This album covers a time period in the band's life that they refer to as "The Sex and California Years." Also known as, the band's entire career.
Guess what the album title means in Chili Pepperese!
It will also henceforth be known as "The Plagiarism Years." The first single (it's really called "Dani California") mines rich new lyrical territory by discussing the band's home state of California - along with the sexiest sex references since the band's last big album, "Californication." But it has come under fire for containing a guitar riff whose first four notes sound EXACTLY like the famous riff from Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze." They could have just bitten "Crosstown Traffic," but they wanted to plagiarize BIG.
And if that's not enough, highly respected singer-songwriter Tom Petty is now considering suing the band for ripping off his 1992 song "Last Dance With Mary Jane." Apparently, the band just took out the words "dance" and "Mary Jane," and replaced them with the word "California." They then replaced the words "last" and "with" with the word "sex."
It will be interesting to see how it pans out. Until then, Chili Peppers, your creative vitality remains truly awe-inspiring.
- New York Post article on potential Tom Petty lawsuit
- Rolling Stone review of "Stadium Arcadium" (boy, you can piss in Rolling Stone's ear and get four stars if you're famous enough)
- Would you like to buy this album?
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