The Making Of Dark Necessities And Other Great Songs

"I was extremely stricken with my part in this song", says Anthony Kiedis after first hearing the music for "Dark Necessities".

The recording process, or really the creation process I should say, has always interested me.  How does a song come to be?

For example: Beck's genre defining song "Loser" was conceived after his friend and Producer Carl Stephenson had Beck over to his home while they were working on Mellow Gold.  After a conversation about how much Beck sucked at rapping, he decided to write a song on the spot made up entirely of meaningless gibberish.

Speaking of genre defining:  When Nirvana was young, Kurt Kobain's friend and singer for Bikini Kill, Kathleen Hannah spray painted "Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit" in his bedroom after his the girlfriend had stayed over the night before.  Teen Spirit was a brand of girl's deodorant at the time.  Kurt had never heard of the deodorant but thought that was an epic title for his new song.

You get my point.  So when new songs emerge, I am all about learning how they were conceived.

Here, Anthony explains how Red Hot Chili Peppers song Dark Necessities came to be.


Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Getaway [OFFICIAL AUDIO]

"The Getaway" by Red Hot Chili Peppers Pre-order the new album THE GETAWAY, coming June 17th, for an instant download of "The Getaway" and "Dark Necessities" Note that the download of the song "The Getaway" will be available at 12:01am local on May 27th Connect with Red Hot Chili


Beck - Loser

Music video by Beck performing Loser. (C) 1993 Geffen Records

Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit

Music video by Nirvana performing Smells Like Teen Spirit. (C) 1991 Geffen Records