Time for another edition of Throwback Thursday! (Or as the kids–and us, on social media–refer to it, #tbt!) We’ve dug through our personal vaults and decided on our relics for this week, and they are…
My contribution this week is a short video called “Mike Patton Beer Throw.” Take a look below, focusing in particular on the first 30-odd seconds. In doing so, you’ll begin to understand why Mike Patton is one of my favorite people alive.
Sure, any serious conversation about the merits of Mike Patton would have to cover his incredible melodic and stylistic range as a vocalist. You’d also want to take into account his entirely accurate view on Wolfmother. And of course you’d have to touch on the fact that throughout his career, he’s taken on a diverse range of projects including not just Faith No More, but also Mr. Bungle. And Tomahawk. And Fantômas. And that album of classic Italian pop covers. And the score for The Place Beyond the Pines.
But put that all to the side for now, because MIKE PATTON JUST WALKED UP TO A CAR, TOOK THE PASSENGER’S BEER AND SLAMMED IT TO THE GROUND. (Okay, not “just;” this was at least 20 years ago, but still. The point is that on his part, Zero. Fucks. Were. Given.) I don’t know that I’ve ever watched the remaining almost-two-minutes of this video and I don’t know that I’ll ever need to. This moment is just too perfect.
Still giddy from finally getting my Metal-Train Bavaria ticket in the mail this past Tuesday, my contribution has to be related to Wacken Open Air (I’ll come down from this soon, I promise). The days are ticking by and the festival is drawing closer. My choice this week is “Hypocrisy Destroys Wacken” (Side note: Hypocrisy + Wacken = change of pants time). Full clip is below:
This was from Wacken Open Air 1998. The live album was released in 1999, and then the DVD in 2001. So it goes back a ways. But seriously, this performance is ridiculous. From the setlist to the energy to the sound quality. This is Peter at his absolute best. I actually heard a rumor that Hypocrisy’s soundcheck that day was a slim 3 hours. 3 friggin’ hours. For about an hour long set. This is both excessive and obsessive. But, I’ll take the finished product. If you don’t feel like sitting through an hour video (which is not a situation I can related to in this case), at least check out the opener, Roswell 47. It kills.
Anyway, this band continues to avoid me for the dumbest reasons, so I’ll be continuously resentful of that fact until I do see them live. But hey, it really is just a matter of time (I hope). Oh, and in case I’ve failed to mention it once or twice before, I’m going to Wacken this summer. And it’s going to be great. With or without Hypocrisy.
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