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"Go Robot" is the second single from The Getaway, an album by American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. The band's label had originally wanted "Go Robot" to be the album's first single, though they ended up going with "Dark Necessities", which became another chart-topping hit for the band. The music video for the song was released on September 8, 2016.

"Go Robot"
GoRobotRHCP2016.png
Single by Red Hot Chili Peppers
from the album The Getaway
Released September 8, 2016
Genre
Length 4:24
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Danger Mouse
Red Hot Chili Peppers singles chronology
"Dark Necessities"
(2016)
"Go Robot"
(2016)
"Sick Love"
(2016)
"Dark Necessities"
(2016)
Go Robot
(2016)
"Sick Love"
(2016)
Music video
"Go Robot" on YouTube

Contents

Music videoEdit

 
Anthony Kiedis in the music video

A music video directed by Tota Lee was confirmed by Chad Smith to be in production on July 26, 2016.[1] Various teaser clips for the video were released starting on August 29, 2016,[2] with the video being released through the band's Facebook page on September 8, 2016.

The video is heavily inspired by the movie Saturday Night Fever. The band plays various characters imitating the opening scenes of the film. Anthony Kiedis, who portrays the robot (and imitating John Travolta's character), wears nothing but white paint, a bowler hat and codpiece. The band ends up at a disco dance contest where Kiedis in robot form interacts with a female robot played by Stephanie Crousillat. Each band member is credited under different names. Kiedis is credited as Cole Dammett, his actual screen name for movies when he was a child, Flea is credited as Michael Peter, his real first and middle names, Chad Smith is credited as Chadwick Gaylord, which are also his first and middle names, and Josh Klinghoffer is credited as J.K. Dashwood. Director Tota Lee is credited in the video as Thoranna Sigurdardottir.[3][4]

Record Store Day exclusiveEdit

"Go Robot"
 
Single by Red Hot Chili Peppers
B-side "Dreams of a Samurai"
Released April 22, 2017
Format 12" vinyl
Genre
Length 5:02, 7:03
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s)

On April 22, 2017 to celebrate Record Store Day, the band released an exclusive 12" version of "Go Robot" / "Dreams of a Samurai" picture disc that is limited to 4,750 copies. Both songs were recorded live during The Getaway World Tour.[5]Each 12" contains a spelling error for "Dreams of a Samurai" with Samurai spelled Sumurai. Warner Bros. offered a corrected version of the 12" to fans that bought the original with the spelling error.

Live performancesEdit

"Go Robot" has been performed at almost every show on the band's The Getaway World Tour. The live versions of the song feature two basses. The band's assistant tour manager Samuel Bañuelos III provides the "rhythm" bass for the song.[6]

A live version recorded in 2016 at Canal+ studios in Paris, can be found on a Live in Paris EP.

PersonnelEdit

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Additional musicians

ChartsEdit

Having peaked at number 12 on the Alternative Songs chart, "Go Robot" became the band's first single to miss the top 10 since "Dosed" peaked at number 13 in 2003.

Chart (2016–17) Peak
position
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[7] 21
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[8] 14
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[9] 36
Iceland (RÚV)[10] 11
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[11] 6
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[12] 12
US Rock Airplay (Billboard)[13] 14
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[14] 20

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Chad Smith [@RHCPChad] (July 26, 2016). "No rest for the wicked..#doorman" (Tweet). Retrieved September 8, 2016 – via Twitter. 
  2. ^ "Anthony Kiedis Strips Down to a Codpiece in Red Hot Chili Peppers' Go Robot Teaser". radiox.co.uk. Radio X. August 30, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016. 
  3. ^ Blistein, Jon (September 8, 2016). "Watch Red Hot Chili Peppers' Surreal Disco Epic 'Go Robot'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 8, 2016. 
  4. ^ Ivie, Devon (September 9, 2016). "Anthony Kiedis Makes a White-Painted Saturday Night Fever Homage in the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘Go Robot’ Video". Vulture. 
  5. ^ http://redhotchilipeppers.com/blog/news/444083/record-store-day-2017
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HI-8CVixZ5o
  7. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201709 into search. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Go Robot" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved October 22, 2016.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Go Robot" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  10. ^ "Red Hot Chili Peppers Chart History". RÚV. Retrieved June 19, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Red Hot Chili Peppers – Chart history" Billboard Adult Alternative Songs for Red Hot Chili Peppers. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  12. ^ "Red Hot Chili Peppers – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for Red Hot Chili Peppers. Retrieved February 14, 2017.
  13. ^ "Red Hot Chili Peppers – Chart history" Billboard Rock Airplay for Red Hot Chili Peppers. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  14. ^ "Red Hot Chili Peppers – Chart history" Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs for Red Hot Chili Peppers. Retrieved February 1, 2017.