Billy Gould

Billy Gould

Infobox musical artist

Name = Billy Gould
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Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = William David Gould
Alias =
Born = birth date and age|1963|4|24
Died =
Origin = Los Angeles, California, United States
Instrument = Bass, Guitar
Genre = Funk, punk, rock, Metal
Occupation = Musician, Songwriter, Producer
Years_active = 1979—present
Label =
Associated_acts = Black Diamond Brigade
Fear and the Nervous System
Fear Factory
Faith No Man
Faith No More
Shandi's Addiction
The Animated
The Chickenfuckers

Willam David Gould (born William David Gould, 24 April 1963 in Los Angeles, California) is a musician and producer. He is noted for playing bass in the band Faith No More.


Gould started playing the bass while he was at Loyola High School in Los Angeles with future Faith No More keyboardist Roddy Bottum. His first band during these early years was named "The Animated," a genre-bending new wave outfit. In the early 1980s he moved to San Francisco to begin his studies and got involved with several underground bands. At this time he met drummer Mike Bordin and guitarist Jim Martin. Soon after that Gould formed a band with Bordin, keyboardist Wade Worthington, (Quickly replaced with Roddy Bottum) and guitarist/vocalist Mike 'The Man' Morris named Faith No Man, which eventually became Faith No More.

In the mid-nineties Gould began to work as producer and in 1997 he co-produced Faith No More's last record "Album of the Year" with the former Swans drummer Roli Mosimann. He is now the CEO of Koolarrow Records. In the 1990s Gould sometimes played with the Mexican grindcore band Brujeria. He was also involved in several supergroups, such as Shandi's Addiction (with Maynard Keenan, Brad Wilk and Tom Morello) as well as Black Diamond Brigade (with Norwegian rock musicians Euroboy, Torgny Amdam, Tarjei Strøm and Sigurd Wongraven). Furthermore, he played with Wayne Kramer and Fear Factory, and produced CMX's "Vainajala" album. His latest musical efforts are a guest appearance on Romanian nu-metal band Coma's new album, due out later this fall, and the production of the new album for the German rock band Harmful, and have also toured with them the whole year 2007. The band is having a break and Billy continues his work back in USA again.

Most recently, Bill has joined up with all star band Fear and the Nervous System, featuring members of Limp Bizkit, Korn, Bad Religion, and others. The first album is due out for release in August 2008.

For most of Faith No More's career, he used a Zon bass, but started with an Aria later on, and can be seen with a Fender Jazz in the music video for Evidence [ [ YouTube - Faith No More: Evidence ] ] . He began with Peavey amplifiers, then moved to Ampeg amplifiers. He is known for employing a wide variety of playing styles.

Billy Gould will be playing bass in Jello Biafra's new band The Axis Of Evildoers along with Ralph Spight (Victims Family, Freak Accident, Hellworms, etc.) on guitar, and Jon Weiss (Sharkbait, Horsey, Tonnage, etc.) on drums. They made their debut at Jello Biafra's 50th-birthday celebration June 16 and 17, 2008 at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.


As a band member

Faith No Man

*1982: "Quiet in Heaven/Song of Liberty"

Faith No More

*1985: "We Care a Lot"
*1987: "Introduce Yourself"
*1989: "The Real Thing"
*1992: "Angel Dust"
*1995: "King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime"
*1997: "Album of the Year"

Fear and the Nervous System

*2008: "Untitled debut album"

As a featured musician

*2005: Fear Factory – "Transgression", "Echo of my Scream", "Supernova"
*2006: Coma – "Nerostitele", "Mai Presus De Cuvinte"


*1995: "Engove" – instrumental remix of "Caffeine", originally by Faith No More. Appeared on "Metallurgy, Vol. 1", released 1995-12-12.


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