Loco Hero 

After hitching to stardom with Faith No More, singer Mike Patton rode his twisted genius in all directions, not letting rock, fame, or even truth stand in his way.

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Coby Dick, the singer for Papa Roach, is one of many of the new generation of lead singers that has publicly elevated Patton to goofy-genius status, whether Patton likes it or not. Dick has said that his band regularly plays Adult Themes for Voice before it goes on stage. "His music is your way to get to know him," he told Revolver magazine in January. "Since his music is so strange, you know there's a strange person behind the music."

Incubus has also given props to Mr. Bungle. The fact is, The Real Thing did have a profound influence on what would come after it, with its funky but heavy bass and metal undertones. But the joke's on them. Patton actually didn't have much to do with that record, as most of the songs were written before he showed up. It's the subsequent Faith No More records that more clearly show his influence. Just don't tell that to Fred Durst.

As usual, Buzz has the last word on this, or so he thinks. "Mike's got a lot of rock-star karma to live down," he says. "No matter how many transvestites he kicks the shit out of in Tijuana, it's gonna take a lot more than that for all this stuff to get off his conscience."

A lot more shouldn't be a problem for Mike Patton, who only seems to gain momentum with every passing year. As the man says, he's a lifer.


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