R.I.P., Chuck Mosley of Faith No More
Chuck Mosley, former frontman for Faith No More, has died at the age of 57.
Mosley’s family released an official statement in regards to his death:
“After a long period of sobriety, Charles Henry Mosley III lost his life on November 9th, 2017 due to the disease of addiction. We're sharing the manner in which he passed in the hopes that it might serve as a warning or wake-up call or beacon to anyone else struggling to fight for sobriety. He is survived by long-term partner Pip Logan, two daughters, Erica and Sophie and his grandson Wolfgang Logan Mosley. The family will be accepting donations for funeral expenses. Details to follow when arranged.”
Born in Hollywood and raised in South Central and Venice, California, Mosley found his way into Faith No More through the band’s bassist, Billy Gould. The two musicians met in 1977, with Mosley subsequently joining Gould’s first band, The Animated, which also featured future Negro Problem frontman Mark “Stew” Stewart. The Animated recorded an EP in 1981, but not long after its release, Gould moved to San Francisco to continue his education, and while the band continued for a brief while beyond his departure, they called it quits in 1982. Mosley eventually headed up to San Francisco himself, becoming part of the post-punk band Haircuts That Kill in 1984. The following year, however, he stumbled into an opportunity of a lifetime, thanks to his old buddy Billy Gould.
“[Faith No More] were going through a lot of singers and guitar players during that time,” Mosley told SongFacts in 2016. “There were two times they came down to L.A. and they didn’t have a singer, so I went up, but we didn’t practice or anything. Then they had Courtney [Love] in the band, and they had three shows booked, but decided to go a different way. Billy called and asked me to fill in.”
Gould spoke of Mosley’s first gig with the band in a 2014 Classic Rock article. ““He had a couple of 40-ouncers of beer – I don’t think he’d ever sung before – he just got on the mic and yelled,” recalled Gould. “We had a show in San Francisco after that, and he did it. It just started becoming a band thing.”
Mosley was a member of Faith No More from 1983 through 1988, during which time the band recorded two albums: WE CARE A LOT, which they released independently in 1985, and INTRODUCE YOURSELF, which was their Slash Records debut. During Mosley’s tenure with the band, Faith No More’s highest-profile song was “We Care A Lot,” which was revamped and re-recording for inclusion on INTRODUCE YOURSELF.
The video for “We Care A Lot” earned Faith No More some much-deserved MTV airplay, but even as the band was beginning to infiltrate the mainstream, Mosley’s days within their ranks were numbered. The precise reasons for his ultimate departure vary depending on who’s telling the story, but there’s at least consensus that his behavior – which infamously included him falling asleep during the INTRODUCE YOURSELF release party – had reached a point where the rest of the band couldn’t deal with it anymore.
“Looking back, it was some of the best times and most fun I’ve ever had in my entire life,” Mosley told the Faith No More Blog in 2010. “The ugliness was just a condition of the moment, a lot of which I basically brought on myself. I regret making them so mad at me that they felt that the only way to be able to continue on the journey was to fire me.”
But for those who enjoy happy endings (inasmuch as we can provide one in the midst of an obituary), you should know that Mosley made these comments in the wake of a reunion show with Faith No More at the Warfield in San Francisco, and while getting the old band back together didn’t lead to anything long-term, there were additional reunion shows in 2015 and 2016.
In a 2016 interview with The Quietus, Mosley was asked what he would’ve done differently during his time with Faith No More if he had the chance to do it over.
“Probably just show more that I was a team player and go along with the programme a bit more,” replied Mosley. “I could never do that when I was a kid. I’ve always been a rebel, and it’s got me in trouble sometimes and probably kept me poor. And then again, maybe not, because I might not have the two daughters that I have, you know. And we’re all so close now. You know, I came full circle for a reason; I had to grow up a little bit. And we all grew up. And it’s all good.”Listen to Faith No More's INTRODUCE YOURSELF.
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