King for a Day… Fool for a Lifetime is the fifth album released by Faith No More. It was the first album made by the band without Jim Martin, who left the group after the release of Angel Dust. To replace Martin, Trey Spruance was brought in for the recording.
However, the recording of the album was delayed because of several things. First was the absence of Roddy Bottum, the band’s keyboard player, who was affected by the deaths of his father and Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. This was the reason why the album was written without keyboards. The band also got involved in a car accident, which led to more delay in the production of the album.
Recording King for a Day… Fool for a Lifetime
The recording of King for a Day… Fool for a Lifetime was made in Bearsville Studios in New York. The writing and rehearsing process for the album took close to nine months, although most of the time was spent looking for a replacement guitarist after they fired Jim Martin.
The actual recording process took three months. Faith No More hired Andy Wallace as producer for the album. Wallace used to work with Slayer, Nirvana, and Sonic Youth, which might be one of the reasons why the sound of the album was different from the band’s previous ones.
It was also during the recording sessions for the album when Faith No More got into a car accident, with Mike Patton on the wheel. Mike Bordin and Trey Spruance were also involved in the accident.
King for a Day… Fool for a Lifetime Album Art
For the album cover, Faith No More utilised art from the graphic novel Flood, which was made by artist Eric Drooker. Aside from the album cover, the band also used art from the graphic novel for the singles.
King for a Day… Fool for a Lifetime Reception
King for a Day… Fool for a Lifetime received mixed reception when it was first released on the market. A lot of critics described Faith No More’s fifth album as a disappointment after the critically acclaimed Angel Dust. However, there were some who liked the album’s diversity.
In 1995, the album was nominated for Bay Area Music Award for Hard Music Album. Faith No More bassist was also nominated for Best Bassist. However, the album lost to Insomniac by Green Day, and Primus’ Les Claypool was named best bassist.
While the initial reception was not that good, King for a Day… Fool for a Lifetime was named as the Top 4 Underrated 1990s Alternative Rock Albums list of Alternative Nation in 2014. Visions Magazine of Germany also named the album as one of the 150 Albums for Eternity.