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According to lead singer Anthony Kiedis, "Dani" is a representation of every girl that he's come across in his life. "Dani" also appears in the 2002 Red Hot Chili Peppers song "By The Way
" and is the "Teenage bride with the baby inside" on their 1999 song "Californication."
Bassist Flea, on the music video: "We mainly did eras, not actual people: rockabilly, British Invasion, Psychedelia, Funk, Glam, Punk, Goth, Hair Metal, Grunge, and ourselves being the sum of all those parts." The bands that the Peppers dress up in during the video caused internet debate about who the actual bands were. Though nothing is official, it starts out in a '50s early Rock setting, with Anthony Kiedis dressed as Elvis Presley. It then moves on to a stereotypical British Rock band that you would see on The Ed Sullivan Show in the '60s. They move on to a stereotypical Psychadelic Rock band, then the Funk era. The band is dressed as Parliamant/Funkadelic, complete with Flea dressed as one of his idols, Bootsy Collins, and the P-Funk Mothership stage prop. It moves on to a stereotypical Glam Rock band, then Gothic band, most likely The Misfits based on the way Kiedis is dressed. Then it moves on to the Punk movement, Hair Metal, and Grunge. The Grunge band is one of the more clear bands to identify, as Kiedis is dressed like his friend Kurt Cobain, of Nirvana. It ends with the Peppers as a sum up of all of these bands.
This was the first single off Stadium Arcadium, the first Chili Peppers album in 4 years. In a Rolling Stone interview Flea said that the album was, "By far the best thing we've ever done." (thanks, Bert - Pueblo, NM, for all above)
This was used in the Japanese film Death Note. (thanks, Erik - Fairfield County, CT)
The guitar part sounds a lot like Tom Petty's "Mary Jane's Last Dance
," prompting speculation that Petty would sue the Red Hot Chili Peppers. In Rolling Stone
magazine, Petty said: "I seriously doubt that there is any negative intent there. And a lot of Rock And Roll songs sound alike. Ask Chuck Berry. The Strokes to American Girl
(for their song "Last Nite"), and I saw an interview with them where they actually admitted it. That made me laugh out loud. I was like, 'OK, good for you.' It doesn't bother me. If someone took my song note for note and stole it maliciously, then maybe. But I don't believe in lawsuits much. I think there are enough frivolous lawsuits in this country without people fighting over Pop songs."
Rick Rubin produced this track. Rubin previously worked with the Red Hot Chili Peppers on their album Blood Sugar Sex Magik. He also produced Tom Petty's "Mary Jane's Last Dance."
The video was directed by Tony Kaye, who also directed the controversial movie American History X
starring Edward Norton and the Soul Asylum "missing children" video for "Runaway Train
At the Grammy awards in 2007, this won for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.
They Might Be Giants
Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.
Since his debut single "I'm On Fire" in 1975, Dwight has been providing Spinal-Tap moments and misadventure.
Steven Tyler of Aerosmith
Tyler talks about his true love: songwriting. How he identifies the beauty in a melody and turns sorrow into art.
The renown Texas songwriter has been at it for 40 years, with tales to tell about The Flatlanders and The Clash - that's Joe's Tex-Mex on "Should I Stay or Should I Go?"