin4:16
2."Anne's Song"Gould, BottumGould, Bottum4:46
3."Introduce Yourself"Bottum, MosleyGould, Bottum, Bordin, Martin1:32
4."Chinese Arithmetic"MosleyMartin, Bordin4:37
5."Death March"MosleyGould, Bottum, Martin3:02
6."We Care a Lot"Bottum, MosleyGould, Bottum4:02
7."R n' R"Gould, MosleyGould, Martin3:11
8."The Crab Song"MosleyGould, Bordin5:52
9."Blood"MosleyMosley3:42
10."Spirit"GouldGould2:52

Personnel[edit]

Band members
Production
  • Steve Berlin – producer
  • Matt Wallace – producer, engineer
  • Jim "Watts" Verecke – assistant engineer
  • John Golden – mastering
  • Lendon Flanagan – photography
  • Bob Biggs – artwork
  • Jeff Price – artwork

Accolades[edit]

Year Publication Country Accolade Rank
1987 Sounds United Kingdom "Albums of the Year" Unordered [11]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Faith No More's next album, 1987's Introduce Yourself..." Allmusic.com. Retrieved August 5, 2011. ...for the first time, the rap and metal elements didn't sound like they were fighting each other.
  2. ^ a b Introduce Yourself Allmusic Review
  3. ^ Aswad, Jem (June 1992). "Faith No More: Angel Dust in the wind". Issue 25. Reflex Magazine. Archived from the original on July 10, 2012. Retrieved June 15, 2008.
  4. ^ "FAITH NO MORE BAND OF THE YEAR 1990". Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Apter, Jeff. Fornication: The Red Hot Chili Peppers Story. Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-85712-065-6.
  6. ^ "Faith No More: The Real Story". April 22, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  7. ^ Kangas, Chaz (April 21, 2015). "Do Faith No More and the Red Hot Chili Peppers Still Hate Each Other?". Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  8. ^ a b "FAITH NO MORE - 23.01.1988 - Sounds". Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  9. ^ a b c Faith No More discography, text alternative. FNM.com. Retrieved June 5, 2016
  10. ^ Introduce Yourself – Dec 1999 CD release (3984 28201-2). Discogs.com. Retrieved May 30, 2008
  11. ^ "Sounds – Albums of the Year". Sounds. Retrieved April 8, 2008.