Warped

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"Warped"
Single by Red Hot Chili Peppers
from the album One Hot Minute
B-side "Melancholy Mechanics"
Released August 9, 1995
Format CD
Recorded 1995
Genre Funk metal, alternative metal
Length 5:04 (album version)
4:19 (edit)
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Dave Navarro, Chad Smith
Producer(s) Rick Rubin
Red Hot Chili Peppers singles chronology
"Deck the Halls"
(1994)
"Warped"
(1995)
"My Friends"
(1995)
Music video
"Warped" on YouTube

"Warped" is a song by the American alternative rock group Red Hot Chili Peppers, from their 1995 album, One Hot Minute. It was released as the first single from the album. It is the first track on One Hot Minute, beginning with an unusually quiet intro, before suddenly kicking into a very heavy, crunching riff, and ends with a mellow, melodic outro. Vocalist Anthony Kiedis' vocals are distorted and echoed throughout, and contrast dramatically with the rapping present on the band's previous material, especially on their more fast-paced songs such as this; short lines are stretched to fill an entire measure. The musical style is of an unpredictable and unsettling nature, which is generally maintained throughout the entire album. The lyrics describe Kiedis' confused feelings about drugs, starting already in the first lines with: "my tendency/for dependency/is offending me".

Despite being the album's first single, neither the song nor the accompanying video was included on the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Greatest Hits compilation. The B-side "Melancholy Mechanics" also appears on the soundtrack to the 1996 movie, Twister, as well as on the Japanese pressing of One Hot Minute.

During live performances of "Warped", the band sometimes played a sample of the song "Three Days" by Jane's Addiction (former band of then-guitarist Dave Navarro) at the end of the song. This song made its live debut at the Woodstock Festival in 1994, although with much different lyrics.

Like the majority of songs from One Hot Minute, it has not been played live since 1996.

Music video[edit]

While piecing together the final components of the album, the band recorded a video for "Warped". They asked Flea's brother-in-law, Gavin Bowden, to direct it. The video involved Kiedis and Navarro kissing towards the end as a way of breaking the monotony of cumbersome video recording. Thinking nothing of it, they continued to shoot and finished several days later.[1] Warner Bros., however, saw the video and instantly wanted it thrown away, considering it to be unmarketable and that the kiss would alienate a large portion of the band's fan base.[1] The band came to a consensus to let the kiss remain on the final cut, prompting a backlash from the college segment of their audience, who took offense at the action. Kiedis said of the situation: "If they couldn't accept what we were doing, we didn't need them anymore."[1]

Track listing[edit]

CD single (1995)
  1. "Warped" (Edit)
  2. "Pea" (Album)
  3. "Melancholy Mechanics" (Previously Unreleased)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Kiedis, Sloman, 2004. pp. 347–349