Motherfucker (Faith No More song)

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Faith No More - Motherfucker.jpeg
Single by Faith No More
from the album Sol Invictus
B-side"Motherfucker" (J. G. Thirlwell remix)
  • November 28, 2014 (vinyl)
  • December 5, 2014 (digital)
RecordedOakland, California, U.S.
Producer(s)Billy Gould[4]
Faith No More singles chronology
"I Started a Joke"

"Motherfucker" is a song by American band Faith No More, the first single from their seventh studio album Sol Invictus. It was released on Record Store Day's Black Friday, November 28, 2014.[4] It is the band's first release of new studio recorded material since Album of the Year (1997), breaking a 17-year hiatus.

Background and release[edit]

"Motherfucker" was first played in concert during July 2014's British Summer Time Hyde Park, along with another new song called "Superhero".[5] Bassist Billy Gould later revealed in an interview to Rolling Stone[6] that the band was on the way to release a new album in April 2015, also stating "Motherfucker" was going to be the first single from it, with a limited print of 5,000 seven-inch copies on Record Store Day. It will also feature a remix by J. G. Thirlwell on the B-side.[7] The cover artwork is made by Cali Dewitt with a photograph by James Gritz.[8]

On the song, keyboardist Roddy Bottum stated:

It feels apt that the first track we're releasing is "Motherfucker," a song about accountability. Basically we've created, recorded and mixed a new body of work by ourselves and we're releasing it on our own label. It's a huge deal for us to only have ourselves to answer to at this point in our career and the song is about that, where the buck stops via the basic imagery of foie gras production, bondage. . .y'know, stuff like that.[4]


Christopher R. Weingarten of Rolling Stone wrote that the song "marches forth with the doom-laden raps of their 1989 breakthrough The Real Thing, the triumphant choruses of their 1997 swan-song Album of the Year, the moan-to-screech dynamics of Mike Patton's avant-minded solo career and a merciless snare cadence tip-tapping at the edges of sanity."[4] Gregory Adams of Exclaim! stated the song "takes on properties of the FNM of old, whether it be Mike Patton's The Real Thing rap cadence, or the way the vocalist can easily turn out soaring vocal melodies to gruff and grizzly growls targeting the 'motherfucker' that tricked them in their youth." Adams also further added: "The music is likewise epic, evolving from spacious and sinister piano lines into a grand rock escapade."[9] Ed Keeble of Gigwise described the track as "very rude, very noisy, very political: all the prerequisites that make a Faith No More song awesome."[10]


Faith No More


Chart (2014) Peak
Finland Download (Latauslista)[11] 14
US Billboard Rock Digital Songs[12] 46


  1. ^ Bobbitt, Melissa. "Record Store Day Must-Haves for '90s Rock Fans". Archived from the original on November 24, 2014. Retrieved November 24, 2014.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. ^ Murray, Robin. "Faith No More Post First New Song In 17 Years". Clash. Retrieved July 30, 2015.
  3. ^ "The Black Market: The Month In Metal – November 2014". Stereogum. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d Weingarten, Christopher R. (November 19, 2014). "Hear Faith No More's First Release in 17 Years, 'Motherf---er'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  5. ^ Neilstein, Vince (July 7, 2014). "Listen to the First New Faith No More Songs in 17 Years!". MetalSucks. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  6. ^ Weingarten, Christopher R. (September 2, 2014). "Faith No More to Release First Album in 18 Years, Plot U.S. Tour". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  7. ^ "Listen to the first new Faith No More song in 17 years, "Motherfukcer"". Fact. November 19, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  8. ^ Faith No More "Motherfucker" artwork revealed
  9. ^ Adams, Gregory (November 19, 2014). "Faith No More "Motherfucker"". Exclaim!. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  10. ^ Keeble, Ed (November 20, 2014). "Faith No More Return With Bonkers New Song 'Motherf**ker'". Gigwise. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  11. ^ "Faith No More: Motherfucker" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  12. ^ "Faith No More - Rock Digital Songs". Billboard. Retrieved February 4, 2015.

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