I have been trying to figure out how to work the Red Hot Peppers’ (RHCP)* 1999 hit, Californication, into a blog.This is a wonderful coincidence, because prior to moseying over to Big Hollywood to nutpick I had spent upwards of twenty seconds trying to figure out how to work this picture "into a blog":
Shall we finish up the first paragraph?
I had known and liked the song for some time. Who doesn’t?** But other than simply liking the song and having a general sense of what it was about, I had never listened closely. Of course, the title itself has almost the entire meaning of the song within it. I had recently read economist Russell Robert’s Hayekian novel, “The Price of Everything.” It is a simple yet spiritual characterization of the mystery of what Hayek called the “spontaneous order” in human organization.What follows are a couple thousand words of similar character and spontaneity in an attempt by Mr. Suit and Tie Guy to have a more dignified midlife crisis than his buddy who got the clap. After a painful verse-by-verse examination of the lyrics, we wind up here:
Lets put it all together. We know this “Californication” thing is “bad” but what is it? Californication is libertinism, crass materialism, solipsistic interactions and spiritual emptiness. It is our modern secular world, in short. Who knew RHCP shared something in common with cultural conservatives?Like Hitler, Anthony Kiedis is fond of children and dogs.
*My gratitude to the author for clarifying what might have been a confusing acronym later in the article.