Road Trippin'

"Road Trippin'"
Single by Red Hot Chili Peppers
from the album Californication
Released November 18, 2000[1]
Format CD
Recorded 1999
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:30
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Frusciante, Flea, Kiedis
Producer(s) Rick Rubin
Red Hot Chili Peppers singles chronology
"Road Trippin'"
"By the Way"
Music video
"Road Trippin'" on YouTube

"Road Trippin'" is a song by the American alternative rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers from their 1999 album, Californication and was released as the album's fifth single.


The single was released only in Europe. A music video was also made but never released in the United States until the band released their Greatest Hits album in 2003. Two versions of the single were released in the UK, but only the first was available elsewhere. A third, compilation version was released in Australia. With the song being only released in Europe it is amongst the least-known singles the band has released. As a result, it did not garner much recognition or airplay outside the band's fanbase and was only ever performed live four times and not since 2004, although current guitarist Josh Klinghoffer did do a tease of the song during the I'm with You tour in 2012.

The song tells of a road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway in which lead singer Anthony Kiedis, guitarist John Frusciante and bassist Flea surfed at Big Sur following Frusciante's return to the band. Drummer Chad Smith did not take the trip with his bandmates due to other commitments and also because he wasn't into surfing. The song is entirely acoustic, and is one of few Peppers' album tracks (Along with "Lovin and Touchin", "Thirty Dirty Birds", "Pea" and "If") not to feature drums. As such, Chad Smith only appears briefly at the half of the video, arriving in a boat.

The song featured at the start of the series 2 finale of Cold Feet in 1999.


Track listing

Single CD1
  1. "Road Trippin'" (album version) 3:26
  2. "Californication" (live) 6:03
  3. "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" (live) 4:21
  4. "Road Trippin'" (enhanced video)
Single CD2
  1. "Road Trippin'" (album version) 3:26
  2. "Under the Bridge" (live) 4:28
  3. "If You Have to Ask" (live) 5:21
Single CD3
  1. "Road Trippin'" (album version)
  2. "Californication" (live) 6:03
  3. "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" (live) 4:21
  4. "Under the Bridge" (live) 4:28
Single / Australia 9362449562
  1. "Road Trippin'" (album version) 3:26
  2. "Californication" (live) 6:03
  3. "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" (live) 4:21
  4. "Under the Bridge" (live) 4:27
  5. "If You Have to Ask" (live) 5:20


Chart (2000–01) Peak
Australia (ARIA) 56
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[2] 80
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[3] 44
Poland (Polish Singles Chart)[4] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[5] 91
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 30


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