Everything's Ruined

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"Everything's Ruined"
Single by Faith No More
from the album Angel Dust
Released November 9, 1992
Format 3" & 5" CD
7" Vinyl
Cassette
Recorded Coast Recorders in Brilliant Studios San Francisco, California January – March 1992[1]
Genre Alternative metal, art rock
Length 4:34
Label Slash Records
Writer(s) Music:
Billy Gould
Roddy Bottum
Mike Patton

Lyrics:
Mike Patton
Billy Gould

Producer(s) Matt Wallace
Faith No More singles chronology
"A Small Victory"
(1992)
"Everything's Ruined"
(1992)
"Easy"
(1993)
Angel Dust track listing
  1. "Land of Sunshine"
  2. "Caffeine"
  3. "Midlife Crisis"
  4. "RV"
  5. "Smaller and Smaller"
  6. "Everything's Ruined"
  7. "Malpractice"
  8. "Kindergarten"
  9. "Be Aggressive"
  10. "A Small Victory"
  11. "Crack Hitler"
  12. "Jizzlobber"
  13. "Midnight Cowboy"
  14. "Easy"
  15. "As the Worm Turns"

"Everything's Ruined" is a song from Faith No More's fourth studio album Angel Dust and the final single to be released from the album's original track listing. The single was first released on November 9, 1992.

Accolades[edit]

The information regarding accolades acquired from AcclaimedMusic.net

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Q Magazine United Kingdom "100 Greatest Guitar Tracks Ever!"[2] 2005 75

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Kevin Kerslake, features the band (and occasionally other people of varying ages singing), blue screened over stock footage ranging from wildlife shots, baseball games and a wide selection of other clips. The band at times interacts with the clips, like fleeing from a seemingly-giant tortoise.

The video is a direct parody of "It's My Life" by Talk Talk, released in 1984.[3] Guitarist Jim Martin is seen playing exactly the same Les Paul model guitar as played by Talk Talk's Mark Hollis.

Billy Gould addressed the intentional cheapness of the video in a 20th anniversary Q&A on the Faith No More Blog:

The Videos for "Midlife Crisis" and "A Small Victory" seem to have both have high concepts and big budgets while the video for "Everything's Ruined" does not. Why was it that the video for "Everything's Ruined" (arguably the best song on the album) was so goofy and easy to produce?

The easy answer is, Warner's spent the video budget on "Small V" and "Midlife" so that when it came time to "Everything's Ruined" there's wasn't much left (!!). It was our idea to take this further and make a video as cheap as humanly possible, in one of those video booths like they had at county fairs, where you sing and dance in front of a blue screen. We didn't quite get to do that, but we got it as close as possible.[1]

Track list[edit]

UK Part 1

  1. "Everything's Ruined"
  2. "Edge of the World (Extended Live Mix with Bass Solo)" (St. Louis, September 18, 1992)
  3. "RV" (Live in Dekalb, Illinois, September 20, 1992)

UK Part 2

  1. "Everything's Ruined"
  2. "Midlife Crisis" (Live in Dekalb, Illinois, September 20, 1992)
  3. "Land of Sunshine" (Live in Dekalb, Illinois, September 20, 1992)

European

  1. "Everything's Ruined"
  2. "Easy" (Live from Munich, November 9, 1992)
  3. "RV" (Live in Dekalb, Illinois, September 20, 1992)

Charts[edit]

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