Wednesday, September 15, 2010

17 - "Death of a Martian," Red Hot Chili Peppers



Number 17 on the list of the top 50 most-played songs on my computer's iTunes is the fifth appearance from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. "Death of a Martian" is the final song from RHCP's 2005 Stadium Arcadium double album.

In an earlier entry featuring RHCP, I wrote that their songs are usually about one of two (or both) things - sex and drugs. This song is one of the few exceptions. Lead singer Anthony Keidis wrote this song about the death of bass player Flea's dog, Martian. Keidis also mentions Flea's daughter, Clara, in the song.

The music in this song is very good as well. The drums catch your attention to start the song, and the guitar work throughout the track is really trippy. John Frusciante is a really underrated guitar player. In addition to that, he's an underrated vocalist as well, as he sings backup on this song and several others on Stadium Arcadium.

The most interesing part of the song to me, and likely the reason it's so high on my most-played list, is the spoken-word rap that Keidis ends "Death of a Martian" with. It's so random and so odd that you need to listen to it multiple times to understand it.

This song is a great ending to a great album.

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