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Friday 5: What Are Funk Metal’s Five Best Moments?



Happy Friday, MetalSucks reader! Welcome to MetalSucks Friday 5, our awesome series that appears every Friday (duh) on MetalSucks (duhh) and involves the quantity of five (duhhh).

Here’s how it works: A list of best/worst/weirdest/whatever five somethings is posted by one of your beloved MetalSucks contributors or by one of our buds (like you?). Then you, our cherished reader, checks it out, has a chuckle, then chimes in with a list of the same. No sweat, just whatever springs to mind, k? (Just like that movie about those losers working at a Chicago record store!) After all, it’s Friday — the day dedicated by the gods to mindless, fun time-wasting. 

Today, let’s talk about ’90s metal’s dirty little secret!



What are five essential funk metal jams?


Anso DFMetalSucks senior editor


1. “Falling To Pieces” by Faith No More
from The Real Thing
1989 | Slash/Reprise

Our bum chum Kevin Stewart-Panko came to the defense of funk metal in a stirring editorial on Thursday. And though you may not look on that fad fondly, heck, it was a thing at the time. The firestarter for the genre’s breach into the mainstream marketplace might be the third single from Faith No More’s huge breakthrough album The Real Thing. If “Epic” was rap-metal, “Falling To Pieces” was technicolor bop metal. Are you in heavy funk band that got signed to a major in the wake of this jam? Well, you owe FNM some money for that. If only you had earned any :(


2. “Every Day’s A Holiday” by Mordred
from Fool’s Game
1989 | Noise

“Holy shit, is that a DJ in a metal band? This is madness! [thumps fist]” — Anso DF, 1989.


3. “Break The Chains” by 24-7 Spyz
from Strength In Numbers
1992 | EastWest

Back in 1992, we guessed that 24-7 Spyz frontman Jimi Hazel’s name was a combination of Jimi Hendrix and Funkadelic axeman Eddie Hazel. But we still have no guess about about the band’s name. Not snappy, either. It’s like some artists plan to fail. This jam does not.


4. “Those Days Are Gone” by Fishbone
from The Reality Of My Surroundings
1991 | Columbia

Our gang loved the funky, punky Fishbone of their first two albums. But their most moving performances and compositions sprouted from their next two albums, both heavier and straighter. Less playing, more saying. Powerful.


5. “Infectious Grooves” by Infectious Grooves 
from The Plague That Makes Your Booty Move … It’s The Infectious Grooves
1991 | Epic

It was disturbing to uptight types to behold the ranting, Venice gangbanger Mike Muir of Suicidal Tendencies. But everybody on Earth was freaked out by Muir in a fedora and tucked-in shirt with his side project Infectious Grooves. Six years later, Limp Bizkit’s dickhead vamp on Infectious’ thing scared everybody off for good.

Your turn! Have a great wknd!

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