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Last Cup of Sorrow

"Last Cup of Sorrow" is the third track from Faith No More's sixth studio album Album of the Year. It was released as a single on August 5, 1997. It placed No. 14 on Mainstream Rock Tracks, No.62 on Australia Top 50, and No. 51 on UK Top 100. The artwork is in a similar style to the original poster art for Vertigo.

Meaning

When asked about the song, Billy Gould replied:

Music video

The music video directed by Joseph Kahn is based on Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, a film dealing with acrophobia. It features the lead singer, Mike Patton dressed in the same outfit as James Stewart's character, trailing a blonde played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, respectively dressed the same as Vertigo 's female lead Madeleine. Many scenes are recreated from the film, such as the opening rooftop sequence, Madeleine's plunge into San Francisco bay, Mike moving up and down a stepladder, the belltower sequence complete with the famous Hitchcock Zoom and the psychedelic dream sequence.

The emphasis is mainly on parody, key moments including drummer Mike Bordin sweeping Mike Patton's head in the dream sequence with a broom (presumedly a reference to Vertigo's scene where Midge is describing to Scottie that music can clear the cobwebs out of your head like a broom), bassist Billy Gould cross dressing, Leigh's character being a black wigged sado-masochist, and Leigh fainting when she sees a shadowy figure in the tower, which ends up being drummer Mike Bordin, who at the end of the video casually starts eating a bagel.

Track listings

"Blue Vertigo" cover #"Last Cup of Sorrow" (7" Edit) – 3:15 #"Pristina (Billy Gould Mix)" – 4:18 #"Last Cup of Sorrow (Roli Mosimann Mix)" – 6:26 #"Ashes to Ashes (Dillinja Mix)" – 5:30

"Orange Vertigo" cover #"Last Cup of Sorrow" – 4:12 #"Last Cup of Sorrow (Bonehead Mix)" – 4:54 #"She Loves Me Not (Spinna Main Mix)" – 4:41 #"She Loves Me Not (Spinna Crazy Mix)" – 4:41

Japanese track listing #"Last Cup of Sorrow" (7" Edit) – 3:15 #"Pristina (Billy Gould Mix)" – 4:18 #"Last Cup of Sorrow (Roli Mosimann Mix)" – 6:26 #"Ashes to Ashes (Dillinja Mix)" – 5:30 #"Last Cup of Sorrow (Bonehead Mix)" – 4:54 #"She Loves Me Not (Spinna Main Mix)" – 4:41 #"She Loves Me Not (Spinna Crazy Mix)" – 4:41

Charts

Footnotes

Category:Faith No More songs Category:1997 singles Category:Music videos directed by Joseph Kahn Category:Songs written by Billy Gould Category:Songs written by Mike Patton Category:1997 songs Category:Slash Records singles