We Turn Red

Album: The Getaway (2016)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • Anthony Kiedis serves up on this track "stories of my mind" from different places he has visited. They include New Orleans, Delaware, Mexico and Trinidad.
  • Bassist Flea talked about the song's recording process during a track by track video:

    "[On "We Turn Red"] That was also one we came up with in the studio with Brian [Danger Mouse, producer] That and started with a drum loop. Chad [Smith] placed a piece of drum, played a bit of drums, and Brian looped it and it just sounded hard. And we just lay out some bass, some guitar, some stuff and started making parts and just trying to make something dynamic and beautiful.

    And it was funny because I was so worried about us losing the live feeling from writing stuff, the songs that we wrote in the studio in this layered way, but we actually really gained something because we kept our live energy but we gained this thoughtfulness in writing. When you're just jamming with something with the guys it's really in the moment, it's this real spontaneous thing in the moment, but when you're building like that and you're taking time and thinking about each part as you write it, there's a new kind of thoughtfulness that comes into the creative process, which we haven't had before. And it was really cool and there's like five songs on the record that we wrote in this way and because of that they have a different type of thoughtfulness, and 'We Turn Red' is one of those."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Graham Nash

Graham NashSongwriter Interviews

Graham Nash tells the stories behind some of his famous songs and photos, and is asked about "yacht rock" for the first time.

Band Names

Band NamesFact or Fiction

Was "Pearl" Eddie Vedder's grandmother, and did she really make a hallucinogenic jam? Did Journey have a contest to name the group? And what does KISS stand for anyway?

Incongruent Opening Acts

Incongruent Opening ActsSong Writing

Here's what happens when an opening act is really out of place with the headliner, like when Beastie Boys opened for Madonna.

Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust

Lajon Witherspoon of SevendustSongwriter Interviews

The Sevendust frontman talks about the group's songwriting process, and how trips to the Murder Bar helped forge their latest album.

Jackie DeShannon - "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"

Jackie DeShannon - "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"They're Playing My Song

It wasn't her biggest hit as a songwriter (that would be "Bette Davis Eyes"), but "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" had a family connection for Jackie.

Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket

Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet SprocketSongwriter Interviews

The "All I Want" singer went through a long depression, playing some shows when he didn't want to be alive.