We Care a Lot

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For the song of the same name, see We Care a Lot (song).
We Care a Lot
Faith No More-We Care A Lot.jpg
Studio album by Faith No More
Released November, 1985[1]
Recorded Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati, California
Genre
Length 34:51
Label Mordam
Producer
Faith No More chronology
We Care a Lot
(1985)
Introduce Yourself
(1987)

We Care a Lot is the debut studio album by American rock band Faith No More, originally released in November 1985 and distributed through San Francisco-based label Mordam Records. On the original vinyl release, the band is credited as "Faith. No More." on the album's liner notes, back cover, and on the record itself.

Album information[edit]

The title track "We Care a Lot" was later rerecorded for their follow-up album Introduce Yourself and released as their first single. This later version of the song was incorrectly listed as the original and the album Introduce Yourself was also listed as the début in the sleeve notes for some subsequent releases, such as the 1998 compilation Who Cares a Lot?.

The band is known to have re-recorded only one song from We Care a Lot in the studio with current singer, Mike Patton, on vocals. "As the Worm Turns" was recorded during the Angel Dust sessions.

However, a number of live recordings of songs from this album with Patton on vocals have been officially released over the years.

  1. "We Care A Lot"
    • various "Falling To Pieces" singles[3]
    • Live At The Brixton Academy
    • "We Care A Lot" (contains Patton's live version from Live At The Brixton Academy and Mosley's studio version from Introduce Yourself)[4]
    • "I'm Easy/Be Aggressive" CD2 Single[5]
    • "We Care A Lot/I Started A Joke" (contains Patton's live version from Live At The Brixton Academy and Mosley's studio version from Introduce Yourself)[6]
    • various "I Started A Joke" singles[7]
  2. "Mark Bowen"
    • "I'm Easy/Be Aggressive" CD1 single
  3. "Chinese Arithmetic"
    • various "Epic" CD singles
  4. "As The Worm Turns"
    • various "Epic" CD singles
    • Live At The Brixton Academy

A later recording of "We Care a Lot" (from the album Introduce Yourself) is used as the theme song for the Discovery Channel's show Dirty Jobs, hosted by Mike Rowe.

Production[edit]

The band initially started recording the album without backing from a record label and, after pooling their money, recorded five songs. This gained the attention of Ruth Schwartz (who was then forming the independent label Mordam Records) under which the band (after receiving the finances to do so) finished and released the album. It was the first official release for both the band and the label.[8]

The album was recorded in a short space of time on a low budget.[9] In a 2015 interview, bassist Billy Gould reflected "There are probably things we could have done better, but at the same time I think that the performances were pretty damned good. And that had to do with us keeping focused and needing to work within those budget restrictions. We rehearsed quite a lot before we went in to record, so we were ready."[9]

Release history[edit]

Year Region Format Label Catalogue # [10]
1985 United States Vinyl Mordam MDR 1 [11]
1985 Netherlands Vinyl Konkurrel MDR 1 [12]
1987 United States Cassette Mordam MDR 1C [13]
1995 Australia CD Liberation D 19976 [14]
1996 Europe CD London 828 805-2 [15]
1996 UK Vinyl London 828 805-1 [16]
1996 Japan CD London POCD-1236 [17]

While released on vinyl and cassette in 1985, this album would not be released to buy as a CD until 1995 in Australia (on Mushroom Records) as a pink disc for the first pressing, and black disc for the second, to coincide with the tour for their fifth studio album King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime, released that year. In 1996 it was reissued on CD, vinyl and cassette in the UK and Japan with slightly modified artwork, one being a purple disc.

2016 reissue[edit]

The album will be reissued by Koolarrow Records on the 19th of August, 2016, and will include nine additional tracks, including three remixes, four demos and two live recordings from a 1986 show at the I-Beam, San Francisco.[18]

Music and lyrics[edit]

30 second sample of the We Care a Lot song "Why Do You Bother".

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The third track "Mark Bowen" was titled after an early Faith No More/Faith No Man guitarist of the same name.[19][20]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Select magazine, while also mentioning the roughness of production, said that the music is inexorable and "a lustful marriage of mutoid metal and dancefloor verve that owed nothing to anybody".[21] Allmusic made repeated reference to the absence of future front man Mike Patton and criticized Chuck Mosley's vocals, calling him "often off-key, fairly monotonous, and colorless", but credited the album for having "lots of attitude" comparing it to early Public Image Ltd works.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "We Care a Lot"   Mosley, Bottum Gould, Bottum 4:08
2. "The Jungle"   Mosley Bottum, Gould, Bordin 3:10
3. "Mark Bowen"   Gould, Mosley Gould, Bordin 3:33
4. "Jim"   Martin 1:16
5. "Why Do You Bother"   Gould Gould, Bordin, Bottum 5:39
6. "Greed"   Gould, Mosley Gould, Mosley 3:50
7. "Pills for Breakfast"   Bordin, Martin 2:59
8. "As the Worm Turns"   Mosley Bottum, Gould, Mosley 3:11
9. "Arabian Disco"   Mosley Gould 3:16
10. "New Beginnings"   Mosley Mosley 3:46

2016 Reissue Bonus Tracks[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "We Care a Lot (2016 Mix)"   4:10
2. "Pills for Breakfast (2016 Mix)"   2:44
3. "As The Worm Turns (2016 Mix)"   3:12
4. "Greed (Demo)"   3:35
5. "Mark Bowen (Demo)"   3:12
6. "Arabian Disco (Demo)"   3:07
7. "Intro (Demo)"   2:18
8. "The Jungle (Live at I-Beam SF, 1986)"   2:35
9. "New Beginnings (Live at I-Beam SF, 1986)"   3:44

Personnel[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.faithnomorefollowers.com/2015/11/we-care-lot-30-years.html
  2. ^ a b c Prato, Greg. "We Care a Lot - Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-08-23. 
  3. ^ [Faith No More - Falling To Pieces at Discogs http://www.discogs.com/Faith-No-More-Falling-To-Pieces/master/44059]
  4. ^ [Faith No More - We Care A Lot at Discogs http://www.discogs.com/Faith-No-More-We-Care-A-Lot/master/339340]
  5. ^ [Faith No More - I'm Easy / Be Aggressive (CD) at Discogs http://www.discogs.com/Faith-No-More-Im-Easy-Be-Aggressive/release/381159]
  6. ^ [Faith No More - We Care A Lot / I Started A Joke at Discogs http://www.discogs.com/Faith-No-More-We-Care-A-Lot-I-Started-A-Joke/master/527618]
  7. ^ [Faith No More - I Started A Joke at Discogs http://www.discogs.com/Faith-No-More-I-Started-A-Joke/master/68731]
  8. ^ Aswad, Jem (June 1992). "Faith No More: Angel Dust in the wind". Issue 25. Reflex Magazine. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  9. ^ a b "Faith No More Followers: WE CARE A LOT - 30th Anniversary - Bill Gould Interview + EXCLUSIVE Album Reissue News". 
  10. ^ Faith No More discography, text alternative. FNM.com. Retrieved 05 June 2016
  11. ^ "We Care a Lot – 1985 LP release (MDR 1), US". Discogs. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  12. ^ "We Care a Lot – 1985 LP release (MDR 1), Netherlands". Discogs. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  13. ^ "We Care a Lot – 1985 CS release (MDR 1C)". Discogs. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  14. ^ "We Care a Lot – 1995 CD release (D 19976)". Discogs. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  15. ^ "We Care a Lot – 1996 CD release (828 805-1)". Discogs. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  16. ^ "We Care a Lot – 1996 LP release (828 805-1)". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  17. ^ "Faith No More - We Care A Lot". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-06-04. 
  18. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/faith-no-more-plot-reissue-of-seminal-debut-we-care-a-lot-20160602
  19. ^ a b "Mark Bowen". Faith. No Man. 
  20. ^ "Faith No More Frequently Answered Questions". 
  21. ^ Perry, Neil (September 1990). "Life in a goldfish bowl". Select. Retrieved 2008-08-23.