Author’s note: Click on the words in green throughout this article for links to related video and audio clips and supporting articles.  Click on the song title and band’s name at the end of this post to listen to this song in its entirety and to visit a Web site dedicated to the band.


This song does a brilliant job of addressing the superficiality and artificiality of the society in which we live by using the magnification of California as a metaphor for the rest of society. A society where being rich and famous is the ultimate prize. A society where “Reality” shows can make celebrities out of anyone with a face, regardless of talent, skill, or relevance, and the line between entertainment and news is nonexistent. A society where commentators and pundits are celebrities and “normal” celebrities are asked to comment and pontificate as if their opinions carry more weight than the rest of the common folk.

Note to the networks – that’s why there are blogs – they offer a forum to the masses to state their opinion on anything whether anyone cares or not and they do it for free.





-Psychic spies from China
Try to steal your mind elation
Little girls from Sweden
Dream of silver screen quotations
And if you want these kind of dreams
Its Californication

It’s the edge of the world
And all of western civilization
The sun may rise in the east
At least it settles in a final location
It’s understood that Hollywood
Sells Californication

Pay your surgeon very well
To break the spell of aging
Celebrity skin is this your chin
Or is it war your waging

Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Californication

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