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The Mike Patton Mojo Cannot Be Compartmentalized By Any Means

When it comes to music off the beaten track, and we do mean off all beaten tracks, there is no way around Mike Patton. “Lost Tracks” gets its Mojo runnin’
August 9, 2018
By subcomtom


I have been following Mike Patton since his collaborations with John Zorn in Naked City and his early days in Faith No More and Mr. Bungle. I have been a disciple of his musical gospel since then.

Having seen Mike Patton performing with Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk, Fantomas, The Fantomas – Melvins Big Band, and Peeping Tom, I can easily say that he is the best singer I have ever seen performing on a stage.

I also don’t think that there is anybody out there who can belt out vocals at such intensity covering the most diversified musical genres. (check out the video at the end of this article which provides a 20-minute overview of the development of Mike Patton’s work over the years, starting in 1986 to the present time)


Known for his eclectic influences and experimental projects, Patton has earned critical praise for his diverse array of vocal techniques. VVN Music found Mike Patton possesses the widest vocal range of any known singer in popular music, with a range of six octaves.


I have chosen to dedicate this “Lost Tracks” article to Mojo, a song from Mike Patton’s Peeping Tom project as it represents a typical Mike Patton creation. The song combines all sorts of musical styles and influences into a masterpiece that theoretically has all the ingredients for being a smash hit, if only it had been performed by a more mainstream artist, and not for the lyrics.




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It is the kind of song that Damon Albarn (with all the due respect to him and his work) would give a leg for, if he could have written it for one of his Gorillaz albums.

The genius of Mike Patton is reflected in the fact that, although the trip-hop influenced feel of the song is one of his more “mainstream” works, he and his collaborator, Dan the Automator, still manage to appeal to his large underground orientated fan-base rather than a mainstream audience.

I also love the music of Mike Patton because he is probably one of the most sarcastic artists in the music business since Frank Zappa. Just check out the lyrics of Mojo which cover all sorts of drug related platitudes and Rock ‘n’ Roll cliches.


“In keeping with the landmark 1969 psychological horror film that inspired its name, Peeping Tom had its genesis as a modus operandi devoid of physical intimacy. Mike Patton would write songs with a wishlist of theoretical collaborators in mind, then hope for a reply in the form of a finalized track. – ‘It’s an exotic way of working for someone accustomed to a band environment,’ Patton says. ‘It was charming, really. None of the usual Animal Horse stuff. Instead of swapping spit and underwear, we were swapping files.’“ (Release information on Mike Patton’s Ipecac Recordings website)



Peeping Tom was the debut studio album by Peeping Tom. It was released May 30, 2006 through the Mike Patton owned record label Ipecac Recordings.



“Lack of face to face interaction did not keep long distance collaborations from turning in exceptional performances: Norah Jones’ lascivious “Sucker” Kool Keith’s “Getaway,” and Massive Attack’s “Kill the DJ” are intense and passionate as anything a live band environment could have produced, despite the fact that Patton has still never met Jones or Keith. ‘Plenty of people on the record are still complete strangers to me, he says.’” (Release information on Mike Patton’s Ipecac Recordings website)


An old proverb says: ‘Never meet your idols’ – something that does not account for meeting Mike Patton, if you know (but can’t know) what to expect. I had the pleasure twice.

After a show in Vienna, I somehow ended up on the tour bus of the Fantomas Melvins Big Band, where Patton was hiding behind a thick cloud of sweet smoke together with Buzz Osborne of the Melvins, and Dave Lombardo of Slayer. I didn’t understand the grumbling of the three guys; they all seemed to be pretty far away, but I was happy to leave with a signed concert ticket and a few insults thrown my way.

The other time, I ran into Patton prior to a Fantomas gig, when he was wandering through the audience between the performance of two other bands, and Mike just produced a huge grin, and gave me a thumbs up when he saw the Iran football shirt that I was wearing.

These were just two very short and insignificant occasions, but I truly hope that those weren’t the last time I meet Mike Patton, one of the true musical geniuses of our time.

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Lyrics to Mojo

Those haunting rhymes are keeping the time,
but they’ll never get through to me.
It’s my party, but I’m waiting for someone to start it.
It’s my party, there’s no one but me in the corner.
Gotta get my mojo runnin’, engine hummin’, don’t I?

Now roll it up and smoke it again.
Now light me up and snort it again.
Now fix it up and shoot it again.
I can’t believe I did it again.

Keep haunting me, taunting me,
but they’ll never get through to me

It’s my party, but I’m waiting for someone to start it
My party, there’s blood on the ceiling, the carpet
Gotta get my mojo runnin’, engine hummin’, don’t I?

Now roll it up and smoke it again.
It’s bottoms up and drink it again.
Now fix it up and shoot it again.
I can’t believe I did it again.

I’m readin’ the signs, makes me wonder why they’re getting through to me.
Gotta get my mojo runnin’, engine hummin’, don’t I?
Gotta get my mojo runnin’, engine hummin’, don’t I?

Now roll it up and smoke it again.
It’s bottoms up and drink it again.
Now fix it up and shoot it again.
I can’t believe I did it again.

Oops, I did it again



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The Lost Tracks Archive

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Pantera Perfected The Art of Shredding Like No Other Band

Deep Purple Sing The Blues Before Breaking Apart

Slayer With Ice T And The Exploited Give The Finger To The System

Great King Rat: A Unknown Queen Piece Of Powerful Heavy Royal Rock

The Who: A Creepy Crawly Horror Show Starring Boris The Spider

On The Hunt With New Model Army And Sepultura

David Bowie’s Newly Shoed Dark Horse Lives In A Criminal World

Ween: Two Longtime Friends And A DAT Machine = Eclectic Music

Beasts Of Bourbon Redefined Guitar-Based Rock’N’Roll

Wet Pussycat And The Unreleased Riff That Describes Stoner Rock

Stepping Stone Finds Its Way Through More Than 50 Years

An Obscure Rolling Stones Song Mick Jagger Wrote In Prison

Hank Williams III: Generation Spanning Sadness, Depression, and Solitude

Lucifer’s Friend Makes Their Mark In “Lost Tracks” With Ride The Sky

Woods Of Ypres Takes Us On A Spiritual Journey In “Lost Tracks”

Old Men’s Desire For War, Seen By Mudhoney, The Founders Of Grunge

Budgie: An Early Influencer Of The Heavy Metal Bands To Come

Aphrodite’s Child: Two Unexpected Greek Titans Of Progressive Rock