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According to Kiedis, when he first heard the song's bassline, composed in Flea's kitchen, "I didn't know it would be a single. [But] I knew that I loved the jam."
And what a jam it is. From the Another One Bites The Dust bass part to Smith's infectious use of the cowbell to Klinghoffer's sweet, soaring, Claptonesque bends in the rousing chorus, this is a true classic.
Kiedis' vocal is pushed hard front in the mix, and is usually the case, his lyrics are open to interpretation: "Lipstick junkie be funky all he wanty/ she came back wearing a smile/ look-alike someone drug me/ they wanted to unplug me."
Halfway through, however, Klinghoffer busts out with a sweeping, echo-drenched solo that starts out low, aching and grinding and winds up in the sonic stratosphere.