We Care a Lot

Album: We Care a Lot (1985)
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Songfacts®:

  • Through black humor, this song found Faith No More singing of the pomposity of the Live Aid generation. "We were very sarcastic," keyboardist Roddy Bottum recalled to Mojo in 2015, "and that's where 'We Care a Lot' came from: it drew on the stuff we loved - Soulsonic Force, Kraftwerk and the first Run-D.M.C. album - while poking fun at modern culture and the media stuff we thought was stupid."
  • The lead vocals are by Chuck Mosley, who was FNM's lead singer until 1988. Mosley, who wrote the lyrics along with Roddy Bottum, considers it the first rap-rock song. In a Songfacts interview with Mosley, he explained that while the Red Hot Chili Peppers rapped over funk and the Beastie Boys rapped over beats, this track was the first instance of rap over rock.
  • The song was released the same year that Rock Hudson became the first high profile victim of AIDS. The actor's death is referenced in the lyric, "We care a lot about disease, baby, Rock Hudson, rock."
  • There are three different versions of the song. The original was the title track of Faith No More's first studio album, 1985's We Care a Lot.

    A re-recorded version, with updated, more topical, lyrics was included two years later on the Introduce Yourself album. Released as the lead single, it reached #53 on the UK Singles Chart.

    A live version was included on the Live at the Brixton Academy album and DVD and was also released as a single in 1991.
  • Five years after this was released, MC Hammer had a huge hit with "Pray," which lifts the vocal melody from "We Care A Lot." Hammer and his crew shout "That's why we pray" the same way Faith No More shouts the "We care a lot."
  • It was only when the band recorded "We Care A Lot" at Prairie Sun that bassist Billy Gould got to hear the song with the lyrics. He recalled to Kerrang!: "It was just music before that. Roddy had written the lyrics and given it to Chuck. He got on the mic and started singing, I was like, 'This is a real song!'"

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