Remembering Chuck Mosley
Chuck Mosley 1959 – 2017
In summer 2016 I responded to a tweet to help publish a CD version of a record by an American band called “Indoria” who had been working with ex-Faith No More singer Chuck Mosley, ahead of his tour of the UK. Said CD would be part of his merch, taken on a 28 gig trek around the UK, with his friend Douglas Esper, author, musician and Chuck’s acting manager. Doug is friends with my mate Frank, a MEOW collaborator, so through this friend of a friend, I was able to set up a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Now anyone who knows me knows I am Faith No More’s biggest fan. I mean, I’m 6 foot 6 and I have every release, every book, magazine clippings, posters, patches, tshirts, I can quote all their lyrics, play keyboard parts for a lot of their songs (most of Angel Dust) and I’ve seen them live three times. BIG fan. So the idea of seeing Chuck live, which was my original plan, then actually work with him on releasing a record, on my label, blew my mind.
After several weeks of chat with Doug to get the masters and artwork for their album “You’ll Never Make The Six”, we got a CD made, adding the Infinite Hive logo and catalogue number IHINCD007 and got the CDs to tour manager Andy in time for the first few shows. It was a super-quick turnaround. Chuck had just played a couple of reunion shows with Faith No More over in the states, to celebrate the re-release of his first record “We Care A Lot” with them. Doug sent me “Dude! I’m with Faith No More right now!” messages and backstage photos, we all squealed like true fanboys, Frank and I at one point colluding to see if we could get over to LA for the show, anyway, we didn’t, so we vowed to meet up with Doug, Andy and Chuck in Glasgow and Edinburgh during their tour.
This proved to be the most fun/bizarre weekend of my life, Chuck was one of the most gracious people I have ever met, let alone “famous people”, although, that isn’t a term I use, people are people, I was always taught to treat everyone with respect and care, so my experiences are generally positive. We all hung out between shows, talked about music, our lives, backgrounds, jokes, cultural observations, we became friends. Doug and Andy too, are great mates of mine to this day. When Chuck and Doug went onstage and did their thing, I cheered, clapped, sang and laughed along with everyone else in the crowd as they went through songs, old, new, familiar and even surprising. We recoiled in horror as Doug bled all over his Congos, a hand injury never allowed to heal as he soldiered on. I got into a very metaphysical conversation with local musician Michael Branagh over whether or not Chuck singing “Take This Bottle” counted as a cover song.
Afterwards I facetimed with Michele, Doug’s wife and collaborator in Indoria. I still want to meet her in person and tell her how amazing her vocal is. Anyway, all three shows I saw were great. Chuck was funny, I didn’t expect that. By that I mean witty, sharp, really quick. Lots of things have been said about him, how did everyone miss that? The five of us made each other laugh constantly in the tour van, hanging out in the New Hellfire Club record store, Nice ‘n Sleazy, Bannermans.
As the guys moved on with the rest of their tour, I carried on my label duties, enlisting our PR company, Manila, to publicise shows, helping find support for gigs in parts of the country where I had contacts, updating show posters, all that good stuff. By the time Chuck, Doug and Andy, who ended up playing on stage with them, the lucky and super talented sod, finished their tour, I had booked a week in Spain to go and chill out. We had all worked really hard from different angles to make their time here a success.
There were so many wonderful moments, mostly powered by the fans; people who had seen Chuck in Faith No More in the old days, people who thought they never would (including me) and friends of mine who were ecstatic for me that here was a member of my favourite band of all time, on an Infinite Hive record. Local bands who loved his work wanted to work with me, artists on the label benefited from the extra attention an established artist like he brings, we all made lots of new friends and started planning the next record, future tours, what we would do better next time, how we could push things to the next level.
Less than a year later, Chuck and Doug were out on the road in the states, with a backing band. Chuck also worked on an amazing record with rockers Primitive Race, there was more Indoria being produced, this looked like the start of a really creative, new phase for Chuck Mosley. At one point there were rumours that he wanted to move over to the UK, with Cardiff being talked about as a new base of operations! It was an exciting time.
Sadly, it was not to be, in November 2017 I got the news from Doug that Chuck had passed away. I was devastated. Just when I had gotten used to the idea of promoting records, booking gigs, taking the highs and lows, the frustrations and rewards this industry brings in my stride, this was a tough pill to swallow. But overwhelmingly because I had just lost a friend.
Nobody tells you how to act in those situations. There were all sorts going on, especially on social media, where we all vent our feelings now. I called Frank, Andy, Stu from Somaesthesia and a few other friends. I wanted them to hear the terrible news from a person, from a friend, not a Facebook post or a tweet or something. This is the first time I’ve talked about this publicly, because I have been terrified of saying or doing the wrong thing,while coping with my own grief privately. Someone bad mouthed Chuck on a Faith No More Facebook page in April this year. I got banned from Facebook for three months for my response to them.
But I’m ready now. Ready to remember how Chuck lived. Singing, playing guitar, joking, eating cheeseburgers in the van, him smoking too much or downing beers like water, saying “yes” to every fan request for an autograph or a picture, covering Faith No More songs that Mike Patton did and celebrating over the phone with me when I got engaged in Spain. What a fun dude.
I still have some copies of the Indoria CD “You’ll Never Make The Six” to share and now we are happy to announce that we can host it on this new site, for you too. Please check it out in the shop.
The record label boss. It’s a dirty job but someone’s gotta do it.