Behind the Sun (song)

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This article is about the Red Hot Chili Peppers song. For the Eric Clapton song, see Behind the Sun (Eric Clapton album). For the Dive song, see Behind the Sun (Dive album).
"Behind the Sun"
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Single by Red Hot Chili Peppers
from the album The Uplift Mofo Party Plan
Released November 9, 1992 [1]
Recorded 1987
Genre Raga rock, funk rock, psychedelic rock
Length 4:41
Label EMI/Capitol Records
Writer(s) Flea, Irons, Kiedis, Slovak
Producer(s) Michael Beinhorn
Red Hot Chili Peppers singles chronology
"Breaking the Girl"
"Behind the Sun"
"If You Have to Ask"
Music video
"Behind the Sun" at

"Behind the Sun" is a song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers from their 1987 album, The Uplift Mofo Party Plan although was not released as a single until 1992 when it was used to promote the band's What Hits!? compilation album. The song charted at number 7 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart, and number 37 on the ARIA Charts in Australia.


The band had originally wanted to release the song as a single back in 1987 however the label refused to release it because they felt it was too melodic and didn't represent the band's sound. It would not be released until 1992 to promote the What Hits!? compilation album, a hits package EMI released to cash in on the band's newfound major label mainstream success thanks to their album Blood Sugar Sex Magik and hit ballad, "Under the Bridge".

Music video[edit]

The music video was released on November 9, 1992 and received heavy rotation on MTV. The video features a mixture of animation and footage of the band from their 1989 "Higher Ground" music video. John Frusciante and Chad Smith appear in the video even though they didn't play on the song and were not with the band at the time it was recorded.


  • In 1987, the band gave a lip-synched performance of "Behind the Sun" and "Fight Like a Brave" at the United Cerebral Palsy Telethon.
  • Despite the band's intentions for the song to become a single and years later eventually becoming one, the song has never been performed live although it has been teased quite a few times with its intro including on the band's One Hot Minute tour during "Give It Away". On September 10, 2012, the song was once again teased while the band was performing in Tel Aviv for the first time. It was teased right before "Under the Bridge" was played.
  • It is also notable in being the only song from the Slovak era to have made it to the charts (although it was released after his death).
  • Hillel Slovak's brother (James Slovak) named Hillel's biography Behind the Sun.
  • During March 2012, The Weather Channel began using an instrumental demo version of the song as background music for its Local on the 8s segments.

Track listing[edit]

Promo 12" inch single (1987)
  1. "Behind the Sun" (Album)
  2. "Special Secret Song Inside" (Album)
Cassette single (1992)
  1. "Behind the Sun" (Album)
  2. "Higher Ground" (Pearly 12")
Promo CD single (1992)
  1. "Behind the Sun" (album)
  2. "Behind the Sun" (long version)
CD single (1992) (Also known as 'The Chili Digi' in Digipack)
  1. "Behind the Sun" (album)
  2. "Higher Ground" (Pearly 12")
  3. "If You Want Me to Stay" (Pink Mustang Mix)
  4. "Knock Me Down" (Album)
Promo Jukebox 7" single (1992)
  1. "Behind the Sun" (album)
  2. "Fire" (album)


Chart (1992–93) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 37
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[3] 73
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[4] 7
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[5] 7


  1. ^ "RHCP Timeline". 2012-03-28. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  2. ^ " – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Behind the Sun". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  3. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 1839." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  4. ^ " – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Behind the Sun". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  5. ^ "Red Hot Chili Peppers – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for Red Hot Chili Peppers. Retrieved November 20, 2016.