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What Makes This Song Stink Ep. 6 – Red Hot Chili Peppers “Dani California”

Pat Finnerty | April 1, 2024
What Makes This Song Stink Ep. 6 - Red Hot Chili Peppers "Dani California"

Written by Pat Finnerty

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  1. @jk966

    April 1, 2024 at 1:18 pm

    For some reason over 10 years ago the music video for Dani California was not available on YouTube in my country, it made me think it was some hard controversial song that I shouldn’t be hearing. When it became available I watcher it really pumped, just to get the biggest let down of my life.

  2. @cr3d294

    April 1, 2024 at 1:18 pm

    I play music and I know if I was forced to make shit, it wouldn't be original or even inspired. I think Lennon said something on the lines writing 100 songs and out of those maybe, just maybe 5 are worth EVEN recording.

  3. @elmerfudd743

    April 1, 2024 at 1:18 pm

    funny about your comment on the solo for can't stop. I hear Jimi Hendrix's fire solo.. it's almost note for note, with different timing. I found this really funny. this song (dani california) isn't one of my favorites, and wish they would pull it off their set list. so it doesn't really bother me. I do like snow though. I started listening to RHCP in 1988 when Mothers Milk came out and immediately dove into the back catalog. this band represents a moment in my life when I was newly getting exposed to all kinds of music. songs from that era made me want to jump around the room… The solo on 'I could have lied' is my all time favorite solo. I love the contrast from the acoustic guitar to the over-driven lead. the song is so raw and emotional for me. John comes from '80s rock and uses a LOT of whammy bar.. not so much vibrato, but he has started using it more when I watch them live. having played with the fuzz's, I don't think vibrato works as well with fuzz…John has never claimed to be a blues player… It's really a mistake to compare him, or try to hold him in that genre. it's also unfortunate when people listen to one or two songs, and judge him entirely based on those 'select' few. you also have to take into context where he was at a particular time in his life to what and how he was writing. also, your comment on the live improv's… it's really lame to expect that every improv jam is going to work out… but at least they are doing it.. so many modern bands are totally choreographed and unwilling to take risks live. I care more about music, creativity, and art than BS every show is exactly the same, timed exactly to the lighting, and no pure musicianship.. and that is where RHCP differs from every other modern band, and encapsulates the heart of what was so loved about '70s rock… Jimmy Page SUCKED many nights.. JPJ held that band together through their concerts.. my friend saw them twice at madison square garden in the 70's and said they sucked live.. and yet…we all still love them.Jimi Hendrix sucked many nights live… he was too busy playing with his teeth and having sex with his guitar to be actually playing the guitar… notice the difference in the BOJ's when Bill Graham told him to stop showboating and focus on his playing? he didn't move around, and we got some of the most amazing playing that night.

  4. @sven_mombasa

    April 1, 2024 at 1:18 pm

    Loved it! 🙂 To put the cherry on top: The Can't Stop lick is originally from the song 'Ich kenn den Bruder dessen Freundin' by the band Cucumber Men from 1996. Have fun being speechless. 🙂

  5. @zenleeparadise

    April 1, 2024 at 1:18 pm

    I mean Mary Jane's Last Dance is a favorite song of mine and I've obviously noticed what you're pointing out here before, but I still feel joy when I hear Dani Caliofornia, there's no way you can change that. Now I'll just chuckle a bit when I hear it and remember this guy online that can't get over how derivative it is. Love your videos, though!

  6. @ileutur6863

    April 1, 2024 at 1:18 pm

    I get that its a lighthearted joke video, but criticizing a 4 chord progression is just a dead end argument. We've had this conversation with the Radiohead lawsuit, the Ed Sheeran lawsuit and the Amy Winehouse lawsuit. You can't own a chord progression, or a short blues lick, that's not how music works.

  7. @Mike-schmike

    April 1, 2024 at 1:18 pm

    My favourite thing about your videos is they remind me of early Youtube golden years. It looks home made, its made with passion, it has a narrative, and its for a specific niche of nerds. You don't need a pedal wall brother.

  8. @never_board

    April 1, 2024 at 1:18 pm

    I’ve always said it: Red Hot Chili Peppers are the Cambel’s chicken noodle soup of rock music. No one actively seeks it out as their favorite but when they are consuming it, there are hardly complaints.

  9. @brianzielkeii7540

    April 1, 2024 at 1:18 pm

    No way, Pat. If you really wanted to buck the system, you'd do at the very least a little stinkers for Taylor swift…. but perhaps you've avoided the pop because the stink is too obvious

  10. @Julian-um2om

    April 1, 2024 at 1:18 pm

    two years later since I watched this amazing video:
    Subscribed, binged all of ur videos multiple times
    Saw rhcp for the first time live! At global citizen and they brought the house down 🙂
    Branching out to more genres but also By the Way is still my favorite album of all time
    Learning guitar piano djing and singing more with my high school trombone experience (I’m a music ed major now!)
    Thank you pat. Thank you for having the huge balls to dunk on us chi pep fans. Having been in college for a year now, I can totally attest that we are 100% frusciante and flea crazed 24/7. I’ve had to tell good friends to keep that “cabron” shit off the aux because it’s the only shit song on my fav album LOL. Stadium arcadium is actually one of my favorite albums, and even tho they won’t admit that John committed highway robbery with TWO famous guitar licks, I still love Dani California, for that dope music video and peak nonsense Anthony lyrics. This era of chili peppers will never be topped, they had absolutely no self restraint when it came to song writing (for better AND worse), but the live shows during this time are some of my favorite. The ONLY tour to have josh and John playing and singing on stage with the rest of the band(love josh and the getaway).
    Thank u again for this wonderful clickbaity video pat. I love rock music!!!

  11. @emmamamaa0818

    April 1, 2024 at 1:18 pm

    as a pretty big rhcp fan this is so right and valid but im still obsessed with this song purely bc of the bridge like idk theres smth abt it that just hitssss but yeah the rest of the song is so skippable

  12. @wellardgerrard

    April 1, 2024 at 1:18 pm

    Nearly 10 minutes before the actual content of the video starts. I've joked before about how Americans love to chat shit/spam adverts or introduce themselves for ten minutes before the actual video starts, but it was just a joke my guy, an exaggeration. You didn't have to actually go and do it. 🤦‍♂

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