Red Hot Chili Peppers

Under the Bridge

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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. 4:24