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"Dark Necessities" is a song by American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers and is the first single from their eleventh studio album, The Getaway. After announcing the single through their Twitter page on May 2, 2016, the single was released three days later on May 5, 2016.[4] The music video was released on June 17, 2016. The song was released as a limited edition cassette single that was included in a deluxe package of The Getaway available only through the band's website.

"Dark Necessities"
Dark necessities 2.jpg
Single by Red Hot Chili Peppers
from the album The Getaway
B-side "The Getaway" (Cassette single)
Released May 5, 2016
Format Digital download, cassette single
Genre
Length 5:02
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Danger Mouse[3]
Red Hot Chili Peppers singles chronology
"Brendan's Death Song"
(2012)
"Dark Necessities"
(2016)
"Go Robot"
(2016)
"Brendan's Death Song"
(2012)
"Dark Necessities"
(2016)
"Go Robot"
(2016)
Music video
"Dark Necessities" on YouTube

"Dark Necessities" was successful on the Billboard charts, becoming the band's 13th number-one single on the Alternative Songs chart, extending their record over runner-up Linkin Park (11). They have held the record since 2006. The song also became the band's 25th top ten single on the Alternative Songs chart, extending their record over runner-up U2 (23). The song became the Chili Peppers' 30th to chart inside the chart's top 20, which placed them one entry below U2, with 31. The Chili Peppers moved into a tie for the third-most songs on the Alternative chart, matching Foo Fighters' 31; U2 marks 41 entries, while Pearl Jam has charted 38.[5] The song is also the fourth song to reach number one on the Alternative Songs chart, the Mainstream Rock chart, and the Adult Alternative Songs chart.[6]

"Dark Necessities" made its live debut on May 22, 2016 at the Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, Ohio.

A live version recorded at Canal+ Studios in Paris, can be found on the Live in Paris EP.

Contents

BackgroundEdit

In a June 7, 2016 video interview for the band's YouTube channel,[7] Anthony Kiedis discussed the song saying that many of the songs were created on their own. However, "Dark Necessities" was one of the songs that the band had written with Brian Burton aka Danger Mouse. Kiedis said that he went to Hawaii and worked on the lyrics to the song, which "speaks to the beauty of our dark sides and how much creativity and growth and light actually comes out of those difficult struggles that we have on the inside of our heads that no one else can see." Kiedis also said that the song meant a lot to Burton and it was one of his favorites. He said that Burton fought for "Dark Necessities" to be the first single. However, the band wanted "The Getaway" to be the first single while the label and managers wanted the song "Go Robot" to be the first single.

Critical receptionEdit

"Dark Necessities" was placed at number 12 on Rolling Stone’s "50 Best Songs of 2016" list, writing: “Their big comeback hit collabo with Danger Mouse, with Anthony Kiedis getting personal about his darkest, druggiest memories over a Flea bassline full of blood, sugar, sex and magic.”[8]

Music videoEdit

The video, directed by Olivia Wilde, was first announced by Chad Smith on May 31, 2016 [9] and was released through the band's Facebook page on June 16, 2016. Chris Blauvelt served as the cinematographer. The music video features long boarders (Carmen Shafer, Amanda Caloia, Amanda Powell, and Noelle Mulligan) skating around a grocery store, abandoned streets, and the L.A. river, interspersed with the band playing the song.[10]

PersonnelEdit

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Additional musicians[11]

  • Daniele Luppi – string arrangement
  • Peter Kent – violin
  • Sharon Jackson – violin
  • Briana Bandy – viola
  • Armen Ksajikian – cello

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[44] Gold 40,000^
Italy (FIMI)[45] Platinum 50,000 

^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

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