Rock your Lyrics is leaving for a trip to the States, New York and Los Angeles
We were thinking about a song that would inspire our trip and we think that CALIFORNICATION is a good one.
we really love the word : CALIFORNIa and FORNICATION….. what a nice combination…..
The song is mainly about the dark side of Hollywood and the export of culture through the movie industry.
The song begins “Psychic spies from China try to steal your mind’s elation.” Kiedis says in his book Scar Tissue that he got the inspiration for the lyric from when he was in New Zealand and he heard a woman on the street ranting about there being psychic spies in China.
The track also makes references to topics such as pornography (“hardcore soft porn”) and plastic surgery (“pay your surgeon very well to break the spell of aging”) and even some pop culture references including Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain and David Bowie (“Cobain, can you hear the spheres singing songs off Station to Station?”), Star Wars (“and Alderaan’s not far away”), and Star Trek (“Space may be the final frontier but it’s made in a Hollywood basement”).
This quote can also be interpreted to be about the conspiracy that Neil Armstrong’s original landing on the moon was indeed staged. “First born Unicorn/hard core-soft porn” refers to the late Dorothy Stratten. She was first born, and was written about in the novel “The Killing of the Unicorn”.
Guitarist John Frusciante exclusively recorded this song and “Otherside” with a vintage Gretsch White Falcon hollow body electric guitar; he also played these songs live with the White Falcon until 2006 when he retired it for one of his vintage Fender Stratocasters.
In Kiedis’s book Scar Tissue he reveals that the band had enormous difficulty in putting the song together.
Kiedis had written the lyrics, which he felt were some of the best he had ever written, but the band could not decide how the song should sound musically. As they struggled with the song it seemed like they would not be able to finish it in time to include it on the album, until one day Frusciante walked into the studio and exclaimed that he had “figured it out”.
He played the song as he visualised it, and it went from being a song that could have been an afterthought, to becoming one of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ greatest hits, similar to the way “Under the Bridge” was conceived.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Greatest Hits album uses a slightly different version of the song. Most notably, the first chorus is extended. The reason for this alternate version’s appearance on the album is unknown.
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