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King For A Day… Fool For A Lifetime – Faith No More

King For A Day… Fool For A Lifetime

1995, 8/10
Jim Martin left Faith No More after Angel Dust, pursuing a career in championship pumpkin growing. He was replaced by Trey Spruance, from Mike Patton’s side-project Mr. Bungle. King For A Day also had little input from Roddy Bottum, the keyboardist struggling with the recent deaths of his father and of Kurt Cobain, and his synth sounds are largely absent.

The resulting album is the most eclectic in Faith No More’s discography, and possibly in anyone’s discography, putting abrasive material like ‘Cuckoo For Caca’ and ‘Ugly in the Morning’ against smooth pieces like ‘Caralho Voador’ and ‘Evidence’. The smooth lounge jazz of ‘Evidence’ is perhaps the album’s most unexpected departure, but King For A Day covers a lot of ground. Straight-forward rockers like ‘Ricochet’ and ‘Digging The Grave’ are different from the funk metal that populated Faith No More’s previous albums, while the title track ventures close to progressive rock.

If Angel Dust was one of the weirdest, most intense albums to reach mainstream popularity, King For A Day.. Fool For A Lifetime is one of the most diverse.

4 thoughts on “King For A Day… Fool For A Lifetime – Faith No More Leave a comment

  1. If you wanna know this is my fave FNM album by far and it should 10/10 or would be for me. I did write about it on my blog somewhere but can’t be bother to look for it right now. I think Jim was an over rated guitar player but it just seem to be me of that opinion! Are you going to do any other Mike Patton bands/projects on your blog now or soon?

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      • Yeah, Mr. Bungle are great, I think Disco V is my fave from them. I’m really digging Dead Cross ATM his brand new album/band, it’s only just out like this week or something. Out of everything he’s done my fave would be his debut solo album, yet again from the 90’s which is just him and a 4-track in hotels rooms on tour, it’s called Adult Themes For Voice. After FNM, Bungle most people really love the band called Tomahawk but I never dig them as much even if the guitar player was from The Jesus Lizard, another fave band of mine so you would I would love them but not the case, maybe you might like them more than me? I love Patton’s soundtracks but I like soundtracks way to much anyway.
        Keep up the good work! 🙂

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