Aeroplane (Red Hot Chili Peppers song)

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"Aeroplane"
Red hot chili peppers aeroplane.png
Single by Red Hot Chili Peppers
from the album One Hot Minute
Released March 14, 1996[1]
Format CD
Recorded 1995
Genre Funk rock, alternative rock
Length 4:45 (Album Version)
4:10 (Single Edit)
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Dave Navarro, Chad Smith
Producer(s) Rick Rubin
Red Hot Chili Peppers singles chronology
"My Friends"
(1995)
"Aeroplane"
(1996)
"Shallow Be Thy Game"
(1996)

"My Friends"
(1995)
"Aeroplane"
(1996)
"Shallow Be Thy Game"
(1996)
Music video
"Aeroplane" on YouTube
Audio sample

"Aeroplane" is a song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers from their 1995 album One Hot Minute. It was the third single released from the album and a music video accompanied its release. Although the song was left off the band's Greatest Hits album, the music video was included on the accompanying DVD.

Background[edit]

Despite its dark lyrical themes it is regarded as the most accessible and upbeat song on One Hot Minute, with a funk slap bass line and child choral vocals from Flea's daughter Clara and her classmates. The second verse of the song refers to American band Mazzy Star's song "Into Dust" and its lead singer Anthony Kiedis with the lyrics "Hey girl, I'm turning into dust again/My melancholy baby/The star of Mazzy must/push her voice inside of me".[citation needed]

On the CD single, the live B-sides "Backwoods" and "Me and My Friends" incorrectly list John Frusciante and Chad Smith as co-writers of the songs. Both songs were written with Hillel Slovak and Jack Irons before John Frusciante and Chad Smith joined the band.[citation needed]

The single peaked number 8 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart where "My Friends" hit number 1 and "Warped" hit number 7. It was the only crossover hit from the album hitting number 30 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart where the other 2 singles failed to do. It was also the highest charting single in the UK from the album, peaking at number 11.

The music video is one of Kiedis' least favourite because of how expensive its production was.

Live performances[edit]

"Aeroplane" was the most performed song during the band's One Hot Minute tour. However, like all songs from the One Hot Minute album, with the exception of "Pea", it wasn't performed again following the departure of Dave Navarro until February 6, 2016, at Pier 70 in San Francisco, where the song was performed for the first time since 1997. The song has essentially made a full return as of The Getaway World Tour, being played regularly.

Track listing[edit]

CD single 1
  1. "Aeroplane" (clean edit)
  2. "Backwoods" (live) (contains intro tease of "Come As You Are")
  3. "Transcending" (live) (contains intro tease of "Hey Joe")
  4. "Me and My Friends" (live)
  • Live tracks recorded in Rotterdam, Holland on October 16, 1995, by Veronica (Kink FM)
Limited edition CD single 2
  1. "Aeroplane" (album version)
  2. "Suck My Kiss" (live)
  3. "Suffragette City" (David Bowie) (live)
  • Live tracks recorded in Rotterdam, Holland on October 16, 1995, by Veronica (Kink FM)

Personnel[edit]

Red Hot Chili Peppers

The "Aeroplane" Kids[3]

  • Clara Balzary - backing vocals
  • Bailey Reise - backing vocals
  • Askia Ndegéocello - backing vocals
  • Nadia Wehbe - backing vocals
  • Sarabeth Kelly - backing vocals
  • Matthew Kelly - backing vocals
  • Phillip Greenspan - backing vocals
  • Perry Greenspan - backing vocals
  • Veronica Twigg - backing vocals
  • Remy Greeno - backing vocals
  • Jaclyn DiMaggio - backing vocals
  • Hayley Oakes - backing vocals
  • Nikolai Giefer - backing vocals
  • Taiana Giefer - backing vocals
  • Nina Rothburg - backing vocals
  • Sheera Ehrig - backing vocals
  • Jade Chacon - backing vocals

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[4] 35
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[5] 48
Canada Rock/Alternative (RPM)[6] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 26
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 11
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[9] 30
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[10] 12
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[11] 8

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RHCP Timeline". Redhotchilipeppers.com. 2012-03-28. Archived from the original on 2015-02-06. Retrieved 2013-09-28.
  2. ^ Bogosian, Dan; Caffrey, Dan; Sackllah, David; Graves, Wren; Eustice, Kyle; Cosores, Philip (17 June 2016). "Ranking: Every Red Hot Chili Peppers Song From Worst to Best". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  3. ^ "One Hot Minute". RHCP Live Archive.
  4. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Aeroplane". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 2939." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Rock/Alternative Tracks: Issue 2931." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  7. ^ "Charts.nz – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Aeroplane". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  8. ^ "Red Hot Chili Peppers: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  9. ^ "Red Hot Chili Peppers Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  10. ^ "Red Hot Chili Peppers Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  11. ^ "Red Hot Chili Peppers Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 19, 2016.

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