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By the Way (Red Hot Chili Peppers song)

"By the Way" is a song by American funk rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. It's the title track and first single released from the band's eighth studio album of the same name. The song was the band's sixth number 1 hit on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, staying at the summit for 14 weeks, tying it with "Dani California" as the band's second-longest stay at the top, behind only "Scar Tissue," which was at the top for 16 weeks. It also spent seven weeks at number 1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, the band's fourth song to top this chart. The song also reached number 2 in the UK, becoming the band's highest-peaking single there alongside "Dani California," and peaked atop the Italian chart.

"By the Way"
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Single by Red Hot Chili Peppers
from the album By the Way
B-side
  • "Time"
  • "Teenager in Love"
ReleasedJune 10, 2002
Format7" vinyl, CD
GenreFunk rock,[1] alternative rock[2]
Length3:37
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Flea, Frusciante, Kiedis, Smith
Producer(s)Rick Rubin
Red Hot Chili Peppers singles chronology
"Road Trippin'"
(2000)
"By the Way"
(2002)
"The Zephyr Song"
(2002)
Music video
"By The Way" on YouTube

Regarding its release, guitarist John Frusciante noted: "It wasn't really our decision to put that song out first, but our managers thought it was an exciting song and their enthusiasm convinced us. I guess they thought that it combined the wild part of our sound with the melodic part of our sound."[3] Vocalist Anthony Kiedis elaborated: "I thought that single was an über-bombastic assault of non-commercialism. For it to be so well-received [in the United Kingdom] was shocking to me, but thrilling at the same time."[3]

Contents

Music videoEdit

The music video was directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, a couple who have directed many other music videos for the band.

The video starts off with Kiedis calling for a taxi. He gets in the taxi and the cabbie (played by Dave Sheridan) realizes he has him as his passenger. To please him, the driver puts a copy of the "By the Way" single into the taxi CD player, making Kiedis smile slightly. Suddenly, the cabbie begins driving out of control as he lip-syncs the song while driving rambunctiously throughout the streets of Los Angeles. After he locks the car door, an uncomfortable and apprehensive Kiedis attempts to make a call on his cell phone, but the cabbie brakes so hard that Kiedis loses grip of it. The cabbie snatches the phone and throws it out the window, then drives the car in a cloud of dust and backs up under a bridge.

While there, the cabbie pulls out flare sticks and begins to torture Kiedis through awkward dancing while the latter finally pages bassist Flea and Frusciante (with a message reading, "Help! Been kidnapped."), who are having lunch in a cafe. At first, they think it's a hoax, so they ignore the first message. When Kiedis pages them for the second time, they set out on Flea's Ford Bronco to find him with the crazy cabbie in the taxi. A wild chase and road rage ensues. Kiedis soon sees Flea and Frusciante, breaks out of the taxi window, and jumps in Flea's truck with a sigh of relief as the three escape the cabbie. At the end of the video, drummer Chad Smith flags down the taxi, with the cabbie realizing he is also a member of the band, so he lets him in and drives off with him. However, Chad is unaware that this is the same taxi man that kidnapped Kiedis and also ignores the broken glass.

Kiedis said of the video:

It’s kidnapping… A cab driver kidnaps me and just goes haywire through the town; he’s a fan, but he’s kind of a [pause] obsessive, compulsive, psychologically misarranged fan, and he sees me and starts enjoying himself a little too much and my friends have to come and rescue me.[4]

The fast and often jerky camera angles used in the high-speed chase sequences are based on the 2000 Mexican film Amores Perros in which all the characters are linked by a car crash at the beginning of the film; before the crash is an almost identical high speed car chase sequence.

"Waiting 4" Peter Gelderblom remixEdit

"Waiting 4"
Single by Peter Gelderblom
ReleasedJuly 5, 2007 (2007-07-05) (bootleg)
December 3, 2007 (2007-12-03) (official)
FormatDigital download
GenreElectro house, electronic rock
Length3:15
LabelData
Songwriter(s)Flea, Frusciante, Kiedis, Smith
Producer(s)Rene Amesz, Peter Gelderblom

An electro house remix of "By the Way" by Peter Gelderblom with co-production by Rene Amesz, was released on 5 July 2007, and became a popular track in clubs worldwide despite being released without the band's knowledge or approval. The song is called "Waiting 4", which is a prominently featured lyric in the original song. It reached #29 for one week in late November/early December 2007 in the United Kingdom. It is included on the compilation Wild Weekends 04 (2007). It was C-listed by BBC Radio 1. A music video was made for the single. It was uploaded on Data Records' official YouTube account on November 13, 2007.[5]

Track listingEdit

CD single / Australia CD1
  1. "By the Way" – 3:35
  2. "Time" – 3:47
  3. "A Teenager in Love" – 3:01
CD version 2 / Australia CD2
  1. "By the Way" – 3:35
  2. "Search and Destroy" (Live) – 12:13
  3. "What Is Soul?" (Live) – 3:58
CD version 3
  1. "By the Way"
  2. "Time"
  3. "Search and Destroy" (Live)
CD version 4 / UK CD single / Japan CD single
  1. "By the Way" – 3:35
  2. "Time" – 3:47
  3. "Teenager in Love" – 3:01
  4. "Search and Destroy" (Live) – 12:13
7" single / Canada CD single
  1. "By the Way"
  2. "Time"
DVD single
  1. "By the Way" (music video) – 3:36; directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
  2. "Obsessive, Compulsive, Psychologically, Misarranged Cabdriver/Fan (aka the making of "By the Way")" – 13:45; directed by Byron Shaw and Bart Lipton for Brown & Serve
  3. "By the Way" (Performance Version) – 3:36

PersonnelEdit

Red Hot Chili PeppersEdit

  • Anthony Kiedis – lead vocals
  • John Frusciante – guitar, backing vocals
  • Flea – bass
  • Chad Smith – drums, tambourine

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[43] Gold 35,000^
Italy (FIMI)[44] Gold 25,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[45] Gold 400,000^
United States (RIAA)[46] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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