Chuck Mosley’s friends and family have launched a GoFundMe campaign
to help cover the former Faith No More singer’s funeral expenses and to stage a “large scale, loud, bright, beautiful concert to celebrate the music he gifted us with over the years.”
In addition, the members of the industrial group Primitive Race (of which Mosley was a member) have announced that they’ll plan to donate proceeds from the sale of their recent album to MusiCares, a not-for-profit charity whose services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies.
“Mark [Gemini Thwaite], Erie [Loch], and I wish to express our deepest condolences to his [Mosley's] soulmate Pip Logan, their children Erica and Sophie, Grandson Wolfgang, and dearest friend, Doug Esper,” says band member Chris Kniker in a statement. “Unfortunately, Chuck’s premature demise left his family without the means to send him off properly and move into their next phase of life. Addiction is a horrible burden to bear for the afflicted and their loved ones. If you are, or know someone who needs help, don’t be afraid to ask. Help is only a call away. For more information on available resources, please visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
In 2009, I wrote a lengthy story about former Faith No More singer Chuck Mosley. Mosley had finally finished a 10-years-in-the-making solo album, the aptly titled Will Rap Over Hard Rock for Food
Despite Mosley's long layoff, the album received some national attention. Billboard magazine covered it, and AOL streamed tracks prior to its release next week. At about the time of its release, Mosely played a Milwaukee gig opening for Korn in front of 5,000 fans.
At that time, things seemed to be looking up for the talented frontman.
Sadly, Mosley died yesterday. He was 57. A statement issued by his family identifies the cause of death: "[He died] 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."
Faith No More also issued a statement last night.
It’s with a heavy, heavy heart we acknowledge the passing of our friend and bandmate, Chuck Mosley," reads the band's statement. "He was a reckless and caterwauling force of energy who delivered with conviction and helped set us on a track of uniqueness and originality that would not have developed the way it had had he not been a part. How fortunate we are to have been able to perform with him last year in a reunion style when we re-released our very first record. His enthusiasm, his sense of humor, his style and his bravado will be missed by so many. We were a family, an odd and dysfunctional family, and we’ll be forever grateful for the time we shared with Chuck."
An L.A. native, Mosley was hanging out in Venice Beach, spending as much time near the ocean as possible when he started attending shows in East Hollywood and joined a band called the Animated with Billy Gould. That lasted a few years, until Gould left for UC-Berkeley. Gould would go on to form Faith No Man, which evolved into Faith No More, an art-metal band that had a rotating cast of singers. The guys liked Mosley, who sang with them whenever they played L.A., so they asked him to join the group, and the band's first album, 1985's We Care a Lot
, was issued on the indie label Mordam and generated a bona fide hit with the anti-anthem title track.
Right after the release of the equally ambitious Introduce Yourself
in 1987, Mosley was booted from the band. He says that contrary to rumors, his drug problem began after his dismissal, not before.
"When we were in the band, I didn't have a drug problem," he told us for that 2009 story. "I would do drugs. But after the third show and the band became serious, I realized I couldn't do drugs because of the energy output. Whenever we were working, I didn't do drugs. Sometimes people offer you stuff on the road, and sometimes I take it. You know, mushrooms and acid and a line of coke. It was on downtime when I got bored that I would go off and do stuff. But that wasn't why they fired me. They said I quit, and I told them they can't say that. Then rumors started up on the Internet, and I became a real terrible person. It became a liability on the business side. That hurt me financially when I wanted to get a record deal."
After leaving Faith No More, Mosley got back together with his pre-Faith No More punk band, Haircuts That Kill. In 1990, he was asked to go on the road with Bad Brains, to replace singer HR. Mosley called that two-year arrangement "boot camp for rock 'n' roll."
After his Bad Brains stint, Mosley put together a hard-rock band called Cement that released a couple of albums and toured until a horrible auto accident left Mosley with a broken back. The injury, combined with other life changes (most notably, a girlfriend and daughter) prompted him to leave the rock 'n' roll lifestyle behind.
In 1996 Mosley decided to leave L.A. for Cleveland ("cheaper real estate," he told us). His "five-year plan" involved bonding with his daughter and recording his first solo album.
Two years after moving to Cleveland, Mosley teamed up with Cobra Verde/Uptown Sinclair/Sweet Apple guitarist Tim Parnin, Cement drummer Doug Duffy and Abdullah bassist Ed Stephens and started working on some tracks, a few of which he had demoed in L.A.
Mosley continued to work on new material, and Parnin had just played a show with Mosley last week.
His record label has posted a touching tribute to him on its Facebook site