Lewis's Single to Avoid (01/05/06)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - 'Dani California'
It was always going to happen one day. After 22 years and 8 albums, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have finally become a parody of themselves. This sounds like everything they've ever done mixed into one pedestrian, radio-friendly release. There's even an obligatory reference to California - within the dreadful title, as I'm sure you've noticed by now. The rest of the lyrics trawl the tale of this tawdry hooker around the rest of the states, with Anthony Kiedis grunting 'California, rest in peace / Simultaneous release' in the distinctly unassuming chorus. The boys really should realise that they're not sex gods anymore. They're old men. And, after those long 22 years, it might finally be time for the Red Hot Chili Peppers to indeed rest in peace.