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Mike Patton

I have never actually heard such refreshing music that a guy named Mike Patton has been creating for well over 2 decades.  This totally and completely takes me back to whatever genre that the music is focused on.  From lavish fetish balls to 3 a.m. in West Texas…  Mike Patton and his music has really been a groundbreaking force in the world and with his fans.  Which there are many, and they are rabidly dedicated to him.  Known for his eclectic influences and experimental projects, Patton has earned critical praise for his diverse array of vocal techniques. He has many producer or co-producer credits with artists such as John Zorn, Sepultura, Melvins, Melt-Banana, and Kool Keith.

He co-founded Ipecac Recordings with Greg Werckman in 1999, and has run the label since. Patton was born and raised in Eureka, California, where he formed Mr. Bungle, with Trey Spruance and Trevor Dunn, in 1984. During the late ’80s Mr Bungle recorded the cassette-only recordings, The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny, Goddammit I Love America, Bowel of Chiley and OU818, featuring tracks that would later be included on their first Warner Brothers album.  Patton has garnered critical praise and has been made a heavy metal icon; however, Patton’s reaction to this fame has been unconventional. He has acted irreverently towards the music industry, and expressed his distaste for the infamous lifestyles of rock stars. In a 1995 interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, he stated: “It’s hard to see as much as you’d like to with our schedule on the road, but it’s harder to do coke and fuck whores every night. Now that’s a full time job.” His attitude towards popular music is also evident in his songwriting, as Allmusic critic Cammila Albertson states.