My pre-pubescent self was a strange lad. I’d only ever listened to one band, and this resulted in a devotion to the Red Hot Chili Peppers bordering on obsequiousness. I listened to many of their albums over and over, and when Stadium Arcadium came out it felt like life could get no better. Then, as I matured, I realised SA was really quite average, and found their raw, ferocious material from their pre-BloodSugar days to really match my adolescent angst. Thankfully though, the past few years have seen me move beyond the Chilis, but they’ll always feel special to me for introducing me to music.
So what do I do now that my musical interests have expanded, and they’re releasing a new album? I’ll be as honest as I can in my appreciation or lack thereof towards their upcoming songs, but I think this new track shows that they’ve learnt from their last album and have added a bit of that classic Flea-funk that I thought was missing. New guitarist Josh Klinghoffer doesn’t seem to be struggling too badly either, but there’s always going to be fans who will pledge allegiance to John Frusciante and refuse to acknowledge Klinghoffer’s talent. These days, RHCP aren’t lyrically fantastic, or even decent (with the opening line of the new track being “Lipstick junkie be funky all he wanty”), but first single The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie shows that they’re going for more of a vintage sound, apparently drawing inspiration from the Stones among others.
Well, this is the former-fanboy signing off; make of the song what you will.
Apart from the inevitable Youtube clips, the track is ‘exclusively’ streaming here.