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Aeroplane by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Album: One Hot MinuteReleased: 1995Charted:
11
  • This is based on a traditional Blues song called "Jesus Is My Aeroplane." On their Greatest Hits DVD, Red Hot Chili Peppers explain that is how they feel about music, that it takes them to a higher place. (thanks, Liz - Surrey, England)
  • Towards the end of the video there is a group of kids singing "You're my Aeroplane." Those kids are from the kindergarten class of Clara, daughter of bass player Flea. Clara is the one towards the left, singing the loudest. (thanks, James - Guilford, CT)
  • Some of the lyrics seem to be about hedonism and drug use, notably the refrain "I like pleasure spiked with pain." The line, "Sitting in my kitchen, I'm turning into dust again" is most likely a reference to lead singer Anthony Kiedis' relapse, as his kitchen was where he would often do drugs. (thanks, Richard - Bradley, IL)
  • Flea played some slap bass on the verses of this song using a Treker Louis Johnson Signature 4-string. In an interview with Bass Player magazine, he explained that the song gave him a little trouble. Said Flea: "'Aeroplane' was the only song I was worried about-I thought it sounded like another stupid white boy trying to be funky! I put it out anyway, but it's the one thing I'd go back and fix. When I played it live in the studio with the band, the bass didn't record right for some reason, so it was one of the few things I had to overdub. The part kept feeling stiff to me, as if it wasn't my day; I wasn't flowing with the drums. I wanted to redo it, but Rick (Rubin, producer) said, 'It's cool.'"
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Comments: 42

Kinda ironic how Kiedis repeatedly says the f-word throughout, and yet there's kindergartners in the end of it....... ("Hey mommy, the Chili Peppers taught me a new word!" "What was that, dear?")Michael - Deridder, La
In AK's book Scar Tissue he says "Someone better slap me before i start to rust , before i start to decompose" was a cry for help to get him clean :)Zach - Jacksonville, Fl
I love this song its one of my fav songs of all time I just never knew it was about drugs lol.Brea - Alabama, Al
they use music to fund a very expensive drug habbitDavid - San Antonio, Tx
Its considerd one of the best Bass songs of all time...but o course its Flea...so yeahhWilliam - Pheonix, Az
This song is Anthony Keidis' plea for help. Everybody thought that he'd been sober for the past 5 years but in fact he'd been using for the last 6 months. "Looking in my own eyes/i can't find the love i want/someone better slap me/before i start to rust/before i start to decompose" He's asking for help peopleBen - Andover, Ks
The kids at the end sing "IT'S my aeroplane" not "YOU'RE..."Luke - Manchester, England
This song features a bass solo.Austin - Smallsville,new England, --
know what, i think its double meaning actually, sex and drugs....but the imagery used connects to drugs n syringes, pleasure spiked with pain....pleasure has to be the euphoria, spiked with pain would be how you feel not having it or that youre so addicted n obviously it kinda hurts injecting it in with a needle. i jsut thought that the pain of cheating your girlfirend would be so much more pronounced than just 'spiked', tihnk aobut it, he's an addict, the pain from the drugs is sort of numb or put on the back burnerDylan - Oneida, Wi
i KNEW it was about sex!(to mike form NE)Dylan - Oneida, Wi
this was one of anthony's least favoraite videos because of the cost to make it.Dylan - Texas, Tx
loking in my rearview mirrorrrrrMirna - Portoviejo, Ecuador
One thing i forgot to mention is that the line sitting in my kitchen would refer to the first time Anthony smoked pot.His dad's girlfriend handed him the joint and started taking off her shirt and that led to Anthony's first sexual experience.I hope i helped.Mike - Norfolk, Ne
Okay...Drugs are a possibility, but I've been reading Anthony's book, and in the book he says that when the Chili Peppers started to become local celebrities, he was having sex with all these girls.He said it felt good and bad at the same time because he was cheating on his girlfriend.Music was his aeroplane because it's what made him able to have sex with all of these women.Mike - Norfolk, Ne
i think its kinda obvious, pleasure spiked with pain is about sticking a needle in you and shooting up, music is his only escape. the star of mazzy must is refering to the cd he listens to when he shoots up in the kitchen ware he did most of his drugs. notice that hes not in the living room watching tv, but in the kitchen listening to music. Also heroin is reffered to as song bird sweet and the needle is the bad sour jane. just my take on it. thanks for readingGeorge - Jackson, Nj
Probably inspired -- I wouldn't say based -- by guitar evangelist Mother McCollum's 'Jesus Is My Aeroplane' from the 1930's.Walter - Antwerp, Belgium
Pleasure spiked with pain, is somewhat akin to "bittersweet joys"... any artist or creator goes through that. while music might be the governing force for the band, transportng them to a higher plane, the pursuit isn't always smooth. there are frustrations to cope with and the dissatisfaction of not getting it out just right (as it had sounded in the head). Although what keeps them coming back to it, is the joy of being able to create music.Shreyashi Ganguly - Bangalore, India
This is all about John's Hedonism addication after he left the band.Richard - Bradley, Il
when ppl comment on the fact that a particular peppers song is about A.K's drug issues you just have to know that it may be based about it but thats not the message the song is intended to give you you need to read into it more listen closer find the hidden magic that is the RHCPLindsay - Blue Mountains, Australia
Anybody else love Flea's bass line in this song?
- Bob, Norristown, PA

I totally agree. To be honest with you, the bass line is actually easy to play; for those of you who might have been wondering.
Trevor - Omaha, Ne
I dont think flea once said that he invented slap bass. Secondly, he didnt "steal" any bass line, it may be similar but hes playing what suites the song, which is in g minor.Ben - Oakville, Canada
the part in the song "the star of Mazzy must, push her voice inside of me" is taken from the mazzy star song "dust" off of Mazzy Star's second album. it is a very mellow song and before the aforementioned line above, Anthony sings, "i'm turning into dust again..." taken very much so from the song "Dust" by Mazzy Star. and "Mazzy Star" isn't the name of the female singer, but the name of the whole band. much like "Pink Floyd" is not a person, but the name of a band. the Mazzy Star album "Dust" is from is also from the same album as the song "Fade Into you", which was prett y popular. it is a mellow, but great album. very conducive for getting high...Grayson - Cleveland, Oh
really terrible song....this band is ordinary except for the bass player.Darren - Bombay, India
guys, that bassline maybe awesome..but if you check out one song by Larry Graham, former bassplayer for Sly and the Family Stone, and pretty much the man behind making electric slap famous, you will see flea copped it and didnt give credit...in a bassplayer magazine interview flea said the line was a very "generic" bassline, what he meant is that he stole it and chalked it up to it being done before...I cant remember what song but its in G Minor and is almost the exact same thing...i would believe larry came up with it first since he is the one who inspired fleaMikey - North Bay, Canada
the song is about A.K's drug addiction....read the book.Katie - Your Mom, United States
yeah i think Aeroplane is basically about Music acting as an aeroplane, and your love for it takes you higher to another place... :)Lisa - Melbourne, Australia
This song is awesome. I play the bassline all the time; it's really funky and unique. Also, this song isn't about drugs-it's about how music makes them move. Also, to marko, "Melancholy Baby" is a book that Flea likes.Evan - Philadelphia, Pa
incredible bassline, one of the best everRyan - Suffolk, Ny
This would be a good song if they cut out the annoying little kids in the background.Billy - Boston, Ma
the line "...the star of mazzy must, push her voice inside of me..." is in reference to singer Mazzy Star, who actually has an amazing voice.
http://www.mazzystar.nu/
Brian - Baton Rouge, La
Does anyone one know what mazzy must is? the lyrics say "my melancholy baby the star of mazzy must" PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!i really want to know what it means!!!!!!Marissa - Geneva, Fl
the bass on this song is unrivalled... the only better bass i can think of is the solo In Coffee Shop... Flea is a GOD...Danno - Sussex, England
"i'm overcoming gravity" "my melancholy baby" man this song is about drugs and the affects of drugs, and from what i remember he said that in scar tissueMarko - Melbourne, Australia
Flea has to be one of the best bass players of all time, next to John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin of course.Brian - Corpus Christi, Tx
flea had a song on some gospel album he owned called 'jesus is my aeroplane' and that's what initially inspired the song
im not too sure about the details of the lyrics
J - Londonish, England
Anybody else love Flea's bass line in this song?Bob - Norristown, Pa
Anthony is the one whole fell into the pool. It was while they were doing the "swings" scene and I think the swing broke or he slipped and fell in!Paul - Edinburgh, Scotland
another interpretation is that it is about drugs. "i like pleasure spiked with pain" could be talking about shooting up.....the pain with the needles and the pleasure that comes with it.Kate - Sandusky, Oh
one of them fell into the pool whilst filming the video.Liz - Surrey, England
Does anyone else think this song is about sadomasochism? Never heard that any of the Peppers were into that stuff, but I wouldn't put it past them.Ty - Niagara Falls, Canada
In the video, the water in the pool is freezing cos they went over budget and couldn't afford to heat it!Tom - Trowbridge, England
One interpretation of this song is that it is about the repressed frustration that Anthony went through having to find a replacement guitar player again because it reminded him of Hillel.Nick - Paramus, Nj