Mike Patton, known mostly as the frontman for the late 80's alternative metal band Faith No More, was known for his bombastic and over-the-top stage performances. From doing high flying wrestling moves on his bandmates from the top of amp stacks, eating shoelaces, and climbing lighting rigging, to defecating on stage, broadcasting his dick live via chat roulette, and even faking a seizure during the MTV Music Awards, his antics became legendary.
After leaving Faith No More to return to his high-school band Mr. Bungle, he eventually had an incredibly diverse solo career spanning dozens of musical genres, and collaborating with some of the biggest names in Jazz, Alternative Hip Hop, Metal, and Contemporary Classical.
One of his most famous collaborators was famed Jazz Saxophonist and Composer John Zorn. Mike appeared on numerous John Zorn recordings, and most famously the album Six Litanies for Heliogabalus - A surreal soundscape written about a Roman Emperor known for among other things, inventing the whoopie cushion and murdering his subjects through use of 'practical jokes'.
The fourth of the Six Litanies is an acapella solo performed by Mike Patton, and is considered among his most accomplished uses of vocal performances, in this performance, he goes from tense heavy metal screaming, to quiet sobbing and laughter, to the sounds of auction houses, wind and rain. Showcasing the full extent of his vocal dexterity.