The Red Hot Chili Peppers on Friday revealed “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie,” the first single off their upcoming album I’m With You and now the band has sat down to discuss the origins of the song.
MTV sat down with Anthony Kiedis and Josh Klinghoffer and here’s what the guys had to say:
“When I first heard [‘Maggie’], I didn’t know it would be a single. [But] I knew that I loved the jam,” Kiedis explained. “My first recording of that, I don’t think it had many vocals on it. It was kind of mostly instrumental, about an hour long. Flea brought it in as a very specific exercise to write a classic bass line. He woke up, had his tea, sat down: ‘I’m going to write a classic bass line. You can’t stop me.’ Played his bass line until he felt it was cooked into a classic, brought it to us and said, ‘This is Classic Number One.’ On a good day, you just know if there’s music to wrestle with and get with, and it was one of those moments.”
Kiedis said after Klinghoffer laid down a guitar riff and drummer Chad Smith provided a backbeat he realized the song wasn’t the b-side he thought it was, noting:
“I took it home and it felt so fun to listen to at length that I literally left it on in my driveway, opened the door and danced with the tree next to me for quite a while,” he said. “I had no idea that it would even be a song, I just thought, ‘Oh, this is a great dance track. Let’s put it on as a B-side, [an] hour long.’ And then, as fate would have it, people heard it, and they were like, ‘Oh, that’s your best thing right there. That’s your best thing.’ “
The album will drop on August 30 and you can check out the rest of the interview at MTV.com.
In the meantime let us know what you think about the new single, as a huge RHCP fan I can’t wait to hear everything the guys have created for their new album, it’s been way to long.