Falling to Pieces
|"Falling to Pieces"|
|Single by Faith No More|
|from the album The Real Thing|
|Released||July 2, 1990|
|Format||CD single, Cassette, Vinyl|
Studio D in Sausalito, California
|Genre||Funk metal, rap metal|
|Faith No More singles chronology|
It is 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.
- "Falling to Pieces" (Remix) – 4:19
- "Falling to Pieces" (Video Version) – 4:32
- "Falling to Pieces" (Album Version) – 5:12
- Disc One
- "Falling to Pieces" - 3:39
- "We Care a Lot" (Live at Brixton) - 3:59
- "Underwater Love" (Live at Brixton) - 3:32
- "From Out of Nowhere" (Live at Brixton) - 3:47
- Disc Two
- "Falling to Pieces (Re-Mix)"
- "Zombie Eaters"
- "The Real Thing" (‡ Live)
‡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.
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. Two distinctly different versions of the video exist.
- The song can be heard in the 2002 film Black Hawk Down while the Rangers and Delta Force operators are preparing for their assault.
- The song was performed again for the first time in years on the Rio de Janeiro show, November 2009.
- Part of the song serves as epigraph for the 1993 novel Mala Onda, by Chilean writer Alberto Fuguet.
- The song can be heard in the 2007 film Towelhead, which was set in the year 1991.
|Europe||July 2, 1990|
|Japan||March 1, 1991|
|UK Singles Chart||41|
|Australia ARIA Charts||26|
|United States Billboard Hot 100||92|
|U.S. Mainstream Rock||28|
|U.S. Modern Rock||12|