Friday, May 20, 2016

Song of the Week: "Dark Necessities" - Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Red Hot Chili Peppers occupy a weird space.  A friend once described them as "a band that was important to my musical development but that I don't really listen to much anymore", which is totally fair.  Ten years ago, RHCP were my favourite band.  Now, I've sort of moved on, but I still like the band a lot and know most of their catalogue backwards and forwards.  

For music hipsters on the internet (a few of which I know), RHCP are an easy band to pick on.  Even as a fan, singer Anthony Kiedis seems like a bit of a goon, and his lyrics aren't exactly Shakespeare (see this article, for example).  When they performed at the Super Bowl and it was revealed they were playing along to pre-recorded tracks, the internet rained a shower of mockery on them.

But RHCP are singular.  There are a lot of groups that have tried to do what they do and failed.  Flea is justifiably the most recognizable bassist in the world today, and with Chad Smith you have probably the strongest rhythm section of any top 40 band over the past 25 years.  Even Kiedis' sometimes silly stream-of-consciousness lyrics are distinct.  You can laugh, but you can't replace him.  

And so, in the face of internet hipsters (because I'm just so, so brave), I will remain an avowed and unrepentant Red Hot Chili Peppers fan, and I'll get excited when a new song comes out.  

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