Red Hot Chili Peppers

Under the Bridge

Composed by Anthony Kiedis / Chad Smith / Flea / John Frusciante

Song Review by

The Chili Peppers’ Hillel Slovak, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, Seven Year Bitch’s Stephanie Sargent; these names have become synonymous with the wasted destruction that heroin brought to an entire generation of alternative rockers. It’s fitting, then, that the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ own ”Under The Bridge” has become the poster-child by proxy for all those lost souls. The song is front man Anthony Kiedis’ autobiographical revisiting of the LA landmark where he once purchased his own drugs. He has called ”Under The Bridge” “this really sad thing, sort of sensitive”. That poignant sentiment is self evident among the simple guitar which cradles the introductory verse, and the sense of fragility that is only doubled by the still down-tempo choral crescendo. ”Under The Bridge” was the band’s first big American hit when it tipped the charts at #2 in April, 1992. Since that time, it has become an integral part of the 1990’s alterna-landscape, and remains one of the purest diamonds that sparkle amongst the rough-hewn and rich funk chasms that dominate the Peppers’ own oeuvre.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Blood Sugar Sex Magik 1991 Warner Bros. 4:26
Under the Bridge 1992 Warner Bros.
What Hits!? [Video] 1992 Capitol
Lollapalooza '92 1992 Kiss the Stone 4:52
Plasma 1994 Alex 4:24
90's Chartbreakers, Vol. 1 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:26
Road Trippin' 2001 WEA International 4:28
Live at Slane Castle [Video] 2003 WVI
Live in Hyde Park 2004 Warner Music 4:54
Whatever: The '90s Pop and Culture Box 2005
Various Artists
Rhino 4:25
The Red Hot Chili Peppers Phenomenon 2006 Classic Rock Legends
Holiday Gift Pack 2007 Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol / EMI
Revolutions in Sound: Warner Bros. Records - The First 50 Years 2008
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 4:27
Sweet Home San Diego 2016 Zip City 4:52
No Image
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
What's Up?
Various Artists
Woodstock 1994 Sonic Boom 4:50
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