“Songs that Inspire Us; Videos that Don’t – Episode II – EPIC”

"EPIC" - by Faith No More

“EPIC” – by Faith No More

Songs that Inspire Us; Videos that Don’t – Episode II – “Epic” – Faith No More

I grew up watching MTV or Music Television in the late 1980’s through the early 2000’s. Therefore, I have a special place in my heart for “music videos” that never made any sense. These videos were great because there really was not anything else on for us to watch.

We did not have the ability to download any song we wanted. We would make trips to Tower Records and spend hours looking for CD’s and Cassette Singles we heard on the radio.

"Remember this place?"

“Remember this place?”

We waited in line for new albums to come out just as everyone waits in line for the newest smartphone or exciting technology today. We would blast our radios and walkmans, patiently sitting through commercial after commercial, to wait for the newest songs to be played once every 1-2 hours.

You couldn’t follow your favorite band on Facebook or interact with them on Twitter . When a Music Video came out, it might be the first time you have ever seen the band and what they look like.

Video Production and budgets were not what they are today.

Nothing like this:

This video is amazing by the way. Taylor Swift is hitting her peak.

“EPIC” – Faith No More


Which brings me to “EPIC” by Faith No More. I was not a big fan of Faith No More growing up, however I know that their influence paved the way for other metal bands. What I really liked about EPIC was the integration of “rap” with hard rock. The first time I heard this song, I turned the dial to “11”:

“These go to eleven…


Over 10 years later in college this song would be a staple on the Coach Rufo Erg Mix Tapes.

“Epic” by Faith No More


0:00 – 0:12


Power-Packed Intro


As with every 80’s and 90’s hard rock song, we begin with a great intro with drums and guitar.




We are introduced to a old fashioned picture frame housing a Hand with an eye. The hand splatters green paint over lead vocalist, Mike Patton , who is curled up on a comfy chair. He is sitting in a empty room with reflective floors.




Okay, I am already lost. The hand also escapes the picture frame and now is shooting out lightning.


0:12 – 0:35


“Can you feel it, see it, hear it today?
If you can’t, then it doesn’t matter anyway
You will never understand it cuz it happens too fast
And it feels so good, it’s like walking on glass
It’s so cool, it’s so hip, it’s alright
It’s so groovy, it’s outta sight
You can touch it, smell it, taste it so sweet
But it makes no difference cuz it knocks you off your feet”


The camera cuts immediately to Mike Patton’s face. You will never understand it cuz it happens too fast. I agree. We go from his face, to some kind of clock with eyeballs and mice. To the band standing out in the middle of the set of “Powder,” back to Patton dancing in multi-colored “jams” wearing American Flag boxing gloves.


"Or maybe Field of Dreams?"

“Or maybe Field of Dreams?”

All of this happened in the 1st 30 seconds.

At the end of this sequence, Patton’s head EXPLODES. Keep in mind, in the 1980’s and 1990’s this was awesome.


"Sean Archer: I want to take his face...off"

“Gallagher anyone?”

It has to be a watermelon, right?


0:36 – 0:43


“You want it all but you can’t have it”


"Blame it on the rain..."

“Blame it on the rain…”

Patton is back to life, and singing in the rain.


0:44 – 0:57


“It’s cryin’, bleedin’, lying on the floor
So you lay down on it and you do it some more
You’ve got to share it, so you dare it
Then you bare it and you tear it”


Patton is now dry, and channeling his inner Charlie Brown.


"Cue Charlie Brown Theme"

“Cue Charlie Brown Theme”

Zoom to close ups to the band playing instruments, and keyboardist Roddy Bottum has decided to stop playing and get down.


"The keyboard is playing itself!"

“The keyboard is playing itself!”

0:58 – 01:14
“You want it all but you can’t have it
It’s in your face but you can’t grab it”


Rain, Dry, Rain, Dry. Cut, cut, cut…the video editing by MTV is great! There seemed to be a somewhat matching wardrobe discussion before the video shoot. Everyone was allowed to choose their own style. Patton as DJ Jazzy Jeff…

"Parents just don't Understand"

“Parents just don’t Understand”

Roddy Bottum with T-Shirt and tight jeans. Bassist Billy Gould, tight jeans, T-shirt.  Guitarist Jim Martin tight jeans and a long sleeve T-shirt. Drummer Mike Bordin dreadlocks, and no T-shirt (not sure about the tight jeans) . When you read up on the video, you actually find out that T-shirt choices were based on tributes to other musicians, friends, and bands members of the group were in before. That is cool.

01:15 – 1:30


“It’s alive, afraid, a lie, a sin
It’s magic, it’s tragic, it’s a loss, it’s a win
It’s dark, it’s moist, it’s a bitter pain
It’s sad it happened and it’s a shame”


"Why Patton why?"

“Why Patton why?”

Patton starts punching himself in the head…

1:31 – 1:42


“You want it all but you can’t have it
It’s in your face but you can’t grab it”


"Here we go..."

“Here we are now, entertain us…”

Third wardrobe change for Patton, and the head banging begins!


1:46 – 1:48


"Because when you are cool, the sun shines down on you 24 hours a day.." - My Science Project

“Because when you are cool, the sun shines down on you 24 hours a day…” – My Science Project


Roddy Bottum is cool…


01:49 – 2:00


“What is it?
It’s it…
What is it?
It’s it…
What is it?
It’s it…
What is it?
It’s it…”


Okay, I’m Fired up.


2:00 –2:25




"Put on the red light..."

“Put on the red light…”

The hand returns! And douses Patton in his chair with red paint this time. Jim Martin begins his guitar solo, and you can see he wears a tribute shirt to late Metallica Bassist Cliff Burton.

2:26 – 2:45


"This is why guitarists get the chicks..."

“This is why guitarists get the chicks…”

Lightning always strikes the lead guitarist’s guitar.

2:46 – 2:55


“What is it?
It’s it…
What is it?
It’s it…
What is it?
It’s it…
What is it?”


"Yes, you are..."

“Yes, you are…”

Roddy Bottum is the “Master”!

2:56 – 3:15


“You want it all but you can’t have it
It’s in your face but you can’t grab it”


"He's fading folks."

“He’s fading folks.”

Patton is done. Fatigue has set in.


3:15 – 3:40
“It’s it…
What is it?
It’s it…
What is it?
It’s it…
What is it?
It’s it…
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah…


"Mike Bordin singing now..."

“Mike Bordin filling in for a fatigued Patton…”

“It’s it…
What is it?
It’s it…
What is it?
It’s it…
What is it?
It’s it…
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah…


"Cue the rest of the rain!"

“More rain?”


Do they ever run out of rain?

3:41 – 3:49


Piano Transition


3:50 – 4:03


"One fish, two fish..."

“One fish, two fish…”

A random fish is shown flopping around on the ground. This scene actually caused controversy with animal rights activists due to the fact that the fish was out of water.   I can imagine today this would have been huge on social media, and we would have public outrage due to cruelty to fish.


4:03 – 4:26


Closing Piano Solo


"What the..."

“What the…”

Roddy Bottum, in his coolness, finishes the song with the piano.

Just him in his star patterned shirt.

He steps away, and the piano explodes! Whew!


Moral of the Story


Jim Martin

Video Score: 6 out of 10


My wife was born in 1980, so she is more of a child of the 90’s. She had never seen the video before I wrote this.

She made it to Patton’s headed exploding. Then she went back to surfing for healthy recipes.

What makes my score more controversial is that even Faith No More has even complained in their blog about themselves having to continually play EPIC for fans. Most fair weather fans only recognize this song, and do not appreciate the band’s other work.

Yet, the video was ranked 30th on VH1’s 40 Greatest Metal Songs. According to their blog, both VH1 and MTV actually paved the way for the band’s popularity because the video was played over an over again.

Song Score: “11” out of 10


The song was ranked by VH1 as the 54th best hard rock song. If you listen to just the lyrics and music, it really can  motivate and inspire you.  What I love about the song is that it was written when Patton first joined the band in 1989. In their blog, Patton reminds readers that he chooses lyrics based on the rhythm rather than meaning.

Sometimes a song does not need to make sense. It just has to connect with you. The lyrics leave that meaning open to you.


Don’t think too hard!


Faith No More, (2002, November 1). Wikipedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faith_No_More

Epic (Faith No More Song), (2005, August 23). Wikipedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epic_%28Faith_No_More_song%29

“It’s it…what is it?“, (2012, August 08). Faith No More Blog. Retrieved from http://www.faithnomoreblog.com/2012/08/its-itwhat-is-it-focus-on-song.html

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