Peanut’s Playground: Forgotten Classics – 3. Faith No More – King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime

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Time for an album of which I know every single word by heart. Well, except for that gibberish in Caralho Voador perhaps. This is an album that dragged me through the dark times after high school, and number 3 in my series Forgotten Classics!

Faith No More – King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime (1995)

On King For A Day… Faith No More perfected their patented “Fuck you, you suck and we are fantastic”-attitude. And with ‘perfected’ I mean PERFECTED.

There isn’t a bad song among the 14, and even better, every single song has its own unique identity. Hard rocking (Get Out, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, Ugly In The Morning), soultripping (Evidence), jazzynova (Star A.D., Cuckoo for Caca), poppy (Ricochet, King For A Day), pastich cliché (Take This Bottle, Just A Man), it’s all here.

And furthermore, I’m betting you have never heard any band ever take the piss more than FNM on this album! Some sample lyrics:

I deserve a reward
’cause I’m the best fuck that you ever had
and if I tighten up my hole –
you may never see the light again

– The Gentle Art Of Making Enemies

Sky is clear tonight
Sky is clear tomorrow
A star is out
I reach for one to sparkle in my hand
A star is out
I will not touch you, I am just a man

– Just A Man

Well whatever. You had to be there. Or something. Just listen, you’ll know what I mean. Also notice the ‘loud-soft-loud-soft-loud’ sequence the songs have. Cool.


1. Get Out

2. Ricochet

3. Evidence

4. The Gentle Art Of Making Enemies

5. Star A.D

6. Cuckoo for Caca

7. Caralho Voador

8. Ugly In The Morning

9. Digging The Grave

10. Take This Bottle

11. King For A Day

12. What A Day

13. The Last To Know

14. Just A Man

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4 comments for “Peanut’s Playground: Forgotten Classics – 3. Faith No More – King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime

  1. matthew wm.
    September 18, 2010 at 7:38 PM

    excellent choice! i rarely hear people talk about this incredibly underrated album. fuck yes!

  2. September 20, 2010 at 6:01 AM

    Holy shit…. never realized how much Tenacious D sound like Faith No More!

  3. carla j
    October 23, 2010 at 5:05 PM
  4. December 1, 2010 at 9:03 AM

    Good blog:D I am going to want some time to think about this article.

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