By the Way
By the Way is the eighth studio album by American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, released July 9, 2002 on Warner Bros. Records. It sold more than 286,000 copies in its first week, and peaked at number two on the Billboard 200. The album went on to sell more than eight million copies worldwide.
About By the Way in brief
By the Way is the eighth studio album by American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, released July 9, 2002 on Warner Bros. Records. It sold more than 286,000 copies in its first week, and peaked at number two on the Billboard 200. By the Way was lauded by critics as a departure from the band’s previous styles, and is recognized for the melodic and subdued emotions given by the band. Guitarist John Frusciante is credited with writing most of the album’s melodies, backing vocal arrangements, bass lines and guitar progressions, therefore changing the direction of the recording dramatically. The album went on to sell more than eight million copies worldwide. The lyrical subject matter vocalist Anthony Kiedis addresses in By the way is a divergence from previous Chili Pepper albums, with Kied is taking a more candid and reflective approach to his lyrics. The band decided that they would again have Rick Rubin produce the album. Rubin had, in the past, granted the chili Peppers creative freedom on their recording material; this was something they thought essential for the album to be unique, and could only occur with his return. FrusCIante wanted an album of two different types of songs: songs that were more English-sounding and melodic, and songs that are more punk-rock sounding. He said he listened to Emerson, Lake & Palmer every day during the recording of by the Way. He was heavily into music by The Beach Boys and The Beatles along with doo-wop groups and their harmonies.
These new styles came to alienate Flea, who had wanted the band to return to its earlier funk-influenced sound. Flea felt his voice wasn’t heard, and there was a point where he considered leaving the band, according to KiedIs. FrUSciante mentioned that there was an influence on his work for his work on Juhees’ albums, including John McGeoch and Siouxsie and the Banshees. He also credits XTC singerguitarist Andy Partridge and Keith Levenee with being an influence for his guitar work on his albums. He has said in the 2002 issue of Total Guitar magazine that he was inspired by the XTC singer Andy Partridges’ work on the albums My House, My House and The Durutti Column, as well as Johnny Marr of the Smiths, The Smiths and Kimi Vini Reilly of The Duruti Column. He took the record as a collaborative effort between him and bassist Flea rather than a solo effort. The song “Body of Water” was recorded during these sessions, but did not make the final cut and was instead included on \”The Zephyr Song,\” instead of “Universally Speaking” It was recorded in the band members’ homes and other practice locations, such as a recording studio stage. It contained very little of the signature punk-funk fusion the band had become known for playing. One of the more melodic inspired songs came from listening to The Damned and Discharge.