THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
335-Faith No More-Epic.
1990-Number 25 single.
Best Bit-At 0.33. After hearing Faith No More’s Album ‘The Real Thing,’ Anthony Kiedis who is the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers (see also best songs 977) accused Mike Patton the lead singer of Faith No More of stealing his style. Tongue in cheek Kiedis said,’My drummer says he’s gonna kidnap (Patton) him, shave his hair off, and cut off one of his feet, just so he’ll be forced to find a style of his own.’ In another interview he clarified his comment, remarking, ‘I love ‘The Real Thing,’ and I liked his vocals, when I heard the record I noticed subtle similarities, but when I saw the video it was like,’Wait a second here, what the f…?’ Mike Patton has since gone on to say that he is flattered that Kiedis talks about him in interviews, and enjoys the free publicity it brings.
Faith No More were formed in San Francisco, California, United States, in 1979, three of the original line up, Billy Gould, (bass) Roddy Bottum, (keyboards and rhythm guitar) and Mike Bordin (drums) are the bands three constants. They were active until 1998, but reformed again in 2009. There are currently five band members, but in total there have been 15 come and go. They have released seven studio Albums between 1985-2015, and 25 singles. In America on the Billboard Hot 100 this song remains their only chart hit, reaching Number 9, while in the UK, 12 of their singles have reached the top 40.
‘Epic’ was the second single released from Faith No More’s third studio Album ‘The Real Thing’ from 1990, with all five band members at that time receiving the song writing credits. The bands lead singer Mike Patton who had joined the group in 1989 was responsible for the lyrics, while the majority of the songs music had been composed at an earlier date. Faith No More were struggling for a breakthrough hit, with their record label suggesting that this was their last chance. The label let the band choose a song for release, and a video for it to be made, but both the band and the label had no real expectations of the song being a hit.
‘Epic’ is now considered a ground breaking song, helping to create the new genres of ‘Rap Metal,’ and ‘Rap Rock,’ which would influence the next generation of bands such as Slipknot,(see also best songs 379) Linkin Park, and Korn.
What ‘Epic’ is about is open to interpretation. I personally would like to think it is about that ultimate feeling of satisfaction, when for instance you finally meet that special person that will change your life. Or it might be that moment when you finally achieve something that you have always strived for. It’s that fleeting moment when your on cloud nine. In 1990 Mike Patton who wrote the lyrics gave some insight to the songs meaning when saying it was about sexual frustration, sex, and the lack of it. Patton said that the song is about masturbation,’Most people don’t like to talk about it. I’m here to tell ya, I love it. That’s kinda of what Epic’s really about.’…. I prefer my interpretation.
‘Can you feel it, see it, hear it today? If you can’t, then it doesn’t matter anyway. You will never understand it ’cause it happens too fast, and it feels so good, it’s like walking on glass.’