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King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime
     

King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime

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by Faith No More
 

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Longtime Faith No More guitarist Jim Martin split from the band under less-than-amicable circumstances in 1994. Consequently, the group hired Trey Spruance (the guitarist from Mike Patton's other band, Mr. Bungle) to handle six-string duties for 1995's King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime. While it wasn't

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Longtime Faith No More guitarist Jim Martin split from the band under less-than-amicable circumstances in 1994. Consequently, the group hired Trey Spruance (the guitarist from Mike Patton's other band, Mr. Bungle) to handle six-string duties for 1995's King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime. While it wasn't exactly the mind-bending masterpiece that 1992's Angel Dust was, it was easily their most musically straightforward album and was another challenging, exceptional release. As on Angel Dust, Patton truly shines on vocals, as he tackles any genre put in front of him -- romantic love songs (the soulful smooth funk of "Evidence"), bile-spitting rants of hate ("The Gentle Art of Making Enemies"), cacophonous freak-outs ("Ugly in the Morning"), gospel (the lighthearted album closer, "Just a Man"), and breezy pop ("Caralho Voador"). But there was also plenty of FNM's signature heavy sound to go around -- the furious opener "Get Out," "Ricochet," "Cuckoo for Caca," "Digging the Grave," "The Last to Know," and the almost progressive title track. While Spruance did a masterful job of filling in the shoes of an integral founding member, he abruptly split from the band himself on the eve of the album's ensuing worldwide tour (replaced by roadie Dean Mentia). King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime remains one of Faith No More's underrated releases.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/28/1995
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624572329
catalogNumber:
45723
Rank:
63322

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Faith No More   Primary Artist
Mike Bordin   Drums,Group Member
Roddy Bottum   Keyboards,Group Member
Bill Gould   Bass Guitar,Group Member
Mike Patton   Group Member
Trey Spruance   Guitar

Technical Credits

Faith No More   Producer
Stephanie Gelfan   Contributor
Loris Holland   Contributor
Danny Levin   Contributor
Abby Newton   Contributor
Clif Norrell   Engineer
Andy Wallace   Producer
Dan Wilensky   Contributor
Onita Boone   Contributor
Lynette Golbert   Contributor
Anthony Kadleck   Contributor
Teresa Miller   Contributor
Robert Moe   Contributor
Michelle Morehead   Contributor
Marlon Mundy   Contributor
Marla Rathbun   Contributor
Eric Drooker   Illustrations

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King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album doesn't sound anything like FNM's other albums, but that is a good thing. The presence of Mr. Bungle guitarist Trey Spruance is felt on this album, as are many more Bungle influences, especially on Star A.D and Caralho Voador. Patton reaches new cacophonic heights, screaming and gurgling (see Ugly in the Morning) and soulfully crooning (see Evidence). He shows of a diversity seldom seen in music. Billy Gould is excellent on bass and Mike Bordin does some challenging and diverse drumming. The keyboards aren't around as much on this album as they were on previous releases. All in all, an excellent album. My personal favorite tracks are Digging the Grave, the Gentle Art of Making Enemies, Cuckoo for Caca, Ricochet, and Just a Man.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album has it good sides and bad sides: It is very heavy rock but some tracks are too weird: Star A.D., Cralho Voador, Take this Bottle. They are too slow tracks for this album. This is very rough album! The best tracks are definitely slow tracks Evidence and Just a Man. Fast Tracks, The gentle Art of Making Enemies, Digging the Grave, Get Out, WHat a Day, Ugly in the Morning are good live songs!