My Friends (Red Hot Chili Peppers song)

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"My Friends"
Red hot chili peppers my friends.jpg
Single by Red Hot Chili Peppers
from the album One Hot Minute
B-side "Let's Make Evil"
"Stretch"
Released September 19, 1995
Format CD, 12" vinyl
Recorded 1994
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:02
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Dave Navarro, Chad Smith
Producer(s) Rick Rubin
Red Hot Chili Peppers singles chronology
"Warped"
(1995)
"My Friends"
(1995)
"Aeroplane"
(1996)

"Warped"
(1995)
"My Friends"
(1995)
"Aeroplane"
(1996)
Music video
"My Friends" on YouTube
Music video
"My Friends (Version 2)" on YouTube

"My Friends" is a song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the fourth track on their 1995 album One Hot Minute. It is a melodic ballad and was released as the second single from the album. It is the only song from One Hot Minute to be included on their Greatest Hits compilation, though the music video for "Aeroplane", appears on the DVD. It became the band's third #1 single on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart where it remained for 4 consecutive weeks, and their first #1 single on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart.[1]

The single features two unreleased b-sides. "Stretch" (originally titled Stretch You Out) was intended for the album following the fade out of "One Big Mob". The two were planned to be one song titled "One Big Mob/Stretch You Out" however "Stretch" was not included.

Music videos[edit]

The surreal original music video depicts the band in many incarnations on a small boat, stranded in a large stretch of treacherous water. This video was directed by Anton Corbijn.[2] Anthony Kiedis admits that he thought this video was not very good, as it was not realistic.[citation needed] A second video was made for the song, directed by Gavin Bowden,[citation needed] where they were in a studio performing the song. The video was shot in late 1994 at the start of the recording sessions for One Hot Minute, hence Flea had a beard in the video. It appears on their Greatest Hits DVD.

Live performances[edit]

"My Friends" was performed regularly during the One Hot Minute tour. However, it hasn't been performed in full since 1996, only teased.

Track list[edit]

CD single (1995)
  1. "My Friends" (album)
  2. "Coffee Shop" (album)
  3. "Let's Make Evil" (previously unreleased)
  4. "Stretch" (previously unreleased)
CD version 2 (1995)
  1. "My Friends" (album)
  2. "Coffee Shop" (album)
  3. "Let's Make Evil" (previously unreleased)
12" single (1995)
  1. "My Friends" (album)
  2. "Coffee Shop" (album)
  3. "Let's Make Evil" (previously unreleased)
  4. "Stretch" (previously unreleased)

Personnel[edit]

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Additional musicians

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 522.
  2. ^ "the Red Hot Chili Peppers - "My friends"". mvdbase.com. Retrieved 2013-10-09.
  3. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Red Hot Chili Peppers – My Friends". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 2858." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  5. ^ "Lescharts.com – Red Hot Chili Peppers – My Friends" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  6. ^ "Musicline.de – Red Hot Chili Peppers Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  7. ^ "Charts.nz – Red Hot Chili Peppers – My Friends". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  8. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Red Hot Chili Peppers – My Friends". Singles Top 100. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  9. ^ "Red Hot Chili Peppers: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. 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.
  12. ^ "RPM Top 100 Hit Tracks of 1996". RPM. Retrieved November 26, 2017.