Red Hot Chili Peppers – Stadium Arcadium

The Chilis do their funky thing… but haters, don’t dismiss yet – hear all of the intricate, perfect instrumental additions in these songs… the songwriting’s stellar. Not a dud track anywhere (there were 5 singles here!). Also, power in sadness: it’s Frusciante’s last with them. But what an exit… Pure, ambitious, masterful, delicately beautiful glory abounds.

Did you know this was to be a trilogy of albums, but got condensed to a double? True story. LOVE IT.

20 thoughts on “Red Hot Chili Peppers – Stadium Arcadium

          1. J. says:

            Hey, someone has to!

            But seriously – we all like stuff that others don’t. That’s cool. Allows us to share our thoughts on stuff without us all agreeing!

            But in all seriousness, I’m glad you enjoy this one and have so much in it that you dig (it’s a big album!).

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            1. keepsmealive says:

              Full agreement from here. If we all agreed on everything, well, that’d be pretty boring wouldn’t it!

              I think the size of this album, and its scope, is exactly why there’s so much to like about it. It’s just so damn ambitious, and the playing is crazy good. How can I argue with Flea and Frusciante? 🙂

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  1. stephen1001 says:

    I respect the musicianship/musicians but they’d fall in the ‘if it’s on in a friend’s car, I’ll enjoy’ category – so perhaps I’m not a hater, more a from a distance appreciater!

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      That’s cool too, Geoff! I was saying to Scott (above), I think they became a singles band for a lot of people. But the albums are so strong, if given half a chance appreciation would ensue!

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      1. stephen1001 says:

        I’ve got BSSM & Californication (both deserving of spots on the 1001) – it’s a weird feeling I get hearing newer stuff by them, a feeling I got with newer U2 where I hear it and think, “I’ve heard what I needed to hear by these guys.”

        Not that the new stuff’s offensive in any way, just a strange feeling of closure with that group & ready to hear new artists.

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          I get the U2 thing, for sure. I was done with them in the early 90s! Maybe on scale the Chilis are same as them, but I like to think they are still more interesting than Bono and that lot, these days. They do have a ‘same’ sound, I get that, but for me it’s always the excitement of hearing what the bass and guitars have come up with on each track – not something most would ever say about U2.

          Anyway, closure is fair play. Maybe they’ll make another energetic punky record like they did back in the day, get everyone’s interest back! 🙂

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      I think for a lot of people they became a singles-only band, you know? Like they’re on the radio, and hey that sounds like them… but I still think (and their fan base would surely agree) that the albums are worth it. The level of musicianship is really something to behold. But ambivalence is OK too!

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Haha I put that part in there because I remember what happened when I mentioned I was excited about the newest Chilis record. Hooboy! 😉

      Snow (Hey Oh) is a great tune indeed (perfect for a single)! What a guitar work out! The other singles were Dani California, Tell Me Baby, Desecration Smile, and Hump De Bump.

      I also loved Readymade (coulda been a single). Funky!

      From Wiki:

      “Readymade is a song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, originally released on the band’s double album Stadium Arcadium on May 9, 2006.

      On a DVD included in the Special Edition of Stadium Arcadium, Anthony Kiedis explains that this song is “much closer to the other three hearts in the band” and that it came from a place that he never had understood, and Flea agrees. This is mostly because of the intricate rhythms included in the drumbeat, and the heaviness of the bassline. John Frusciante also says that the main riff from the song was made by him while playing bass with his fingers. The band says that the chorus comes from a “face off”.

      The song starts with the heavy bass line the song is built upon, and goes on with guitarist John Frusciante playing the riff along on a 1969 Gibson Les Paul Custom (one of the few times he has used a Les Paul for recording), followed by a deceptively simplistic drumbeat from Chad Smith, which almost unnoticeably shifts the beat every 4 bars during the verse – the snare hit is changed from the third note to the fourth, creating an illusion of odd timing. What follows is one of the heaviest tracks on the album. The bassline for “Readymade” also carries similarities to the bassline for “Mountain Song”, by the alternative band Jane’s Addiction. However, it should be known, Flea can be heard on the track “Idiots Rule”, from the same album, playing in the horn section, and Dave Navarro, guitarist for Jane’s Addiction, is a former member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, so this could just be creative influence.

      Just before Frusciante sets in the song’s solo, Kiedis shouts “Clean it up, Johnny!”, which received much enjoyment in the band’s fan base. According to an interview with Rolling Stone magazine in 2006 this song was inspired by Johnny Ramone.”

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          There ya go! 🙂

          I know the Chilis don’t get huge love around here, typically, but I have to say that as a double album, this thing is a damn fine piece of work!

          I was also reading that the CD transfer ticked off a lot of people, part of the loudness wars and clipping and all that (I didn’t notice too much but that’s just me) but that the LP version sounds FANTASTIC. I thought you’d like that. 😉

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