Last Resort (song)
|Single by Papa Roach|
|from the album Infest|
|Released||September 18, 2000|
|Genre||Nu metal, rap metal|
|Writer(s)||Jacoby Shaddix, Tobin Esperance|
|Papa Roach singles chronology|
"Last Resort" is the debut single from Californian rock band Papa Roach's second album, Infest. It is the theme song to both the series True Life and Made on MTV. 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, and still receives high radio play to this day.
Music video and composition
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. This was primarily meant to show the secret lives that people had, and how people might not look depressed but still are. 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, bizarrely, the title of the song itself.
The music video was directed by Marcos Siega.
|1.||"Last Resort" (LP Version)|
|2.||"Legacy" (Clean Album Version)|
|3.||"Dead Cell" (Live)|
|4.||"Infest" (LP Version)|
|UK CD Single|
|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|
|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|
|1.||"Last Resort" (Clean Version)||3:19|
|2.||"Last Resort" (LP Version)||3:19|
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
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.
"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.
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||7|
|Canada Rock (RPM)||15|
|Germany (Media Control Charts)||4|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||32|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||25|
|UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)||3|
|US Billboard Hot 100||57|
|US Mainstream Rock Tracks||4|
|US Modern Rock Tracks||1|
"Kryptonite" by 3 Doors Down
"Californication" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
|Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
August 5, 2000
August 19, 2000
"Californication" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
"Minority" by Green Day
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