Faith No More’s Mike Patton Shares His Favorite Horror Music

Mike Patton has always done what’s come naturally.

That’s why he remains one of the most important artists of this generation. From Faith No More’s legendary rightfully deified catalog to his latest release Mondo Cane, a collection of Italian pop songs, Patton always simply followed his heart. With Mondo Cane, Patton actually allows listeners to get closer than ever to him as he covers some of his favorite ’60s Italian pop songs written by legends such as Ennio Morricone. Patton’s voice vibrates with vitality across this new soundscape, as he takes listeners on a journey through the “real” Italy. Mondo Cane hits shelves May 4th via Patton’s very own Ipecac label. Last night, he also provided a rapturous set at Coachella with Faith No More—easily the best of the weekend.


In honor of all things scary, Mike Patton sat down with Bloody Disgusting’s very own Rick Florino (www.bookofdolor.com) for an exclusive interview about his favorite horror music. His list is pretty much the most awesome thing ever and, of course, it’s no surprise… MIKE PATTON’S FAVORITE HORROR MUSIC:

Sounds of Walt Disney’s Haunted Mansion

The dialogue and cues are so vivid that the listener is immediately transported into the dark recesses of Disneyland…I can’t think of a scarier place to be.

Ennio Morricone — Four Flies on Grey Velvet

Incredibly elegant writing and orchestration from the maestro…This music was written for an early Dario Argento film, so there are plenty of slasher elements, but they are handled with the grace and conviction of a modern classical composer. Void of any of the normal musical scare tactics are heard, this is precisely why it is such an effective piece.

Jerry Goldsmith — The Omen

This bombastic score absolutely MADE the movie. Watch the film with mute on and it won’t have nearly the same impact. Imitated by many, but nobody outside of Penderecki can even come close. Definitely gives you “goose bumps.”

Kenny Hopkins / Creed Taylor Orchestra — Shock, Panic and Nightmare

It’s not really a film score but more of a “tone poem” using horror elements and sound effects. This one requires a close listen.

Christopher Komeda — Rosemary’s Baby

Reminds me of the subtlety of a nursery rhyme, except it will keep you up while laying in bed trying to fall asleep. One of my favorites, it’s haunting.

Louis & Bebe Barron — Forbidden Planet

I wish there were more scores like this. It might not be technically horror but I find it disturbing.

Toru Takemitsu — Kwaidan

My favorite fact about this one is that the special electronic effects created for this score are large chunks of wood being broken. Very elegant score…

Oskar Sala — The Birds

The entire score was produced by an early electronic instrument called the “mixurtrautonium.” I am amazed by the skill used to combine sound design and sound effects to create a stirring piece of music. Alfred Hitchcock had an incredible ear.