For his Mondo Cane covers record in 2010, Patton drew influence from Bologna in Italy, where he’d been residing; as it happens, he’d spent most of his time there listening to Italian pop tunes from the 50s and 60s. “This is like a snapshot of me getting to know Italy,” he said of the record. “It’s my love affair with Italy and Morricones music.”
Comprising a 40-piece orchestra, (sometimes including the odd member of Mr Bungle), a band of 15 and a choir (all arranged by Mike), Mondo Cane is far grander than your standard musical love affair; the sleazy-yet-sweeping rendition of Ennio Morricone’s Deep Down is worth the admission price alone. And yes, Patton does speak fluent Italian.