Happy Birthday, Mike Patton: His 5 Greatest Albums

2. Faith No More, The Real Thing
You may be asking yourself, "How can any so-called serious Mike Patton fan consider The Real Thing one of his best albums?" Because it's just that damn good. For once, the mainstream was really onto something with this one. Yes, "Epic" has grown stale from years of overplaying. On the other hand, the other songs on the album are still richly textured masterworks of pop-rock.

You can't help but be happy when you listen to a song like "Falling to Pieces" or "Underwater Love." At the same time, the album does provide more serious, introspective songs like "Zombie Eaters" and the title track, which really show off the band's talent for making thinking-man's rock music. The Real Thing may not be highly experimental, but it's so extremely enjoyable that you can't deny it.

1. Mr. Bungle, Disco Volante
How many albums not only experiment with the very structure of a song, but deliver something you can dance to as well? It's rare, almost unprecedented, but Disco Volante provides it. Mr. Bungle's second album is by far the group's most adventurous, turning traditional songs on their head and spanning multiple genres, yet it still manages to not only satisfy music nerds bored with traditional music but at times headbangers and club kids of all ages too.

Even as perfect a blend as it is, some can find Disco Volante inaccessible or daunting to listen to all at once. When you do penetrate the album however, when it finally clicks, it often can become your favorite work by Patton and his crew of misfits. It's demanding, but it's so worth it.

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Adam Castaneda
Adam Castaneda

I would have picked California. It's not as weird, or complex as others; but it's easily approachable genius. A palatable entry point for the uninitiated.

Robert Medlin
Robert Medlin

I would've picked Angel Dust over The Real Thing, but still, good choices. #PattonIsGod

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