Midlife Crisis

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"Midlife Crisis"
Single by Faith No More
from the album Angel Dust
  • "Midlife Crisis" (The Scream Mix)
  • "Jizzlobber"
  • "Crack Hitler"
  • "Midnight Cowboy"
Released May 26, 1992
Format CD, cassette, vinyl
Recorded Coast Recorders and Brilliant Studios, San Francisco, California January–March 1992
Genre Alternative metal, funk metal
Length 4:22
Label Slash
Mike Patton
Roddy Bottum
Mike Bordin
Billy Gould
Mike Patton
Producer(s) Matt Wallace
Faith No More singles chronology
"Falling to Pieces"
"Midlife Crisis"
"A Small Victory"
"Falling to Pieces"
"Midlife Crisis"
"A Small Victory"
Audio sample

"Midlife Crisis" is a song by the American rock band Faith No More. It was released on May 26, 1992 as the first single from their fourth album, Angel Dust. It became their sole number-one hit on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Music and lyrics[edit]

"Midlife Crisis" is an alternative metal[1][2] and funk metal[2] song, which incorporates progressive rock and hip hop elements.[1]

Mike Patton has denied that the song is about having a midlife crisis, as he did not know what one would feel like, but says that "it's more about creating false emotion, being emotional, dwelling on your emotions and in a sense inventing them"[3] and that:

The song is based on a lot of observation and a lot of speculation. But in sort of a pointed way it's kind of about Madonna... I think it was a particular time where I was being bombarded with her image on TV and in magazines and her whole shtick kind of speaks to me in that way... like she's going through some sort of problem. It seems she's getting a bit desperate.[3]


During production the song was given the working title of "Madonna"[4] which was later maintained as a setlist name during live performances.[5] The drum track for the song contains a sample of the first bar of the song "Cecilia", as performed by Simon and Garfunkel, repeated throughout.About this sound sample [6] The bridge features a sample of "Car Thief" by the Beastie Boys.

Music video[edit]

The video for this song was directed by Kevin Kerslake, who also directed their shoestring video for the song "Everything's Ruined". The version on the Who Cares a Lot?: Greatest Videos collection is uncensored and contains shots during the bridge which show a man being stretched by four horses (alluding to an old punishment for regicide, known as "quartering") – the censored version uses additional shots of choirboys running to a large cross instead. Singer Mike Patton can also be seen dancing around holding a spade.

For the video, the sound mix of this song is slightly different than the album version (on certain promotional releases it is referred to as 'The Scream Mix'). For the DVD re-release of Who Cares a Lot?: Greatest Videos, the album version of the song is used instead, with the accommodating edits made.

Appearances and covers[edit]

"Midlife Crisis" has featured on the soundtrack for the videogames Tony Hawk's Underground 2 and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on the fictional radio station Radio X. It is a master track song on Rock Band 3, with the fade-out ending edited for gameplay reasons.

The song has been covered on industrial metal band Bile's 2002 album The Copy Machine. It was covered by American rock band Disturbed twice: the first time for a Faith No More tribute album, which was instead released through the Internet; the second time as a B-side to their fourth studio album Indestructible. This re-recorded version was released on Covered, A Revolution in Sound and re-mastered for a third release on their B-side collection album The Lost Children.[7]


Track list[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Midlife Crisis" (The Scream Mix) Patton Bottum, Bordin, Gould, Patton 3:55
2. "Jizzlobber" Martin, Patton Martin 6:39
3. "Crack Hitler" Patton Gould, Bottum, Bordin 4:39
4. "Midnight Cowboy" Instrumental Barry 4:13
Australian Edition
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Midlife Crisis" Patton Bottum, Bordin, Gould, Patton 4:24
2. "Jizzlobber" Martin, Patton Martin 6:39
3. "As the Worm Turns" (re-recording) Mosely Bottum, Gould, Mosely 2:38


Chart (1992) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[8] 31
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[9] 9
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[10] 39
Germany (Official German Charts)[11] 32
Ireland (IRMA)[12] 13
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[13] 36
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[14] 32
Poland (PL)[15] 49
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 10
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[17] 32
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[18] 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Grierson, Tim. "Faith No More - 'Angel Dust' Review". About.com. Retrieved December 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Terich, Jeff and Adam Blyweiss (October 3, 2012). "10 Essential Alternative Metal Singles". Treblezine. Retrieved November 14, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Q30 on the FAQ on the Faith No More website
  4. ^ The Making of Angel Dust. MTV. Retrieved 2008-02-26.
  5. ^ "Faith No More FAQ, Q32". FNM.com. Retrieved 2016-04-02. 
  6. ^ Q40 on the FAQ on the Faith No More website
  7. ^ "BLABBERMOUTH.NET – MASTODON, DISTURBED Featured On 'Covered, A Revolution In Sound'". Roadrunner Records. January 13, 2009. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Faith No More – Midlife Crisis". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  9. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Faith No More – Midlife Crisis" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Faith No More – Midlife Crisis" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  11. ^ "Musicline.de – Faith No More Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  12. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Faith No More". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  13. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Faith No More – Midlife Crisis" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  14. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Faith No More – Midlife Crisis". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  15. ^ "Polish Singles Chart |". 
  16. ^ "Faith No More: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  17. ^ "Faith No More Chart History (Mainstream Rock)" Billboard. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  18. ^ "Faith No More Chart History (Alternative Songs)" Billboard. Retrieved November 26, 2016.

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