Land of Sunshine

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For the defunct American magazine, see The Land of Sunshine.
"Land of Sunshine"
Faith No More Land Of Sunshine.jpg
Single by Faith No More
from the album Angel Dust
Released 1992
Format CD
Recorded Coast Recorders and Brilliant Studios San Francisco, California January – March 1992[1]
Length 3:43
Label Slash (# PRO-CD-5523)
Writer(s)
Lyrics:
Mike Patton
Music:
Billy Gould
Roddy Bottum
Producer(s) Matt Wallace
Angel Dust track listing
"Land of Sunshine"
(1)
"Caffeine"
(2)

"Land of Sunshine" is the opening track to Angel Dust, the fourth studio album by the American rock band Faith No More. It was released as a promotional single in 1992 along with "Midlife Crisis" and has been compared in its opening style to "From out of Nowhere", the opening track and first single from the band's previous studio album, The Real Thing.[2] The song's lyrics contain, amongst other things, questions from Scientology personality tests, with one of them, the question "Does emotional music have quite an effect on you?", being described by Tom Sinclair of Rolling Stone as "the perfect tag line for Angel Dust".[3] The song was one of the three key songs picked out by Robert Christgau from the album in his review, the two others being "Midlife Crisis" and "Midnight Cowboy".[4]

Lyrical content[edit]

The lyrics for "Land of Sunshine" were written by Mike Patton alongside "Caffeine" during a sleep deprivation experiment and included lines taken almost directly from fortune cookies[5] and the Oxford Capacity Analysis personality test offered by the Church of Scientology. He also watched lots of late-night television to get into the right frame of mind.[5]

There are three lines taken from the personality test, although a fourth appears in the lyric booklet with Angel Dust; question 179 "Do others push you around?".[6] Two of the questions used were shortened slightly for their use in the song, question 27 "Do you often sing or whistle just for the fun of it?"[7] had the words 'the' and 'of it' removed, and question 196 "Do you sometimes feel that your age is against you (too young or too old)?"[6] was shortened to "Do you feel sometimes that age is against you?". The third and unchanged line is question 69, "Does emotional music have quite an effect on you?"[8] is featured during the choruses along with the words "Here's how to order".

The lines taken from the fortunes in Chinese fortune cookies were virtually unchanged and appear throughout the first and second verses of the song. They are as follows, as they appeared on the fortunes:

"Life to you is a dashing bold adventure"
"Sing and rejoice, fortune is smiling upon you"
"You have a winning way, so keep it"
"You are an angel heading for a land of sunshine"
"Pat yourself on the back and give yourself a handshake"

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Land of Sunshine" Patton Gould, Bottum 3:43
2. "Caffeine" Patton Gould, Patton 4:28
3. "Kindergarten" Patton, Bottum Gould, Martin 4:29

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Making of Angel Dust, Mike Bordin interview. MTV. Retrieved December 22, 2007
  2. ^ Moses, Peter (December 1992). "Interview with Mike Bordin". negele.org. Retrieved August 29, 2008. [dead link]
    - Raggett, Ned. "Angel Dust - Overview". allmusic. Retrieved December 17, 2008. 
  3. ^ Sinclair, Tom (September 3, 1992). "Faith No More: Angel Dust : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 29, 2008. 
  4. ^ Robert Christgau. "CG: Artist 449". Robert Christgau. Retrieved December 17, 2008. 
  5. ^ a b Jem Aswad (June 1992). "Faith No More: Angel Dust in the wind". Reflex (25). Retrieved June 15, 2008. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b "Operation Clambake presents: Oxford Capacity Analysis". Xenu.net. Retrieved August 17, 2008. 
  7. ^ Theisen, Tiffany. "Do You Have Any Children? - What Is Your Religion? - How Old Are You? - And The Answer Is: - It's None of the Interviewer's Business", The Orlando Sentinel, May 8, 2002.
  8. ^ Corrigan, John. The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Emotion, p. 128. Oxford University Press US, (2008) ISBN 0-19-517021-0