faithnomoreFaith No More – We Care A Lot (Faith No More) b/w Spirit (Faith No More) 1987

Until this raucous rock anthem splintered the airwaves – cutting through hair metal’s pomp like a knife through butter – Faith No More were a relatively unknown quantity. 

But as soon as this wacky crew of aural agitators got inside your head there was no shaking them. We Care A Lot was part Beastie Boys, part punk, part metal and part something not of this universe.

The pounding chorus alone was more shoutalong than singalong but it somehow did the trick – and catapulted FNM on a journey which would eventually see them become one of the biggest rock bands in the world.

Peaking at 53 in the UK singles chart it didn’t cause a ripple back home but FNM always knew their brand of alternative rock was better suited to a British market.

The title track of the band’s little known debut, it was taken from their first UK release, Introduce Yourself – another record which charted over here without gaining any widespread recognition on the other side of the Pond.

The US finally woke up to FNM on their following album and the age of their cult status was over. But those of us who followed the band then – and still follow them now – remember that era with fondness.