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Screenshots and Interview from the creators of the Californication Music Video. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Animation by Pixel Envy. 2000.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers were shot with stationary digital video/DV cameras setup at three opposing angles, running together in synch. This allowed the directors to work with the band in a natural performance atmosphere. They went through a list of actions that would capture references of each members’ character. The DV footage was then digitized onto graphics workstations and the character animators from Pixel Envy used it as a reference to animate the 3D band models. The three angles gave the ability to match real joint and limb movements to the models in all three dimensions.

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Brendan’s Death Song - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Brendan’s Death Song - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Anthony Kiedis breaks down the making of the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Best track from new album, I’m With You.

The Subject
“Brendan Mullen is a guy who came to Hollywood from the UK in the mid-‘70s and helped start the punk rock scene in LA. He ran a club called the Masque, which was technically the first punk rock club in LA, He went on to be the booker for Club Lingerie on Sunset Strip- a very prominent venue in the ‘80s. His thing was promoting music.”

The Background
“In 1983 Flea and I spent our last dime recording a demo tape. We barged into Club Lingerie in the middle of the day and found Brendan. He listened to our tape on our boom box and Flea and I danced around wildly to convey the sort of energy we were bringing to the table. Brendan offered us a slot opening up for Bad Brains- who at that point were the kings of the scene. We took that gig and started a friendship with Brendan that continued until he died 18 months ago. That was in the middle of him doing a coffee table book [The Red Hot Chili Peppers: An Oral/Visual History]”.

The Writing
“Brendan happened to die on the very first day we were going to rehearse with Josh Klinghoffer. I was driving from home up over the Santa Monica Mountains when I got a text saying that Brendan had died of a massive stroke- on his birthday. When I got to rehearsal I delivered the news to my band that we had just lost this beautiful person. And then we started playing without really talking. Probably the second thing that came out of that jam was the basis for Brendan’s Death Song.”

The Song
“We got a good recording of it with Rick [Rubin]. It does have a sort of death march feel to it, but the song is more a celebration than a bummer. My favourite part of the song came much later-which is the bridge section, where it gets quite dark there for a moment and there’s this feeling of falling into the unknown abyss, of dying. So, yes, we lost a good man, but he had a very full life.”

From the September 2011 issue of Q Magazine.
CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL RHCP INTERVIEW!

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RED HOT Chili Peppers

(Source: stadium-arcadium.com)

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It must have been your funny face It must have been your love It must have been your paper chase that Wasn’t quite enoughIt must have been your tiny dance that Made me laugh out loud Must have been your angel dust that Put me on your cloud

It must have been your funny face
It must have been your love
It must have been your paper chase that
Wasn’t quite enough

It must have been your tiny dance that

Made me laugh out loud
Must have been your angel dust that
Put me on your cloud

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