Taste the Pain

"Taste the Pain" is a song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers from the album Mother's Milk, and was the third and final single from that album. The music video was filmed with the band playing in an art room, where artists are in the middle of painting a mural artwork, directed by Tom Stern and Alex Winter.

"Taste the Pain"
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Single by Red Hot Chili Peppers
from the album Mother's Milk
B-side"Millionaires Against Hunger", "Show Me Your Soul"
ReleasedOctober 14, 1989
Recorded1989
GenreFunk rock[1]
Length4:32 (album)
5:02 (Say Anything... version)
LabelEMI
Songwriter(s)Flea, Frusciante, Kiedis, D.H. Peligro
Producer(s)Michael Beinhorn
Red Hot Chili Peppers singles chronology
"Knock Me Down"
(1989)
"Taste the Pain"
(1989)
"Show Me Your Soul"
(1990)
12" pop-out sleeve single
This version of the single features a popout logo and band picture.
This version of the single features a popout logo and band picture.
Music video
"Taste the Pain" on YouTube

The song was recorded after Chad Smith joined the band as the drummer, however, on this record, drums are played by Fishbone's Philip "Fish" Fisher and was the first song John Frusciante recorded with the band. When the song is played backwards, the voice heard at the start is Anthony Kiedis clearly singing the chorus. This song also features a trumpet solo by Flea. A slightly longer version of the song was featured on the soundtrack for the film Say Anything... starring Kiedis's girlfriend at the time, Ione Skye.

The single contained two original B-sides. "Show Me Your Soul" was recorded during the Mother's Milk sessions and was also later released as a single in 1990 when it was featured on the soundtrack for the film Pretty Woman. "Millionaires Against Hunger" was recorded during the 1985 Freaky Styley.

The single reached number twenty-nine in the UK—the highest position for the band up to that point.[2]

Live performancesEdit

Despite being a popular single for the band, the song was rarely performed by the band and it hasn't been performed since 1990 during the Mother's Milk tour.

Track listingEdit

7" radio promo single (1989)
  1. "All for Love" by Nancy Wilson
  2. "Taste the Pain" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
"Unbridled Funk and Roll 4 Your Soul!" limited edition CD single (1989)
  1. "Taste the Pain" (album version)
  2. "Millionaires Against Hunger"
  3. "Castles Made of Sand" (live; unreleased)
  4. "Higher Ground" (Daddy-O Mix)
1990 UK cassette single (1990)
  1. "Taste the Pain"
  2. "Show Me Your Soul"
1990 UK CD single (1990)
  1. "Taste the Pain" (single version)
  2. "Taste the Pain" (LP version)
  3. "Show Me Your Soul" (unreleased)
  4. "Nevermind"
12" pop-out sleeve (1990)
  1. "Taste the Pain" (album version)
  2. "Show Me Your Soul" (unreleased)
  3. "If You Want Me to Stay"
  4. "Nevermind"
7" single (1990)
  1. "Taste the Pain" (album version)
  2. "Show Me Your Soul" (unreleased)
7" limited edition square disc single (1990)
  1. "Taste the Pain" (album version)
  2. "Show Me Your Soul" (unreleased)
  3. "Castles Made of Sand" (live; unreleased)
7" promo single (1990)
  1. "Taste the Pain" (album version)
  2. "Castles Made of Sand" (live; unreleased)
  3. "Special Secret Song Inside" (live; unreleased)
  4. "F.U." (live; unreleased)

ChartsEdit

Chart (1990) Peak
position
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[3] 71
UK Singles (OCC) 29

PersonnelEdit

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Additional musicians

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Waltz, Peter (January 25, 2016). "The Red Hot Chili Pepper's Top 10 Albums". The Odyssey Online. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  2. ^ "Red Hot Chili Peppers". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
  3. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. June 30, 1990. Retrieved June 19, 2021.