Last Resort (song)

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This article is about the Papa Roach song. For similarly titled songs, see Last Resort.
"Last Resort"
Single by Papa Roach
from the album Infest
Released September 18, 2000
Format CD
Recorded 1999
Genre Nu metal, rap metal
Length 3:20
Label DreamWorks
Writer(s) Jacoby Shaddix, Tobin Esperance
Producer(s) Jay Baumgardner
Papa Roach singles chronology
"Last Resort"
"Broken Home"

"Last Resort" is the debut single from Californian rock band Papa Roach's second album, Infest. The song was very popular and a huge success and shot the band into the mainstream. The song charted on many charts around the world and reached number 1 on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks, number 57 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and number 3 on the UK Singles Chart.

Music video and composition[edit]

The music video was directed by Marcos Siega. In the music video, the band performs on a dance floor surrounded by fans. Throughout the video, the camera zooms in on a few of the fans near the stage and shows them in depression. Though it had apparently been claimed that this is meant to show how people might not look depressed but still are, the purpose was more so to show the people being taken from where they didn't want to be to where they did — from lonely despair to the rock show where they could have fun with their friends.[1] There are many posters for radio station 98 Rock. This is the rock station out of Sacramento, California that the band credits for jump starting their career. Inside the Infest album booklet are thanks to DJs of the radio station.

On the MuchMusic version, the word "fuck" is completely removed with no replacement. On the MTV and Vevo version, the words "cut", "bleeding", "die", "life" (from the line "If I took my life tonight?"), and "suicide" were also muted. After original airings of the video on television, some networks went so far as to additionally censor words such as "suffocation", and even the title of the song itself.

Though one of the guitar riffs that appears throughout the song sounds similar to one that appears in the song "Genghis Khan" by Iron Maiden from their 1981 album Killers,[2] the band have stated that they did not sample the song.[1]

Track listing[edit]

CD Single
No. Title Length
1. "Last Resort" (LP Version)  
2. "Legacy" (Clean Album Version)  
3. "Dead Cell" (Live)  
4. "Infest" (LP Version)  
UK CD Single
No. Title Length
1. "Last Resort"   3:20
2. "Broken Home" (Live Radio 1 Evening Session) 3:46
3. "Dead Cell" (Live Radio 1 Evening Session) 3:08
4. "Last Resort" (CD-ROM)  
Limited Edition UK Single
No. Title Length
1. "Last Resort"   3:20
2. "Last Resort" (Live Radio 1 Evening Session) 3:22
3. "Between Angels And Insects" (Live Radio 1 Evening Session) 4:21
Japanese Promo CD
No. Title Length
1. "Last Resort" (Clean Version) 3:19
2. "Last Resort" (LP Version) 3:19

Cover versions[edit]

The song was featured in "Weird Al" Yankovic's medley "Angry White Boy Polka" on his 2003 album Poodle Hat; the word "fuck" is replaced by a slide-whistle. Richard Cheese also covered the song on his record Lounge Against the Machine. Lostprophets also incorporated the chorus into their live lounge version of the Rihanna song Rude Boy, at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend.

In popular culture[edit]

On a 2000 episode of Saturday Night Live the song was featured in a Culp Family Musical Performances skit with the word "fuck" replaced with "fork".

"Last Resort" was included in the soundtrack for the film Dracula 2000.

The song appeared in several movies, television shows, and video games, including the films The One, Training Day (2001) and Pay It Forward, an episode of Smallville, an episode of Cold Case and the video game, Rock Revolution.

Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Cain Velasquez used this song as his entrance theme for his fight against Jesse Fujarczyk at the MMA event Strikeforce: Tank vs. Buentello.

"Last Resort" is a downloadable track for the Rock Band video game series although it is a different version than previously heard, it is rumored to be either a demo version to not feature their previous drummer for royalty distribution issues. It is also a featured track in iPhone/iPod Touch game Tap Tap Revenge 2, with a G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra theme.

"Last Resort" was parodied in the Metalocalypse episode "Dethsiduals". A song similar to Last Resort is played by the rap-rock band Get Thee Hence (voiced by Ace Frehley and members of Mastodon) in a parody of the rap-rock/nu metal scene of the late 90s/early 00s. The band is signed to MurderTooth Records (as the first act signed by William Murderface and Toki Wartooth) but are viciously attacked by Dethklok fans while opening for them at the end of the episode.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 86
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 7
Canada Rock (RPM)[5] 15
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 4
Ireland (IRMA) 13
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[7] 32
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[8] 25
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[9] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 57
US Mainstream Rock Tracks[10] 4
US Modern Rock Tracks[10] 1
Preceded by
"Kryptonite" by 3 Doors Down
"Californication" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
August 5, 2000
August 19, 2000
Succeeded by
"Californication" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
"Minority" by Green Day


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