Last Cup of Sorrow

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"Last Cup of Sorrow"
FNM - Last Cup Blue.jpg
Single by Faith No More
from the album Album of the Year
Released August 5, 1997
Format CD single,
Recorded Brilliant Studios, San Francisco, CA
Genre Alternative metal
Length 4:12
Label Slash Records
Writer(s) Mike Patton
Billy Gould
Producer(s) Roli Mosimann
Billy Gould
Faith No More singles chronology
"Ashes to Ashes"
"Last Cup of Sorrow"
Album of the Year track listing
"Last Cup of Sorrow"
"Naked in Front of the Computer"

"Last Cup of Sorrow" is the third track from Faith No More's sixth studio album Album of the Year. It was released as a single on August 5, 1997. It placed No. 14 on Mainstream Rock Tracks, No.62 on Australia Top 50, and No. 51 on UK Top 100. The artwork is in a similar style to the original poster art for Vertigo.


When asked about the song, Billy Gould replied:

Music video[edit]

The music video is based on Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, a film dealing with acrophobia.[2] It features the lead singer, Mike Patton dressed in the same outfit as James Stewart's character, trailing a blonde played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, respectively dressed the same as Vertigo 's female lead Madeleine. Many scenes are recreated from the film, such as the opening rooftop sequence, Madeleine's plunge into San Francisco bay, Mike moving up and down a stepladder, the belltower sequence complete with the famous Hitchcock Zoom and the psychedelic dream sequence.

The emphasis is mainly on parody, key moments including drummer Mike Bordin sweeping Mike Patton's head in the dream sequence with a broom (presumedly a reference to Vertigo's scene where Midge is describing to Scottie that music can clear the cobwebs out of your head like a broom), bassist Billy Gould cross dressing, Leigh's character being a black wigged sado-masochist, and Leigh fainting when she sees a shadowy figure in the tower, which ends up being drummer Mike Bordin, who at the end of the video casually starts eating a bagel.

Track listings[edit]

"Blue Vertigo" cover

  1. "Last Cup of Sorrow" (7" Edit) – 3:15
  2. "Pristina (Billy Gould Mix)" – 4:18
  3. "Last Cup of Sorrow (Roli Mosimann Mix)" – 6:26
  4. "Ashes to Ashes (Dillinja Mix)" – 5:30

"Orange Vertigo" cover

  1. "Last Cup of Sorrow" – 4:12
  2. "Last Cup of Sorrow (Bonehead Mix)" – 4:54
  3. "She Loves Me Not (Spinna Main Mix)" – 4:41
  4. "She Loves Me Not (Spinna Crazy Mix)" – 4:41

Japanese track listing

  1. "Last Cup of Sorrow" (7" Edit) – 3:15
  2. "Pristina (Billy Gould Mix)" – 4:18
  3. "Last Cup of Sorrow (Roli Mosimann Mix)" – 6:26
  4. "Ashes to Ashes (Dillinja Mix)" – 5:30
  5. "Last Cup of Sorrow (Bonehead Mix)" – 4:54
  6. "She Loves Me Not (Spinna Main Mix)" – 4:41
  7. "She Loves Me Not (Spinna Crazy Mix)" – 4:41


Chart (1997) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 66
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[4] 32
Poland (PL)[5] 15
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 51
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[7] 14


  1. ^ [1], "Faith No More - The Making of Album of the Year" (Keyboard Magazine, September 1997)
  2. ^ Q48 on the FNM website
  3. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  4. ^ " – Faith No More – Last Cup of Sorrow". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  5. ^ "Polish Singles Chart |". 
  6. ^ "Faith No More: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  7. ^ "Faith No More – Chart history" Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs for Faith No More. Retrieved November 26, 2016.