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Red Hot Chili Peppers — Dani California
Album: Stadium Arcadium
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Total ratings: 1782









Released: 2006
Length: 4:40
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Gettin' born in the state of Mississippi
Papa was a copper and mama was a hippie
In Alabama, she would swing a hammer
Price you gotta pay when you break the panorama

She never knew that there was anything more than poor
What in the world does your company take me for?

Black bandanna, sweet Louisiana
Robbin' on a bank in the state of Indiana
She's a runner, rebel and a stunner
On her merry way sayin', "Baby, whatcha gonna?"

Looking down the barrel of a hot metal forty-five
Just another way to survive

California, rest in peace
Simultaneous release
California, show your teeth
She's my priestess, I'm your priest
Yeah, yeah

She's a lover, baby, and a fighter
Shoulda seen it comin' when it got a little brighter
With a name like Dani California
Day was gonna come when I was gonna mourn ya

A little loaded, she was stealin' another breath
I love my baby to death

California, rest in peace
Simultaneous release
California, show your teeth
She's my priestess, I'm your priest
Yeah, yeah

Who knew the other side of you?
Who knew what others died to prove?
Too true to say goodbye to you
Too true to say, say, say

Push the fader, gifted animator
One for the now and eleven for the later
Never made it up to Minnesota
North Dakota man was a-gunnin' for the quota

Down in the Badlands, she was savin' the best for last
It only hurts when I laugh
Gone too fast

California, rest in peace
Simultaneous release
California, show your teeth
She's my priestess, I'm your priest
Yeah, yeah

California, rest in peace
Simultaneous release
California, show your teeth
She's my priestess, I'm your priest
Yeah, yeah
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RIP Tom Petty ;)
Really like the tight playing, just can't suffer the whinging "singing". One of a number of bands who could sound so much better with a real singer. (Dave Matthews is another than quickly comes to mind.)
 giammin wrote:
IMHO they should have stopped after blod sugar sex magic. Following albums were just acceptable.
 

I saw them on this tour, the majority of the crowd walked out.  They were awful.  BSSM is a master piece and they will never be able to top that.  John and Chad's playing still rock.  
Did you know Red Hot Chili Peppers had albums other than Stadium Arcadium?
 meanrat wrote:
This is so repetitive I get really annoyed hearing this song. Really don't understand the love for this band.
 
Same here. Very unpleasant stuff.
 giammin wrote:
IMHO they should have stopped after blod sugar sex magic. Following albums were just acceptable.
 
One Hot Minute is glorious.. as much as Blood Sugar Sex Magic... in a different way
 idiot_wind wrote:

Hey  mean, 

I was never a fan in the early years. But the more I listen to them during last 25 years, they have put out alot of  good, creative RnR. 
 
I have such mixed feelings about RHCP.  Lots of good music over the years, but when I saw them in London at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1992, it still stands out as one of the worst concerts I have ever seen.    It was such a turn off, i can't get those horrible performances out of my memory
Yes, most excellent.."8"...
8 for the rhythm section stayin' in the pocket. Great groove.
 meanrat wrote:
This is so repetitive I get really annoyed hearing this song. Really don't understand the love for this band.
 
Hey  mean, 

I was never a fan in the early years. But the more I listen to them during last 25 years, they have put out alot of  good, creative RnR. 
This is so repetitive I get really annoyed hearing this song. Really don't understand the love for this band.
 daniel_rusk wrote:
I've more than had enough of these guys. Boring and old stuff. Please go back to the ninties. And stay there! Not even popular with my friends who are in their 30's!
 
 

Right ! RHCP is the most overated band ever-
can't beat "classic"
Nicely followed today by The Jayhawks - "Waiting For The Sun".  Nice touch, RP.  Credit where it's due.
 daniel_rusk wrote:
I've more than had enough of these guys. Boring and old stuff. Please go back to the ninties. And stay there! Not even popular with my friends who are in their 30's!
 
 
Your friends that are in their 30's...that's hilarious. 
 obankenobi wrote:
If your late 80's dorm room didn't have the famous sock poster it just wasn't cool
 
Well, I occupied my dorm room  in the early 70s.  Can I still be cool?
If your late 80's dorm room didn't have the famous sock poster it just wasn't cool
🤘👅🤘
Seems to my ears that John Frusciante's solo and harmonics on this are a nod to Randy California.

Saw the Peppers live in the mid '80s and they were full of youthful exuberance - they rocked hard. 
I'm looking forward to their new album about New Hampshire.
 kcar wrote:
RHCP?!?!?  Kitty is very eager to hit that PSD button: 
 
Very good.  Never ever reconsider your fixed opinion about a band, not even for one song.  Run.  Maintain your ideological purity.  No matter who's playing it and maybe, just maybe, there's something there that you're missing.  Or unwilling to consider.  Run!
These guys. Ugh. 
Always a pity the PSD-button is useless when playing RP on my Sonos. Now I have to switch to another station for at least the length of this song. 
 idiot_wind wrote:
You should consider playing more of them. Pretty good RnR that has stood the test of time. 

 
I could NOT agree more and I am super bummed THIS is the choice we finally get, sheesh.  The Pepps ROCK SO HARD and have soooooooooooooooooooo many great options and really?  THIS ONE?  Well at least we get to hear some of Flea's amazing skills but I guess RP does not share the love of this incredible band.
You should consider playing more of them. Pretty good RnR that has stood the test of time. 
 gregler wrote:


Totally agreed, what the hell is the average age of RP listeners, 50? RHCP rock, including this song!!

 
haha nice one
agree, cool song, as well as album
 markybx wrote:


I really want to know did the tiger eat that guy? I hope the elephant was ok btw.

 
apparently not. the guy just had his hand bitten.
I have never cared for RHCP's music, but I love their drummer for personal reasons. At their concert last week in Columbus, Ohio, he closed the show by singing The Victors. 
 SECA_Alan wrote:
Definitely one of their better tracks,I quite like this. Awful production though - bleh!

Great link from John Butler Trio, who sound like a 'good RHCP'. 
 
Yep, starting with Californication, they took the loudness wars to the next level. Everything is just compressed to death, zero dynamic range. Probably sounds great to the ears of the average teenager with undeveloped musical taste and an attention span of 30 seconds, but it becomes annoying very quickly. I agree that the track in itself is pretty good, but the production just makes me not want to buy any of their recent albums whatsoever.
 kcar wrote:
RHCP?!?!?  Kitty is very eager to hit that PSD button: 
 
I don't understand the current fad of taking an efficiently compressed video, and converting it to the horribly inefficient GIF format that was only intended for simple web animations. This GIF takes 22MB, while an H.264 compressed video of it takes about 1MB. I guess the next big thing will be using BMP instead of JPEG for still images. I pity the fools who browse the internet on a mobile connection, especially if it is prepaid or has a data limit.
 kcar wrote:
RHCP?!?!?  Kitty is very eager to hit that PSD button: 

gif of tiger attacking man riding on elephant 

 

I really want to know did the tiger eat that guy? I hope the elephant was ok btw.
RHCP?!?!?  Kitty is very eager to hit that PSD button: 

gif of tiger attacking man riding on elephant 
Very good to hear them!
Wow! Lots of RHCP haters out there. I like this song. Keeps my afternoon rockin' along just fine.
 kgage wrote:
Ditto.

They did have that one good song... umm what was it again...?

Oh yeah! It was Higher Ground.

That was the good one. 

 
Unfortunately, Higher Ground by the RHCP is not on the RP playlist. Though I agree with you - it's a great version, and one of the few songs by this band that I can stand. 
IMHO they should have stopped after blod sugar sex magic. Following albums were just acceptable.
Definitely one of their better tracks,I quite like this. Awful production though - bleh!

Great link from John Butler Trio, who sound like a 'good RHCP'. 
This is not good.
Ditto.

They did have that one good song... umm what was it again...?

Oh yeah! It was Higher Ground.

That was the good one. 
 daniel_rusk wrote:
I've more than had enough of these guys. Boring and old stuff. Please go back to the ninties. And stay there! Not even popular with my friends who are in their 30's!
 

 
Ditto.
So Bill is planning "John Butler TrioCompany Sin" and I'm thinking it reminds me of the Chilies. So, naturally, Bill reads my mind and plays Dani California. Great work as usual, Bill.{#Bananajam}
 stunix wrote:
Not their worst, but not their best.      D'you think I could make money singing the name of my home town in every 3rd song?  

 
It may depend upon which town you're from.
I've more than had enough of these guys. Boring and old stuff. Please go back to the ninties. And stay there! Not even popular with my friends who are in their 30's!
 
Music-free music. 
 BobLoblaw wrote:
Love the Peppers but this and all subsequent albums were a big step down from their previous work.

 
As with many other majors, U2, Prince and others
Not their worst, but not their best.      D'you think I could make money singing the name of my home town in every 3rd song?  
Love the Peppers but this and all subsequent albums were a big step down from their previous work.
 wrangler wrote:
no no no.  this is the kind of crap i come to radio paradise to get away from.  just awful.

 
Given your ratings distribution, you may have come to the wrong place.
:-)
 me too. garbage.

wrangler wrote:
no no no.  this is the kind of crap i come to radio paradise to get away from.  just awful.

 


no no no.  this is the kind of crap i come to radio paradise to get away from.  just awful.
 DaidyBoy wrote:

Same here.  I have been told by a guitar-playing mate of mine that some of their stuff is pretty tricky to play, though

 
They have a pretty solid back end with Flea and Chad Smith which holds this mess together. Chad Smith is one funny character. A few years ago I took my then 8 year old son to a drum clinic hosted by Chad. He looked like he had been up all night, sporting a beer pong t-shirt, ball cap and red eyes. He looked out into the crowd and told us that the hall reminded him of an old porn theatre. It was a little off color at times however he did explain he only uses 4 swear words. He played a few RHCP songs, told some jokes and stories of the early years. I don't think my son came away with anything useful from the clinic as he had recently witnessed a 3 hour drum clinic from Gavin Harrison. {#Drummer}
 Stratocaster wrote:
Blech.  Never liked RHCP.

 
Same here.  I have been told by a guitar-playing mate of mine that some of their stuff is pretty tricky to play, though
To my ears, the riff is reminiscent of Randy California - particularly that one lick with the harmonics. Something Randy used to do quite a bit. 
Meh.
 adroc wrote:
Apparently Tom Petty's wasn't the last dance with Mary Jane - the Chili Peppers took her for one last spin around the dancefloor, but for some reason they call her Dani.

 
Tom Petty "acquired" this guitar riff from the Jayhawks right around the time they were his opening act on tour.  Take a listen to "Waiting for the sun"and you'd swear he not only borrowed the riff, but also the guitar, amps, and guitarist.
Not a bad song, but I would call in low on the scale for RHCP songs.
Only decent song they've ever put out....
no
Blech.  Never liked RHCP.
 LowPhreak wrote:
Best thing is the guitar solo at the end. Gotta love that anyway. 
 
A tip of the hat to Randy California? 
 RedGuitar wrote:

John Frusciante, no?
 
The sober John Frusciante era is the best of all  RHCP eras in my opinoin.

 adroc wrote:
Apparently Tom Petty's wasn't the last dance with Mary Jane - the Chili Peppers took her for one last spin around the dancefloor, but for some reason they call her Dani.
 

When learning acoustic guitar this summer we learned both songs and discussed their chord similarities at length.
Apparently Tom Petty's wasn't the last dance with Mary Jane - the Chili Peppers took her for one last spin around the dancefloor, but for some reason they call her Dani.
It says this was last played on September 29, though as I recall, it was played last night, on October 30. A bug?

GREAT Video!
I don't normally like these guys, but I like this one.
 LowPhreak wrote:
Best thing is the guitar solo at the end. Gotta love that anyway. 
 
John Frusciante, no?


So much for Red and Hot...maybe if Flea takes his shirt off the song will sound better. That's about all they have going for them at this point.  Sick of Mr. Kiedis' voice. {#Headache}

Wait, maybe they could all wear costumes and each have different face make-up or masks. That would work. Cool new idea, too!
They're like a tribute band to themselves.

Yeah...these guys are so far past being exciting any more.  What a shame.  4.
 gregler wrote:


Totally agreed, what the hell is the average age of RP listeners, 50? RHCP rock, including this song!!
 
Has nothing to do with age. Anthony Kiedis's (Is that right?) voice grates on my nerves for some reason. I liked them a little when they first hit it big in the early 90's. Bought a couple of their CD's but got tired of them quickly.

On the other hand, I have to aggree that Flea IS a great talent (acting aside) and that guitar solo at the end kicks butt.


As a stark contrast, folk should also check out the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, which are bagpipes on crystal meth and absolutely fantastic live. No disrespect to the Peppers, mind, though they never rung my bells, sadly.

Rock on Chilis!
love this whole album
Best thing is the guitar solo at the end. Gotta love that anyway. 
 gregler wrote:


Totally agreed, what the hell is the average age of RP listeners, 50? RHCP rock, including this song!!
 

I'm 53, have seen em live, have their Slane Castle DVD, and completely agree that they rock.  Flea is a huge talent.

This tune isn't one of their better efforts, that's all.

I want to like the Chilli Peppers, but everything since Blood Sugar Sex Magic sounds about the same. They've grown from Funk/Punk to Adult Contemporary Funk, and I have to wonder if their knowledge of geography extends past California.

I hate to say this Anthony, but I think you're getting pretty lame.
Love this song, love Anthony. His voice always touches my heart; it's like I can feel all his pain.

BTW, I'm an oldster, and I think the Peppas RAWK!!!

{#Bananajumprope}
 e_b wrote:
All that being said, I still can't believe this song didn't rate higher {#Confused}.
 
There are some fans that don't like the new songs from rhcp and "cry about the old time" (i have no idea if i can say it in english). So they rate the song very low whatever the song is good or not.

I like the "new" album from the rhcp.

All that being said, I still can't believe this song didn't rate higher {#Confused}.
 Oscar_the_Grouch wrote:
Puttin' in another Grouchy 10 to counter the ignorant and the haters. Go back to listening to your Clearchannel Classic Rock(tm) station.
 

Totally agreed, what the hell is the average age of RP listeners, 50? RHCP rock, including this song!!
Puttin' in another Grouchy 10 to counter the ignorant and the haters. Go back to listening to your Clearchannel Classic Rock(tm) station.
Best band ever.
I really like this song...ok, it's because I love Anthony  {#Hearteyes}
fluffybum wrote:
boy oh boy the chili peppers sure do suck the big one.


Well...that's a bit harsh in my book. But not by much. I do like their version of "Higher Ground."


boy oh boy the chili peppers sure do suck the big one.
A band that reminds me of CCR: pretty much one song in the repertoire.  Oh, sure, they call slightly different versions by different names, but still. . . .

Good thing it's a fairly good song.
 coding_to_music wrote:
California rest in peace
Simultaneous release
California show your teeth
She's my priestess; i'm your priest


 

https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Simultaneous+release

You asked...
Love the Peppers!!!

{#Hearteyes} Anthony

{#Bananajumprope}
 lsherida wrote:
I can't listen passively to this song any more.  Too much Rock Band on the xbox. :)
 

Yes, one of my favorites to play!
I can't listen passively to this song any more.  Too much Rock Band on the xbox. :)
Every time I hear someone say "too mainstream" I just have to imagine what you have in your collection. Ever hear of Johnny Cash? He was mainstream. It's not about classification, it's about enjoyment. My husband has a recording studio and the most pretentious "musicians" are usually the least creative and least humorous. Take my brother for example, who lives in Berkeley and decided the only way he could be truly "radical" in Berkeley was to dress up in Western garb. The looks he gets from the birkenstock/grubby hippy people are priceless! Alter your perspective and enjoy life
I know a guy who years ago had a cable-access show on local tv, and he had the RHCPs on. He said they were totally unknown and sucked beyond belief. He was watching tv a couple years later and literally didn't recognize them until the announcer said the name . . . so I guess the moral is "practice".
California rest in peace Simultaneous release California show your teeth She's my priestess; i'm your priest :stupid:
They are in a serious rut, lacking their former creativity. Bring back the days of True Men Don't Kill Coyotes.
:dance: :bounce: :guitarist: :drummer:
I sure miss the boyz of yesteryear. I guess it's only fitting this dreck won the dubious award of "grammy" (as in didn't the grammys vote Jethro Tull "best heavy metal group" in 1989 or something like that. Guess it's about right giving this total schlock "album of the year" then.) Maybe next they'll be writing songs for some awful disney movie :eyes: :cry: :beat: :skull: :rolleyes: :redface: :eek:
way overplayed.
beautiful purple haze-solo at the end :p if then blood sugar sex magic, please
sqqqrly wrote:
Its me to. They are the KennyG of their genre!
Sorry, it's me too. Their songs seem to sound the same because while they can play really well, Keidis can't sing. So the first 1/2 of their career is mostly him quasi-rapping. Then, with "Under the Bridge" he realized he could actually hit five notes instead of just one and they started dabbling in something I like to call "melody." Sometimes they pull of a nice tune and Flea plays a mean bass but, in the end, Keidis' limited (and I mean limited) "vocal range" (and I use the term loosely) brings down their songs. IMHO. Still, they've started wearing shirts (sometimes) and that seems indicative of some kind of artistic growth. There are worse bands out there. TJ p.s. I'm sure it's mentioned elsewhere in this thread so I won't belabour the fact that this sounds like "Mary Jane's Last Dance" (complete with substituting Alabama for Indiana). Nor will I engage in the "all rock music steals from something else" debate. This isn't a RIPOFF but it ain't a triumph of originallity either. p.p.s. I'm not saying they invented the wordplay but Toronto's own Rheostatics used "Californication" in a song in 1993, beating RHCP by a few years. So props to the Rheos.
rgrace wrote:
O Genius, hear me now: 300 Ft. tall Redwoods in my back yard Skinheads in Huntington Beach Charles Manson Silicon Valley Highway 1 thru Big Sur Meth heads pretty much everywhere Sensimilla groves in Humboldt County Left-wing house-proud snobs in Berkeley You want more? Too busy to further elaborate but I have MUCH more....
California, like New York, has areas of cultural significance in the USA. It was nice to visit LA and Hollywood last summer but I really dont think I would want to live out there. Too pricey. I am waiting for a song about Maine. I dont know if its lack of syllables works in its favor, though.
lunar1963 wrote:
"Bocephus wrote: Maybe it's just me, but all their songs sound basically the same." That's you, that only goes for their early work... As for the California theme, some songs are part of a cycle, with the same protagonist... and California is a surreal world...
Its me to. They are the KennyG of their genre!
Sorry, worthless....
phishmanx wrote:
:puke:
I will match your :puke: and raise you another :puke:
smilestoomuch wrote:
The more I hear the Peppers, the more I think they're overrated. Anthony has a very limited vocal range, so their melodies are pretty ho hum. They're evolution as a band is probably the most interesting thing about them.
I always thought their evolution as a band was the most least interesting thing about them. I mean they change, but for the amount of albums they had their change is very subtle.
ChardRemains wrote:
A valid observation... And then there's the whole California thing. But then again, there's not much to sing about, say, Missouri.
You know... I could resent that remark... I'm torn between knowing you're right (I've lived in California as well as Missouri), but mostly the indignation at the whole coastal 'it's only flyover contry' attitude annoys me. It's different, but different doesn't necessarily mean worse, here than on the coasts. Both places have their ups and downs.
:puke:
The more I hear the Peppers, the more I think they're overrated. Anthony has a very limited vocal range, so their melodies are pretty ho hum. They're evolution as a band is probably the most interesting thing about them.
kaviksdad wrote:
nice comeback by the Peppers... with any luck they will be bouncing around with their shirts off as long as Aerosmith Can we put that to a vote?
good point.
physicsgenius wrote:
I keep hearing that, but I've never seen any evidence. Unless you are talking about a minority of residence of the single town of Berkeley, what is so crazy about California?
O Genius, hear me now: 300 Ft. tall Redwoods in my back yard Skinheads in Huntington Beach Charles Manson Silicon Valley Highway 1 thru Big Sur Meth heads pretty much everywhere Sensimilla groves in Humboldt County Left-wing house-proud snobs in Berkeley You want more? Too busy to further elaborate but I have MUCH more....
Hinkamp wrote:
nice comeback by the Peppers... with any luck they will be bouncing around with their shirts off as long as Aerosmith
Can we put that to a vote?
nice comeback by the Peppers... with any luck they will be bouncing around with their shirts off as long as Aerosmith
Pretty much predictable Peppers, but Frusciante just rips it in the end, don' he?!
lathyris wrote:
The verse sounds like it was ripped directly from the much better Last Dance with Mary Jane. . .
Not to mention the chord progression!
Los Peppers :dancingbanana_2: :bananajumprope:
Beastie wrote:
Refreshing and still with all their zing. Would love to know how good the rest of the album is.
I did hear the whole double-disc from this link I picked up on another bulletin board: Stadium Arcadium It's from AOL Music and called "Full CD Listening Party." It says "hear the latest albums, track by track, before you buy them." It streams the entire double-disc. There are 25 other CDs there too. The time is limited. I don't know how long it'll be up. The other board said it was streaming for the week. That was on May 9. Today might even be the last day to catch it. Edit: I think I get it now. They stream 26 newly released CDs for one week. CDs are changed every Tuesday.
Another good head-bopping song from the Peppers.
so-so :neutral: