Californication Re-examined

7/19

The Red Hot Chili Peppers (RHCP) have a reputation as Californian funk-rock pioneers. Over 40 years, they have managed to build an outstanding musical career. The Red Hot Chili Peppers is not yet another successful music band, it is a lifestyle movement in itself. Their unique music style appeals to a wide international audience. In “Californication”, one of their most popular songs, the Red Hot Chili Peppers sing that “Hollywood sells Californication”. At first glance, the associations are positive: the sought-after American dream. But at the same time, there is the underneath darkness that many dreamers are not aware of. Californication which Hollywood sells is full of extremes and paradoxes.