General Patton vs The X-ecutioners
Mike Patton: Vocals
DJ Rob Swift: Turntables
Grandmaster Roc Raida: Turntables
DJ Total Eclipse: Turntables
Mike Patton has taken on a lot of different musical styles over the years, but what about hip-hop? Now before you start having nightmares of Mr. Patton dressed up in his own designer clothing line with gold chains, and spouting off about 'representing,' relax - he's still the same old loveable vocal terrorizer that we all know and love. It's just that now he's hooked up with one of the world's most respected DJ groups, New York City's The X-ecutioners, for their first ever collaboration together, GENERAL PATTON VS. THE X-ECUTIONERS.
Best known as the front man for Faith No More and Mr. Bungle, Patton has long been considered one of the top (and most versatile) singers in all of rock. Additionally, Patton is the co-head of Ipecac Recordings (along with partner Greg Werckman), and is a member of various other bands - Fantômas, Tomahawk, and Peeping Tom - in addition to appearing on countless recordings by other artists. Patton has also recently branched out into other areas as well, including acting (playing two separate roles in Steve Balderson's 'Firecracker'), and scoring the music for a videogame for Rockstar Games. The X-ecutioners on the other hand, have long been one of the most respected DJ crews in all of hip-hop, issuing albums both on their own (including 2002's 'Built From Scratch,' which peaked at #15 on the Billboard Top 200), as well as with others (Organized Konfusion, The Beatnuts, Artifacts, etc.). The trio also was the opening act on Eminem's 2002 Anger Management Tour.
The collaboration came about after both factions performed a few improvisational live shows together. With the sweet scent of chemistry soon wafting through the air, it was decided to take it a step further - collaborate on a full-on recording. Patton supplied the X-Men (as they are also known) with select records from his collection to build 'blocks of sound' with, before the singer added overdubs and concentrated on whipping the sounds into full-fledged arrangements. What followed is the first recording that Patton has ever recorded and mixed into his own computer, without the aid of anyone else.
What you get are 23 tracks that approximate a head-on collision between hip-hop and the wild and whacky world of Ipecac. Featuring both structured compositions and tracks that give 'cut and paste' a whole new meaning, GENERAL PATTON VS. THE X-ECUTIONERS is an audio feast, albeit for those with a strong stomach. Who else but Patton could come up with "Duelling Banjo Marching Drill," which sees the singer assuming the persona of a drill instructor (that would make Louis Gossett Jr. and R. Lee Ermey green with envy)?
The four-man army is eyeing their first full-fledged tour in 2005. Get ready to fall in line and salute - LEFT SHOULDER, HUT!