Otherside

Red Hot Chili Peppers

About Otherside

"Otherside" is a song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, released in 2000. It was the third single from their album Californication, and confronts the battles addicts have with their prior addictions. The single was highly successful, peaking at number 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100, the fourth-highest peak for the band, and number one on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, which was, at the time, the fifth for the band. The song remained at number one on this chart for 13 consecutive weeks, one of the longest runs at the top of that chart. It was also a big success in Iceland, where it became the second single from the album to reach number one, and in New Zealand, where it charted at number five. "Otherside" refers to former band member Hillel Slovak, who died of a heroin overdose in 1988. 


Year:
1999
4:15
4,039 
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How long, how long will I slide?
Separate my side, I don't
I don't believe it's bad
Slit my throat it's all I ever

I heard your voice through a photograph
I thought it up and brought up the past
Once you know you can never go back
I gotta take it on the other side

Centuries are what it meant to me
A cemetery where I marry the sea
Stranger things could never change my mind
I gotta take it on the other side
Take it on the other side
Take it on, take it on

How long, how long will I slide?
Separate my side, I don't
I don't believe it's bad
Slit my throat it's all I ever

Pour my life into a paper cup
The ashtray's full and I'm spillin' my guts
She wants to know am I still a slut
I've got to take it on the other side

Scarlet starlet and she's in my bed
A candidate for a soul mate bled
Push the trigger and I pull the thread, I gotta take it on the other side
Take it on the other side
Take it on
Take it on

How long, how long will I slide?
Separate my side, I don't
I don't believe it's bad
Slit my throat it's all I ever

Turn me on, take me for a hard ride
Burn me out, leave me on the other side
I yell and tell it that it's not my friend
I tear it down, I tear it down
And then it's born again

How long, how long will I slide?
Separate my side, I don't
I don't believe it's bad
Slit my throat it's all I ever

How long, I don't, I don't believe it's bad
Slit my throat it's all I ever

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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

Album Fact
"Otherside" is the third single from Red Hot Chili Peppers' seventh studio album, "Californication," which was released in 1999.
Chart Performance Fact
The song peaked at number 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it one of the band's most successful songs on the chart. It also topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks for 13 weeks.
Song Inspiration Fact
The lyrics of "Otherside" are often interpreted as Anthony Kiedis’s reflection on his experiences with drug addiction and its dangerous consequences.
Music Video Fact
The music video for "Otherside", directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, is inspired by the works of M.C. Escher, a Dutch graphic artist known for his mathematically-inspired art.
Songwriting Fact
"Otherside" was written by the band members Anthony Kiedis, Flea, John Frusciante, and Chad Smith.
Live Performance Fact
During live performances of the song, it's common for guitarist John Frusciante to improvise the intro and solo sections of the song.
Cover versions Fact
Several artists across different genres have covered "Otherside," including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and the British house duo Third Party.
Global Success Fact
Apart from its success in the US, "Otherside" was a hit in several other countries, reaching the top 10 in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and several European countries.
Awards Fact
The music video for "Otherside" won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction in 2000.
Cultural Impact Fact
Even two decades after its release, "Otherside" remains one of Red Hot Chili Peppers' most popular and enduring songs, often featured on the playlists of classic rock and alternative radio stations.

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