Birth Year: July 21, 1961
Grew Up In: Hayward, California
Birth Name: James Blanco Martin
The former Faith No More guitarist and singer, Jim Martin
is considered one of the premiere rock guitarists by those in the know.
Inspired by bands such as Black Sabbath and guitarists like Jimi Hendrix, he
picked up guitar and later played for a band called EZ Street along with Cliff
Burton (Metallica). Cliff would bring Mike "Puffy" Bordin into
the band. Mike Borden left EZ Street and later brought Jim into a new band
called Faith No More, which already included Bill Gould and Roddy Bottum.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Faith No More's rise to success in the late 80's produced the
albums We Care a Lot and Introduce Yourself. Their third
album, The Real Thing, went platinum in the United States. However
in 1993 Jim was unceremoniously fired (via fax according to some stories) from
the band and disappeared from the public spotlight for a time.
In 1994 Jim Martin re-emerged and assembled a band called The
Behemoth (this name would later be changed due to a conflict with a European
band using the same name) but an album titled Milk and Blood was released
In 1998 the famed guitarist began touring with a group dubbed
The Jim Martin Orchestra. He later joined a death metal band called
Fang. He has also performed in the studio with the band Primus (which also
appeared in Bogus Journey) and on albums with noted artists Anand clique
Other film appearances by Jim Martin include Splatter
University and the TV movie Miracle in the Woods.
For a list of Jim's acting and
please visit the Internet Movie Database