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Anne's Song

"Anne's Song" is a 1988 single by American band Faith No More, taken from their 1987 album Introduce Yourself. Written by band members Billy Gould and Roddy Bottum, the song describes an acquaintance of theirs from New York, and her circle of friends. The single was produced by Matt Wallace and Steve Berlin and released by Slash Records.

"Anne's Song" was released alongside a music video directed by Tamra Davis, which featured both the eponymous Anne and an appearance by Metallica member James Hetfield. The song has met with critical appreciation in later years, drawing comparisons to David Bowie and Tom Tom Club.

Production



"Anne's Song" was recorded in 1986 as part of the Introduce Yourself recording sessions, at Studio D in Sausalito, California. The recordings were produced by Matt Wallace and by Slash Records' Steve Berlin. Wallace had worked with the band on their 1985 début album We Care a Lot, and the earlier Faith. No Man single "Quiet in Heaven"/"Song of Liberty". He recalled that the more experienced Berlin, having been a member of Los Lobos and primarily accustomed to music unlike Faith No More's, essentially "babysat" the band to ensure their recording budget was not wasted.The song was written by band members Billy Gould and Roddy Bottum, and features one of the few guitar solos in the band's canon, performed by Jim Martin. The song had existed in a "rough and ready" incarnation for several months before the recording sessions began, and had its composition completed in the studio. The song's titular Anne is the band's friend Anne D'Angillo, whose residence in Alphabet City, Manhattan was used by the group during their previous tour; the other characters mentioned throughout the song are all real friends of D'Angillo. D'Angillo also featured in the song's music video, shot in New York and Los Angeles by director Tamra Davis; the video also featured shots of singer Chuck Mosley trapped in a cage, tormented by the other band members and Metallica vocalist James Hetfield; bass player Gould conceived of this segment, stating "my dream for that video was that I wanted to get Chuck in a cage, from which he couldn't escape, and I could poke him with a stick".

Release and reception



"Anne's Song" and the accompanying music video were released in April 1988. The single was available in both seven-inch and twelve-inch formats, with the former also available as a picture disc. The video was later included on the 1999 video compilation Who Cares a Lot?: The Greatest Videos; the song itself, however, was not included on the concurrently-released album Who Cares a Lot?.

Writing in a review of Introduce Yourself for AllMusic, Greg Prato noted that the song "should have been a hit", citing its "loopy bass and irresistible melodicism". The Guardians Jeremy Allen included "Anne's Song" in his 2014 list of Faith No More's top ten songs, describing it as "not unlike a heavier Tom Tom Club in the verses, with a smattering of Mosley’s hero David Bowie in the chorus". Allen felt that "Anne's Song", along with most of Mosley's work with the band, was "more aligned with contemporary music than anything that came after". In a Faith No More discography retrospective, Louder Sound wrote that the song "really delivers", noting Mosley's "goofy, purposefully-underachieving vocals".

Track listing

Personnel

  • Chuck Mosley vocals
  • Jim Martin guitar
  • Billy Gould bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Roddy Bottum keyboards, backing vocals
  • Mike Bordin drums

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