By The Way – Red Hot Chili Peppers

red hot chili peppersOriginally named Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were formed by Fairfax High School alumni Anthony Kiedis, Hillel Slovak, Jack Irons, and Michael “Flea” Balzary following what was supposed to be a one time performance in 1983. As Slovak was already committed to another group, What Is This?, the foursome never intended to become part of the Los Angeles punk scene. Their first performance was at the Rhythm Lounge, to a crowd of roughly 30 people. One song had been created for the occasion, which involved the band improvising music while Kiedis rapped a poem he had written called “Out in L.A.”. The performance was so lively the band were asked to return the following week. Due to this unexpected success, the members changed the band’s name to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, playing several more shows at various LA clubs and musical venues.

By the Way

By the Way” is a song by American funk rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. It is the title track and the first single released from the band’s eighth studio album of the same name. The song was the band’s sixth #1 hit and third straight #1 hit on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, staying at the summit for 14 weeks, tying it with “Dani California” as the band’s second longest stay at the top, behind only “Scar Tissue”, which was at the top for 16 weeks. It also spent 7 weeks at #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, their fourth song to top this chart.

Regarding its release, guitarist John Frusciante noted: “It wasn’t really our decision to put that song out first, but our managers thought it was an exciting song and their enthusiasm convinced us. I guess they thought that it combined the wild part of our sound with the melodic part of our sound.” Vocalist Anthony Kiedis elaborated: “I thought that single was an über-bombastic assault of non-commercialism. For it to be so well received [in the United Kingdom] was shocking to me, but thrilling at the same time.”

“By the Way” has been performed at almost every show since its first performance in 2002 making it one of the band’s most performed songs ever with well over 350 performances and counting.

By The Way - Flea, Frusciante, Kiedis, Smith

Standing in line to see the show tonight,
And there’s a light on,
Heavy glow.
By the way I tried to say I’d be there,
Waiting for.
Dani the girl is singing songs to me,
Beneath the marquee,
Overload.

Steak knife.
Card Shark.
Con job.
Boot cut.

Skin that flick, she’s such a little DJ.
Get there quick by street but not the freeway.
Turn that trick to make a little leeway.
Beat that nic but not the way that we play.

Dog town.
Blood bath.
Rib cage.
Soft tail.

Standing in line to see the show tonight,
And there’s a light on,
Heavy glow.
By the way I tried to say I’d be there,
Waiting for.

Black jack.
Dope dick.
Pawn shop.
Quick pick.

Kiss that dyke, I know you want to hold one.
Not on strike, but I’m about to bowl one.
Bite that mic, I know you never stole one.
Girls that like a story so I told one.

Song bird.
Main line.
Cash back.
Hard top.

Standing in line to see the show tonight,
And there’s a light on,
Heavy glow.
By the way I tried to say I’d be there,
Waiting for.
Dani the girl is singing songs to me,
Beneath the marquee… of her soul.

By the way I tried to say I’d be there,
Waiting for.

Ooh ahh, ‘guess you never meant it
Ooh ahh, ‘guess you never meant it
Ooh ahh, ‘guess you never meant it
Ooh ahh, ‘guess you never meant it
Ooh ahh, ‘guess you never meant it
Ooh ahh, ‘guess you never meant it
Ooh ahh, ‘guess you never meant it
Ohh ahh.

Standing in line to see the show tonight,
And there’s a light on,
Heavy glow.
By the way I tried to say I’d be there,
Waiting for.
Dani the girl is singing songs to me,
Beneath the marquee,
Of her soul.
By the way I tried to say i know you,
From before
Standing in line to see the show tonight,
And there’s a light on,
Heavy glow.
By the way I tried to say I’d be there,
Waiting for.

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  • Audio from the 2002 album, By the Way:

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DJ Allyn is a burned out radio guy who went on to become a burned out sound engineer for a few Seattle area grunge bands in the 1980s and 1990s. Left the madness of worldwide tours with bands, cleaned up my act and went into the relative sanity of sound engineering for television series. Currently working as the Director of Sound for a television series being filmed in North Vancouver, British Columbia. I am always on the lookout for interesting videos, old music, and fun.

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