Top 100 Artists of the Decade: #66 Mike Patton
The Top 100 Artists of the Decade list will be posted over the course of 100 days. On September 23rd, we will post one artist and continue every day until December 31st, when we will unveil our #1 artist of the decade!
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#66 Mike Patton
I have to be honest. I don't really listen to Mike Patton's music. Seriously, I don't - maybe once per year and those annual listens aren't even my choice. They usually happen when a friend will force me to listen to it on their iPod when they think I'm vulnerable. But, I have to be honest still, I love what I hear. However, even though I love it at the moment, I still don't pursue more. What the fuck?
There's a perfectly logical explanation for this. I just don't like Mike Patton's music. Wait, what the fuck? Alright, alright. Let me elaborate.
When I hear Mike Patton's music, once per year, it's not his music that I love - it's Mike Patton that I love. Wait, what the fuck? Dude, not in that way. I love that I can never expect anything from Mike Patton because he's constantly re-inventing himself. He is always branching off to form new groups and new sounds. Whether it's the creepy sensuality of Lovage, the heaviness of Fantomas, the intensity of Tomahawk, or the hip-hop antics of Peeping Tom, Mike Patton is constantly breaking down the borders of genre and uniting audiences. This is why I love Mike Patton. He takes a recklessly diplomatic approach to creating music and, even if the result is not to your tastes, there is no denying that he is one of the most influential artists of our time.