Throwback Thursday: Red Hot Chili Peppers – Under The Bridge


That’s right ladies and gentlemen it’s that time once again… Thursday has arrived, and that can only mean one thing…. The weekend is only 2 days away! Oh and it’s time for Throwback Thursday.

The last few weeks I have been selfish and stopped asking people for their choices and have been picking the tracks myself and if I’m perfectly honest I quite like this new selfish path so I’m going to stick to it for now.

This track actually started out life as a poem but with the encouragement of super-producer Rick Rubin Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis with the rest of the band turned it into one of one of the most iconic songs of the 90’s and probably the bands most famous record to date.

The track written by Kiedis centres around his feelings of disillusionment and depression connected to the rest of the band. Much of the time when the band was in the studio John Frusciante and Flea would smoke Marijuana and Kiedis felt this created a gap between them as he had been sober for 3 years and no longer did drugs of any kind.

The title and large portions of the song deal directly Kiedis’ time involved with drugs in LA where he would go and take cocaine and heroin under a bridge.

The song was used on the legendary album ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’ and was realised as a single on 10th March 1992. Despite it being so famous it only managed to reach number 13 in the UK chart and that was only when it was reissued in 1994. (It had previously reached number 26) And strangely it is remembered by some music fans as a hit for the girl group All Saints in 1998.

At one point or another every one of us has felt like we are there, ‘under the bridge’ so press play and look back at how far you’ve come or if you’re in that place now use this song as proof that the only way is up. Enjoy.


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