Otherside

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"Otherside"
Red hot chili peppers otherside.jpg
Single by Red Hot Chili Peppers
from the album Californication
B-side"How Strong"
ReleasedDecember 1999 (1999-12)[1]
GenreAlternative rock[2]
Length4:15
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Flea, Frusciante, Kiedis, Smith
Producer(s)Rick Rubin
Red Hot Chili Peppers singles chronology
"Around the World"
(1999)
"Otherside"
(1999)
"Californication"
(2000)
Music video
"Otherside" on YouTube

"Otherside" is a song by American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. It was released as the third single from their seventh studio album, Californication (1999), and confronts the battles addicts have with their prior addictions. The track was released in Australia and New Zealand in 1999 and was given an international release in January of the following year.

The single was highly successful, peaking at number 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100, the fourth-highest peak for the band, and number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, which was, at the time, the fifth for the band. The song remained at number one on this chart for 13 consecutive weeks, one of the longest runs at the top of that chart. It was also a big success in Iceland, where it became the second single from the album to reach number one, and in New Zealand, where it charted at number five.

"Otherside" refers to former band member Hillel Slovak, who died of a heroin overdose in 1988.[2]

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris in a black-and-white/monochrome Gothic style similar to Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, all influenced by German Expressionist art. Elements of Cubism and work by the graphic artist M. C. Escher are also seen in the video.

A cartoonish story line is juxtaposed upon the song; that of a young man's dream sequence. The band members appear dressed in black in unusual locations, with props intended to appear as surreal instruments. Throughout the video Anthony Kiedis with short, platinum hair is seen in a castle tower. His stage persona is different and quite dark when compared to his more energetic performances in other videos. John Frusciante plays a rope down a long corridor as if a guitar. Flea is hanging on high voltage wires and playing them as if they were a bass guitar, and Chad Smith is up on a tower with a rotating medieval clock that serves as his drum kit.[3]

Jonathan Dayton: "We did look at Caligari, and we looked at a lot of German Expressionist film. But it was also very important to avoid 'Caligari.' It was both inspiration and something to work around, because it has such a strong, specific style, and there have been other videos that have completely ripped it off."

Valerie Faris: "We didn't look at 'Calagari' all that much, really. We did, but then we just left it. We did look at a lot of the works of the futurist artists from the '30s, and the illustrations of the surrealists and from cubism. We were inspired more by paintings than by films…"[citation needed]

Live performances[edit]

"Otherside" has remained a constant staple on the band's tours since 1999, making it one of their top ten most performed songs.[4]

Remixes[edit]

In 2009, Seattle producer Ryan Lewis sampled the song as a backdrop for his song of the same name with the rapper Macklemore. The song depicted Macklemore's own personal struggles as well as the wider problems that the hip hop community has with drug abuse.

In 2010, house duo Third Party made an unofficial remix of the song. The remix garnered considerable attention, but was never released. It was made official and released by Warner Records in 2013.

In 2015 British DJ Paul Oakenfold released a Future House remix released also by Warner Records, another version was released by Italian DJ Benny Benassi alongside Oakenfold.

Track listings[edit]

CD single (2000)

  1. "Otherside" (album) – 4:16
  2. "How Strong" (previously unreleased)– 4:43

CD version 2 (2000)

  1. "Otherside" (album) – 4:16
  2. "My Lovely Man" (live) – 5:18
  3. "Around the World" (music video)

CD version 3 [Australian release] (2000)

  1. "Otherside" (album) – 4:16
  2. "How Strong" (previously unreleased) – 4:46
  3. "My Lovely Man" (live) – 5:18
  4. "Road Trippin'" (without strings) – 3:25
  5. "Scar Tissue" (music video)
  6. "Around the World" (music video)

CD version 4 (2000)

  1. "Otherside" (album) – 4:16
  2. "How Strong" (previously unreleased) – 4:43
  3. "My Lovely Man" (live) – 5:18
  4. "Road Trippin'" (without strings) – 3:25

CD version 5 (2000)

  1. "Otherside" (album) – 4:16
  2. "How Strong" (previously unreleased) – 4:43
  3. "Road Trippin'" (without strings) – 3:25
  4. "Otherside" (music video)

Cassette version [US] (1999)

  1. "Otherside" (album) - 4:16
  2. "How Strong" (previously unreleased) – 4:43

Personnel[edit]

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Certifications and sales for "Otherside"
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[33] Gold 45,000double-dagger
Italy (FIMI)[34]
sales since 2009
Platinum 50,000double-dagger
Portugal (AFP)[35] Platinum 20,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[36] Gold 400,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[37] 3× Platinum 3,000,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Release dates and formats for "Otherside"
Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
Australia December 1999 CD Warner Bros. [1]
New Zealand 1999 [17]
United States January 11, 2000 Alternative radio [38]
United Kingdom January 31, 2000 CD [39]
United States February 22, 2000 [40]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "411MANIA - The 8 Ball 5.18.14: Top 8 Red Hot Chili Peppers Music Videos". The 8 Ball 5.18.14: Top 8 Red Hot Chili Peppers Music Videos. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
  3. ^ The music video on Google Videos
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  8. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 17, no. 9. February 26, 2000. p. 19. Retrieved May 24, 2020.
  9. ^ "Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside" (in German). GfK Entertainment charts. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
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  12. ^ "Irish-charts.com – Discography Red Hot Chili Peppers". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved January 25, 2020.
  13. ^ "Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside". Top Digital Download. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
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  30. ^ "Top 100–Jaaroverzicht van 2000". Dutch Top 40. Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  31. ^ "End of Year Charts 2000". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  32. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 2000". Retrieved August 31, 2010.
  33. ^ "Danish single certifications – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside". IFPI Danmark. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  34. ^ "Italian single certifications – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved October 6, 2019. Select "2017" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "Otherside" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Singoli" under "Sezione".
  35. ^ "Portuguese single certifications – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Associação Fonográfica Portuguesa. Retrieved January 27, 2022.
  36. ^ "British single certifications – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  37. ^ "American single certifications – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 29, 2021.
  38. ^ "Alternative: Going for Adds". Radio & Records. No. 1332. January 7, 2000. p. 108.
  39. ^ "New Releases – For Week Starting 31 January, 2000: Singles". Music Week. January 29, 2000. p. 33.
  40. ^ "Going for Adds". Radio & Records. No. 1338. February 18, 2000. pp. 45, 96.