The Myth of the Red Hot Chili Peppers Is Better Than the Band I Remember

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By Jason Diamond One of the pinnacles of internet prankdom was reached in 2014, when comedian Jon Daly convinced the unsuspecting masses that the Red Hot Chili Peppers had released a song called “Abracadabralifornia” in anticipation of the band’s upcoming Super Bowl performance. It was a low-stakes joke, a funny way to sum up what one of the quintessential 1990s bands had turned into in the 21st century: a mishmash of Anthony Kiedis word-soup set to music that, in hindsight, sounds like it was played by a Chili Peppers cover band and not the original version. It was, and remains, perfect to me…

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