Musical Monday: Red Hot Chili Peppers

The band are currently touring but sadly they’re not scheduled to play anywhere near us otherwise I would happily go and see them again.They’ve previously featured in Song Lyric Sunday #18 but here they are again, this time with one of my all-time favourite tracks and a new one.

Californication was the band’s seventh studio album, released in June 1999, it marked a notable shift in the American Rock band’s style, to a softer, more melodic side. The album’s subject material incorporated various sexual innuendos commonly associated with the band, but also contained more varied themes than previous outings, including death, contemplations of suicide, California, drugs, globalisation and travel.

Californication is the Chili Peppers’ most commercially successful studio release internationally, with over 15 million copies sold worldwide, it peaked at number three on the US Billboard 200. A large part of its commercial success was attributed to the popularity of its singles: Californication, Otherside and Scar Tissue.  

My featured single, Californication, has remained one of the band’s most popular and most performed live songs, appearing in almost every setlist since its live debut and making it the band’s third-most performed song, with over 500 performances.

The track’s video takes the form of a fictional open world video game that depicts each of the band members on some sort of adventure in a California setting. It’s the group’s most watched video on YouTube, with 950 million views.

Fast forward to the band’s latest and 12th studio album, Unlimited Love, released in April 2022. It debuted at number one in ten countries, becoming their first US number-one since Stadium ArcadiumIt was promoted with the singles Black Summer (above) and These Are the Ways. The Red Hot Chili Peppers began an international stadium tour in June and a 13th studio album, Return of the Dream Canteen, is scheduled for release this October.



14 Comments on “Musical Monday: Red Hot Chili Peppers

  1. I’m a long time Chilli Peppers fan. Californication was like a “growing up” or evolution of the band as you say, into a different sound, but still with that iconic Chilli Peppers feel. A lot of bands fail to make that transition successfully. A great album! I’d love to see them live again.

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  2. I fell in love with them when I was maybe 10, after watching them perform live in minimal clothing. It was very scandalous for my young eyes, but I found Anthony Kiedis to be so attractive.

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