"We Care a Lot" is a song by Faith No More. There are three versions of the song (including a Mike Patton era 'Live' version), all of which have been officially released over three different albums. The original was recorded for and released on the band's first studio album, We Care a Lot. A re-recorded version, with new lyrics was included on the Introduce Yourself album and was the lead single, reaching no.53 on the UK Singles Chart). The live version, without original singer Mosley was included on the live album and video Live at the Brixton Academy and was also released as a single in 1991. Although a Chuck Mosley-era song, it was the second most frequently-played song during the band's live performances, behind "Epic". "We Care a Lot" featured different lyrics and ad-libs when performed by Mike Patton, much like performances of "Chinese Arithmetic".
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 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.
The lyrics of this song are a sarcastic parody of "the popstar posing that accompanied those [Live Aid style] charitable events" 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.
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". "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".
^ "Interview with Chuck Mosley & Jim Martin" (MTV Europe, 1988)
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