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Red Hot Chili Peppers — Slow Cheetah
Album: Stadium Arcadium
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6.3

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Total ratings: 1346









Released: 2006
Length: 5:12
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Waking up dead inside of my head
Will never, never do, there is no med
No medicine to take

I've had a chance to be insane
Asylum from the falling rain
I've had a chance to break

It's so bad, it's got to be good
Mysterious girl misunderstood
Dressed like a wedding cake

Any other day and I might play
A funeral march for Bonnie Brae
Why try and run away?

Slow cheetah, come before for my forest
Looks like it's on today
Slow cheetah, come, it's so euphoric
No matter what they say

I know a girl, she worked in a store
She knew not what her life was for
She barely knew her name

They tried to tell her she would never be
As happy as a girl in a magazine
She bought it with her pay

Slow cheetah, come before for my forest
Looks like it's on today
Slow cheetah, come, it's so euphoric
No matter what they say

Everyone has so much to say
They talk, talk, talk their lives away
Don't even hesitate

Walking on down to the burial ground
It's a very old dance with a merry old sound
Looks like it's on today

Slow cheetah, come before for my forest
Looks like it's on today
Slow cheetah, come, it's so euphoric
No matter what they say
Slow cheetah, come before for my forest
Looks like it's on today
Slow cheetah, come, it's so euphoric
No matter what they say
Comments (259)add comment
 French_Ferdinand wrote:
The worst band ever. How do so say "poseur" in English?
 
Top 5 for sure. 
 ziakut wrote:
I'm not quite sure why there's so much hatred for this tune. It's not their best...but it's certainly not deserving of the hate. I actually like the harmonies in the chorus. It helps lead singer Anthony to be more solid in his pitch.
 

That's Frusciante on the high pitched harmonies helping him
 uksminas wrote:
Their best album

 
Give Mother's Milk a spin and report back later.
Their best album

Enough!  You just played these stiffs a few hrs ago.  At least change up on the song;there are about 13 other cuts to choose from on this release.  I would hope some don't suck as this one does.
i like this song and i hate myself for it
I'm not quite sure why there's so much hatred for this tune. It's not their best...but it's certainly not deserving of the hate. I actually like the harmonies in the chorus. It helps lead singer Anthony to be more solid in his pitch.
The worst band ever. How do so say "poseur" in English?
 claya wrote:
Regardless, this is some of Anthony's best vocals....

 
"Regardless, this is some of the best-tasting rat poison I've ever had."

I mean, I hate to be a stereotypical hater - you certainly can't pick on their rhythm section - but Keidis' constant efforts to lend their songs something resembling a melody is just a decades-long exercise in futility. Even Ringo Starr is shaking his head at the lack of range.
 chyk5 wrote:
It's the Chili Peppers suck/hater/tantrum crowd. 

 
May they continue to beat themselves senseless.
It's the Chili Peppers suck/hater/tantrum crowd. 
 Baby_M wrote:
I understand this song didn't sell too well and didn't get a lot of airplay.  That's no surprise, since cheetahs never prosper. {#Cheesygrin}

 
{#Lol}  Animal puns, huh?  Toucan play that game.
 Hannio wrote:


It doesn't matter if the point is valid.  It only matters that a song was criticized, and to h8r that is intolerable.

 
That's h8rhater to you.  A pretty important distinction I'd say.  Let's be clear on who/what the h8 is for.
 alanthecowboy wrote:

Eh, I think he's got a point there.  They've been making great music since I was a kid, but Californication was the end of it for me.  Now everything sounds like it.  Pick up Mother's Milk or any other early album and see if any of it resembles this watered-down stuff.
 

It doesn't matter if the point is valid.  It only matters that a song was criticized, and to h8r that is intolerable.
I understand this song didn't sell too well and didn't get a lot of airplay.  That's no surprise, since cheetahs never prosper. {#Cheesygrin}
 Deadwing wrote:
Really?

These guys were just crazy and fun in the beginning.

Flea with his stuffed animal pants...

I'm sorry but almost everything I hear from them these days sounds so recycled and generic. It's like they are lampooning themselves.

It's about as adventurous as Boston (but with more tattoes and less power chords).

And Anthony Kiedis is not aging well.
 
{#Clap}{#Yes}

Never thought much of this band even at its peak. 




Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
Regardless, this is some of Anthony's best vocals....
The most over-hyped band I've ever encountered (and I was working as a radio DJ in the mid-70s). I don't understand the critical acclaim. I've listened to just about everything they have done and it's all spectacularly boring.

Curiously, band members have done excellent work on the recordings of other artists, but this band consistently produces drab dross. 
this

 rdo wrote:
This song is suckium barfium.
 


This song is suckium barfium.
Corporate 'dinosaur' rock circa 2006 - RP often does better than this.
Really?

These guys were just crazy and fun in the beginning.

Flea with his stuffed animal pants...

I'm sorry but almost everything I hear from them these days sounds so recycled and generic. It's like they are lampooning themselves.

It's about as adventurous as Boston (but with more tattoes and less power chords).

And Anthony Kiedis is not aging well.

 Jungle_Jim wrote:

Chili Peppers by numbers. They were so much better when they were strung out on smack.


 

GOLDEN BROWN CHILI PEPPERS.
Once on smack...!
 DoctorHooey wrote:
"“I’m forever near a stereo saying, ‘What the f**k is this garbage?’ And the answer is always the Red Hot Chili Peppers.” - Nick Cave
 

 
 
WONDERFUL!
{#Puke}
"“I’m forever near a stereo saying, ‘What the f**k is this garbage?’ And the answer is always the Red Hot Chili Peppers.” - Nick Cave
 PA1749 wrote:
This song just made me realize how much all their music sounds the same. Their is definitly a cookie cutter involved here.
 
Heaven forbid a band have their own sound.

I can't here the chili peppers without picturing them in the movie Point Break. 
 PA1749 wrote:
This song just made me realize how much all their music sounds the same. Their is definitly a cookie cutter involved here.
 

Agreed. Formula at play.
This song just made me realize how much all their music sounds the same. Their is definitly a cookie cutter involved here.
Wow, that was awful. No wonder I haven't been keeping up with them.
...i don't generally go for their music, but nice ending to this track...
I don't like the Chilis, but I'm liking this one for some reason.

I hate this song, blech...Anthony sounds terrible, though I usually like him. He sounds off key and it's boring.{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Naughty}


 alanthecowboy wrote:

Eh, I think he's got a point there.  They've been making great music since I was a kid, but Californication was the end of it for me.  Now everything sounds like it.  Pick up Mother's Milk or any other early album and see if any of it resembles this watered-down stuff.

 

I totally agree, give me early Peppers anytime, but everything since Californication does pretty much sound the same (all mediocre and bland) {#Yawn}
for me, one of the top 10 bands ever. Always have and always will love this band.
Up until now, I've reserved comment on the Chilis.  I wanted to give Anthony Kiedis the benefit of the doubt, and Flea? Well, he's in a universe all his own. And it's scary. The rhymes are juvenile, but then they're incredibly intelligent rap. I hate rap. Maybe if I was in the boarder-surfer ilk, this band would float my boat. I just haven't been able to get avid about them, although I have to admit, on a hot summer day in suburbia with nothing to do but kick back with a cold beer and soak up the sun, they're good on the ears.

I'm still ambiguous about them. Some days I love their music, and other days, I just want to shriek in horror and frustration.  I guess this is another of those extreme bands - either one loves them or hates them, and any attempt to be middle-ground results in brain-fry. I've done the tightwire act so far, but I swear - if Anthony Kiedis gets any more off-key with his vocals, I won't be accountable for my actions.
 h8rhater wrote:

Because you have no ability to discern.

 
Eh, I think he's got a point there.  They've been making great music since I was a kid, but Californication was the end of it for me.  Now everything sounds like it.  Pick up Mother's Milk or any other early album and see if any of it resembles this watered-down stuff.

 DaveInVA wrote:
Why do all their songs sound the same except with different words? Seems like once they had a hit with "Californacation" they just kept using it over and over.
 
Because you have no ability to discern.

Nope. I definitely used to love the Peppers

Why do all their songs sound the same except with different words? Seems like once they had a hit with "Californacation" they just kept using it over and over.
I like a few of their songs, but this guy really can not sing.
I wonder if some of the comments reflect the fact that fans of RHCP have not evovled as much as the band. People evovle with time, and so do bands. I actually like this, but given some comments, you would think the band had become a steaming pile of ....   ;-)
 rtrudeau wrote:

Oh come on, how repetitive would it be if every single post was prefaced with "In my opinion ..."  

Give people a little credit. We know this is a place to air our opinions.

 

I was referring to the tone of the comments, not that they should always be prefaced. Take a pill.

 chyk5 wrote:
Glad you qualified that with "in my estimation". Far too many of those posting here give their opinion as if it is fact. RHCP have never sounded better (in my estimation!).
 
Oh come on, how repetitive would it be if every single post was prefaced with "In my opinion ..."  

Give people a little credit. We know this is a place to air our opinions.

La la la la boooorrrrrrr —— iiiinnnngggg  la la la la ... {#Shhh}
 renegade_X wrote:
Are you people serious? Do you have any idea how long these dudes have been around? And to keep coming with hits that sound nothing like older stuff says allot.
 
Nothing like their older stuff?  Oh, you mean like rhyming state names in several songs.  Yeah, that's a new one.  They should have rhymed Mississippi with insipid.

Their highest point was Blood sugar sex magic and one hot minute and then they started to go  all the way down... in my opinion
 Wizzuvv_oz wrote:
Stone Cold Chile Peppers.  I used to love these guys.  Never has a band fallen so far in my estimation.  (I'm sure that is keeping Antny up at night) 
 

Glad you qualified that with "in my estimation". Far too many of those posting here give their opinion as if it is fact. RHCP have never sounded better (in my estimation!).
Stone Cold Chile Peppers.  I used to love these guys.  Never has a band fallen so far in my estimation.  (I'm sure that is keeping Antny up at night) 

Chili Peppers by numbers. They were so much better when they were strung out on smack.


One of best songs from Stadium Arcadium with very simple - but very strong - guitar solo at the end.
Are you people serious? Do you have any idea how long these dudes have been around? And to keep coming with hits that sound nothing like older stuff says allot.
More entertaining is slow-mo,  Cheetah or Jesus Lizard ?
 papaman wrote:
It seems like most RCHP songs have the same cadence now a days. Nothing to see here folks...move along.
 
I wasn't really listening, and I thought it was Californication.

Moving along now.

i wish the cheetah would go faster so this song would end.
papaman wrote:
It seems like most RCHP songs have the same cadence now a days. Nothing to see here folks...move along.
Indeed. Anthony Kiedis' is a great rapper. The early Chili Peppers' music was fresh and original. now his melodies are all the same. Talk about a one trick pony and not a very good one at that. The Peppers have gone the way of so many before them, on the off ramp to the easy listening bin. How unfortunate.
It seems like most RCHP songs have the same cadence now a days. Nothing to see here folks...move along.
morgsy67 wrote:
Their Scoville units decrease with each album- me thinks they are the mild chili peppers at this point.
Haha I just saw that episode of Good Eats so I get the joke! I feel special. Thank you Alton Brown. Oh and yeah, this sucks.
This song is a waste of three minutes.
lattalo wrote:
I only like two of their songs this one and Venice Queen, kind of like a guilty pleasure.
Ha ha. I'm not a RHCP fan but... This song is my guilty pleasure too! I just love the vocal harmonies.
morgsy67 wrote:
Their Scoville units decrease with each album- me thinks they are the mild chili peppers at this point.
Wizzuvv_oz wrote:
lol! The AnaheimChilePeppers.
Or the Pickled Banana Peppers? I'm just not feeling much of a burn...
I only like two of their songs this one and Venice Queen, kind of like a guilty pleasure.
out_to_lunch wrote:
i fucking HATE this stupid, crappy song. And this band. They suck. They always have.
I disagree They've sucked since One Hot Minute That was over 10 years ago.
on the double album there were only two songs i really dug and this was one of them. i just love the guitar tune towards the end too top song!!
This can all be explained by the Philly to CT combination, by the way. Man, I do miss the east coast sometimes. out_to_lunch wrote:
i fucking HATE this stupid, crappy song. And this band. They suck. They always have. sorry, I had to make that public.
benruco wrote:
Hard to understand the RP listener.. I find this song has the RP feel to it. I was saying that it's cool that by listening to RP, you can weed out all the noisy, too many notes songs and just get the cream. This is absolutely the cream from RHCP as far as I'm concerned... 9 for me!
True, I hated their new album, but even I admit this song is pretty good.
Hard to understand the RP listener.. I find this song has the RP feel to it. I was saying that it's cool that by listening to RP, you can weed out all the noisy, too many notes songs and just get the cream. This is absolutely the cream from RHCP as far as I'm concerned... 9 for me!
Mommy make it stop!!!!
robco1 wrote:
We've come a long way from "Funky Crime," haven't we?
Yes we have...
Dude...:chillpill: out! It's really easy...do what I do and turn the sound off if you don't like it...Me? I give it a solid 8! out_to_lunch wrote:
i fucking HATE this stupid, crappy song. And this band. They suck. They always have. sorry, I had to make that public.
We've come a long way from "Funky Crime," haven't we?
my walrus is ready for him.
Dancing_banana wrote:
:bananajam: So melodic, just like so many other great RHCP songs. Just keep the socks on.
Unfortunately, it's always the same melody I'm hearing.
I'd rate this with a 6, but "pretty good" sounds too good, so I'll give it a 5, just because all their latest stuff sounds the same, sems like they run out of ideas...sad...
slow cheetah hungry cheetah dead cheetah this is an ex-cheetah
i fucking HATE this stupid, crappy song. And this band. They suck. They always have. sorry, I had to make that public.
RHCP on RP, cool.
SmackDaddy wrote:
Yea it has, by you about a year ago. Two of your five comments in 4 years have been the same. Thank you so much for sharing.
morgsy67 wrote:
Their Scoville units decrease with each album- me thinks they are the mild chili peppers at this point.
lol! The AnaheimChilePeppers.
Their Scoville units decrease with each album- me thinks they are the mild chili peppers at this point.
siandbeth wrote:
Fishbone and RHCP used to tour together like what every 6 months? That was fun! Can we hear some Fishbone? Love John Frusciante's guitar effects on this song.
Must have been a great show. Second the (early) Fishbone. Maybe lead in with some Specials or something. The Fishbone hyperska can be a bit bracing IMO. Seems like there were always about three guys in the air at any one time when I used to see them live.
:bananajam: So melodic, just like so many other great RHCP songs. Just keep the socks on.
Fishbone and RHCP used to tour together like what every 6 months? That was fun! Can we hear some Fishbone? Love John Frusciante's guitar effects on this song.
SmackDaddy wrote:
Yea it has, by you about a year ago. Two of your five comments in 4 years have been the same. Thank you so much for sharing.
You're funny! Thanks for starting my Friday off with a laugh... :roflol:
buckeyes wrote:
Since you are reading this, Bill, I just thought I would tell you how much I have enjoyed this radio station over the years, and also the music the last few days has been phenomenal.
Thirded!
Wizzuvv_oz wrote:
This is kind of emphasized by the contrast between the "vocal harmonies" of this song when it is placed back to back with those of CSNY. oy.
Yep, this is much better than CSNY.
buckeyes wrote:
Since you are reading this, Bill, I just thought I would tell you how much I have enjoyed this radio station over the years, and also the music the last few days has been phenomenal.
Seconded!
teo wrote:
Terrible song.
This is kind of emphasized by the contrast between the "vocal harmonies" of this song placed back to back with those of CSNY. oy.
Sucko barfo indeed.
DaveInVA wrote:
I'm sure this has been mentioned already but it sure sounds a lot like "Californaction" from an earlier album...
Sadly everything I've heard from them since the late 1990s has been similar. Blood Sugar Sex Majik was really their high point.
Since you are reading this, Bill, I just thought I would tell you how much I have enjoyed this radio station over the years, and also the music the last few days has been phenomenal.
Terrible song.
Slacks wrote:
Some of us are even old enough to know that "Mary Jane's Last Dance" REALLY sounds like "Waiting For the Sun" by the Jayhawks. Odd that Petty released that song on an album after a tour of having the 'Hawks open for him. Guess that's why he decided not to sue RHCP.
Really! I'll have to listen to both songs again then.
DaveInVA wrote:
I'm sure this has been mentioned already but it sure sounds a lot like "Californaction" from an earlier album...
Yea it has, by you about a year ago. Two of your five comments in 4 years have been the same. Thank you so much for sharing.
I'm sure this has been mentioned already but it sure sounds a lot like "Californaction" from an earlier album...
TJOpootertoot wrote:
d) I know a lot of rock songs sound the same but "Dhani California" REALLY sounds like "Mary Jane's Last Dance."
Some of us are even old enough to know that "Mary Jane's Last Dance" REALLY sounds like "Waiting For the Sun" by the Jayhawks. Odd that Petty released that song on an album after a tour of having the 'Hawks open for him. Guess that's why he decided not to sue RHCP.
Right on, I guess will time will tell, haha. And yes, Kiedis is no Jeff Buckley, not by a long shot, but he's got soul that some so called "real" singers are sadly missing. I believe rock and roll is giving it all you got even if you might not exactly be the most skilled in that area. I mean, what are we sayin, only american idol people should be allowed to sing songs just because they can technically sing, yuch. Music's just a big piece of pie and everyone deserves a chance for a slice. He must be doing something right to be around for 20 years. Who can say they are doing that and still relevant, besides U2? TJOpootertoot wrote:
Hey, it's a legit point of view. I'll certainly grant you that Flea is a great bass player but I can't concede that Keidis is "a great musician" by any stretch. For what it's worth I didn't like them even before they were really popular. There are PLENTY of worse bands out there but I still maintain that: a) It took them until Mother's Milk to figure out that songs need melodies b) Keidis' lack of vocal range has hindered them in this regard c) Since discovering melody they've released a bunch of quasi-ballads that are okay but if they don't watch themselves they'll soon be putting out stuff that sounds like late-Hagar-era Van Halen. That's not good, BTW. d) I know a lot of rock songs sound the same but "Dhani California" REALLY sounds like "Mary Jane's Last Dance." So, to conclude. They're not a SHITTY band and, yeah, they've gotten better, but they won't be remembered as one of the greats. They're more likely to be remembered for the sock thing than their craftshmanship, IMHO.
blurman wrote:
wow, look at the music elitists shitting on this song. Its fine to not like it, but to say that chili peppers songs sound the same and are to mainstream, you're just one who really doesn't appreciate quality bands that happen to be popular. As far as musicians, these guys blow most bands out the water. Theywill go down as one of the greatest rock bands of all time and they keep getting better.
Hey, it's a legit point of view. I'll certainly grant you that Flea is a great bass player but I can't concede that Keidis is "a great musician" by any stretch. For what it's worth I didn't like them even before they were really popular. There are PLENTY of worse bands out there but I still maintain that: a) It took them until Mother's Milk to figure out that songs need melodies b) Keidis' lack of vocal range has hindered them in this regard c) Since discovering melody they've released a bunch of quasi-ballads that are okay but if they don't watch themselves they'll soon be putting out stuff that sounds like late-Hagar-era Van Halen. That's not good, BTW. d) I know a lot of rock songs sound the same but "Dhani California" REALLY sounds like "Mary Jane's Last Dance." So, to conclude. They're not a SHITTY band and, yeah, they've gotten better, but they won't be remembered as one of the greats. They're more likely to be remembered for the sock thing than their craftshmanship, IMHO.
I hear what you're saying, but they did release a double album that has pretty much any style you want. This just happens to be one of the mellower tunes and yes they don't write as many aggresive songs but certainly more than any other 40 year olds or 30 year olds for that matter. These guys could go off and right a whole funk album if they wanted to, but they all chose collectively to write for the purpose of a good song, even if they may not be using their full potential in the song at that moment and that's a true band..worried more about the song than their own contribution. ulibcn wrote:
You're absolutely right! But just because RHCP are such awesome musicians one expects a bit more than this kind of songs. Boyscouts singing near an open fire, nothing more.
blurman wrote:
wow, look at the music elitists shitting on this song. Its fine to not like it, but to say that chili peppers songs sound the same and are to mainstream, you're just one who really doesn't appreciate quality bands that happen to be popular. As far as musicians, these guys blow most bands out the water. Theywill go down as one of the greatest rock bands of all time and they keep getting better.
You're absolutely right! But just because RHCP are such awesome musicians one expects a bit more than this kind of songs. Boyscouts singing near an open fire, nothing more.
wow, look at the music elitists shitting on this song. Its fine to not like it, but to say that chili peppers songs sound the same and are to mainstream, you're just one who really doesn't appreciate quality bands that happen to be popular. As far as musicians, these guys blow most bands out the water. Theywill go down as one of the greatest rock bands of all time and they keep getting better.
this is no good
Huey wrote:
love it
Love your icon. Wish I could say the same for the song.
Back to nap time.
Bleck. If I was listening to any station other than RP right now, I'd change the "channel."
Huey wrote:
love it
Me too. :music:
Twice in 3 days?! Yeesh!
buddy0407 wrote:
I really think it's all over for these guys.
I think it has been for a while now
saw these guys at a free show in RVA back in the mid-80s, sandwiched between rap acts. they were raw back then. now they have such a produced sound. its amazing how successful they have become. never been their greatest fan, either then or now. rating them a 5.
Gag. :puke: I really think it's all over for these guys.
i find the idea of "a slow cheetah" to be really charming and sweet
love it
TJOpootertoot wrote:
Still, they've matured over the years. (By which I mean, they now wear shirts sometimes.)
...and their socks stay on their feet these days.
Why do all of there songs have to sound the same now? Why can't they blast out another Suck My Kiss? Until then, I would just rather not hear them at all.
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Yet another Chili ballad.
garoo1980 wrote:
I'm glad someone else noticed that. I'm amazed no one in the press has mentioned how samey all these songs are
In fairness, when your voice can only hit five notes there's only so many different songs you can sing. Still, they've matured over the years. (By which I mean, they now wear shirts sometimes.)
Boring.