Ricochet (Faith No More song)

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Faith No More Ricochet.jpg
Single by Faith No More
from the album King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime
B-side "I Wanna F**k Myself",
"Spanish Eyes"
Released May 1, 1995
Format CD single, vinyl, cassette
Recorded Bearsville Studios in Bearsville, New York
Length 4:28
Label Slash Records

Music: Mike Patton, Mike Bordin, Billy Gould

Lyrics: Mike Patton
Producer(s) Andy Wallace
Faith No More singles chronology
"Digging the Grave"
"Digging the Grave"
King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime track listing
"Get Out"

"Ricochet" is a song by Faith No More, released as the second single from their fifth studio album King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime. It has been stated that it was written the day of Kurt Cobain's death and is sometimes titled "Nirvana" on the band's setlists.[1][2]


Although the band state that the song was written in April 1994,[1] it was not played live in concert until a show in Windsor, England on 28 February 1995,[3] almost a year later. It was released on 1 May 1995 as the second single from King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime. The band appeared on American talk show Late Night with Conan O'Brien to support the single.[4] The song was also included on the soundtrack to the 1996 PlayStation game Fox Hunt.[5][6] The song peaked at number 27 on the UK charts[7] and number 58 in Australia.[8]

A video for "Ricochet" was filmed, consisting of backstage and concert footage recorded in Paris. The video was directed by Alex Hemming, and produced by Derin Schelsinger.[9] It is one of only two that does not appear on the later collection Who Cares a Lot?: The Greatest Videos, along with that of "Another Body Murdered".


In reviewing King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime, Rolling Stone magazine described "Ricochet" as being one of the album's "best cuts", calling it "a portentous anthem" comparable to "Epic".[10] Both the San Francisco Chronicle and New York magazine praised the song's lyrics, the former describing them as "enigmatic, sarcastic, provocative and incisive".[11][12]

Track lists[edit]


  1. "Ricochet" (Edit) – 3:47
  2. "Ricochet" (Album Version) – 4:28

Disc One Pale Blue Drooker

  1. "Ricochet"
  2. "Midlife Crisis" (Live ‡)
  3. "Epic" (Live ‡)
  4. "We Care a Lot" (Live ‡)

Disc Two Orange Drooker

  1. "Ricochet"
  2. "I Wanna Fuck Myself" (GG Allin)
  3. "Spanish Eyes" (Kaempfert/Singleton/Snyder)

Video collage disc

  1. "Ricochet"
  2. "Digging the Grave" (Live †)
  3. "Midlife Crisis" (Live †)
  4. "I Wanna Fuck Myself"

Live from The Forum, London, March 13, 1995.
Live from The Palladium, Los Angeles, April 27, 1995.



Chart (1995) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[13] 58
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 27


  1. ^ a b Agatha Samborska (January 2003). "Faith No More Frequently Asked Questions". FNM.com. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Agatha Samborska (January 2003). "Faith No More Frequently Asked Questions". FNM.com. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Stefan Negele. "Statistics and Cover Songs". fnm.com. Retrieved 27 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Stefan Negele. "Faith No More TV Appearances". Retrieved 24 March 2011. 
  5. ^ Agatha Samborska (ed.). "Faith No More Frequently Asked Questions". old.fnm.com. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Fox Hunt (Original Soundtrack) - Original Soundtrack | AllMusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "everyHit.com UK Top 40 chart archive". Retrieved 23 March 2011.  NB: Direct linking to search results is unavailable, please search for artist "Faith No More" for results
  8. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  9. ^ Atwood, Brett (8 July 1995). "Videos Sprout Up In New Settings". Billboard. 107 (27): 35. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  10. ^ Wiesel, Al (1 June 1995). "Faith No More: King For A Day/Fool For A Lifetime: Music Reviews:Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 20 April 2008. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  11. ^ Michael Snyder (5 March 1995). "KEEPING THE FAITH / Bay Area band revamps and goes back on the road". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  12. ^ Norris, Chris (10 April 1995). "Recorded Music". New York. New York Media, LLC. 28 (15): 106. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  13. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 29 Oct 1995". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved July 12, 2017.  N.B. The HP column displays the highest peak reached.
  14. ^ "Faith No More: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 26, 2016.

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