Jim Martin, the guitarist from Faith No More, has broken his silence. Martin finally told his side of the story about the recording of FNM’s seminal album “Angel Dust” in an interview with an English blog. At long last fans have the truth about what really happened.
The recording sessions that created “Angel Dust” were also Jim Martin’s last work with Faith No More. Although his comments at the time were well publicized, and many would say taken out of context, since departing the band he has maintained a self-imposed silence on the events of 1993. Now, after nearly twenty years, he has answered all the questions the Faith No More fan site had to ask.
Fifteen rabid FNM fans queued up with their most penetrating and hard-hitting questions, and Martin did not hold back with the truth. His mysterious departure from Faith No More has finally been explained. He also shares fond memories of Cliff Burton, the deceased bassist from Metallica, and other heavy metal legends that he has played with. Martin reflects on a long and successful career in music, and reveals himself to be a truly calm and collected individual.
Martin provides a lot of much-needed insight into the creation of Angel Dust, and has a lot to say about what went right and what went wrong. Perhaps the single most interesting revelation to Faith No More Fans is that Roddy Bottum was solely responsible for the art direction and the title of the album “Angel Dust,” but Martin has a lot more to say than that.
The tensions that surround the creation of a great album can take a lot out of any band, and Martin says there more than that going on. But the rumors of substance abuse, he claims, were not true. The problems were of a different nature.
The modern music reporting industry was just getting started at the time of Angel Dust’s recording. MTV was not even ten years old, and their endless appetite for celebrity was growing. Since Angel Dust was the followup to The Real Thing, the pressure was intense to create a successful album.
The journalists of the music business wanted to be there to see it happen, and the record company wanted all the hype and buzz that they could get. Music industry reporters had unlimited access to the studio, and Martin feels that this was the essential mistake. Reporters brought with them distractions and unwanted attention.
They had an undying need to find a story, even when no story existed. The slow and careful work of crafting an album is not as exciting to watch as they thought it would be, so they made their own excitement. Rumors and innuendo ruled the day. Somehow the story got started that Martin did not “like” Angel Dust.
Martin sets the record straight in this interview. He did not like the way that Angel Dust was made. He didn’t like the record company pressure, the reporters literally manufacturing drama, or the way that fame was changing some of his bandmates. But Martin was a professional, and he behaved as a professional through the entire trying ordeal, so he brought forth one of the formative albums of the last twenty years.
At some point Martin and producer Matt Wallace had to bring order to chaos, and that meant kicking everyone out of the studio so that they could get some work done. This lead to some hurt feelings, which would not have been a big deal if it were not for the press hanging around turning molehills into mountains.
Once the live tour for Angel Dust began, Faith No More lifted themselves out of the muck and turned performances that Martin was proud of. But the damage was done. His belief in the band had been damaged, and it was not long later that they parted ways. Although the split was not acrimonious, they have yet to reunite.
The pressure from outside the band is simply too intense. That is why the reunion tour in 2008 went on without Martin; because the hoops that management needed everyone to jump through were simply too onerous. Martin has more than enough projects to keep him busy, and the time for him to rejoin Faith No More has simply not come yet. Maybe it will some day.