Mike Patton's Mondo Cane
Earlier this year, Mike Patton he of Faith No More and Mr. Bungle fame released what may be his most idiosyncratic project yet: Mondo Cane. Named for the 1960s Italian gross-out documentary that spawned, among other things, the Faces of Death series, Mondo Cane actually features Patton singing classic Italian pop from the '50s and '60s with a full orchestra and a relatively straight face. If it sounds unlikely, it's not: Patton's ex-wife is Italian, and he spent the better part of six years in the country, learning the language and falling in love with the music. It's a bizarrely great album, one that randomly neared the top of Billboard's classical charts this year. If you knew nothing about Italian pop before Mondo Cane, let us introduce you to some of its delicious, over-the-top fabulousness with our playlist that mingles Patton's covers with the originals. And if you care to learn about the artists who influenced him, read on.