King for a Day… Fool for a Lifetime, released in 1995 (see 1995 in music), was the fifth studio album by Faith No More, and 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, this album is considerably more straight-forward and less experimental than its predecessor, Angel Dust. However, it slowly became a cult favorite among die-hard Faith No More fans. 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 punk-like 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 following to go Gold in Europe.In Australia and New Zealand the band continued to get great support from their strong fan base. KFAD…FFAL went Gold in both countries and their singles ‘Digging The Grave, Evidence & 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 & The Real Thing.
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.”
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.
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