We bring Red Hot Chili Pepper week to a close with Under The Bridge, which, funnily enough, is the same bridge featured in the music video to By The Way. Cool, eh?
I never really got into Red Hot Chili Peppers all that much, but Under The Bridge and Californication are the two songs that I’ve always known were their songs, even if I’d never really listened to them. They’re like this band that I know exist, have for a long time, but they’re just there. I don’t really listen to them. A bit like The Verve. They’re there, and you know about the hits, but beyond that is anyone’s guess.
Songs like this one solidify their position for me. It’s good to know about them, but I can’t really see them being anyone’s favourite band. Sure, they can play, and they can sing, and they can write, but they seem rarely capable of mixing them all together to create something truly superb. Sure, Californication is great, sure Can’t Stop is great, but they don’t surpass great at all. Not even with this.
But what do I know? The guitar work is nice to listen to, some easy listening guitar, the drums do what drums are supposed to and the lyrics and vocals are a sort of substandard that I’ve slowly become accustomed to. Mediocrity, thy name is Red Hot Chili Peppers.