Midlife Crisis (4:16)

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“Midlife Crisis” is a song by the band Faith No More, from their fourth studio album Angel Dust. According to singer Mike Patton “The song is based on a lot of observation and a lot of speculation. But in sort of a pointed way its kind of about Madonna… I think it was a particular time where I was being bombarded with her image on TV and in magazines and her whole schtick kind of speaks to me in that way… like she’s going through some sort of problem. It seems she’s getting a bit desperate.” The song also had a working title of ‘Madonna’.

Patton has also denied that the song is about having a midlife crisis, as he didn’t know what one would feel like, but says “it’s more about creating false emotion, being emotional, dwelling on your emotions and in a sense inventing them.”

The song contains a sample from “Cecilia”, as performed by Simon and Garfunkel and another from “Car Thief”, as performed by The Beastie Boys.

“Midlife Crisis” is featured on the soundtrack for the videogames Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 and also Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, on the fictional Alternative station Radio X.

This song was covered by the band Bile on their 2002 cover album, The Copy Machine. It was also covered by band Disturbed on their album Indestructible (as a B-side track).

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