Hump de Bump

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"Hump de Bump"
Single by Red Hot Chili Peppers
from the album Stadium Arcadium
  • "Joe"
  • "Save This Lady"
ReleasedApril 7, 2007
FormatCD single
RecordedMarch - December 2005 at The Mansion in Los Angeles, California
GenreFunk rock
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Flea, Frusciante, Kiedis, Smith
Producer(s)Rick Rubin
Red Hot Chili Peppers singles chronology
"Desecration Smile"
"Hump de Bump"
"The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie"
Music video
"Hump de Bump" on YouTube

"Hump de Bump" is a song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers from their 2006 double album, Stadium Arcadium. The song is the fifth and final single released from Stadium Arcadium and final single the band would release with John Frusciante, who quit the band two years later. Originally expected to be the fourth single for the US, Canada and Australia, ("Desecration Smile" was the fourth single released internationally) the Red Hot Chili Peppers decided to make the single and video a worldwide release thanks to the positive feedback on the video, which was directed by comedian and good friend Chris Rock. The single was released in the US on April 7, 2007 while it was released May 10, 2007 in the rest of the world.[1]


Despite the change in musical style of the rest of the album, its sound is similar to that of the band's earlier music. The track was originally titled "Ghost Dance 2000"[2] in reference to the song "American Ghost Dance" from the album Freaky Styley, as the two songs sound similar, particularly the intro sections. The title was changed to "Hump de Bump" near the end of recording.

Originally a jam, Kiedis recorded it on his phone to save it for a later recording. Flea plays trumpet on this track, quoting Dizzy Gillespie's "Salt Peanuts" near the end of the track. There is also a large "tribal" instrumental bridge on this track, similar to that on "Breaking the Girl", a song from Blood Sugar Sex Magik. During live shows in 2006, Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez would come on stage and play bongos during this section. While on the 2007 Australian and European leg of the Stadium Arcadium world tour, Flea, Kiedis, and Josh Klinghoffer would all join in on Chad Smith's drum kit. The song may also pay tribute to either the Commodores song "(Can I) Get A Witness?", the Grand Funk Railroad song "Some Kind of Wonderful" or the Marvin Gaye song, "Can I Get a Witness" because of the line "Can I get my co-defendant?"

Music video[edit]

The video was shot in mid - November 2006, and was directed by Chris Rock. The video takes place at a city block party on the set of Everybody Hates Chris with Chris Rock as himself, being kept out of his own block party by a security guard (Craig Robinson), while the band is playing the song at the party. Rock agreed to direct the video only if "they were the only white people in it."[3]

The video leaked to the internet on March 9, and it officially first premiered in Australia on March 13, on Channel Seven's Sunrise program[4] and in America/Canada on March 14 on Total Request Live.[5]

Live performances and promotion[edit]

"Hump de Bump" was performed 32 times on the band's 2006-2007 Stadium Arcadium World Tour.

On March 17, 2018, the song was played for the first time in almost 9 years at Lollapolooza Argentina. This performance was also the first time the song had been performed live with guitarist Josh Klinghoffer.

Formats and track listings[edit]

CD single 1
  1. "Hump de Bump" – 3:33
  2. "Joe" – 3:54
  3. "Save This Lady" – 4:17
CD single 2
  1. "Hump de Bump" – 3:33
  2. "An Opening" (Live)
UK single
  1. "Hump de Bump" – 3:33
  2. "An Opening" (Live)
  3. "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" (Live)
International maxi CD
  1. "Hump de Bump" – 3:33
  2. "An Opening" (Live)
  3. "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" (Live)
International 7" picture disc
  1. "Hump de Bump" – 3:33
  2. "An Opening" (Live)


Red Hot Chili Peppers

  • Anthony Kiedis - vocals
  • John Frusciante - guitar
  • Flea - bass, trumpet
  • Chad Smith - drums


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[6] 17
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[7] 63
Canada Rock (Billboard)[8] 5
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[9] 83
Germany (Official German Charts)[10] 83
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[11] 43
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[12] 24
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 41
US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 8
US Billboard Mainstream Rock 27


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  2. ^ Making of "Hump de Bump" p.2 on YouTube
  3. ^ "Chris Rock Interviewed –- 'I Think I Love My Wife'".
  4. ^ "Hump De Bump Video Debuts in Australia March 13th". 2007-03-07. Retrieved 2007-07-31.
  5. ^ "U.S. Dates for Hump de Bump Video!". 2007-03-12. Retrieved 2007-07-31.
  6. ^ " – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Hump de Bump". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  7. ^ "Red Hot Chili Peppers Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  9. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – RADIO – TOP 100 and insert 200713 into search. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  10. ^ " – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Hump de Bump". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Red Hot Chili Peppers" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  12. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200716 into search. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  13. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 26 February 2015.