June 8, 1999: RHCP Release ‘Californication’

Californication was a sort of comeback album in many ways. The Red Hot Chili Peppers seemed to get their mojo back on this album. The same hard hitting rock and downright funk found on 1991’s Blood Sugar Sex Magik was back in full force. The Chili Peppers were working with legendary producer Rick Rubin again and perhaps the fundamental building block— guitarist John Frusciante was back.

From John’s mellow riffs that set the tone for “Scar Tissue” to Flea’s in your face funk on “Around The World”, you could tell the Chili Peppers were a whole unit again (wrapped together in one tube sock). Above and beyond the music found on Californication, the imagery connected with the album is second to none. In a time where videos actually mattered, the noir style video for “Otherside” and the gamer-esq video for “Californication” made the Chili Peppers a mainstay on popular shows like TRL.

Blood Sugar Sex Magik may have been the bands break out album but it was Californication that propelled the group into the new millennium and solidified their spot as one of the most eclectic and inventive bands of our time, earning the Chili Peppers a spot in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication [Official Music Video]

"Californication" is the Red Hot Chili Peppers' fourth single and sixth track from their 1999 seventh studio album, Californication. Released as a single in 2000, the song reached #69 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, and #16 on the UK charts, and hit #1 on both US Mainstream Rock Tracks for 2 weeks and US Modern Rock Tracks for 1 week.

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Otherside [Official Music Video]

"Otherside" is a song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, released in 2000. It was the 3rd single from their album Californication, and confronts the battles ex-junkies have with their prior addictions. Download Californication on iTunes now: http://bit.ly/ragFBo The Red Hot Chili Peppers' album 'I'm With You' is available everywhere.

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Scar Tissue [Official Music Video]

© 2007 WMG "Scar Tissue" by Red Chili Peppers from 'Californication,' available now. Download Californication on iTunes: http://bit.ly/ragFBo The Red Hot Chili Peppers' album 'I'm With You' is available everywhere. Download 'I'm With You' on iTunes: http://glnk.it/8w Links: Website: http://redhotchilipeppers.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ChiliPeppers Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/chilipeppers

 

 

Brett Booth is a rock ‘n’ roll writer who, when he doesn't have a pen in his hand, you can usually find him strumming a guitar or sipping a homebrew.