" is a song by alternative metal
band Faith No More
. The song was a breakthrough hit
single. It was released in 1990 and featured on their third album
. It peaked at number nine on the Hot 100
, and was the band's only Top Ten pop hit in
the United States. It is the band's most popular song and a staple
in their concerts.
This song features a combination of heavy metal
, paving the way for rap
and funk metal
. Some rap and
hip-hop artists have cited this song as a major influence in how
they shout and syncopate their lyrics with heavy guitar-driven
"Epic" has been covered both in concerts and on the Kerrang! Higher Voltage
compilation of artists covering other songs. Such artists include
the Welsh rock
band The Automatic
; the CD was released 20 June
2007. The Metalcore
also covered the song on their album
Lead Sails Paper
, and the Swedish indie band Love Is All
planned to cover it in their 2008
tour. A master track of the song also appears in the music video
game Rock Band
shortened version of the song is also featured in the racing game,
. The song
also appeared in a commercial for the console versions of Street Fighter IV
, with the announcer
stating about the game's "epic return".
"Epic" was ranked number thirty on VH1
Greatest Metal Songs, number sixty-seven on their 100 Greatest
One-hit Wonders list, and in 2009, it was named the 54th
best hard rock song of all time also by VH1
The music video
for "Epic", which
featured surreal images combined with performance footage of the
band soaked by an artificial rainstorm on a sound stage, was
subject to controversy because of the treatment of a fish
, who is out of water and dying on camera—it was in
fact slow motion
footage; the fish was
returned to its tank alive in a matter of seconds.
During an interview, the band joked that the fish seen flopping
around in the music video belonged to Icelandic singer Björk
, whom they claimed to have stolen from her
at a party. There are also stories of Björk giving the fish to the
keyboardist Roddy Bottum
after a poetry
reading in San Francisco.
Guitarist Jim Martin
was a schoolmate,
close friend and fan of the early Metallica
. In the video he can be seen wearing a t-shirt with a
photo of Cliff with the words "A Tribute to Cliff Burton". In
addition, Mike Patton
can be seen
wearing a Mr. Bungle
shirt that reads
"There's A Tractor In My Balls Again".
"Epic" was the band's most popular single and was generally
well-received; according to Rolling
, however, it set a standard that Faith No More did
not match with its later albums. Both the Philadelphia Daily News
Los Angeles Times
the song, citing the song as "radio-ready" and "radical,"
respectively. However, the New York
also cited Faith No More as "style-crunching," using
"Epic" as their example.
initial release of "Epic", released in the UK, Germany, Japan and Internationally.
- UK & International release
The 7" editions only
had Tracks One, Two, and occasionally Three. Track Five was
exclusive to Japanese issues.
version was released in America as a "Slash
sticker" labelled 7" and as a cassette with a "Burning Splash"
- American release
- Australian release
The 7" and cassette versions of this release only had tracks 1
& 2, unlike the 12" which featured all 3.
- UK & International reissue
Reissue version of the single "Epic". The 7" vinyl and cassette
versions only had the first two tracks.
Swedish indie band Love is All
the song on the B-side to their What's Your Rupture?
7" "Wishing Well."
American metal band Atreyu
features a cover of the song on the 2008 re-release of their album,
Lead Sails Paper Anchor
Pop-punk band Ludo
has been performing a cover
of the song on their most-recent tour.
- Includes ad-lib from "It Takes Two" by Rob Base and DJ
- Recorded in Norwich, 1990.
- Broadcast by The BBC Radio 1 "Rockshow", March 2, 1990.
- The profanity is obscured and the songs fade out.
issue 1164 June 20th 2007
- "VH1 40 Greatest Metal Songs", 1-4 May 2006,
VH1 Channel, reported by VH1.com; last accessed September 10, 2006
- "VH1 100 Greatest One-hit Wonders", VH1
Channel, reported by VH1.com.
- Epic by Faith No More Songfacts
- The Discography on the Faith No More website, also available as
a text document