They have sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, and five of their albums have been certified multiplatinum in the U. They created two of the defining albums of the Nineties, (2006).Their eclectic music has ranged from thrashy punk-funk to Hendrix-laced neo-psychedelic rock to tuneful, ruminative California pop.And it's not likely that new Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo would dance around in a giant purple dinosaur head or sit still as pens and film canisters are shoved into his nose, eye and ear holes.Though neither Romanek nor the Peppers have heard from or met Wurm, Flea had a typically tongue-in-cheek explanation for why the band chose to interpret the artist's work. "We hadn't seen each other since I was an infant and we ran into each other in a Laundromat in Glendale."As with my movie ['One Hour Photo'], there's an incredible dynamic and tension in seeing someone [like Robin Williams or Anthony], who you know has a manic energy that he is repressing. I even smacked my head on the sucker pretty good one time." Flea, of course, remembers it differently.It becomes riveting to watch." For his part, Kiedis recalls liking the wall-hang, though he bears a few scars from the experience. "Anthony was actually left in the brick wall overnight," he claimed.
Getting the objects — which the bassist swears were "one of a kind Gucci/Prada markers collaborated on by the top European designers" — to stick in place was a bit more laborious than it looks.“For all us to agree on a piece of music’s validity,” noted bassist Michael “Flea” Balzary, “that piece of music must cover all the blood types, all the seasons and all four corners of the globe.” The Red Hot Chili Peppers also rank high among rock’s most electrifying live acts, described by Flea as “a whirlwind of spontaneous anarchy, locked in with a cosmic hardcore soul groove.” Their live shows possess an energizing physicality that is liberating to both band and audience.“I take a total beating,” vocalist Anthony Kiedis told writer Steve Roeser. When you come off bleeding with bones poking out of you, you know that you put on a good show.” The group’s principal subject, to which lyricist Kiedis has often returned, was the state of California."I felt like I was doing something good, like I was earning a living — good, blue-collar work." One of the more arresting and poignant moments in the otherwise absurd video is a series of shots in which Kiedis is suspended in the middle of a brick wall.While Romanek said the set-up was the singer's favorite because it "resonated with him about some inner strength he has," the director felt a different connection.