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25 March 2022

Red Hot Chili Peppers Share New Song, ‘Not The One’

Red Hot Chili Peppers Not The One
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Red Hot Chili Peppers have shared a new song, Not The One, from their forthcoming album, Unlimited Love, set for release next week. You can check the new track out below.

Chilis’ frontman Anthony Kiedis recently joined Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1 to discuss the Not The One. During the chat, he revealed about how the song came together, his approach to writing lyrics, and more.

“Flea had put together a drum machine and bass song in his cobweb covered garage”, Kiedis said, about the origins of Not The One. “It was not what you hear today for Not The One, because the bridge was the verse and the chorus was the bridge, and it was completely inverted.

“Every day after band practice, I ride home and I listen to what we’ve done that day over and over and over and over hoping that it sparks something or that I hear the right melody or something, anything”, he continued. “[With Not The One], I started hearing that entire song on the way home, but completely inverted from the way he had arranged it. When you start something, you get a little bit married to it.

“I came in the next day and I said, “Flea, I know this is not what you had in mind, but is it all right if I sing the verse over the chorus and the chorus over the bridge?” He’s like, yeah, do whatever you want. I was like, “Really?” He’s like, “Yeah, yeah, whatever.”… because he wrote a beautiful thing. I thought maybe he wanted to keep it as it was written. On this particular day, he was so supportive and that was super helpful.

“I think I was going through a very lonely and introspective month. This idea came out about I think I know who you are, but maybe I don’t. You think you know who I am, but maybe you don’t and especially in intimate relationships, like we know we all present something and people always have an idea, but what would happen if we just showed each other our very worst from the very start?”

Pre-order Unlimited Love here.

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