Review by Dreamsindigital and Seemebe
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Anthony Kiedis doesn’t get nearly as much credit at he should for his lyrical abilities. He gets criticized a lot for always mentioning places, states... whatever, in his lyrics. Same could be said of most lyricists in whatever they write about. I think it’s just picked up more in RHCP songs, IMO, cause he makes it that way.
Californication saw the return of John Fruisciante to the band after the pretty unimpressive reviews of One Hot Minute with Dave Navarro as guitarist. OHM is still a pretty good album, but since the death of Hillel Slovak, John was always going to be the only guitarist for the Chili Peppers.
Its a very fun album to listen to. Full of the standard Kiedis sexual references and reflecting on various past endeavours.From the explosive start, to the....as Dreams puts it so well... perfect ‘send off’ at the end.
Around The World
YouTube - RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - Around The World (con letra - with lyrics)
Just about the perfect way to start an album, fantastic riff, heavy bass distortion before the guitar, drums and the Anthony’s shout. Lyrically, I think it’s about a guy who goes... surprise surprise, all around the world and has relationships with all these different women.
‘You say hello, then I say I do’ ... that line in particular seems to suggest he falls in and out of love quite easily with all these women.
Its a great song with a nice bridge at the end before the music plays out into.
YouTube - Parallel Universe - Red Hot Chili Peppers LIVE
Another bass driven song in which the guitar sort of inter-laces itself and a pretty standard drum beat. For the first couple of verse’s, and the title being Parallel Universe, i get the impression the song is about the different views you see in the world when you slip into drug addiction. It’s quite a simple song, but powerful all the same.
YouTube - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Scar Tissue
Although there are parts of Around The World that is reminiscent of Give It Away .... the guitar work in Scar Tissue really hit home that John F is back in the band. Its very much like a song that could be on Blood Sugar Sex Magik, if not a little more on the ‘poppy’ side.
I remember reading somewhere that the lyric ‘With birds ill share this lonely view’ was inspired by the bird flying overhead as Anthony was trying to think up lyrics, and ‘Sarcastic Mr Know-it-all’ was what Dave Navarro thought of Anthony.
All in all I think its about being lonely, but taking comfort from the thoughts left in your head of the good and bad times you’ve had in the past.
YouTube - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Otherside [Official]
Like all things in life are open to everyone’s interpretation, i feel like this song is telling a few different stories.
Slit my throat, its all I ever – Suicide.
Heard your voices through a photograph, thought it up and brought up the past – Loss.
A cemetery where I marry the sea – Drowning.
Push the trigger and pull the thread – Murdered.
Ain’t no rosey side to this song at all.
Anthony sings this song really well. Another catchy guitar riff that plays over and over again, much like the bass and the bridge takes the song to a whole other level. Love this song.
Get On Top
YouTube - Red hot chili peppers - Get on Top @yokohama
Five songs in ... and here comes the funk. The opening riff put me in mind of a more metallic sound to Power of Equality (from BSSM), and then comes in Flea slapping that bass like he does best. Chad also really comes alive in this song, I really love the raw sound to his drumming.
I think this songs lyrics are pretty obvious if you really listen/read. It’s about someone who’s trying to get the better of someone else and come out on top.
YouTube - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication (with lyrics)
After the assault of Get On Top, this is a nice relaxing listen. I don’t have a bad word to say about this song. I seem to remember (I know, my memory sucks lol) reading that this song was written with a different guitar part but John hated it and worked at it for a while til he came up with the gem that it is. Another in which the guitar and bass lines intertwine perfectly with a steady drum beat to carry it.
The lyrics seem to tell a story of peoples place in society, what people are willing to do to reach the top, and how the world reacts around all of that. Californication is what people perceive to be as perfection, but stardom aint all its cracked up to be.
YouTube - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Easily (Live)
Musically, id say this song were a sign of things to come for the band, as in my opinion it could have slotted in well on the By The Way album, make me think of Fortune Faded actually. The guitar work is very raw, its scratchy and has alot of treble. In fact in this song in particular the bass takes a back seat for the most part as the vocal melody compliments the guitar and drums very well.
Lyrically, i think its fairly obvious the majority of the song is about the needlessness of war, trying to make sense of it all as soldiers are ‘Thrown to the wolves’.
YouTube - Red hot chili peppers - Porcelain w/lyrics
This song is a pretty big change of pace for the Chili’s, the soft vocal melody, weird dark music which to me sounds like a carryover from the One Hot Minute album. The lyrics were about when Anthony was at a pretty low point in his life and he was at a meeting, where he met this young woman with her daughter who were living in the YMCA. She was an addict who was trying to get sober to make a better life for herself and daughter, but was finding it just too hard.
“Are you wasting away in your skin
Are you missing the love of your kin
Drifting and floating and fading away”
I know alot of people who don’t like it cause its nothing like they’ve ever done. But it’s a beautiful song if you just stop and listen to.