Under the bridge

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Under the bridge
Red hot chili peppers
publication March 10, 1992
length 4:24
Genre (s) Alternative rock
Author (s) Flea , John Frusciante , Anthony Kiedis , Chad Smith
music Rick Rubin
album Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Chart positions
Explanation of the data
Red hot chili peppers
  DE 11 05/04/1992 (25 weeks)
  UK 13 03/14/1992 (18 weeks)
  US 2 04/04/1992 (26 weeks)
All saints
  DE 37 05/25/1998 (9 weeks)
  AT 28 06/07/1998 (8 weeks)
  CH 24 05/31/1998 (11 weeks)
  UK 1Template: Infobox chart placements / maintenance / NR1 link 05/09/1998 (14 weeks)

Under the Bridge is considered one of the most successful songs by the Californian crossover band Red Hot Chili Peppers . It appeared on their 1991 album Blood Sugar Sex Magik and was released as a single on March 10, 1992.


The text was originally written as a poem by singer Anthony Kiedis ; It was only included as a ballad on the album at the instigation of producer Rick Rubin . It deals with the time of Kiedis' heroin addiction in LA ( Spanish : Los Ángeles [ losˈaŋxeles ]), the city ​​of angels . Under the bridge downtown is supposed to be the place with which Kiedis connects a drug experience.

The backing vocals come from a gospel choir , which also includes the mother of guitarist John Frusciante .

The song is in E major; the final part is based on a C major cadence, each beginning with an A major chord.

Music video

The music video shows Frusciante playing the riff of the song on a Fender Jaguar , which is often associated with Jimi Hendrix 's Little Wing . The Fender Jaguar was also often played by guitarist Kurt Cobain , who was also a heroin addict.

The bridge shown in the music video is said to be the same bridge that can be seen in the music video for By the Way from the 2002 album of the same name.

Cover versions

In 1998 the English girl group All Saints took on the title. In the UK, the single, which also included a cover version of Lady Marmalade , became a number 1 hit . The song also hit the charts in other European countries.

Other cover versions come from e.g. B. from Gym Class Heroes, Chicks with Sticks (2010), Flying Pickets (1994), B * Witched , Frank Bennett (1996), Mos Def (1999), The King (2000) and Scala & Kolacny Brothers (2003) . Stanley Clarke jazzed up the title on his album Jazz in the Garden (2009). Weird Al Yankovic released a parody in 1993 under the title Bedrock Anthem .

Under the Bridge was also sung in the second season episode 15 of the series The Big Bang Theory by Rajesh Koothrappali ( Kunal Nayyar ) in the opening scene.

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References and comments

  1. titled Lady Marmalade on a single
  2. Charts DE Charts AT Charts CH Charts UK Charts US