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Studio Album, released in 1996

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Wuxiapian (2:12)
2. I Killed Him Like a Dog...And He Still Laughed (0:56)
3. Smog (0:45)
4. The Man in the Lower Left Hand Corner of the Photograph (1:47)
5. Robot Sex (Neon) (0:25)
6. Screams of the Asteroid (0:55)
7. Robot Sex (B/W) (0:16)
8. Porno Holocaust (1:00)
9. Inconsolable Widows in Search of Distraction (3:09)
10. Hurry Up and Kill Me...I'm Cold (0:06)
11. Man Alone in Steambath (1:01)
12. Guinea Pig 1 (0:35)
13. Guinea Pig 2 (1:26)
14. Guinea Pig 3 (0:16)
15. Guinea Pig 4 (1:42)
16. A Woman with the Skin of the Moon (0:37)
17. A Lizard with the Skin of a Woman (1:38)
18. Catheter (1:18)
19. Fix It So the Bruises Don't Show (1:20)
20. Robot Sex (Watercolors) (0:24)
21. A Ceremony of Senses, an Alibi in the Red Light District (0:40)
22. Butterfly in a Glass Maze (2:19)
23. A Leper with the Face of a Baby Girl (2:40)
24. The One Armed vs. 9 Killers (1:17)
25. Pillow Biter (2:42)
26. Raped on a Bed of Sand (1:46)
27. Violence to the 5th (2:17)
28. Red Mouth, Black Orgasm (0:26)
29. Wuxiapian Fantastique (0:16)
30. A Smile, a Slap in the Face, a Fart, a Kiss on the Mouth (0:26)
31. Private Lessons on Planet Eros (0:36)
32. Pneumonia with Complications (0:13)
33. Orgy in Reverb (10 Kilometers of Lust) (4:53)

Total Time 42:19

Line-up / Musicians

- Mike Patton / vocals, composer & producer

Releases information

Recorded and mixed in fine hotel rooms around the world using a TASCAM 4-track Portastudio

Artwork: Kimsu Theiler

CD Tzadik ‎- TZ 7015 (1996, US)

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MIKE PATTON Adult Themes for Voice ratings distribution

(23 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(9%)
Good, but non-essential (22%)
Collectors/fans only (30%)
Poor. Only for completionists (39%)

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Review by Bj-1
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2 stars Being a Mike Patton fan I decided to check out his two solo albums released under his own name. I first got "Pranzo Oltranzista" which was an excellent avant-garde release in the vein of some of John Zorn's works. Ignoring all warnings I picked up this one too eventually and well, this certainly isn't for the faint of heart. This album was recorded in various hotel rooms in 1995/96 during a Faith No More tour, and the only instruments used are Patton's vocals and a track mixer. Patton basically makes some random noise with his mouth and then often mixes it into something even more bizarre than it already is. Sometimes the result actually works well and there are several tracks here that actually are very interesting to listen to but unfortunately, 45 minutes with all tracks only be in this style quickly get too much and rather swamps the project rather than making it into something extraordinary. I'm not saying that there isn't variety here cause this album is very varied all the time, kinda like Fantômas' first album without instruments, yet it gets too much after a while even though it is very original. This album is really inaccessible too and is one of the best examples of a "like it or hate it" album. I think most people will hate it rather than liking it.

A very interesting release; bizarre, noisy and pure weirdness is the best descriptions I can give to this one. Unfortunately I can't recommend this one to anyone but the most hardcore Patton fans, or people who wants a highly experimental vocal album. I would have given it more than 2 stars for its interesting and original concept, but it's inaccessibility and noisy approach only merits it to 2 stars on my scale. Patton collectors and fans only!

Review by 1800iareyay
2 stars Mike Patton has got to be the most versatile singer ever. He can do anything, even imitate noises. While touring with Faith No More, he recorded vocal parts on over 30 tracks and mixed them for a solo release. The songs consist of Patton using his gift for imitation to make a rather bizarre and completely inaccessible record. Think Disco Volante, then place it in a vault and drop it in the ocean. This is interesting if you are alrready a Patton fan, but it doesn't hold my attention for 40 minutes. This album is for only the most open-minded of listeners/die-hard fans of Mr. Patton. I suggest getting his second outing, "Pranzo Oltranzista, which has the benefit of actual instruments other than vocals.

Grade: D

Review by ProgBagel
1 stars Mike Patton - 'Adult Themes For Voice' 1 star

I can't take this.

This is one of those albums, that no matter how interesting and unconventional, just gets completely unlistenable. I just about every album where Patton is featured on vocals, the music mixed in with his vocal work is usually pretty interesting, but an album of him doing his 'trademark' vocal work can be one of the most irritating things to the ear. What this album contains is 33 fairly short to some going above a minute of Mike Patton shrieking and making noises as varied as he possibly can. That is simply the only way I can describe te content on the album. As far as my opinion goes, it is annoying, overdone and dumb. A one-star rating is the best I can possibly give this work.

Review by Conor Fynes
1 stars 'Adult Themes For Voice' - Mike Patton (1/10)

Mike Patton has one of the greatest vocal ranges around. Best known for his work with Faith No More and Mr. Bungle, the man is a legend, well-known for his eccentric personality and remarkably inventive music. Keeping that in mind, there's no reason why 'Adult Themes For Voice' should have been such a travesty. Mike Patton has no dearth of creative energy, and his voice can be challenging and beautiful all at once. What we have here though is something that's weird, without necessarily being creative. Instead of using his voice to its potential, Patton defaults on cheap gimmicks and bad humour. Listening to street traffic is more entertaining than this.

It feels odd that such a musical intelligence like Mike Patton has created one of the worst albums I have ever heard, and I only wish it wasn't true. Created with a four track portastudio, I imagine it took more time to think out the thirty four stupid song titles than it took to compose this, that is, if a composition stage ever took place. To put it bluntly; 'Adult Themes For Voice' consists of forty plus minutes of Patton making various noises into a lo-fi microphone. To Patton's credit, the listener is privileged to a wide variety of different vocal noises, from monkey screams, to monkey howls, to heavy breathing, and even a few hand claps thrown in there for the sake of variety. Often, Patton's screaming ends up sounding like harsh radio static, due to the cheap recording.

Musical open mindedness is obviously an issue with every avant-garde album a listener will come across, but not every experiment is genius. Save for a couple of bland echo effects, this is a forty minute exercise in complete, utter ambivalence on the part of Mike Patton. The only thing here is his voice, and if 'Adult Themes' was all you had to go by, you would not even guess that he may be one of the greatest vocalists of the modern age. An experiment with vocal noise could have been brilliant if it was done the right way, but this is at best a squandered concept, and at worst, the most tasteless waste of talent I have ever come across.

Review by siLLy puPPy
2 stars MIKE PATTON's first solo album ADULT THEMES FOR VOICE is a bona fide journey into the avant garde. Unlike anything else in his career before or after he decided to splice and dice vocal recordings he made in hotel rooms on a mini-recorder and for whatever reason released them for the world to scrutinize. This is just his vocals and some production manipulations. With such a low rating it seems like much of the world is not in tune with Mr PATTON's strange and bizarre world of vocal shredding. This album is in the same vein as Demetrio Stratos' solo albums where Mike is simply showing us his ability to take his voice to strange unthought of places. Strange indeed. At times he screams, squeaks and moans, howls like a monkey and does things I lack the proper vocabulary to describe.

This album was inspired by his love of Japanese noise bands like Hanatarash. I have owned this for quite a while but have only listened to it a handful of times. It is basically a sonic diary of a creative vocalist spontaneously doing what he feels inspired to do and then taking it apart and sewing it back together. The result is a very mixed bag. I actually find some of this stuff highly creative and a tad interesting. This isn't however an album that one puts on often because 45 minutes of its inconsistency is a little too much. Some tracks taken on their own are downright ingenious and beyond bizarre. An interesting experiment but I would definitely file this one in the "collector's / fan" category because very few will find anything redeeming in this. I actually much prefer Mike's following album "Pranzo Oltranzista." That is a truly bizarre avant-garde album that works for its entirety.

Latest members reviews

3 stars Mike Patton has a large cult following for his versatility & diversity.He's contributed guest vocals to dozens of bands such as The Dillinger Escape Plan,The X-ecutioners,Bjork & massive attack whilst leading his own bands & projects such as Tomahawk,Fantomas,Lovage,Mondo Cane and maintaining a so ... (read more)

Report this review (#247888) | Posted by mrcozdude | Monday, November 2, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This Patton album is certainly original, i think everyone will give him that. Sometimes these experiments work, sometimes they don't. For me, this one did, just can't stop listening to it. Most of the songs differ from each other a lot, each has it's own unique sound. But they have a lot in commo ... (read more)

Report this review (#173448) | Posted by tired_time | Tuesday, June 10, 2008 | Review Permanlink

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