The Red Hot Chilli Peppers are undeniably one of the best bands our generation has seen and have gone from strength to strength with each album. Brendan's Death Song is the fourth single from their 2011 album I’m With You it’s quite possible they’re saving the best for last. Despite not yet being released as a single and having no radio play, fans voted the song tenth best of the year in the Rolling Stone Top 10 Reader's Poll of 2011.
The song is about Brendan Mullen, founder of The Masque, a small punk rock club which was an important part of the early L.A. punk scene.
According to a July 2011 interview with singer Anthony Kiedis, Mullen died on the first day of rehearsals for the album. Kiedis said he received a text message about the death and he informed the band when he got to rehearsals. Without talking, the band started to jam, and the basis for the song came right away. Kiedis stated that the song has the feel of a death march but ultimately "the song is more of a celebration than a bummer." Kiedis describes his favourite part of the song being the bridge, which is much darker and there is a feeling of falling into the unknown abyss of dying. Guitarist Josh Klinghoffer described the song as being part acoustic mourning, part galloping hard-rock send-off.
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