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Faith No More's Billy Gould: "Pissing people off is fun"

Faith No More’s bassist talks Satanic sexual practices, coming out, bad-mouthing GN’R and being freaked out by Bowie

Things look bright for Faith No More. Their 2015 studio album Sol Invictus – their first since 1997 – received rave reviews. More recently, bassist and founder member Billy Gould has been poring over the paradigmatic funk-metal band’s past, working on the reissue of 1985 debut album We Care A Lot. And now he’s casting his mind back even further, to when his father took him, aged 10, to his first rock concert: David Bowie circa Ziggy at LA’s Long Beach Arena. “It was edgy and dark and it freaked me out,” he recalls. “I felt like I was listening to the devil’s music. It was outside my white middle-class experience. I was fascinated – in a good way.” He could almost be talking about the controversial FNM themselves.



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