Red Hot Chili Peppers return with new single 'The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie': Hear it here


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The last time the Red Hot Chili Peppers released a debut single from a forthcoming album, Barack Obama was still a freshman senator, Rebecca Black was only nine years old, and the music world was irrationally obsessed with Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day.”

Today Obama is president, Black is a pop star, and people remember Susan Powter better than they remember Daniel. And in the middle of it all, the Red Hot Chili Peppers remain steadfast. Sure, they have a new guitarist (longtime collaborator Josh Klinghoffer, replacing the once-again-departed John Frusciante), but if their new single “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” (the first track from their end-of-summer album I’m With You) is any indication, things are still cool in Pepperland.

Give the new track a listen here:

Sticking with the same mid-tempo groove that colored recent successes like “Dani California” and “Can’t Stop,” “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” lays out a checklist for RHCP hits. Extra-funky Flea bassline? Check. Easy walking drum beat? Yup. Complementary shards of funk guitar? Indeed. Chaise-lounge philosophizing care of Anthony Kiedis? Of course. A heaping ton of cow bell? Yes and yes.

And yet something might be missing. Maybe the chorus isn’t as big as past hits, or perhaps the “Hey now” in the hook evokes too many memories of the sleepy “Snow (Hey Oh).” Still, it does feel like a back-to-basics return for the band after the circus rock excesses of their 2006 double album Stadium Arcadium, and any time the Chili Peppers take a step back (as they did on the now-classic 1999 album Californication), good things tend to happen. “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” is no “Scar Tissue,” but the groove still feels good.

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  • Craig

    I can’t listen to this at work, but was that a rip on Snow(Hey Oh), cuz that’s possibly my favorite RHCP song. There’s nothing sleepy about that song.

    • Nancy

      All I really care about is if John Frusciante going to be on this one or not.

      • KC

        You just failed Reading Comprehension 101, Nancy.

  • bruno

    so. rad.


    A LOT better than I anticipated. Really cool song for them. Klinghoffer’s guitar work is impressive and it sounds like they may be heading in a smart direction.

    • Rachelle

      Agreed! Klinghoffer is great!

      • Bob

        Frusciante is genius.

  • JPX

    I’ve been waiting a long time for new Chili Peppers music and my first impression of the new song is that it’s lazy and disappointing. I hope the rest of the album is better.

    • Rachelle

      I think you’re sorely mistaken. They are great, and good to hear them evolving! I’ve been a fan since their start (ok, I’m dating myself!) and each album sounds different–a great sign that they are always movin’ and groovin’! Give em another shot! :)

    • Rachelle

      I think you’re sorely mistaken. They are great, and good to hear them evolving! I’ve been a fan since their start (ok, I’m dating myself!) and each album sounds different–a great sign that they are always movin’ and groovin’! Give em another shot!

    • Doug

      eh its okay, but doesn’t meet my expectations.

  • Victoria

    Reading the beginning of this article makes me feel old. I feel older knowing that “Californication” came out in 2009. But…I’m still excited about their new album.

    • Jenny

      ’09? No, buddy. 1999.

  • Devin

    Rebecca Black is not a pop star, she can be viewed as more of a viral video than a performer. She can also go away.

    • Alex

      lol…i agree.

      • soxgal66

        I must agree abt Black, also, since I never heard of her! As for RHCP new song, it’s ok, you can tell it’s the Peps of course w/Kiedis and Flea, but it seems too cookie cutter, and they can try and sell a different guitarist whenever they want, they lose their edge w/o Frusciante becoming just another group keeping fans because of their previous music and recognizability. Sorry, but IMO, kind of boring and predictable w/o Frusciante…but not awful

  • KLance

    It stays on the ground! It doesn’t take flight at any point in the song and that’s what rocks my socks off about the chili’s. I could hear in my head where the music could go and it just doesn’t happen. Not enough free, raw energy. Confined to song structure and acceptability especially in the vocals. Loving the addition of Josh. Still loving them but mostly because of what was. Dedicated John lover!

    • JPX


  • Kim

    Some comments are too harsh. I think they sound great! Loved them in H.S., love them now that my kids are headed to H.S!!! Keep rocking baby!!!

  • cleyton

    whats guitar…

  • Robio

    Ehhhhhh, it’s not bad. Sounds like standard Chili Peppers fare, but not a stand-out song. I really hope this isn’t the best song on the album.

    • soxgal66

      I’m concerned that this IS the best song on the album, as they chose to release this first. I have to say again, w/o Frusciante the Peppers are a shadow of their former selves…ok, but far from great, no edge and nothing that makes you go “Whoa..” after hearing part of the riffs…too bad

      • BW

        Record companies very rarely release the “best” song on the album first as singles. They release the most marketable or mainstream, and they like to give people what they expect. I’ve noticed quite often the best album songs come up 2nd, since the 2nd single is usually released closer to when the album is released.

      • Kerrie

        I find that with most albums, the songs that get released for radio play, are far from the best songs on the albums. Usually, they are about 4 to 6 songs into the ablbum before you find the treasure! IMO

    • Rossles

      i read Anthony himself was expecting this one to be a b-side.

  • CJ

    Love It!!!!

  • layne

    decent song, since its the first single im hoping its the for-radio track, like dani california or by the way. high hopes for this album

  • Crystal

    I’ve always loved rhcp. This song ROCKS!!

  • connor

    I like it, You guys could at leats give a new guitarist time. John left before and was replaced by dave and dave was good. Wait until the album. Until you start hating on a new guitarist. I think the album will be good.

  • Jenny

    Wow. Everything after 1990 has pretty much sucked ass. Including this number.

    • Maria

      really… Just go away

      • Henry Butterfield

        I agree w/ previous post. When “Real Men Don’t Kill Coyotes” came out, I thought, this is a totally refreshing, talented and unique band. Their musical talent is still there, and their shows wearing only socks was gimmicky, but really, their songwriting skills are crap.

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