"Last Cup of Sorrow" is the third track from Faith No More's sixth studio album Album of the Year. It was released as a single on August 5, 1997. It placed No. 14 on Mainstream Rock Tracks, No.62 on Australia Top 50, and No. 51 on UK Top 100. The artwork is in a similar style to the original poster art for Vertigo.

"Last Cup of Sorrow"
Single by Faith No More
from the album Album of the Year
ReleasedAugust 5, 1997
RecordedBrilliant Studios, San Francisco, CA
GenreAlternative metal
LabelSlash Records
Songwriter(s)Mike Patton
Billy Gould
Producer(s)Roli Mosimann
Billy Gould
Faith No More singles chronology
"Ashes to Ashes"
"Last Cup of Sorrow"

Meaning edit

When asked about the song, Billy Gould replied:

Mike can do a lot of wild things with his voice, for one. But, yeah, he sang through an old Telefunken tube mic, and we compressed the living shit out of it.[1]

Music video edit

The music video, directed by Joseph Kahn, is based on Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, a film dealing with acrophobia.[2] Shooting occurred during 1997 in San Francisco, California.[3] It features the lead singer, Mike Patton dressed in the same outfit as James Stewart's character, trailing a blonde played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, respectively dressed the same as Vertigo's female lead Madeleine. Many scenes are recreated from the film, such as the opening rooftop sequence, Madeleine's plunge into San Francisco bay, Mike moving up and down a stepladder, the belltower sequence complete with the famous Hitchcock Zoom and the psychedelic dream sequence.

The emphasis is mainly on parody, key moments including drummer Mike Bordin sweeping Mike Patton's head in the dream sequence with a broom (presumedly a reference to Vertigo's scene where Midge is describing to Scottie that music can clear the cobwebs out of your head like a broom), bassist Billy Gould cross-dressing, Leigh's character being a black wigged sado-masochist, and Leigh fainting when she sees a shadowy figure in the tower, which ends up being drummer Mike Bordin, who at the end of the video casually starts eating a bagel.

Reception edit

NME said in June 1997 that the song had "robo-vocals" and "funk-spikiness".[4] CMJ called it one of Album of the Year's "best pop songs" in July 1997.[5]

The liner notes for the 2003 compilation This Is It: The Best of Faith No More stated that the song took on "poetic grandeur" following the band's 1998 split.[6]

Consequence of Sound ranked it as the second-greatest Faith No More song in 2015, behind only "Midlife Crisis".[7] In his review for the 2016 deluxe edition of Album of the Year, MXDWN's Sean Hall called the song a "roller coaster ride", remarking, "a bell section that sounds surprisingly like wind chimes functions as a lifesaver to which the listener clings to get themselves through the aggressive guitars, dark bass and creepy vocals, which sound as if they are coming through a radio from The Twilight Zone."[8]

Track listings edit

"Blue Vertigo" cover

  1. "Last Cup of Sorrow" (7" Edit) – 3:15
  2. "Pristina (Billy Gould Mix)" – 4:18
  3. "Last Cup of Sorrow (Roli Mosimann Mix)" – 6:26
  4. "Ashes to Ashes (Dillinja Mix)" – 5:30

"Orange Vertigo" cover

  1. "Last Cup of Sorrow" – 4:12
  2. "Last Cup of Sorrow (Bonehead Mix)" – 4:54
  3. "She Loves Me Not (Spinna Main Mix)" – 4:41
  4. "She Loves Me Not (Spinna Crazy Mix)" – 4:41

Japanese track listing

  1. "Last Cup of Sorrow" (7" Edit) – 3:15
  2. "Pristina (Billy Gould Mix)" – 4:18
  3. "Last Cup of Sorrow (Roli Mosimann Mix)" – 6:26
  4. "Ashes to Ashes (Dillinja Mix)" – 5:30
  5. "Last Cup of Sorrow (Bonehead Mix)" – 4:54
  6. "She Loves Me Not (Spinna Main Mix)" – 4:41
  7. "She Loves Me Not (Spinna Crazy Mix)" – 4:41

Charts edit

Chart (1997) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[9] 66
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 32
UK Singles (OCC)[11] 51
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[12] 14

Footnotes edit

  1. ^ [1], "Faith No More - The Making of Album of the Year" (Keyboard Magazine, September 1997)
  2. ^ Q48 on the FNM website
  3. ^ "Faith No More Images". old.fnm.com. Retrieved July 16, 2020.
  4. ^ "Poo! What a Scorcher!". NME. June 1997.
  5. ^ CMJ, July 1997.
  6. ^ Gargano, Paul (2003). This Is It: The Best of Faith No More (CD booklet). Faith No More. Burbank, CA: Rhino Records.
  7. ^ "Ranking: Every Faith No More Song from Worst to Best". May 13, 2015. Retrieved July 16, 2020.
  8. ^ "Faith No More - King for a Day/Album of the Year Reissues -". September 26, 2016. Retrieved July 16, 2020.
  9. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  10. ^ "Faith No More – Last Cup of Sorrow". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  11. ^ "Faith No More: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 17, 2023.
  12. ^ "Faith No More Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved November 26, 2016.