Red Hot Chili Peppers, ‘The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie’ – Song Review
Red Hot Chili Peppers have just unleashed 'The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie,' the first single off their upcoming album, 'I'm With You' (due Aug. 30), and the song is signature Peppers, with a sprinkle of classic-rock flavors.
Flea opens the tune with a bass line that has the bounce of Queen's 'Another One Bites the Dust,' before Anthony Kiedis takes over with funky verses of perverse non-sequitir lyrics:
"Tick, tock, I want to rock you like the '80s /
C--kblocking isn't allowed / Tugboat Sheila is into memorabilia / Who said three is a crowd."
Newcomer axe-man Josh Klinghoffer, who has taken over for the departed John Frusciante, offers minimal guitar-work in the verses until he delivers a bluesy Eric Clapton-like solo in the tune's infectious chorus: "Hey, now / We've got to make it rain somehow."
The classic-rock influences don't end there, with Kiedis scatting like Steven Tyler over a Blue Oyster Cult-like cowbell during the final seconds of the song.
'The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie' is a smooth, funk-rock tune that has the chill vibe of the Chili Peppers' recent albums. There's no mistaking it for anything other than a RHCP song, but Klinghoffer's bluesy guitar-work does add a new flavor to the mix.
Like they did with their previous three albums' lead singles -- 'Scar Tissue,' 'By the Way,' and 'Dani California' -- the Peppers have come out of the gate on 'I'm With You' with a catchy, melodic and radio-friendly tune.
'The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie' may not satisfy fans hoping for a return to Red Hot Chili Peppers' old-school, hard-rock funk stylings, but it's got "hit" written all over it.