"Falling to Pieces" is the third single on Faith No More's first studio album with Mike Patton on vocals, The Real Thing. The bass-driven song spawned a video in which lead singer Mike Patton portrays a series of odd characters, including one dressed like Alex from the Stanley Kubrick film A Clockwork Orange. The video is also notable for using a different mix of the song featuring more prominent background vocals, keyboards and guitar solo during the fade out.
It is also one of their best known hits, peaking at # 92 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #28 on the Mainstream Rock charts. Despite its success and unlike other of the band's hits, the song did not go on to be a live staple, appearing very rarely in concerts after their appearance at the 1993 Phoenix Festival, where Billy Gould announced "this is the last time we'll ever play this song again" right before the song. During Second Coming Tour the band picked up the song again and performed it at least once, at a concert in Rio de Janeiro in 2009.
‡Live at the Wireless July 30, 1990 also features ad-lib from Public Enemy's "911 Is a Joke"
The Brixton Academy live tracks are different mixes to those found on the LP of the concert, most notably including the line "About the smack and crack and whack that hits the streets" on "We Care a Lot", which is mostly muted on the LP mix.