Digging the Grave

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"Digging the Grave"
Digging the Grave (Blue).png
Single by Faith No More
from the album King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime
B-side "Ugly in the Morning", "Absolute Zero", "Get Out"
Released 28 February 1995
Format CD single, vinyl
Recorded Bearsville Studios in Bearsville, New York
Length 3:04
Label Slash

Music: Mike Patton, Mike Bordin, Billy Gould

Lyrics: Mike Patton
Producer(s) Andy Wallace, Faith No More
Faith No More singles chronology
"Another Body Murdered"
"Digging the Grave"
"Another Body Murdered"
"Digging the Grave"
King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime track listing
"Ugly in the Morning"
"Digging the Grave"
"Take This Bottle"

"Digging the Grave" is a song by Faith No More, released as the first single from their fifth studio album King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime, in 1995. Like the rest of the singles released from the album, it failed to chart in the US. However, the song became the band's fourth-highest charting single in the United Kingdom.


A screenshot from the music video, showing the band playing in what appears to be an abandoned warehouse.

The song was released as a single on 28 February 1995, before the release of King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime. That March, the band appeared on the British television program Top of the Pops to promote the single, later performing it on MTV Europe, Canal+'s Nulle Part Ailleurs and The Jon Stewart Show.[1] The single reached number 16 on the UK Singles Chart,[2] and number 12 on the Australian ARIA Charts;[3] becoming the 91st most-played song on Australian radio that year.[4] The song was featured on an episode of Beavis and Butt-head[5] and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia in the Season 11 episode "Being Frank" , in addition to the soundtrack of the 1996 Italian film Jack Frusciante è uscito dal gruppo.[6]

A video for the song was recorded, directed by Marcus Raboy, who was credited as Alan Smithee.[7] The video featured Dean Menta on guitar, even though Trey Spruance played on the actual recording; Roddy Bottum, the band's keyboard player, also appears as a guitarist. The video was later included on the collection Who Cares a Lot?: The Greatest Videos.


Track lists[edit]

Blue vinyl 12" single

  1. "Digging the Grave"
  2. "Ugly in the Morning"
  3. "Absolute Zero"
  4. "Get Out"

Standard edition/promo 12"

  1. "Digging the Grave" – 3:05
  2. "Ugly in the Morning" – 3:09
  3. "Absolute Zero" – 4:09
  4. "Cuckoo for Caca" – 3:43

Limited edition

  1. "Digging the Grave" – 3:05
  2. "I Started a Joke" (Bee Gees) – 3:00
  3. "Greenfields" (The Brothers Four) – 3:46

Limited Australian edition

  1. "Digging the Grave" – 3:05
  2. "Ugly in the Morning" – 3:09
  3. "Absolute Zero" – 4:09
  4. "I Started a Joke" (Bee Gees) – 3:00
  5. "Greenfields" (The Brothers Four) – 3:46



Chart (1995) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[9] 12
Finland (The Official Finnish Charts)[10] 5
France (SNEP)[11] 23
Germany (Official German Charts)[12] 48
Ireland (IRMA)[13] 12
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[14] 16
Norway (VG-lista)[15] 11
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 39
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17] 16


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  5. ^ Writers: Judge, Mike; Stillman, Joe. Directors: Judge, Mike; Kaplan; Yvette (9 August 1995). "Close Encounters". Beavis and Butt-head. Season 5. Episode 132. MTV. 
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