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King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime
Studio album by Faith No More
Released March 28, 1995
Recorded 1994 at Bearsville Studios in New York
Genre Alternative metal, experimental rock
Length 56:49
Label Slash
Producer Andy Wallace
Professional reviews
Faith No More chronology
Video Croissant
King for a Day
Fool for a Lifetime

Album of the Year
Singles from King for a Day...
  1. "Digging the Grave"
    Released: February 28, 1995
  2. "Ricochet"
    Released: May 1, 1995
  3. "Evidence"
    Released: May 8, 1995
  4. "The Gentle Art of Making Enemies"
    Released: cancelled, radio only
  5. "Take This Bottle"
    Released: cancelled

King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime is the fifth studio album by Faith No More, released in 1995. It is the first without longtime guitarist Jim Martin. Along with some more traditional Faith No More alternative rock sounds, the album also contains a number of genre blends and parodies, from the smooth, soulful jazz-funk of "Evidence", to the raucous heavy metal of "Cuckoo for Caca", to the lilting country western rock of "Take This Bottle", to the bossa nova of "Caralho Voador". Overall, however, this album is considerably more straight-forward and less experimental than its predecessor, Angel Dust. This is the only Faith No More album to feature guitarist Trey Spruance, who left the group before the start of the supporting tour (and replaced by Dean Menta).

The first single was the heavy number, "Digging the Grave". In the United States, the album debuted at #31 and has sold 223,000 copies as of July 2006 which was well below their previous efforts. The ensuing tour was cut short in the UK and Europe as the public interest waned. Still the album did have impressive enough sales following to go Gold in Europe. In Australia and New Zealand the band continued to get great support from their strong fan base. The album went Gold in both countries and their singles "Digging the Grave", "Evidence" and "Ricochet" all charted well. King for a Day... sold about 1.5 million copies and overall its figures were well below that of Angel Dust and The Real Thing. However, it slowly became a cult favorite among die-hard Faith No More fans.

The cover was designed by New York artist Eric Drooker.



"The Gentle Art of Making Enemies" is one of the heaviest songs on the album. The song's title comes from James McNeill Whistler's 1890 book The Gentle Art of Making Enemies. A single for the song had been planned but was cancelled due to poor record sales. However, the song later appeared on Faith No More's 1998 greatest hits compilation Who Cares a Lot?.

"Star A.D." or "Star After Death" makes an appearance on Faith No More's 2008 compilation The Works. When asked if the song was a reference to Kurt Cobain Mike Patton stated:

God no! It's about a phenomenon. And if that guy happened to be one, I don't know. It's one of those things that happen; it's a Vegas thing. What could be more shameful than having to change your colostomy bag on stage?! Vegas is great, though. I love it. Welcome to America.[1]

Release history

King for a Day... was released as a set of seven 7" vinyl's, in a black cardboard with a sticker of the cover on the front that also included a cardboard fold-out of album artwork with a review by Stephan Chirazzi and a band picture, as well as the standard CD, cassette and vinyl versions.

Track listing

Standard track listing
# Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Get Out"   Patton Patton 2:17
2. "Ricochet"   Patton Gould, Bordin, Patton 4:28
3. "Evidence"   Patton Gould, Bordin, Spruance 4:53
4. "The Gentle Art of Making Enemies"   Patton Gould, Bordin, Patton 3:28
5. "Star A.D."   Patton, Gould Gould, Bordin, Patton 3:22
6. "Cuckoo for Caca"   Patton Gould, Patton, Spruance 3:41
7. "Caralho Voador" (Portuguese for flying dick) Gould, Patton, Bordin Gould, Patton, Bordin 4:01
8. "Ugly in the Morning"   Patton Patton, Spruance, Gould 3:06
9. "Digging the Grave"   Patton Gould, Bordin, Patton 3:04
10. "Take This Bottle"   Patton, Gould Gould 4:59
11. "King for a Day"   Patton Gould, Bottum, Bordin, Patton, Spruance 6:35
12. "What a Day"   Patton Patton, Spruance 2:37
13. "The Last to Know"   Patton Gould, Patton, Bordin 4:27
14. "Just a Man"   Gould, Spruance, Patton Gould, Bottum 5:35
15. "Absolute Zero" (Japanese bonus track) Patton Patton 4:09
16. "I Started a Joke" (Brazilian bonus track) B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb 3:00
17. "Evidence (Spanish)" (Argentinian bonus track) Patton Gould, Bordin, Spruance 4:53


Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Kerrang! United Kingdom "Albums of the Year"[2] 1995 15
Rocksound France "Albums of the Year"[3] 1995 33
ViceVersa Italy "100 Rock Albums"[4] 1996 39
Tylko Rock Poland "100 Albums that Shook Polish Rock"[5] 1999 66
Classic Rock & Metal Hammer United Kingdom "The 200 Greatest Albums of the 90s"[6] 2006 *


Chart positions


Chart Peak
U.S. Billboard 200[7] 31
UK Albums Chart[8] 5
New Zealand RIANZ[9] 3
Germany 8
Switzerland[10] 7
Austria[11] 9
Netherlands[12] 8
Sweden[13] 5
Norway[14] 6
Finland[15] 22


Year Title Peak Chart positions
UK[8] AUS[16] NZ[9] FRA[17] NLD
1995 "Digging the Grave" 16 12 16 23 - 39 11
"Ricochet" 27 58 - - - - -
"Evidence" 32 27 38 - 42 - -


  1. ^ [1], "Faith No More Interview" (Metal Hammer, January 1995,)
  2. ^ "Kerrang! - Albums of the Year". Retrieved 2008-04-08.  
  3. ^ "Rocksound - Albums of the Year". Retrieved 2008-04-08.  
  4. ^ "(Italy) ViceVersa - 100 Rock Albums". Viceversa (Italy). Retrieved 2008-04-07.  
  5. ^ "(Poland) Tylko Rock - 100 Albums that Shook Polish Rock". Tylko Rock (Poland). Retrieved 2008-04-07.  
  6. ^ "Acclaimed Music - Classic Rock and Metal Hammer 200 List". Retrieved 2008-04-08.  
  7. ^ album charts for Faith No More
  8. ^ a b, an archive containing all UK top 40 charts
  9. ^ a b, New Zealand charts page for Faith No More
  10. ^, Swiss charts page for Faith No More
  11. ^, Austrian charts page for 'Faith No More
  12. ^ a b, Dutch charts page for 'Faith No More
  13. ^ a b, Swedish charts page for Faith No More
  14. ^ a b, Norwegian charts page for FNM
  15. ^, Finnish chars page for Faith No More
  16. ^ Australian charts page for Faith No More
  17. ^, French page for Faith No More charts

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