Thursday, September 1, 2011

Red Hot Chili Peppers-Brendan's Death Song

Growing up mainly in North Florida (with jaunts abroad), the Red Hot Chili Peppers were always something that was quasi-exotic. Familiar enough because, well, they sang in English and their style was immediately identifiable, but exotic at the same because that's what they listened to in "California," the idea of it more than the place. Years later I sang Chili Pepper songs as I washed dishes at Cold Stone, only weeks before I flew out to LA to start college.

The Chili Peppers have a new album out and while it doesn't compare to the gigantic Stadium Arcadium, it does have some very strong highlights. Among them is this jamandahalf. Dedicated to Brendan Mullen, the guy who gave the Chili Peppers their first break by booking them to open at the club where he worked at, this song is about death and passing. However, it never allows death to get in the way of showing the spirit of the band and Brendan. Apparently Brendan died in 2009 on the very same day that the Chili Peppers starting rehearsing songs for this new album, their first as their current configuration. After giving them their break, he became a close friend to the group and was writing a biography about them at the time of his passing. However sad his passing was, I can think of no better tribute to the man than this instantly timeless Chili track. Enjoy. 

Red Hot Chili Peppers Brendan's Death Song

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