This article is about the Red Hot Chili Peppers song. For the hip hop song, see Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. For other uses, see The Other Side (disambiguation).
Single by Red Hot Chili Peppers
from the album Californication
B-side "How Strong"
Released January 11, 2000
Format CD
Recorded 1999
Genre Alternative rock[1]
Length 4:15
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Flea, Frusciante, Kiedis, Smith
Producer(s) Rick Rubin
Red Hot Chili Peppers singles chronology
"Around the World"
Music video
"Otherside" on YouTube

"Otherside" is a song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, released in 2000.[2] It was the third single from their album Californication, and confronts the battles addicts have with their prior addictions. The single was highly successful peaking at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, the fourth highest ever for the band; and number one on the US Modern Rock Tracks, which was, at the time, the fifth for the band. The song remained at number one on this chart for 13 consecutive weeks, one of the longest runs at the top of that chart.

"Otherside" has remained a constant staple on the band's tours since 1999, making it one of their top ten most performed songs.[3]


This song refers to one of the band members, Hillel Slovak who died of a heroin overdose on June 25, 1988. This song talks about his struggles from this addiction.[1] The name of the song, "Otherside", is also used to say "afterlife".

Although it is sung by Anthony Kiedis, it is supposed to be Slovak's voice and his perspective towards the situation. This song talks about how Slovak knows how much the drug has affected him and how he must kill himself to end his addiction. This song also shows his struggles to end this addiction by saying, "I yell and tell it (drugs) that it's not my friend; I tear it down tear it down, and then it's born again." His constant struggle is also shown in the music video which shows a man waking up and then finding himself in the same position at the end of the video which means that it is a cycle that never changes and that never will change. The video also shows his struggles by having a scene where the man (Slovak) is fighting against his shadow which shows that he was initially fighting with himself due to the addiction.

The music video has also been interpreted differently in the past; some sources speculate that the beginning and end scene are one and the same, and that the events between them are flashbacks outlining the protagonist's (Slovak's) journey to this state.

This song is not only a commentary of Slovak's struggles but also demonstrative of the adverse effects of drug use as a whole.

Music video

The video was directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris in a black-and-white/monochrome Gothic style similar to Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, all influenced by German Expressionist art. Elements of Cubism and work by the graphic artist M. C. Escher are also seen in the video.

A cartoonish story line is juxtaposed upon the song; that of a young man's dream sequence. The band members appear dressed in black in unusual locations, with props intended to appear as surreal instruments. Throughout the video Anthony Kiedis with short, platinum hair is seen in a castle tower. His stage persona is different and quite dark when compared to his more energetic performances in other videos. John Frusciante plays a rope down a long corridor as if a guitar. Flea is hanging on high voltage wires and playing them as if they were a bass guitar, and Chad Smith is up on a tower with a rotating medieval clock that serves as his drum kit.[4]

Jonathan Dayton: "We did look at Caligari, and we looked at a lot of German Expressionist film. But it was also very important to avoid 'Caligari.' It was both inspiration and something to work around, because it has such a strong, specific style, and there have been other videos that have completely ripped it off."

Valerie Faris: "We didn't look at 'Calagari' all that much, really. We did, but then we just left it. We did look at a lot of the works of the futurist artists from the '30s, and the illustrations of the surrealists and from cubism. We were inspired more by paintings than by films…"


In 2009, Seattle producer Ryan Lewis sampled the song as a backdrop for his song of the same name with the rapper Macklemore. The song depicted Macklemore's own personal struggles as well as the wider problems that the hip hop community has with drug abuse.

In 2010, house duo Third Party made an unofficial remix of the song. The remix garnered considerable attention, but was never released. It was made official and released by Warner Bros. in 2013.

Other versions

German pop singer Mandy Capristo has covered this song on her album Grace.

Track listings

Sample of "Otherside" from Californication

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CD single (2000)
  1. "Otherside" (album) – 4:16
  2. "How Strong" (previously unreleased)– 4:43
CD version 2 (2000)
  1. "Otherside" (album) – 4:16
  2. "My Lovely Man" (live) – 5:18
  3. "Around the World" (music video)
CD version 3 (2000)
  1. "Otherside" (album)
  2. "How Strong" (previously unreleased)
  3. "My Lovely Man" (live)
  4. "Road Trippin'" (without strings)
  5. "Scar Tissue" (music video)
  6. "Around the World" (music video)
CD version 4 (2000)
  1. "Otherside" (album)
  2. "How Strong" (previously unreleased)
  3. "My Lovely Man" (live)
  4. "Road Trippin'" (without strings)
CD version 5 (2000)
  1. "Otherside" (album)
  2. "How Strong" (previously unreleased)
  3. "Road Trippin'" (without strings) – 3:25
  4. "Otherside" (music video)
7" single (2000)
  1. "Otherside" (album)
  2. "How Strong" (previously unreleased)

Charts and certifications

Weekly positions

Chart (2000) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[5] 31
Canadian RPM Singles Chart[6] 32
Canadian RPM Rock Report[7] 1
Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 44
Italy (FIMI)[9] 17
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 24
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 19
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 65
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 33
US Billboard Hot 100[15] 14
US Billboard Adult Top 40[15] 11
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[15] 2
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[15] 1
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[15] 26
Chart (2016) Peak
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[16] 85

Year-end charts

Chart (2000) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[17] 59


Region Certification
Italy (FIMI)[18] Gold

Preceded by
"All the Small Things" by Blink-182
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
February 19, 2000
Succeeded by
"Kryptonite" by 3 Doors Down
Preceded by
Load Me Up by Matthew Good Band
Canadian RPM Rock/Alternative 30 number-one single
March 10 – April 24, 2000
Succeeded by
"Everything You Want" by Vertical Horizon

See also


  1. 1 2 "411MANIA - The 8 Ball 5.18.14: Top 8 Red Hot Chili Peppers Music Videos". The 8 Ball 5.18.14: Top 8 Red Hot Chili Peppers Music Videos. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
  2. "Otherside". www.allmusic.com. Retrieved 2008-11-03.
  3. "Red Hot Chili Peppers Tour Statistics - setlist.fm". Retrieved March 23, 2015.
  4. The music video on Google Videos
  5. http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/23790/20121113-1611/Issue1185.pdf
  6. "Top Singles - Volume 71, No. 3, May 22, 2000". RPM. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
  7. "Rock/Alternative - Volume 70, No. 20, March 20, 2000". RPM. Retrieved 2010-10-18.
  8. "Offiziellecharts.de – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  9. "Robbie Williams - Candy - Top Digital Download" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Archived from the original on 25 October 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  10. "Dutchcharts.nl – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  11. "Charts.org.nz – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside". Top 40 Singles.
  12. "Swedishcharts.com – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside". Singles Top 100.
  13. "Swisscharts.com – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside". Swiss Singles Chart.
  14. "February 2000/ Archive Chart: 12 February 2000" UK Singles Chart.
  15. 1 2 3 4 5 "Billboard Singles". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
  16. "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 100. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  17. "Billboard Top 100 - 2000". Retrieved 2010-08-31.
  18. "Italian single certifications – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Otherside" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved January 10, 2015. Select Online in the field Sezione. Enter Red Hot Chili Peppers in the field Filtra. Select 2014 in the field Anno. The certification will load automatically
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