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Jim Martin
Birth name James Blanco Martin
Born July 21, 1961 (1961-07-21) (age 48)
Oakland, California, United States
Genres Alternative rock, Alternative metal, Thrash metal, Experimental rock
Occupations Musician, Songwriter
Instruments Guitar,Bass,Vocals,Banjo
Years active 1979—present
Associated acts Agents of Misfortune, EZ-Street, Fang, Faith No More, Pigs of Death, Recluse, Spastik Children, The Chickenfuckers, Vicious Hatred, Voodoocult
Notable instruments
Gibson Flying V

James Blanco "Jim" Martin (born July 21, 1961, in Oakland, California),[1] known professionally as Big Jim Martin, is an American guitarist best-known for his membership in the hard rock/metal group Faith No More from 1983 to late 1993. Martin also played guitar with the groups EZ-Street, Vicious Hatred, Agents of Misfortune, Recluse, and Pigs of Death.

Martin was known for his reverse mohawk hairstyle (adopted due to male pattern baldness), bushy beard, and trademark red-rimmed glasses that he wears alone or over another darker pair of glasses.


Early Career

In the early '80s Martin was playing guitar in thrash band Vicious Hatred[2]. He then join the jamming band "Spastik Children", along with schoolmate and close friend Cliff Burton, and James Hetfield. Burton and Hetfield later formed the group Metallica.

Faith No More

Martin joined Faith No More in 1983, two years after the group's formation. He played on their albums We Care a Lot, Introduce Yourself, their breakthrough album The Real Thing with new vocalist Mike Patton replacing Chuck Mosely, and Angel Dust.

Following Angel Dust, Martin left the group for reasons that remain uncertain. On his now-defunct website, Martin stated[citation needed] The Real Thing was FNM's ideal album, both in the creative process and the touring afterwards. The musical about-face that the band took with Angel Dust, including the change in focus from guitars to vocals, did not sit well with Martin. The extent to which Martin did or did not contribute to song writing and recording on Angel Dust is a subject that the band has never clarified one way or the other, except to point out his heavy influence on the track "Jizzlobber." Martin was fired (by fax apparently) by the band on November 30, 1993, after seeing the rehearsals and compositions were not getting better. In fact, the band had recorded and released "Another Body Murdered" (with Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. for the Judgment Night soundtrack) without Martin's participation. Producer Matt Wallace later mentioned in The Real Story (a biographical book about Faith No More) that the death of Martin's father was a factor in the guitarist's departure.[3]

On February 18 2009 Roadrunner Records[4] announced that Martin would not be participating in the rumored Faith No More reunion tour. On February 23 2009, it was announced as part of a press release by Mike Patton that Faith No More would be reuniting for a string of European tour dates.[5],[6] On February 25, shortly after Patton's press release, Bill Gould announced a Faith No more reunion tour and identified the line-up, which excluded Martin.[7]

Solo career

Martin's solo project was originally called "The Behemoth" but he changed the moniker after finding out about a Polish death metal band already named "Behemoth". His first and only solo album to date is entitled "Milk And Blood", on which he covers his former band's song "Surprise! You're Dead", from The Real Thing.

Jim toured as lead guitarist with punk band "Fang" between 1998 and 2000. He then recorded a track on the recording titled Conflict with Anand Bhatt under the name Bhatt/Martin.

He now lives in Castro Valley, California, with his wife and son.

Film Career

In 1991 he appeared as "Sir James Martin" in "Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey". Martin played the head of the "Faith No More Spiritual and Theological Center" in the future. It was a most triumphant cameo.[citation needed]



As a band member

As a featured musician


  1. ^ Godley, Di (1990-09-19). "Amazin' Faith". Smash Hits. Retrieved 2008-08-23. 
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  3. ^ Chirazi, Steffan (1994). The Real Story. Castle Communications. ISBN 1898141150. 
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