Dani California

Album: Stadium Arcadium (2006)
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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 psychedelic rock band, then the funk era. The band is dressed as Parliament/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 four years. In a Rolling Stone interview Flea said that the album was, "By far the best thing we've ever done." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bert - Pueblo, NM, for all above
  • This was used in the Japanese film Death Note. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    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 took '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. It also earned a nomination for Best Short Form Music Video but lost to the treadmill-themed clip for "Here It Goes Again" by OK Go.
  • The state of California doesn't get a specific mention in this song, but six other states do:

    North Dakota

    Minnesota and North Dakota rarely show up in songs - "Dani California" is the only hit that mentions them.
  • Stadium Arcadium was the band's first #1 album in the US. They almost managed the feat with their previous album, By The Way, which peaked at #2.
  • This made music history as the second song to debut at #1 on the Modern Rock chart, where it held the top spot for 14 weeks. R.E.M. got there first when "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" debuted at #1 in 1994.

Comments: 198

  • Swan's Meadowlark1975 from Mobile, AlabamaMost everyone is missing the big picture (PANORAMA)... Dani is every girl that Anthony tried to love but who was too distracted chasing the shallow, unreal, useless things young, naive girls are programmed to think is important by our toxic, egocentric mainstream society. Movies are made in California and stars live in California making it the root of this toxic programming. "California rest in peace" is saying we are ready for that old society to die and rest in peace never to return, making room for a new society focused on compassion, empathy, and all things real. Anthony took Dani on a cosmic trip to remind her of her origins and how beautiful and divine she is in her true form. The poisonous vibrations radiating from California left Dani's mind unable to comprehend the depth, splendor and magnificence of what he was trying to show her while visiting the pleiades. She didn't die. He had to let her go find her truth and learn to grow spiritually on her own. Because love is not enough... Spiritual growth is first priority. And her lack of ability to grow was stunting his growth. No matter how much we love someone (our flesh wants their flesh), we can't allow it to keep us from growing spiritually because no spiritual growth is certain death... Love to all
  • Dani from LondonWhat do you mean “The state of California doesn't get a specific mention in this song?” Have you heard it? *low whistle*
  • Dani from LouisvilleJustice is the closest... Except no one was married. Universe just said, "Wait, not yet."
  • Jessica from Cork, IrelandTyler you may believe that but it's still my favourite album.
  • Justice from Omahaha, AkAnthony didn't exactly write the songs about Dani Ca, but he elaborated on them. Dani Ca is a code name for a real girl... the writer wishes himself and her to remain anonymous. He never wanted to be famous or credit for writing songs. Love of a lifetime, many lifetimes. She was the teenage bride with a baby inside gettin' high off information from Californication, the girl from By the Way, Can't stop - he tried to teach her of the Pleiades, several other songs, Warm Tape, Cmon Girl. Dani ca was on a bad naive path with drug deals & robberies. She didn't die, she's still alive, got her act together. But too sad to say goodbye and rest in peace just mean he had to leave her, one of them was married and I think they're both still broken hearted, longing for the Universe to help them find each other again. Simultaneous release actually is more about Kundalini powerful energy.
  • Michael from Tempe, AzThis song is rife with metaphors and multiple meanings. It's about overcoming addictions, ALL addictions. But the primary example cited is a sexual addiction, as Dani represents "all the girls in Anthony's past. When you beat or kill an addiction it's weird but in a way a part of yourself also dies, and a new you is reborn.
  • Megan from Stevenson, AlThis song is great! Sooo catchy! Gahhh....
  • Jarek from Minneapolis, MnThe solo is actually based of Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix.
  • Johan from Amsterdam, NetherlandsGuys, let me help you!

    3-Jimi Hendrix ft Cream (and not Prince..)
    4-George Clinton and the Parliament funkadelic band
    5-T-rex/ Alice Cooper/ David Bowie (Townshead jump)
    6-the Sex Pistols
    7-the Misfits
    8-Poison/ Motley crue
    10- the Red hot chilli peppers
  • Dea from Cuernavaca, Mexicostephanie, it's not Green Day... It's Sex Pistols!!!!!.... not Hendrix either
  • Stephanie from Hartford, Cti think:
    1) Elvis
    2) Beatles
    3) Jimi Hendrix
    4) ?? not sure.
    5) Bowie -kinda.
    6) Green Day
    7) Misfits
    8) Motley Crue(GlamBand), Poison(GlamBand) & Aerosmith(Scarf on the microphone & the dance moves)
    9) Nirvana
    10) Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Tyler from Los Angeles, Cano joe, this song isnt about one girl.
    its about the collection of girls he has come across in his life, and stadium arcadium is for the most part a terrbile album
    they've really lost their old punk rock funk they once had
  • Joe from El Paso, Txdani california is a song about a poor girl who has a tough life, much like the song "maria maria" by santana. i beleive the reason she died was either killed by a cop or of a drug overdose.
  • Nate from Syrause, Nygreat solo, i think that the best solo ever, though, is from "we will rock you" by Queen
  • Austin from Smallsville,new England, --This song was featured in the video game Rock Band.And yes I did like this song before the game came out.
  • Mark from Worcester, Mijust an awesome guitar solo too. what do other people think of the solo? I haven't heard a better one on a top pop song in a long time.
  • Kayleigh from Sitka, Akthis is my alltime favorite song, and the song that made me start listening to the rhcp, my alltie favorite band.

    so thanks, rock band :]
  • Austin from Smallsville,new England, --I think this song is about a girl who becomes a bank robber or something and at the end she dies.
  • Juan from Los Angeles, Cawell, I listen to this song alot, "mainly because it one of my faforit ones to sing in ROCK BAND!" lol.but when I listen to the words It does remind me of a modern day Bonnie & clyde story.I mean shes a reabel,toting a .45 cal pistol, robbing in differnt states, till the catch up to her in N datota.where thers a BIG shoot-out. its kinda ovious! Right ?
  • Bert from Pueblo, NmI love seeing arguments about who their dressed up as, and everyone thinking the funk scene is KISS. (other than Nirvana), that's the most obvious one. It's P-Funk. Flea is wearing a Bootsy Collins outfit, and the Mothership is in the video. I'm unsure how anyone can think it's anything other than P-Funk. Maybe they just dont know any funk legends.
  • Mark from Worcester, MiTerry, Ottawa, ON, 45 year old men look different in socks then 25 year old boys. It's not fun anymore, they just look troubled. They grew up. I'd suggest to you that nothing is more boring then a band that doesn't grow. If you keep making the same record, it gets very old, very quick.
  • Drew Rodriguwz from Dearborn, MiThe Drummer looks like Will Ferrell
  • Kyean from St. Louis Park, MnThe first is elvis and his band, the second is the beatles, the third is either Hendrix or Stereotypical Psychadelia, the fourth is obviously Parliament Funkadelic, the fifth is either an overview of glam or is supposed to be Iggy pop and other artists, the sixth is the sex pistols, seventh is the misfits, eigth is either poison or motley crue, ninth is nirvana(of course)and lastly themselves
  • Waffles from Lafayette, LaThe second band is definately the Beatles btw. I mean they are using almost the exact same instruments, most obviously Flea as Paul. He is definately playing Paul's bass.
  • Grungeluver from Dease Lake, BcI love this song because its really fun in spite of the depressing stages that the banmates had to go through. I totally love the band impressions. They did an awsome one of Nirvana and Kurt Cobain. Me and all the 13 yr olds are totally digging this song in my class
    ROCK ON!!!!!! :)
  • Melissa from Lorton, VaOKAY. I agree the first one IS Elvis. The 2nd one has to be the Beatles. 3rd one is Hendrix. The 4th to me, is a mix of Kiss (bass player), Aerosmith(guitar player), and Queen(lead singer). 5 looks like bowie. 6 would be Sex Pistols & Green Day. 7 metallica and the Cure. 8 Motley Crue and Def Leppard. 9 is obviously Nirvana and 10 is them now!
  • Dylan from Oneida, Wiwow i never knew that dani was a reference to ever girl he's coem across..i knida wish there could be an elaboration, like is it good encounters, annoying ones, all different idk just curious, oh yea by the way i know my names dylan but im really a chick, if i ever had the oppertunity to hit up this lead singer..i effing would
  • Teejay from Seattle, WaFrusciante's solos have an eerily simplistic beauty on a level that no other modern guitarist can match. It's a travesty that people compare him to John Mayer. Mayer would never be able to play the solo on Lyon 6.6.06, because he doesn't have the technical ability or the soulful instincts. Dani California is often criticized as a sell-out mainstream song, but Frusciante really does some amazing work on it with the phaser. He's brilliant. End of story.
  • Terry from Ottawa, OnI've listened to the Peppers pretty much since their birth. Saw them a number of times in clubs ranging from 200 patrons to 1000. And this song and this album is pretty much wretched. Anthony can still write there's just little drama and power. Flea is still phenomenal but I can't believe he said this is their best cd (which would be Uplift Mofo Party Plan). He must be back on smack. These dudes need sharpen the hard rock funk, get naked, get socks on their dorks and slam it. If not go home and sit on their cash. Also if you're interested Anthony wrote a biography in the last year or two. they weren't a band to take home for dinner.
    -- Terry, Ottawa, California
  • Blake from Chico, CaThis is the first Chili Peppers song I ever heard, and I loved it. The words just flow together so brilliantly, I had to think "what is this about?" instead of just saying "oh, it's just another love song"
  • Matt from Wichita, KsNorth Dakota man (police or bounty hunter, most likely) gunning for the (kill/capture) quota. Hope that clears things up.
  • Matthew from Milford, Ma"North Dakota man was gunnin' for the quota?" What does that line mean?
  • Rob from Storm Lake, IaI don't know if anyone else noticed this, but in the Sex Pistols part, Anthony kinda looks like Ben Stiller.
  • Dave from Cornwall, United Statesthis songs pretty good PS. Aerosmith,Nickelback,Finger11 and ,The White Stripes are all comin to Prince Edward Island this summer !
  • Stephen from Claymont , Desome unpopular but great red hot chili peppers songs are "we believe" and "tear"
  • Stephen from Claymont , Dewhen does this """album""" come out
  • Stephen from Claymont , Dereally?? a new album?? sweet cause RHCP's are great
  • Robby from None Of Your Business, Akthey already talked aBOUt making a new album so cross that one out
  • Stephen from Claymont , Dedoes this song stand for the last red hot chili peppers song???>>>>california rest in peace??
  • Tricia from Edinburgh, Scotlandwho cares its back to the 80's but we all grew up, staduim arcadium is all 21st century, what we wanted to be but couldn;t, we are now 40 plus, seen it, done it, got the T-shirt, wrote the book, wrote the movie, want more
  • Jon from West Bend, IaJoe, from Minnesota. You may very well, be right. Though, when I saw them in St. Paul Chad told Anthony to convey the message to the crowd that he was thankful for his mom. Being born there... Or something like that.
  • Martuuuu from Capital Federal, Argentina
    LittleWing, Melbourne, Australia

    he's right about buddy holly... the only one who mentions the crickets here, because in the video, they are the ones represented, whom of course are in some way represented by The Beatles!

  • C-man from Somewhere, NyI know I'm not the first one to say this but rhcp were not impersonating original artists, just eras. Can you get that through your heads?
  • Joe from Ep, Mn"Push the fader...
    Never made it up to Minnesota" I think this line is a referance to the Beatles.

    in their song Day in the Life they had to "push the fader" to recored the last bit of sound on the last chord. the Beatles were also kicked out of Minnesota beacause they thought they were coruptingthe youth. Also on a similar note the Rolling Stones were ingored completely in Exelcior{Ignore spelling) MN and that's where he wrote You Can't Always get What You Want.
  • George from Richmond , VaWho cares about the damn video why dont we talk about the song?
  • Tommy from Venice Beach, Cain my personal opinion, the first is Elvis. 2. looks like the Beatles and Buddy Holly/Cricktts. 3 looks like Sgt. Pepper or as some have mentioned, Hendrix would work too. 4 looks like a mix between Kiss and Funkadelic. 5 is Bowie, no doubt. 6 is the Pistols, 7 is Misfits. The 8 looks like the glam rock stuff. Smith kinda looks like AJ Perro from Twisted Sister and you can tell the links to Aerosmith, WASP, Motley Crue and Van Halen. Nine is Nirvana, great Kurt Cobain reference. and the last is the Chili Peppers themselves
  • Michael from Carmel, InThe Chili Pepper's guitarist John Frusciante said in an interview that said that since the solo in this song was the only one that wasnt completely improvised on the album, he would pay tribute to Hendrix by using the riff to purple haze in the solo, but moving it into another key (A instead of B) and changing the 4th note.
  • Dawson from Draper, UtThis song's EP is a good one. I reccomend you listen to the track "Whatever We Want". The best of the three new EPs (Snow (Hey Oh) EP, Tell Me Baby EP, Dani California EP) is definately Snow (Hey Oh) EP.
  • Jim from Clarmore, OkI can balive people cant fingure out its the misfits
  • Daniel from Cincinnatti, Orits a good song even if the begining sounds like "mary jane's last dance" and the ending sounds like "purple haze"
  • Jessie from Coffee County, TnWow. I read some of these comments, and they're fussin bout who they're imitating in the video! Who really cares who they are? It's a funny and creative video and that's all that matters.
  • Esther from Sauwerd, NetherlandsDani has robbed a bank, twice, even. At the end she's getting shot for that. 'Dani rest in peace'.
  • Julian from Atlanta, Gaits IRON BUTTERFLY NOT BODY MENTION
  • Ethan from San Leandro, Cai think that this song is very overrated...there are way better songs on the new album
  • Sam from Portsmouth, VaI disagree j osborne, the ending solo sounds alot more like Jimi Hendrix.
  • J Osborne from Birmingham, EnglandThe last guitar solo sounds a lot like a solo Jimmy page (led zeppelin in case you dont know) performed live for the song "In the Evening" on their last tour in 1980, Europe. check it out. Frusciante is a very talented guitarist, I saw rhcp a month ago and thought Frusciante was awesome. So was Flea, Chad and Anthony for that matter.
  • Shelly from Loserville, NcD.Cal is about a girl who lived to hard,to fast, to soon.i think the chrous is a deacation to her and that its losely based on kurt cobain(only hurts when i laugh,gone to fast).hes also named in californcation.o i just thought since its been said that this a song about every girl in is life and he wants to settle down, maybe this could be a farewell to his womaniseing(?) ways and and wants some one with common sence,not "robbing all the banks"(that way gone to fast is saying hes not quite willing to give it up)lol...
  • Samantha from Boston, Manope, it's definitly the misfits.
  • Bert from Pueblo, Nmwhy in the hell would rammstein be in the video?
    Flea said that band they did was the goth era, wasn't rammstein metal?

  • Mario from Paulsboro, Njscholors maintain that this song is about goats who had sex with men giving them aids and the men who got aids died came back to life and started screwing cows with baseball bats. one of those men left one of the bats laying around and a cat smelled it got aroused and started pulling hot chics every day til he died of aids in 1972. there was a massive funeral!
  • Hamish from Melbourne, AustraliaThe dark more scarier band is NOT misfits, its rammstein, im a huge rammstein fan, (went berserk when my mate sold my ticket to the big day out concert they were at, true story)and i have at least eight friends who love them as much as me. My mate told me bout this filmclip and said he reckoned they were doing rammstein and then i saw it and went its them and a bunch of people i know also think its rammstein.
  • Bert from Pueblo, NmIt's not NIN, it goes in chronological order, and Anthony Kiedis is wearing the Misfits gloves with the skeleton outline. He looks dead on like the Misfits lead singer. Other than Nirvana, that is the most obvious band
  • Kyle from City, KyIt isn't the cure or the misfits, it is Nine Inch Nails. Check their live videos from And All That Could Have Been tours
  • Cochise from Boston, MaThe first band is Buddy Holly and the Crickets. The 1st hair band is Poison. The other is Motley Crue cuz they have the 2 lines of eye-black under each eye like The Crue did
  • Joey from Nowhere Land, CaI think it is the Beatles, like it was Paul playing bass, but that guy looked chubby and had glasses.
    Paul wasn't chubby and didn't have glasses
  • Erik from Fairfield County, CtThe Red Hot Chili Peppers were imitating different styles in the music video...NOT particular bands. If you look at it in that perspective, it makes the video much funnier and creative.
  • Rob from PretoriaI think that the second band is not the beatles but the guys who died on the airplane crash had the song american pie sung about them
  • Jojo from I.e., CaSo people are arguing about the third band, some say it's Cream, some say it's Jimi Hendrix but I think it's Jethro Tull.
  • Grayson from Cleveland, OhI think the guitar solo at the end sounds a lot like Prince's guitar solo at the end of Let's go Crazy.
  • Tyler from Hampton, IaThis is such a good song, i wish i could download it fore free.
  • Dama from Pretoria, South AfricaYou'd have to be pretty thickheaded to think that RHCP would tribute people like Avril or Greenday. RHCP are infinitely better
  • Angelo from Las Vegas, Nvthe guitar solo is totally identical to the intro to Hendrix's Purple Haze,Great song!!!!!
  • Grayson from Cleveland, OhMy standouts on Stadium Arcadium so far besides Dani California are Snow, Hump de Bump, Slow Cheetah, Warlocks, and Wet Snow on the first CD. Tell me Baby, Hard to Concentrate, ReadyMade, If, and Storm in a Teacup on the 2nd CD. the Whole thing is pretty freakin' awesome though...
  • Lauren from Durban, South AfricaNext fav song - my fav is BY THE WAY i love it ;o)
  • Norman from Detroit, Mihow funny would it have been if there was a tom petty reference in the video
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaI think new rock radio stations are required to play this once a day. At least.
  • Daan from Tegelen, NetherlandsGrayson from Cleveland were you drunk when you typed the last imitation was the New Kids on the Block? And where do you put the incredibly clear and good imitation of a four-headed Liverputlian band called The Beatles (in black & white)?
  • Mia from Wellston, MiThe beginning guitar music (idk what to call it) sorta sounds like it...i heard about it on ohios best rock qfm
  • Kristi from West Monroe, LaAt the end RHCP are not portraing Avril Lavinge or Greenday. They are doing theirselves, BUT the way Keidis is dressed and dancing reflects the way Angus Young used to perform at Ac/Dc comcerts.
  • Kevin from Quebec, Canadatheres a song by tom petty called mary janes last dance that sounds very similar to this.
  • James from Alden, NyI find it quite irritating the number of people here, who don't recognize the red asterisk from the Californiacation video. It?s not Green Day, Avril, or Pearl Jam, it?s the RHCP, as the RHCP.
  • Grayson from Cleveland, Ohvideo order: 1. Nat King Cole 2. the Supremes 3. the Osmonds 4. the Charlie Daniels Band 5. Motorhead 6. Dixie Chicks 7. NSync 8. RUN - DMC 9. the Go Gos and finally New Kids on the Block. it's that simple.

    really, it's only a video.
  • Angela from Perth, Australiathe character Dani California is actually a RHCP stalker. their email or log in name was dani california. there just singing about her or what they knew about her. and who cares about what bands or genres they show or pay tribute to in the film clip its just a great clip, and if you have a close look they have the RHCP sign in every part of it.
  • Sara from Rochester, Ilmk well i dont really have anything to say about this video except for 1) did you ever think that when they did hendrix and nirvana without them playing guitars...maybe it would be because anthony keidis doesnt play the guitar??? lyke im not a hardcore fan or anything but reading all that is just like..um come on. and the thing about RHCP playing themselves at the end...um they are themselves...and their not "paying tribute" they are themselves. and they arent doing greenday either. if they were, they'd ALL be dressed like greenday, annd billie joe never acts like that.
  • Lacie from Whitefish, Mt1-Elvis 2-Beetles 3-jimi hendrix 4-??some 70s band looks like axl rose but i am sure its not?? 5-David bowie 6-Sex pistols 7-no clue some creepy stuff 8-POISON DUH 9-Nirvana 10-Greenday i am guessing

    Pretty sure this is right except for 7 and 4!
  • Liquid Len from Ottawa, CanadaCouldn't they have copied a better Tom Petty song than the tiresome 'Last Dance'? But it's not IDENTICAL to Last Dance, the lyrics are different, and some of the chords in the bridge are a bit different. The verse part, however, is basically identical.
  • Emily from Lv, Njthis song is amazing. that's all there is to it.
  • Lacie from Whitefish, MtGood song...I like how it has a 60/70ish tune to it!!!
  • Matt from Millbrae, Caactually, they show "kurt" not playing the guitar is this video because kiedis doesn't play the guitar in RHCP. its pretty simple.
  • Becca from Washington, Dci would like to agree that it is era specific and they are focusing on eras that influenced rock, and from what I believe, their style of rock so i would make sense that they end with them. RHCP back in the days of freaky styley wore the 3/4 pants and the hair in the face and the striped tie... avril and green day are copying them...take another look...the bass drum and the wall both have the RHCP insignia on it.
  • Littlewing from Melbourne, AustraliaElvis
    The Shadows/ Buddy Holly
    Beatles - Sgt Pepper's
    Steve Tyler - Aerosmith
    David Bowie/Alice Cooper
    Sex Pistols
    Iggy Popp/ Rammstein
    David Lee Roth - Van Halen
    RHCP/Pearl Jam

    The performance is very like Eddie Vedder.

    Think it is not so much about EXACTLY who but the era and it's influence on music. Everyone is going to put their own interpretation on who is being portrayed in the music video.
  • Pattonzappa from Nicoville, SwitzerlandAvril Lavigne?, The Used? come on people!! it is obvious that they did not picture exact bands or exact situations although they did come close to exact bands at times (Beatles - P-FunK - Nirvana unplugged) but they also blended quite a bit - Cream with Hendrix and FRANK ZAPPA!! but Kurt Cobain played guitar on the entire unplugged show except for the 2 or 3 songs that the Meat Puppets played on("kurt did not play cause he was tired" hahaha)
  • Emily from Columbus, OhOkay, this is what I have gotten.
    Beatles (Ed Sullivan Show)
    Buddy Holly
    Shows like Ready, Steady, Go and the Smothers
    Monterey Pop Festival (Whole Set Up
    w/psychedelic lights and all)
    Jimi Hendrix
    Cream (Both Jack Bruce on Bass and Eric Clapton
    on guitar)
    John Lennon (the glasses seem very lennon-like)
    Parliment Funkadelic
    Elton John (no doubt!!)
    Axl Rose??? (long hair and headband)
    David Bowie
    Ozzy Osbourne
    Pete Townshend!! (The JUMP!!)
    British Invasion
    The Who (Keith Moon!!)
    "Goth" Rock
    Marilyn Manson??
    Hair Metal
    Van Halen
    Aerosmith (Steven Tyler's scarf around Mic)
    Motley Crue (Vince Neil no doubt!)
    "Grunge" Rock
    Nirvana (Kurt Cobain)
    Green Day??
    Themselves (RHCP)

    Okay, that was fun!! Please post if you see anything I missed. I'm not too good with the "Goth" Rock and that era.
  • Tara from New York, NyI heard that the song is actully about a stripper..named dani california...and apperently she died..hense the "california rest in peace" i dunno thats what i heard....hmmm
  • Adam from St. Louis, MoNo no no! we are all arguing over the wrong things! what we should be saying is what band tributes did not make the cut for this video but should have because they had a big impact on the history of rock and roll. bands like Pink Floyd, Blink 182, Korn, Slipknot, Hootie & the Blowfish, the Clash, Ben Folds Five, Ac/Dc, Weezer, Sublime, and Reel Big Fish could have easily been put in there. im tired of seeing the same old list of bands in the escalating genres on this post page.
  • Christian from Kr.sand, NorwayOk, RHCP does not act as different bands, but tribute the different eras. In this they have chosen to dress up as people from these eras. First we have Elvis(duh), second comes the
    Beatles. I think this i where people start to argue. This next one is infact a mix, we have Jimi hendrix( yes it is true, he plays without a guitar, but that did actually happen once or twice. The rest of that band is cream(maybe "jimi hendrix" too).
    The fourth is Parliment Funkadelic. Fifth we have DAvid Bowie, no doubt about it. After that comes The Sex Pistols. Its quite obvious actually. Next is the Mistfits. then its Hair metal...haha...just look at the hair:P
    After this its time for Nirvana. AT the unplugged in NY, Kurt didnt play guitar in many songs. He was tired at the moment and therefor hired Pat Smear. I did wonder why they chose to not show "Dave Grohl", but I think its because they wanted t focus on Kurt. Keidis knew Kurt very well, and was deeply shaken by his death.
    Then the big fending. Here RHCP plays as themselves. Its NOT because of the RHCP logo, because that is shown in the back of the Elvis part too. Its because of how they dress...Ever seen live at slane castle?! well..see that and you will see. Still if it for some reason is not RHCP its Pearl Jam, NOT Ratm, Green day or Avril...
  • Brian from Hudson, FlAccording to a quote by Flea in a magazine realeased this month, the parts of the video are more or less eras rather then actual people. Although some of their "eras" are obvious impersonations of bands. But these are the eras...Rockabilly, British Invasion, Psychedelia, Funk, Glam, Punk, Goth, Hair Metal, Grunge, and the Current Chili Peppers being the sum of all that.
  • Grayson from Cleveland, Ohvery few, if any, misses on the new CD. and it's a double CD! pure genious.

    p.s. enough about the video, it's a freakin' video, who cares?
  • Victoria from Tucson, Azthis is they're best yet.The music video is pretty weird but cool.
  • Spencer from Los Angeles, Ca@ Isaac:
    There's no band called "San Francisco Psychedelics." I'm assuming you made a typo when you wrote "Psychodelics," but I checked anyway and there's no band called "San Francisco Psychodelics."

    In the 60s San Francisco was one of the main (if not the main) centres of psychedelia and drug culture in the late 60s, so that may have been what they were referring to.
  • Spencer from Los Angeles, CaNot only is the RHCP logo in the background at the end, but they wore that same clothing on some of their appearances, including Saturday Night Live. They also do crazy stuff like that when they play live. I don't think they'd imatate Pearl Jam for their live shows. :-P

    And I've never heard of the band San Francisco, but apparenlty they look exactly like The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
  • Guitargod from Melbourne, AustraliaThe ending solo sounds like a rip off of "purple haze" by Hendrix.

    Also I think the symbolism behind dressing up as the greatest bands in history and then being themselves at the end is to show they The Red Hot Chilli Peppers are part of this history and are side-by-side with the best.
  • Kelsey from Bad Axe, MiCould the fact that they used their ideas from different PERIODS that they could have combined different things from a period? If they didn't give out the names of the bands that could mean they had ideas from every period that they liked and put it into the video. Just an idea though.
  • Isaac from Austin, United Statesand chris, this video was not meant to be a satire. its a tribute. john even got angry and one of the cameramen during the shooting because he thought it was funny.
  • Isaac from Austin, United StatesIn the behind the scenes vid of dani california they revealed what each band was that they were imitating, the one that appeared to be jimi hendrix experience was a band called san francisco psychodelics, and a lot of them were not actually modeled after a certain band, but a certain genre, such as the british punk, goth and grunge parts
  • Darren from Philly, Pai think in the video, anthony is hendrix not prince or whoever, he has the same hair and the jacket he wears is the same style hendrix wore. in that same scene john i think is eric clapton from the cream era because he is playing the gibson "fool" sg.
  • Corey from Nashua, NhI hope everyone knows Kurt did sometimes sing and only sing.Ecspecially after hiring PAt Smear, and also if you look closley theirs an acoustic and the same attire Kurt wore in the MTV Unplugged special in New York.Also the Axl attire in the near intro would make no sence he didnt hit big until the late 80s (Wich he started around too) so it's more then likley ozzy if you've seen him alittle after the APranoid album he started to where a white set up liek that.
  • Tony from Albany, NyIt's a good song but it's going to ruin The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Remember Beverly Hills? Weezer is ruined now.
  • David from Guelph, CanadaGood song.

    By far not their best. It's slightly overated. Songs like Under the Bridge, Scar Tissue, Otherside are their best
  • Grayson from Cleveland, Ohthey are themselves at the end. their freakin' logo is behind Chad! and their biggest influence is obviously Parliament. but who cares, it's just an f'n video!

    excellent song from an excellent album
  • D from EdmontonThe verse of this song was "stolen" from Last Dance With Mary Jane by Tom Petty. The guitar and the drum beats match almost exactly.
  • Donovan from Victoria, CanadaIt goes Elvis,The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix,Funkadelic,Bowie,The Sex Pistols,Misfits,Hair Metal,Nirvana,Then Its Obviously If u Look Pearl Jam, They are wearing grunge clothes and anthony is doing eddie vedder moves going crazy on the stage... There i settled it!
  • Bert from Pueblo, Nm1. It's not Pearl Jam at the end. Do you realize how many times A.K. has dressed in grunge-like clothing.

    2. Why does everyone want to insist the funk scene is something like Kiss? Is it because they haven't ever heard of Parliament-Funkadelic? That's only the Peppers' biggest musical influence!!! IT'S P-FUNK PEOPLE!
  • David from Guelph, CanadaRocko. I can relate. At first I thought he was immitating the used. Then someone told me it was current Day RHCP. And I realized it was them
  • Rocko from Kingston, CanadaI Thought at the end of the song he was pretending to be Burt from The Used... anyone else see this?
  • Donovan from Victoria, CanadaThis Is Not The Current RHCP at the end of the Video Its Most Obviously Pearl Jam With All The Wacky Movments That Eddie Vedder Would Do!!!
  • Sam from Austin, TxWow it is unbelievable to me that any of you would think that RHCP would pay tribute to Avril Avign. I mean come on, think about it. There music is in no way similar and RHCP is much better then Avril and have been around soooooooo much longer anyway. It is without a doubt RHCP themselves. The symbol in the background is an asterice or however you spell it. Just check out the RHCP Greatest Hits. The freekin symbol is everywere. And besides they arent paying tribute to themselves they are just THEMSELVES. If you havent noticed most bands paly themselves in music videos.
  • Melissa from Indianapolis, InThere is no way that the hair metal band is Montly Crue. Vince was the only blonde in the band.
  • Brent from Moosic, Pawouldnt the part with the british flag be Def Leppard i dunno thats what i thought
  • David from Guelph, CanadaThe Song name was called Mary Jane's Last Dance.

    And in my opinion it is a case of what I would call "Subconcial (spelling?) Plagiarism" Meaning its Tom Petty's Bass Line and rythem. But the Red Hot Chili Peppers didn't say "WOW GREAT SONG. LETS COPY IT!" They thought they created a great rythem. Not knowing they heard it before.

    And the 2 songs are totally different when the singing starts.
  • Chauncey from Niagara Falls, NyI totally thought that one of the people were Prince, but I guess I was wrong. Did you guys here about the plagiarism claim relating to Tom Petty's one song Mary something?..
  • John from West Babylon, NyOk, to all those wondering the order of the bands. 1. Elvis 2. Beatles (the hofner bass and rickenbacker guitar are dead giveaways). 3. Jimi Hendrix. 4. Parliament and Funkadelic. 5. The New York Dolls. 6. The Sex Pistols. 7. The Misfits, not Rammstein. 8. Poison. 9. Nirvana. and the last band is the Chili Peppers as themselves, not as Avirl or Green Day.
  • Matt from Hinesville, GaOK everybody here is the correct lineup for the video. 1.Elvis 2. Beatles 3. Jimi Hendrix 4.David Bowie/Alice Cooper 5.Parliament/Funkadelic 6.Sex Pistols 7.Misfits 8.Hair metal, 9.Nirvana (unplugged era) 10. Present day Red Hot Chilil Peppers. By the way, they've been around longer than Green Day. First disc came out in early 1980's. But didn't become really popular until 1988 or 1989when they did higher ground.

    you're welcome.
  • Dave from London, EnglandI am lmao that people think rhcp would pay tribute to green day and avril lavigne, of course they are themselves, hence the 30 foot asterix in the background.
  • Julie from Ny, NyDoes anyone think that Phil Lynot from Thin Lizzy is the "Princy" looking guy with the tamborine? Who is it?
  • Kathy from Karben, GermanyYeah, you're probably right with Misfits, but me as a big Rammstein fan think that Anthony's gestures in the goth/wathever-bit looks quite the way Till from Rammstein acts :) MAybe I'm wrong jus wanted to say what i noticed
  • Mitch from St. Louis, MoThe video clearly ends with RHCP I can't believe you people are having this argument. The symbol in the background is the RHCP logo. And all of the outfits being wosn are extremely common for the band at there shows, such as Chads jumpsuit and Anthonys tie. Pick up live at slan castle for some proof.
    p.s. why would they be paying tribute to Avril Lavigne
  • Jake Simonds-malamud from Atlanta, GaAlright, there seems to be a lot of dispute about the last band. In my opinion, it is the RHCP. It is slightly reminiscent of Green Day, however, his performance is NOTHING like Billie Joe's. And as for the Stadium Arcadium symbol shown during the last style being remeniscent of Avril, Avril's thing is simply an X, and RHCP's is simply an asterisk with the band name going around it. At Ellis Island, when you immigrated and they thought you were a bit coo-coo up top, they might put an X on your coat. I think that could be what it means. Sorry, Avril fans, that's just my opinion.
  • Sarah from Oshawa, Canadain addition...if any of u have ever seen avril perform on stage....she does the same stuff...and also the drummer in her band plays topless sumtimes
  • Sarah from Oshawa, Canadawithout a doubt, the last band is avril and her band, if u pay attention to the symbol in the background, its her trademark for under my skin, ecxept they had to put a line thru it so they wouldn't get sued. then the way he's dressed with the tie
  • Doug from Balintore, Scotlandthe last part of the video is definately RHCP because they played live recently and were dressed pretty much the same as that and anthony was jumping around the same as in the video
  • Lisa from Columbus, OhYou know, towards the end when they're "doing themselves" or whatever, there's that part where they do a close up on Anthony's face, and everything about that (the gloves, the mic, the way he's holding the mic) looks EXACTLY like NIN, march of the pigs.
  • Richie from Cincinnati, Ohanyone who thinks the last band is avril lavigne look at the big circular thing hanging behind them while they are playing. there is no way that is anyone but RHCP themselves.

    i think the others are all different collaborations like they took specific bands but mixed them and each person took who they liked the most from that specific era to imitate. whatever it is supposed to be though both the song and the video are awesome.
  • Tyler from Superior, MtSeriously people, there is no KISS in there, there's parliament and the misfits, but no KISS
  • Elina from Riga, Europebut what about RAMMSTEIN????
  • Nate from Pwim not saying that i agree with that being jimi hendrix in the video BUT... a lot of peoples arguments against it were that hes not playing a guitar when jimi played his own guitar... but that is contradicted because kurt cobain played his own guitar too and did so on mtv unplugged... but hes not playing it int he video either... just watned to point that out
  • Monica from Boro , TxIn the June 2006 issue of UK Classic Rock magazine, Flea was quoted as saying, "We mainly did eras, not actual people: rockabilly, British Invasion, 60s psychedelic, glam, funk, punk, goth, hair metal, grunge, and ourselves being the sum of all those parts".
    (not RATM or Avril...)
    Thank you : )
  • Josh from New York, NyThe majority of the video is in chronological order of bands that influenced the chili peppers, with the end being what the chilis have become today, a band completely its own. they arent spoofing anyone and it's pretty easy 2 tell because they dont have similar costumes or outfits. everyone is just wearing what defines them the most. that's all i have to say
  • Manuel from Puerto Rico, United StatesI really doubt that the last band in the video is green day. The artists in th video are the ones who influenced the chili peppers. If they were imitating green day the rest of the band would be dressed stupidly as well. Nirvana is included because they were friends with the band and as they have wrote a few songs mentioning nirvana, id say it shaped the peppers sound anyway. The cure is not in the video is definately the misfits or danzig and anyone who thinks otherwise would be considered clueless by many peoples standards.
  • Andrew from Wimauma, FlTHIS SONG ROCKS! With a passion man, witha passion. It starts of with something a lot like Elvis, then the British Invasion, the 60's (Nuff sed), then i think disco, don't know who they were after that, some goth, some grunge. Its cool, its cool. BUT THIS SONG ROCKS!
  • Steven from Reynoldsburg, OhAs far as the meaning of the song, I thought I saw something about suicide in there somewhere. Doubt it, seems she was gunned down in north dakota, as the lyrics seem to note.
  • Aaron from Greeneville, TnOK the last band is RHCP ... dont u see the sign in the background?!?! And as for Josh down at the bottom it says the name of the song is californication ... finish reading it first ...
  • Erran from London, Englandfirst of all... excelent song.
    secondly....agreeing with chris on the whole nirvana buissnes...long live nirvana!
    thirdly. i'd like to point out that GreenDay front man billy does not wear 3/4 legnthjeans. Have you ever seen him in them? Plus his tie is plain, not stripey.
    And why would RHCP be making a tribute video about themselvs? thats just weird.
    I have come to the conclusion that the last dress up was actually Avril Lavigne. You may ask yourself why would he be dressing up as her but in the style sense (stripey tie, 3/4 legnths) and the way he moves around the stage (he jumps around) its totally her. Thats my theory anyways. Anyone care to oppose?
    Peace Out
  • Ash from Perth, Australiain spite of the striped tie i'm sure the last one is supposed to be the current red hots..each band member is wearing their 'typical' outfit. john always wears the checked shirts, flea is 905 of the time shirtless, chad always wears hats (apparently to hide his receeding hairilne) and the sleeveless blue shirts..and anthony..well i'll admit the tie is new but the three quarter pants and stuff...definitely not greenday or ratm or whatever.
  • Elina from Riga, EuropeBut what about RAMMSTEIN? it is like totally from the video Du hast or Buch dich.
    And GREENDAY is there.. before the real RHCP. Just a small part - there is that USA flag and they appear like from the video American Idiot.
  • Indigo from Place, Cathe third band is CREAM.
  • Indigo from Place, Ca1) ELVIS
    2) BEATLES
    3) CREAM
  • Crew from Ends Town, Ga1.elvis
    2. buddy holly
    3. prince and the beatles
    4.gun and roses
    5.alice cooper
    7.the misfits
    8.the cure
  • Manuel from Puerto Rico, United StatesI don't think anyone pointed this out so I will. One of the repeating phrases in the solo is a lot alike (or if not the same) as the intro riff to Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze". It's easy to not notice because of the rest of the music, it's just a whole 'nother song. John Frusciante rips off a lot of artists but I prefer to think of it as "nods acknowledging his influences".
  • Wilfred from Melbourne, AustraliaI knew when I first heard this song that it reminded me of something else I'd already heard... and when someone said "Mary Jane's Last Dance", I thought... how true! Well, let the lawsuits begin...
  • Timo from Leiden, NetherlandsOn the internet you can find a part of a radioprogam which gives the observation that Dani-California is a kind of a cover of a hit which was made by Tom Petty, Mary Jane's Last Dance... You don't need very good ears to hear it
  • Bob from Rio Vista, CaCarl....
    I quote:
    And no, they're not dressing up as green day, green day are dressing up as them

    I didnt see that anyone said anything about Green Day.
    Also, you dont understand something.
    Billie Joe Armstrong has worn black and red since the start of Green Day's career 17 years ago.
    The whole band started wearing tuxes and ties to accomidate American Idiot, which is a punk rock opera.
  • Chris from Union, MoThe band is most definately poison, the drummer (rikki rockett) was the only non blond in the band, and his hair is red just like the video. Weird huh. the dress and the way the hair is fixed is classic poison and anyone who thinks its motely crue must not know a think about them. When did tommy lee have red hair and nikki sixx or mick mars have blond. Duh people.
  • Andrew from New York, NyTo go back to the candle going out when the "kurt cobain time period" is shown. Every single genre is shown at least twice throughout the entire video except the kurt cobain sequence where as soon as the candle goes out you no longer see another scene with the grunge rock. giving credence to the belief it is a tribute to kurt and his life ending.
  • Vestyjr from Copenhagen, Denmarkto chris from canton. i agree. kiedis was a huge fan of kurt cobain. the song tearjerker is about kurt and was written in the carribian (or some exotic place) when kiedis first heard that kurt was dead. so this "hidden tribute" could easily be a tribute to that. moreover, in the song californication kurt is also mentioned.
  • Vestyjr from Copenhagen, Denmarkhte last band in the video is the red hot chili peppers. why would they dress up as RATM or Green Day? the whole video is a representation of all the great bands through the years, and then, at the end, the RHCP come onto the screen. thats the general interpretation. the song is about all the girl that Kiedis has dated, and believe me, it's alot. just read scar tissue. now, about the issue of how "this album is the best/it sucks." music is a universal language that transports a message directly to your soul. the vibrations that you feel and what it makes you think are all up to you. you can never say something is bad because it is simply your own opinion. maybe Flea thinks that it is the best work he has ever produced, but maybe you dont think so. Flea is best at being Flea, and you are best at being you. its kind of the same thing. so just stay open minded and try to open your sould up to the vibrations. try to understand the music.
  • Lauren from Sarnia , CanadaWait a minute....I was wrong about number 7. Not Marilyn Manson, its the Misfits.
  • Lauren from Sarnia , CanadaThe first band is Elvis Presley, the second band is not Beatles pop era it is Buddy Holly...the square glasses and suits are a dead giveaway. Third is the Beatles Srgt Pepper Era, fourth is George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic, not Jimi Hendrix. Boy George is number 5, the makeup and top hat are symbolic of Boy George and the hair is the same length as where Bowie usually kept his short. 6 is the Sex Pistols, 7th is Marilyn Manson. 8th is Motley crue or Hair. 9th is a tribute to Nirvana, and 10th is the Peppers themselves. The symbolism is that the bands shown are all an influence on the sound that the Peppers have currently.
  • Ellen from Aarhus, DenmarkOf course... #4 could be George Clinton and perhaps Bootsy Collin.
  • Ellen from Aarhus, DenmarkI think we agree on the first two. Now I believe that RHCP has picked specific artists. Just look at Nirvana - it's just the one band, not a whole

    The the 3rd scene - Jimmi Hendrix usually, or always, plays guitar. I see no guitar. I thought prince right away, but it doesn't go with the timeline, I think. I don't know when he started.

    Okay, so no matter what number four ISN'T Guns N' Roses! Axl do wear tight pants, but would never dream of wearing that. And again it doesn't go with the timeline.
    Plus honestly KISS? There's not anything at all in the scene that even comes close to KISS. If you're thinking of the guy at the left, it's not even close to anything the guys from KISS have worn. And the glasses look more like elton john to be honest.

    #5 looks a lot like David Bowie.
    #6 Sex Pistols - hell yeah.
    #7 Not just goth, but Marilyn Manson. I've seen pictures of him in concert, it's a splitting image.
    #8 Good old glam rock. Looks a bit like Poison perhaps.
    #9 Motley Crue it seems.
    #10 Ladies and gentlemen: Nirvana
    #11 I don't know what RHCP look like in concert, but this reminds me of Green Day or Avril... sorry.
  • Emma from Wakie, Englandoh n the songs AMAZIN' n the album as a whole is even better
  • Emma from Wakie, EnglandI also think that the Chilis do Aerosmith in part of the video... but one problem, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry don't have, and never had, blonde hair!!! *shrugs* Aerosmith??? or not???
  • Xavier from Melbourne, AustraliaI know this isnt a common thougt, but try and see 10 as Rage against the machine.
    - Red Symbol (I know its the RHCP, bu be open minded)
    - Franticaly dancing singer- like Zac De la Rocha
    - Hat wearing drummer
    - topless guiar player
    These things always remind me of RATM.
    PS whether it is RATM of RHCP it is cerntinly not Green Day - simply the look greenday trys to copy.
  • Laura from Somewhere, CanadaIn the goth section, I think John is Daniel Ash from Bauhaus. He really looks like him too in that part of the video.
  • David from Lakeview, NcOK, the different scenes in this video aren't actually for any particular band. It's just for different types of rock. Certain scenes might be heavily inspired by a certain band, but it isn't them in particular. I watched the making of the video, and the band says it's just a tribute to the different genres of rock. The order is:
    1.) 50's rock (mostly inspired by Elvis).
    2.) 60's rock/British Invasion (mostly inspired by The Beatles).
    3.) Psychedelic rock (mostly inspired by Jimi Hendrix and Sgt. Pepper-era Beatles... Perhaps even some Iron Butterfly...).
    4.) Funk (mostly inspired by Parliament/Funkadelic).
    5.) Glam (mostly inspired by David Bowie and the New York Dolls).
    6.) Punk (mostly inspired by the Sex Pistols).
    7.) Goth (mostly inspired by the Misfits, even though they were really punk, which is one of the reasons why it's not imitating any particular band).
    8.) Hair Metal (mostly inspired by Poison, although John's guitar is very Van Halen-esque in this scene).
    9.) Grunge (mostly inspired by Nirvana).
    10.) Modern rock (with the band obviously being the Red Hot Chili Peppers).

    You know that it's not any one band in particular because of some things like:
    1.) The Sex Pistols wouldn't fly a British flag. while performing a song like "God Save The Queen".
    2.) There's no drummer in the Nirvana shot. No one can deny Dave Grohl's importance in what was Nirvana.

    ...And just little things like that.

    Awesome album, by the way.
  • David from Lakeview, NcJosh from NY, no one ever siad the name of the song was "Teenage Bride With A Baby Inside". The "SongFact" even says the song's name is name is "Californication".
  • Docsol from Us, Nj1. Elvis
    2. Beatles
    3. Jimi Hendrix + The Cream (Eric's guitar. how can you forget the guitar)
    4. some say it's KISS or Gun's Roses. well it's Funkadelic (the root of RHCP is funk!!!)
    5. David Bowie + T-Rex
    6. SEX PISTOLS (YEAH!!!!)
    7. The Misfits (hahaha the hair!!!)
    8. it's not Poison, not Hair Metal. it's Motley Crew and Van Halen (look at john's guitar! it's Eddie's) and the scarf, Aerosmith.
    9. Nirvana (MTV unplugged. tribute to Kirt)
    10. IT'S RHCP themselves.
  • Carl from Gothenburg, SwedenPLEASE. Flea said they're not trying to be specific bands in the video, but wtf. Here are the right answers:
    1. Elvis
    3. The Beatles
    3. Jimi Hendrix + Cream
    4. Paliament Funcadelic
    5. David Bowie
    6. The Sex Pistols
    7. The Misfits (Look at the hairstyles, people)
    8. Poison
    9. Nirvana
    10. Red hot chili peppers themselves (Look at the HUGE rhcp logo behind them if you don't beleieve me... And no, they're not dressing up as green day, green day are dressing up as them)
  • Tina from Brisbane, Australia1 - Elvis
    2 - Beatles
    3 - Prince
    4 - Guns and Roses + Kiss (the armour looking thing but the lead singing is so Axel Rose)
    5 - Band - David Bowie, Lead - Looks more like Motly Crue then possibly Bowie... It would appear that the band and lead aren't always the same...
    6 - Sex Pistols
    7 - The Cure?
    8 - Spinal Tap
    9 - Nirvana (MTV unplugged)
    10 - Green Day, I mean FFS he wore that EXACT tie! How could people not get that yet!!! It may have a bit of Living End, etc in there too but the tie... So Green Day!
  • Tori from Layton, Uti have to say i think there could be marilyn manson in it but ya know wat ever luv ya bye!!!
    marilyn manson roar..
  • Christine from Worcester, Maok..i hate the video...the beatle homage looked like it was mocking them..i love the beatles..no one disses them!!
  • Oli from Horsham, Englandi think the 3rd band is hendrix because kurt cobain played his own guitar as well as hendrix yet they still put nirvana in
  • Zach from San Antonio, Txhey the third band isnt hendrix cuz hendrix played his own guitar
  • David from Nsw, Australiathe real order is 1.Elvis 2.Beatles 3.led zeppelin 4.Areosmith 5.Bowie and his band6.defently the sex pistols 7.Danzig/Misfits 8.Hair Metal 9.Nirvana 10.Current RHCP, there are some people saying the cure r in it, there isn't!

  • Mars from Vancouver, Canadathis is a good commercial song. meaning it sounds good to the untrained, radio slave ear. but is no where near any of their best stuff.
  • Slavica from Belgrade, SerbiaThis is a great song, this is one of their best songs, and the video is excellent.
    I love it.
  • Rob from Albuquerque, NmThis is the worst song on the album. I dont know why it was the first single. I love the new album and agree it is the best they have done. It blows my mind every time I hear it. I hope they tour and come close to me. I saw them with Foo Fighters and the show was nuts. My fav tracks are Hey Yo,Stadium Arcadium,Torture Me,If, Make you feel better, and Animal Bar.
  • Derek from South Jersey, NjI think the hair band is Motley Crue.
  • Susie from Ft. Collins, Coi'm not sure what's giving people the idea that the scenes with the misfits is the cure. as far as i know, robert smith never wore a devil lock...
  • Angelica from Charlotte, Nci like this song, but if you want to hear some classic chili peppers, try some of their old albums... i suggest one hot minute and freaky styley, then you can say u've heard them for real.. but yea this is a good album.. stadium arcadium. and dani california is a great song.
  • Joe from Chicago, Ara great video and a great song red hot chili peppers rock and i loved it how they imitated other bands but i ecspecialy loved the nirvana sequence
  • Jess from Wytheville, VaThe video is totally awesome! I love the way they used Nirvana in it and all the other bands. Their album Californication was a great one and they related their new one back to it with a few lyrics. And to Chris, I love ur concept about Kurt since I'm a huge Nirvana fan and always will be.
  • Russ from Greensboro, Mdhendrix is the third band
  • Kaleb from Peralta, NmClose.... the real order is

    1.Elvis 2.Beatles(pop era) 3.Beatles(Sgt. Pepper era) 4.Funk(George Clinton?) 5.Bowie(Flea looks like Bowie) 6.Sex Pistols 7.Danzig/Misfits(Cure didn't wear skeleton gloves) 8.Hair Metal 9.Nirvana(unplugged) 10.Current RHCP

    And in the scene after Nirvana, Flea is shirtless...
  • Erik from Fairfield County, Ct"Dani" dies in this song.
  • Josie from Funkytown, NcI thought The Rolling Stones were in the video when there was a close-up of Flea's mouth. (It was HUGE!)There was a UK in the backround.
  • Leuty from London, Europewait i thought that the bit with the candles werent nirvana,, because the next scene, flea is wearing the same outfit as kurt cobein in ,"smells like team spirit"
  • Leuty from London, Europei thought queen was in it and a bit of aerosmith
  • Qumby from Arlington, VaT o Chris,
    About the hidden video thing "Briliant" Its all there and makes scene. Thanks. Also I don't think is's a "mockery" of Nirvinia or Kurt. Anthony Kedis knew Kurt (Chili Peppers and Nirvinia toured together a good bit) and was shocked and saddend by his death.
  • Bobby from Blsh, Nythe song is about a girl named dani who lived in california and commited suicide.
    i beleive anthony had a girlfriend named dani or a friend named dani.
  • Bobby from Blsh, Ny>dani is prounounced danny.
    srry but theres different spellings for names.
    Danny is a boy danny
    dani is a girl.
  • Josh from New York, Nyok it starts off with elvis and the beatles, then goes to prince/ p-funk, then to something like kiss, then to the cure, then bowie, sex pistols, poison, and nirvana. that should be everything they did.
  • Chris from Canton, Mai really think i may have figured out a small part of this song wiht a huge meaning. if you watch the video, the lyrics "it only hurts when i laugh... gone too fast" are spoken when the band is playing as nirvana. While those lyrics are sung a very pained looking Keidis is shown close up, and in the foreground there is a candle that is suddenly out, and then when it cuts to the next scene, another candle is shown in the foreground, excpet this one is smoldering. i think this was a tribute to kurt. it only hurts when i laugh (kurt cobain was very depressed) gone too fast (his life was cut short). the candles are an illusion to the famous line "it is better to burn out than to fade away". the first candle is instantly put out (burnt out) and the second candle is shown smoldering (fade away). i have heard many people say that this is a mockery of Nirvana, but i believe this is simply a small tribute hidden in a video filled with satire. - peltier
  • Erik from Willow Hill, Pathis is an awesome music video! i love how they dressed up like different bands.
  • Joe from Glendale, NyI thought it was the sex pistols not the cure.
  • Jojo from I.e., CaI think this song is about suicide and the girl killing herself because she lived life too fast.
  • Joe from Chicago, IlDani is "the teenage bride with a baby inside"
  • Josh from New York, Nythe name of the song isnt "teenage bride with a baby inside" it's californication.
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Oliver Leiber talks about writing and producing hits for Paula Abdul, and explains his complicated relationship with his father, the songwriter Jerry Leiber.

Adam Young of Owl City

Adam Young of Owl CitySongwriter Interviews

Is Owl City on a quest for another hit like "Fireflies?" Adam answers that question and explains the influences behind many others.

Amy Lee of Evanescence

Amy Lee of EvanescenceSongwriter Interviews

The Evanescence frontwoman on the songs that have shifted meaning and her foray into kids' music.


LecraeSongwriter Interviews

The Christian rapper talks about where his trip to Haiti and his history of addiction fit into his songs.

Supertramp founder Roger Hodgson

Supertramp founder Roger HodgsonSongwriter Interviews

Roger tells the stories behind some of his biggest hits, including "Give a Little Bit," "Take the Long Way Home" and "The Logical Song."

Bryan Adams

Bryan AdamsSongwriter Interviews

What's the deal with "Summer of '69"? Bryan explains what the song is really about, and shares more of his songwriting insights.