Sunday, October 14, 2012

Anthony Kiedis says...

'She's only 18, don't like the Rolling Stones, she took a short cut, to being fully grown, she's got that mood ring, her little sister rose, the smell of Springsteen, a pair of pantyhose...this talking picture show is leaking through a silhouette, she said, my man, you know, it's time to get your fingers wet, your hustle's busted when you can't afford a cigarette, the last I heard from you, you were screaming, handle it...Knock the world right off its feet and straight onto its head, the book of love will long be laughing after you are dead, fascinated by the look of you, and what was said, make a play for all the brightest minds and light will shed.'

- Anthony Kiedis ('She's Only 18', Stadium Arcadium, Red Hot Chili Peppers, 2006)

Note: Although the Peppers have released many great albums with dozens of well-written songs, I feel like Stadium Arcadium is the pinnacle of all they ever needed to do as a band. With 28 songs of all different styles and moods, this ambitious double-disc could have been the band's last effort, as I don't think they'll ever release anything this special again. From beginning to end, Stadium Arcadium offers something for everyone, and while their newest album has some outstanding tracks, it also kind of seems pointless to try to follow-up this masterpiece.

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