Californication

Red Hot Chili Peppers

About Californication

"Californication" is a song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers'. It is the fourth single and sixth track from their 1999 seventh studio album of the same name. Released as a single in May 2000, the song reached number 69 on the US Billboard Hot 100, number 16 on the UK Singles Chart and number one on both the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks. The song also debuted at number one in Iceland, becoming the third number-one single from the album there. "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. 


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Psychic spies from China try to steal your mind's elation
And little girls from Sweden dream of silver screen quotation
And if you want these kind of dreams it's Californication

It's the edge of the world and all of Western civilization
The sun may rise in the East at least it's settled in a final location
It's understood that Hollywood sells Californication

Pay your surgeon very well to break the spell of aging
Celebrity skin, is this your chin, or is that war you're waging?

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Marry me, girl, be my fairy to the world, be my very own constellation
A teenage bride with a baby inside getting high on information
And buy me a star on the boulevard, it's Californication

Space may be the final frontier but it's made in a Hollywood basement
And Cobain can you hear the spheres singing songs off Station To Station?
And Alderaan's not far away, it's Californication

Born and raised by those who praise control of population
Well, everybody's been there and I don't mean on vacation

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Destruction leads to a very rough road but it also breeds creation
And earthquakes are to a girl's guitar, they're just another good vibration
And tidal waves couldn't save the world from Californication

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Sicker than the rest, there is no test, but this is what you're craving?

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Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983. The group's musical style primarily consists of rock with an emphasis on funk, as well as elements from other genres such as punk rock and psychedelic rock. Live, they incorporate many aspects of jam rock due to the improvised nature of much of their performances. Currently, the band consists of founding members Anthony Kiedis (vocals) and Michael "Flea" Balzary (bass), longtime drummer Chad Smith, and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, who joined in late 2009, following the departure of John Frusciante. The Red Hot Chili Peppers have won seven Grammy Awards and sold over 80 million albums worldwide. In 2012 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. more »

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Written by: Michael Peter Balzary, John Anthony Frusciante, Anthony Kiedis, Chad Gaylord Smith

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10 facts about this song

Music Genre
The song "Californication" is from the sub-genre of alternative rock, specifically funk rock. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are known for their unique blend of rock, funk, punk, and psychedelic music styles.
Album Details
"Californication" is the title track of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' seventh studio album. The album was released on June 8, 1999, by Warner Bros Records.
Commercial Success
The album "Californication" was a huge commercial success selling over 15 million copies worldwide. The song itself reached the top of the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks where it stayed for one week and also peaked at number one in Iceland and New Zealand.
Lyrics Significance
The song's lyrics reference Californian culture, Hollywood, and several celebrities, like Kurt Cobain and David Bowie. It also addresses the darker aspects of the state like pollution, drugs, and Hollywood's plasticity.
Music Video Recognition
The music video of "Californication" is famous for its video-game-style visualization, which became iconic in the music industry. In 2000, it received a nomination for Best Art Direction at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Band Line-up
The line-up during the "Californication" period was Anthony Kiedis (vocals), Flea (bass), John Frusciante (guitar), and Chad Smith (drums). This is often considered the classic Red Hot Chili Peppers lineup.
Frusciante's Return
The album "Californication" marked the return of guitarist John Frusciante who had left the band in 1992 due to drug addiction. His return brought a more melodic and harmonically complex style of guitar playing back to the band's music.
Touring
Following the release of the album, the Red Hot Chili Peppers embarked on a world tour that lasted for two years, playing sell-out shows across the globe.
Song Composition
The song "Californication" is built around a single guitar melody, which is played throughout the song. The structure follows the verse-chorus-verse format. The song is also notable for its quiet verses and louder choruses, a common characteristic in several alternative rock songs.
Cultural Impact
The term "Californication," which describes the globalization of California's culture and lifestyle, has been picked up in popular culture and media, including Showtime's TV series, Californication.

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