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"Otherside"
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
Length 4:15 (Album Version)
Label Warner Bros. Records
Producer Rick Rubin
Red Hot Chili Peppers singles chronology
"Around the World"
(1999)
"Otherside"
(2000)
"Californication"
(2000)

"Otherside" is a song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, released in 2000.[1] It was the third single from their album Californication, and confronts the battles ex-junkies have with their prior addictions. The single was highly successful peaking at number fourteen 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 thirteen consecutive weeks, one of the longest runs at the top of that chart. In addition, the song was featured in the 1999 Van Damme film, Universal Soldier: The Return.

Music video

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 his 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 telephone 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.

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…"

Track list

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CD single (2000)

  1. "Otherside" (Album) – 4:16
  2. "How Strong" – 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)

References

  1. ^ "Otherside". www.allmusic.com. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:jbfrxq9kldse. Retrieved 2008-11-03.  
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







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