Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on ““Californication” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers is now a video game

  • March 1, 2022 at 12:55 pm

    It looks like it was made in 2000 and they forgot to release it. I’d rather play Flappy Bird.

    Quick question about the Red Hots… Is anybody else just totally sick of them?

    Alan wrote something about the Foos and Dave Grohl pushing maximum exposure, but with the Red Hots it’s different. Their radio stuff got overplayed and played out for so many years… I just can’t find the joy in them anymore. Coupled with the fact that 2002’s By The Way was really the last time I cared they had a new album coming out.

    Looking over their last 15 years….

    1. 2006’s Stadium Arcadium was a double album that became known for 2 songs. Dani California and the song that I like to think pinpointed the end of Anthony as a lyricist… “Snow (Hey Oh).”

    2. I just looked over the singles from 2011’s I’m With You and 2016’s The Getaway. I honestly don’t know them! I think I remember “Rain Dance Maggie” from the former, but The Getaway got 4 singles!!! I can’t place one of them!!!

    I used to be the guy that loved to pee on things, but now because I’m older doing this makes me just seem grumpy. But I will say this… there was a time I LOVED the Red Hots. Uplift, Mother’s Milk, and Blood Sugar spun and spun in my CD players. MY CD PLAYERS!!!!

    This goes back to what I said earlier, they got played the F out!!! When I moved to NYC in 2003, K-Rock was playing a Red Hots song every 90 minutes. (That’s an actual fact. NOT making that up.) All the joy got sucked out of their catalog. “Under The Bridge” is literally dead to me. When it came out and I was on my college radio station, I couldn’t wait to play it and share the brilliance with the 20 people listening. If it comes on anything, I can’t skip by it fast enough.

    Having said all that, there are still a handful of songs on those early records that I got to keep “my secret” and I’ll always love them.

    It’s just weird to me that as their quality of music went down, and their overexposure got white hot, they’re bigger than ever!


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