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"Otherside" is a song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, released in 2000.[2] It was the third single from their album Californication, and confronts the battles addicts have with their prior addictions. The single was highly successful peaking at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, the fourth highest ever for the band; and number one on the US Modern Rock Tracks, which was, at the time, the fifth for the band. The song remained at number one on this chart for 13 consecutive weeks, one of the longest runs at the top of that chart.

"Otherside"
Red hot chili peppers otherside.jpg
Single by Red Hot Chili Peppers
from the album Californication
B-side "How Strong"
Released January 11, 2000
Format CD
Recorded 1999
Genre Alternative rock[1]
Length 4:15
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Flea, Frusciante, Kiedis, Smith
Producer(s) Rick Rubin
Red Hot Chili Peppers singles chronology
"Around the World"
(1999)
"Otherside"
(2000)
"Californication"
(2000)
"Around the World"
(1999)
"Otherside"
(2000)
"Californication"
(2000)
Music video
"Otherside" on YouTube

"Otherside" refers to former band member Hillel Slovak, who died of a heroin overdose on June 25, 1988. The song talks about his struggles from this addiction.[1]

Contents

Music videoEdit

The video was directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris in a black-and-white/monochrome Gothic style similar to Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, all influenced by German Expressionist art. Elements of Cubism and work by the graphic artist M. C. Escher are also seen in the video.

A cartoonish story line is juxtaposed upon the song; that of a young man's dream sequence. The band members appear dressed in black in unusual locations, with props intended to appear as surreal instruments. Throughout the video Anthony Kiedis with short, platinum hair is seen in a castle tower. His stage persona is different and quite dark when compared to his more energetic performances in other videos. John Frusciante plays a rope down a long corridor as if a guitar. Flea is hanging on high voltage wires and playing them as if they were a bass guitar, and Chad Smith is up on a tower with a rotating medieval clock that serves as his drum kit.[3]

Jonathan Dayton: "We did look at Caligari, and we looked at a lot of German Expressionist film. But it was also very important to avoid 'Caligari.' It was both inspiration and something to work around, because it has such a strong, specific style, and there have been other videos that have completely ripped it off."

Valerie Faris: "We didn't look at 'Calagari' all that much, really. We did, but then we just left it. We did look at a lot of the works of the futurist artists from the '30s, and the illustrations of the surrealists and from cubism. We were inspired more by paintings than by films…"[citation needed]

Live performancesEdit

"Otherside" has remained a constant staple on the band's tours since 1999, making it one of their top ten most performed songs.[4]

RemixesEdit

In 2009, Seattle producer Ryan Lewis sampled the song as a backdrop for his song of the same name with the rapper Macklemore. The song depicted Macklemore's own personal struggles as well as the wider problems that the hip hop community has with drug abuse.

In 2010, house duo Third Party made an unofficial remix of the song. The remix garnered considerable attention, but was never released. It was made official and released by Warner Bros. in 2013.

Other versionsEdit

German pop singer Mandy Capristo has covered this song on her album Grace.

Track listingsEdit

CD single (2000)
  1. "Otherside" (album) – 4:16
  2. "How Strong" (previously unreleased)– 4:43
CD version 2 (2000)
  1. "Otherside" (album) – 4:16
  2. "My Lovely Man" (live) – 5:18
  3. "Around the World" (music video)
CD version 3 (2000)
  1. "Otherside" (album)
  2. "How Strong" (previously unreleased)
  3. "My Lovely Man" (live)
  4. "Road Trippin'" (without strings)
  5. "Scar Tissue" (music video)
  6. "Around the World" (music video)
CD version 4 (2000)
  1. "Otherside" (album)
  2. "How Strong" (previously unreleased)
  3. "My Lovely Man" (live)
  4. "Road Trippin'" (without strings)
CD version 5 (2000)
  1. "Otherside" (album)
  2. "How Strong" (previously unreleased)
  3. "Road Trippin'" (without strings) – 3:25
  4. "Otherside" (music video)
7" single (2000)
  1. "Otherside" (album)
  2. "How Strong" (previously unreleased)

PersonnelEdit

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Charts and certificationsEdit

Preceded by
"All the Small Things" by Blink-182
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
February 19, 2000
Succeeded by
"Kryptonite" by 3 Doors Down
Preceded by
Load Me Up by Matthew Good Band
Canadian RPM Rock/Alternative 30 number-one single
March 10 – April 24, 2000
Succeeded by
"Everything You Want" by Vertical Horizon

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Otherside". www.allmusic.com. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  3. ^ The music video on Google Videos
  4. ^ "Red Hot Chili Peppers Tour Statistics - setlist.fm". Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  5. ^ http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/23790/20121113-1611/Issue1185.pdf
  6. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 71, No. 3, May 22, 2000". RPM. Retrieved 2010-03-03. 
  7. ^ "Rock/Alternative - Volume 70, No. 20, March 20, 2000". RPM. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  8. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  9. ^ "Robbie Williams - Candy - Top Digital Download" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Archived from the original on 25 October 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  11. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside". Top 40 Singles.
  12. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside". Singles Top 100.
  13. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside". Swiss Singles Chart.
  14. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  15. ^ a b c d e "Billboard Singles". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-03-03. 
  16. ^ "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 100. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  17. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 2000". Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  18. ^ "Italian single certifications – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved January 10, 2015.