Congrats, Californication! You’re old enough to drink! Released on June 8, 1999, the Red Hot Chili Peppers biggest album to date is now 21.
'Californication' marked the return of guitarist John Frusciante, and his presence was heard right off the bat with the opening riff of lead single "Scar Tissue," released just two weeks before the album hit stores.
Second single "Around The World" dropped in September of 1999 and is maybe the best example on the album of a song that encapsulates all facets of the Chili Peppers' sonic palate.
RHCP kicked off 2000 with dates in Japan and Australia for their Californication Tour, bolstered by the release of "Otherside," the third single from the album.
The title track, a quasi-ballad, was the album's fourth single, released in May of 2000 as the band rolled through the second North American leg of their tour well into the summer. Did you catch them at the Providence Civic Center in March of 2000?
Five singles deep on a year-old album, 'Californication' was a monster of a record, peaking at number three on the US Billboard 200.
It's rare that an album will yield six charting singles, but 'Californication' is one of those albums. 15 million copies sold world-wide, almost half of those here in the US. It's the definitive Red Hot Chili Peppers album.