Opinion
By Séamus Smyth

 5. Can’t Stop

One of the most notorious build-up intros of modern rock, what is glorious about “Can’t Stop” is that it doesn’t stop impressing after the initial rush. Kiedis goes HAM, yet with flowers in his hair, singing about the world he loves and the deep thoughts that keep him up at night. “10 more reasons why I need somebody new, just like you,” shows that the mojo of Anthony Kiedis doesn’t appear to have an expiry date as he is easily one of the most under-appreciated womanizers in the business.

 4. By the Way

It’s a wild and confusing tornado of sound as the Chili’s can’t decide if they wish to be contemplative soul searchers or psychedelic Tasmanian devils. Kiedis croons under a single light for the first 35 seconds before Flea’s bass picks the lock off its cage and roars like an unrestrained banshee.

3. Don’t Forget Me

It’s a song that the Chili’s just wouldn’t have been capable of writing or even playing in their early years. They continue to be relevant in today’s music because they have managed to drastically improve every year and churn out soul-movers like “Don’t Forget Me.” Though they have likely plateaued with the past three albums, they reached a Mount Everest-like peak with the album “By The Way” as well as an unparalleled connection between the legendary quartet of John Frusciante, Flea, Chad Smith and Anthony Kiedis. The Chili Peppers are always hot and spicy, but this track was a much rarer and exotic breed. The track is as raw as a Chicago blue steak, and pure as virgin ground. “Make the hair stand up on your arm,” is whispered as though Kiedis could already foresee the impact “Don’t Forget Me” would have on the RHCP army.

2. Otherside

The grass is notoriously greener on the other side, but not for the RHCP. It’s murky seaweed that acts as a current, pulling the gang into a storm of temptation and regrettable ecstasy. How far can one possibly sky fall into addiction is a question answered by Kiedis bellowing from 1,000 feet in a loner’s abyss, before he is rescued by John Frusciante’s heroin-inducing guitar solo.

1. Under The Bridge

Never has a drug deal ever been so enchanting. “Under the Bridge” is where Kiedis smoked everything under the holy sun and allowed his infatuation with the City of Angels to blow his complicated mind. Rock music is notoriously vague because artists wish for as many people as possible to have the opportunity to relate to their music, yet it is the polar opposite with these California-caters. Very few can relate to the blood, sugar, sex and magic that has defined the life of Anthony Kiedis. Presently, the term “rock star” is thrown around like a pirated DeadMau5 CD, which is a shame because no one is more worthy of the once royalty-like moniker than the man who can’t stop peeling away his own scar tissue.

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