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Jim Martin Reveals Why He Quit Faith No More (1)

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Former Faith No More guitarist Jim Martin has at last finally spoken out on why he left the outfit at the peak of their prowess.

Martin, who replaced original guitarist Mark Bowen in 1983, quit the Cali alt-metallers during the band's 'Angel Dust' years. It has long been understood that he was never keen on the musical direction the band took with their fourth album, which was the second FNM record  to feature Mike Patton on vocals.

Now in a fan Q&A, Martin explains it was more than just that.

Martin says:

"My publicised 'not being into' Angel Dust was all about the way the whole process went down. There was a lot of weird pressure to follow up The Real Thing, and as a consequence, Angel Dust was more contrived musically than I thought was necessary.

"I wanted more of the record to happen in the studio and Billy Gould wanted every last tack nailed down before we went in. I wanted to spend time with it; management and the record company wanted to rush it out the door.

"Producer Matt Wallace was calling me, complaining about Mike Patton's performance. Management and the record company were calling me complaining about Mike Patton's performance and desire for outside projects.

"The record company president came in the studio and said: 'I hope nobody bought houses.' All the air got sucked out of the room. That was one of those great moments when reality slaps you in the face. Some of my associates had bought houses.

"The pressure was on, and everyone wanted to be in the studio with me while I recorded, endlessly tinkering and fucking with me and fucking with Matt - and Matt is a really fucking wound up guy already. I had to kick everyone out, and even though it was not a new concept it really pissed everyone off.

For the full interview, which includes all 15 questions posed by the UK based fansite, head to Blabbermouth.

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