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"Desecration Smile" is a song from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and was on their 2006 double album, Stadium Arcadium. The song was the fourth single released from the album.

"Desecration Smile"
Single by Red Hot Chili Peppers
from the album Stadium Arcadium
  • "Joe"
  • "Save This Lady"
ReleasedFebruary 12, 2007 (UK)
FormatCD single, vinyl, digital download
RecordedMarch – December 2005 at The Mansion in Los Angeles, California
GenreAlternative rock, folk rock
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Flea, Frusciante, Kiedis, Smith
Producer(s)Rick Rubin
Red Hot Chili Peppers singles chronology
"Snow (Hey Oh)"
"Desecration Smile"
"Hump de Bump"

The song was first heard by fans when it was played at the Bridge School Benefit in 2004. Upon hearing it was a new song, fans were sure to bootleg the song and put it on the internet. However, the structure and chorus of the song are different from the version released on Stadium Arcadium.

The single contained the album outtakes, "Joe" (which was a tribute to Joe Strummer) and "Save This Lady". Both songs were also on the single for "Hump de Bump".

The cover artwork is from Stefanie Schneider.

Formats and track listingsEdit

CD single 1 5439 19997-9

  1. "Desecration Smile"
  2. "Joe" (previously unreleased) – 3:54

CD single 2 9362 49991-9

  1. "Desecration Smile"
  2. "Funky Monks" (live) – 6:29
  3. "Save This Lady" (previously unreleased) – 4:17

Promo Single PR016186

  1. "Desecration Smile" (album version)
  2. "Desecration Smile" (radio edit)

7" picture disc 5439 19997-6

  1. "Desecration Smile"
  2. "Funky Monks" (live) – 6:29

Music videoEdit

The music video was shot and released in February 2007 and directed by "Under the Bridge" director Gus Van Sant. It was shot entirely in one take with one camera and featured the band huddled together singing all the way through.

There is also an alternate version of the band singing and playing their instruments by the ocean cut together with parts of the official video.

Although the first one is considered the official, it was the alternative version that was published on the official Warner Bros. YouTube account.

Live performancesEdit

"Desecration Smile" has been performed 14 times with its first performance coming in 2004, two years before the release of the Stadium Arcadium album. That version featured different lyrics and chorus. The song hasn't been performed since 2007.


Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2007) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[1] 13
Germany (Official German Charts)[2] 67
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[3] 24
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[4] 33
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[5] 26
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 27