From Out of Nowhere (song)

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"From Out of Nowhere"
"Burning Splashes" picture sleeve
Single by Faith No More
from the album The Real Thing
Released August 30, 1989 (1989-08-30)
Format CD, cassette, vinyl
Recorded December 1988, Studio D in Sausalito, California
Genre Hard rock,[1] alternative metal[2]
Length 3:22
Label Slash
Writer(s) Billy Gould, Roddy Bottum, Mike Patton
Producer(s) Matt Wallace
Faith No More singles chronology
"Anne's Song"
"From Out of Nowhere"
The Real Thing track listing
  1. "From Out of Nowhere"
  2. "Epic"
  3. "Falling to Pieces"
  4. "Surprise! You're Dead!"
  5. "Zombie Eaters"
  6. "The Real Thing"
  7. "Underwater Love"
  8. "The Morning After"
  9. "Woodpecker from Mars"
  10. "War Pigs"
  11. "Edge of the World"
Alternative cover
"Rising Sun" picture sleeve

"From Out of Nowhere" was the first track off Faith No More's third studio album The Real Thing. It was also the first single to be released off it and to feature Mike Patton on vocals. It was first released on August 30, 1989 but didn't reach the UK singles chart It was re-released on April 2, 1990, after the success of "Epic" and it reached #23 on the UK singles chart. However, it never became as popular as "Epic", which peaked at #25 in the same charts, despite the former song peaking higher.

The band has been quoted saying regarding the video that "[They] didn't know what [they] were doing".[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video was purposely tongue-in-cheek. It seems to be a subtle parody of glam metal bands at the time.

There are two very different versions of this video.[4] The first version features Mike Patton in camouflage shorts, a black undershirt, and sunglasses. Words come across a few times during the video on the screen. And there are a few shots of exteriors at the beginning and end. In the second version Patton is wearing spandex shorts and a black and blue coat. Billy Gould is using a different bass, and there are many more exterior shots, as well as more words going across the screen. Only a few shots are kept from the first version, being some of the shots of Mike Bordin. This latter version was used on the video releases.[3][5]

Track lists[edit]

Burning Splashes
  1. "From Out of Nowhere" – 3:23
  2. "The Cowboy Song" – 5:12
  3. "The Grade" – 2:03
Rising Sun
  1. "From Out of Nowhere" – 3:23
  2. "Edge of the World" – 4:10
  3. "From Out of Nowhere" (Live at Brixton) – 3:24
  1. "From Out of Nowhere" (Extended Remix)
  2. "Woodpecker from Mars" (Live †)
  3. "The Real Thing" (Live †)
  4. "Epic" (Live †)

Recorded in Norwich, February 6, 1990. Broadcast by The BBC Radio 1 "Rockshow", March 2, 1990. The profanity is obscured and the songs fade out.

Release history[edit]

Country Date Version
United Kingdom August 30, 1989 (1989-08-30) Original
Japan September 30, 1990
Europe May 2, 1990 Reissue



Chart performance[edit]


  1. ^ Lowell, Travis (20 June 2001). "Faith No More: The Real Thing Review". Toxic Universe. Archived from the original on February 22, 2006. Retrieved 2014-12-28. 
  2. ^ Hopkins, Ben (February 7, 2014). "Faith No More: The Complete Guide". Clash. Retrieved November 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b The first version of the video on YouTube, retrieved on March 24, 2011
  4. ^ Q15 on the website, retrieved on March 24, 2011
  5. ^ The second version of the video, retrieved on February 14, 2008
  6. ^ "Madden NFL 2005: Soundtrack Revealed - Xbox". 2004-07-01. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  7. ^, an archive containing all UK top 40 charts, retrieved on February 14, 2008
  8. ^, page on FNM, retrieved on February 14, 2008

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