Video Hangover: Faith No More – “Everything’s Ruined”

Every week, we dig in the archives for videos that we find noteworthy, memorable, or just unbelievably stupid. And then, Jon McMillan breaks ‘em down for you. Why Video Hangover? Because when you watch as many videos as we do, you’re going to feel it afterwards.

“Everything’s Ruined”
Faith No More, 1992

The song is a classic. The video, not so much.

This is what it must be like inside Mike Patton’s brain: cliff diving. Airplanes. Some golfers. A bird crapping in reverse? Sure, why not. Also, some random, lip syncing children. There are definitely inspired moments, such as the (elbow?) surgery juxtaposed with the roast beef, and the aforementioned crapping bird. But, as with many things Patton-related, the best often sits flush with the worst, to the point that opinions can differ strongly on which is which (see: Mr. Bungle). Not that this video is all Mike’s fault. “Everything’s Ruined” is one of the better tracks on Angel Dust (an unimpeachable classic, in my opinion), but the video is a mess of missed opportunity. The band runs out of ideas around the 2:49 mark, when they pretend to get chased by a giant sea turtle. By the time Patton pantomimes a little-league pitch, the gag is exhausted. Still, when the baseball player cuts briefly to a sheep being sheared, I couldn’t help but think how much more subversive and weird (read: memorable) this could have been in the hands of a more inspired director.

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