The Real Thing is the third album released by Faith No More in 1989. It was their first record with Mike Patton and became their breakthrough. On this album, Faith No More advanced their sound range combining metal, hardcore punk, hip hop, funk, jazz, and soul.
The Real Thing is a play by Tom Stoppard, first performed in 1982. It examines the nature of honesty, and its use of a play within a play is one of many levels on which the author teases the audience with the difference between semblance and reality.
The Real Thing is a compilation of studio and live acoustic recordings by Midnight Oil, and includes a cover version of Russell Morris's classic "The Real Thing".