Chuck Mosley Cares a Lot -- Three Times, to Be Exact
"Of course, I gotta do that again," Mosley laughs. "I thought it was pretty funny that we did it a second time, so I thought it would be even funnier to do it a third time."
This version, appearing on Mosley's new album, 'Will Rap Over Hard Rock for Food' -- with his band, VUA (Vanduls Ugenst Alllideracy, his name for the musicians he assembled) -- features his former FNM bandmate keyboardist Roddy Bottum, as well as modernized lyrics.
"They were a lot [more] modern," says Mosley. "But that just gives you an idea of when we started work on this record [5 years ago] with 'metropolis falling under seige' and about 'the little man who wanted it all, but couldn't have it.' They were current -- 'Trainspotting,' killer kids -- and now even that's a little bit dated, but I don't care because it's a good song and, by god, if I'm gonna be the one to waste music or good food."
Mosley says he never lost touch with Bottum after fronting Faith No More for the first two albums and watching the funk/rap/rock band replace him with Mike Patton.
"Me and Roddy have been talking all the time, since the day they made him call me and fire me. Me and him were best friends in the band at the time, so they got him to do it because there were all too chicken," he says.
Today, everything is cool. In fact, when Patton-era Faith No More recently reunited for the first time in 11 years for a European tour this summer, they asked Mosley to join them.
"I'm really mad that I didn't have my passport because they asked me to come over and do [Peaches & Herb's] 'Reunited' with Patton, but I couldn't get my passport together in time," says Mosley.
Based on his history with FNM (he replaced Courtney Love), the bio for Mosley's new album refers to him as "the godfather of rap metal," a title he can defend.
"I'll tell you when that comes up all the time -- when people are trying to battle me down," he says. "They'll say Beastie Boys or Red Hot Chili Peppers for example, but then I argue that point because of the fact Red hot Chili Peppers, I saw them from like their second show on and they were rapping over funk. [The late] Hillel [Slovak] played not even metal guitar; he played funk guitar. So that's not a pioneer.
"Beastie Boys, whatever they did before -- punk rock -- they did have a song where they were rapping over hard rock, which was 'Fight for Your Right', but that wasn't their set style. And it wasn't my set style, either. It turned out that way because that was when I'd rap on stuff with Faith No More, it was because I couldn't hear a melody to sing.
"So, no, I can't really think of anybody."