1995 reissue on Mushroom of the funky alternative band's 1985 debut, originally released stateside on Mordam & unavailable on CD in the U.S. 10 tracks, including the original version of the title hit that was later redone ... more »withdifferent lyrics for their 1987 album 'Introduce Yourself'.« less
1995 reissue on Mushroom of the funky alternative band's 1985 debut, originally released stateside on Mordam & unavailable on CD in the U.S. 10 tracks, including the original version of the title hit that was later redone withdifferent lyrics for their 1987 album 'Introduce Yourself'.
Don't Be Stupid
Adam Harmless? | Earth | 07/14/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"FNM was around for so many years that it would be [silly] to compare this to their later works(at least during the first listen).For Vomitgod's sake,I should hope they got better.I personally LOVE this album.When I bought this, I was just looking for decent music.What I found was FANTASTIC! Chuck may not be remotely as talented as Patton, but he definately has a style and charisma.He has a kind of a punk rock cool. Hey, Patton was a fan before he joined.Most fans of typical bands resent the new guy, but because most of FNM's fans hopped on the bandwagon after "Epic", and a few more literate people with the stuff on "Angel Dust", that reaction is reversed.To the average listener, Chuck's the new guy.In that sense, neither he nor the rest could ever possibly compete.I purposely approach this record pretending that I never heard the rest.There is a real straight line through the different albums leading to the FNM you're familiar with.Newcomers should try this one out first(be careful,it's dark). If you have an open mind, check out this brilliant work."
Old but good
Celestial Tree | Texas | 01/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the first Faith No More album I ever got, and I still only have it on cassette tape, but it's one of my favorites. 'The Jungle' is one of Faith No More's best songs. This album has some great music and creepy lyrics. It's not comparable to say, Angel Dust, but it's still Faith No More doing what they do. It has the original version of We Care Alot, which I prefer over the Introduce Yourself version. Mosley's vocals take some getting used to, especially if you were introduced to FNM via Mike Patton, but they definitely work with the music. If you can find this one it's definitely worth picking up."
This was it.
Kenneth Penguin | Somewhere | 03/22/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Well, it's not worth 100 bucks, actually no album is worth that much. And people think its internet piracy thats making people not buy albums. Well anyways I got this album way back when I was about 15. It's got more of a garage, under produced quality, which I kind of like, plus shows a bands growth later. If you look at it with a fresh light, as it's something different and anyone into Faith No More should be into something different. Anyways, I recommend if you know a friend with it, borrow listen to it or something."
Great debut album from a great band.
N. Hall | Seattle, WA USA | 09/19/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It's puzzling why this album never got a domestic (USA) release on CD, only vinyl and cassette. If you want a CD of this album, you have to import the Australian disc, hence the slightly higher-than-normal pricepoint. Anyway, on to the music.
Contrary to many of the reviews offered here, "We Care a Lot" is actually pretty good and it IS comparable to the band's much later, 4th album "Angel Dust." WCAL is much better than FNM's second record, "Introduce Yourself" and features prominently many of the things I love about FNM-- dark & sinister lyrics and music, for one. Another thing I love about FNM is that they constantly reinvented themselves with each and every record and touched on almost every music genre known to man at one point or another during their 15+ year career. WCAL isn't as experimental as AD, but it is most definitely just as dark and features some of the band's best keyboard work of their entire run. Jim Martin's crunching guitar is also front and center here, and that's no bad thing.
It's too hard to pick highlights on WCAL because each and every track shines in it's own light. The band was getting a long very well at this early point in their tenure, and it shows in the music with each and every member contributing equally to the sonic landscape. Of the 10 tracks on WCAL, 2 are instrumentals. "Jim" is an acoustical piece played solely by guitarist Jim Martin, "Pills for Breakfast" is a full-band effort slightly foreshadowing what would be heard two records later on The Real Thing's "Woodpecker from Mars." Two more of the tracks, "We Care a Lot" and "As the Worm Turns" would be re-recorded on later FNM albums for whatever reason. The title track was re-recorded for the second album, "Introduce Yourself," with altered lyrics and a faster tempo. The IY version is what would go on to be played at all subsequent concerts. "As the Worm Turns" was re-recorded for the "Angel Dust" record with an arguably superior vocal performance. The version found here, however, features a much superior keyboard part to the AD recording which in my opinion makes it the version of choice. No review of WCAL would be complete without a mention of the excellent keyboard & rhythm driven "Why Do You Bother?", one of my favorite FNM songs of all time. Also great are the driving "The Jungle" and "Arabian Disco," the latter of which found it's way onto one of the FNM best-of compilations.
Perhaps WCAL's only weak point is the vocal delivery, although not atrocious, it's far from the band's best though this is more apparent in some places than others. Beyond that, WCAL proves to be a (somewhat surprisingly) tight, consistent record from start to finish and pleasantly offers more than a fair share of great tunes. Listening to WCAL back to back with a later FNM album, such as "King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime" (which I believe to be of inferior stock, by the way), one thing that is immediately apparent is the length of the songs. The tunes on WCAL hook you in, throw you right into the groove, take you to a quick climax then get the hell out of dodge. As opposed to some of the tracks on KFAD, which seem to overstay their welcome, lumbering along long after their expiration date has past.
At the end of the day, I'd recommend this to all hardcore FNM fans, particularly to fans of the keyboard-heavy Angel Dust and Album of the Year. Casual fans who feel "The Real Thing" was FNM's best work probably won't find much to like here outside of Jim Martin's crunching guitar. For what it's worth, I'd probably rank it somewhere in the middle when held up against the rest of their catalog. Which says a lot, considering anything FNM put out is miles ahead of 98% of the drivel being put out by rock bands these days.
(If the $40 price tag on the CD version scares you, check out the $7 cassette version.)"
Excellent album with that touch of 80's goth and metal!
N. Hall | 01/05/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album (being the first of the band) is an excellent tilte and a rare one. You cannot find more originality in a band and We Care A Lot from Faith No More is just a kick-ass album. If you are a Faith No More fan like myself, you know what I'm talking about. But if you are not a fan, I highly recommend it to anyone who had a real good time in the 80's. Once again, great album!!! Ben Gonzalez-Age 14"