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Released: June 8, 1999

Rating: 4.000 (average of 8 ratings)

Genre: funk rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Around the World
  2. Parallel Universe
  3. Scar Tissue
  4. Other Side
  5. Get on Top
  6. Californication
  7. Easily
  8. Porcelain
  9. Emit Remmus
  10. I Like Dirt
  11. This Velvet Glove
  12. Savior
  13. Purple Stain
  14. Right on Time
  15. Road Trippin’

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 5.16
sales in U.K. only - estimated 0.3
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. 4.0
sales worldwide - estimated 15.5


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 3
peak on U.K. album chart 5

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Scar Tissue (6/5/99) #8a US, #15 UK, #1 AR, #1 MR
  • Around the World (9/25/99) #35 UK, #16 AR, #7 MR
  • Other Side (1/1/00) #14 US, #33 UK, #2 AR, #1 MR
  • Californication (6/17/00) #64a US, #16 UK, #1 AR, #1 MR
  • Road Trippin’ (1/01) #30 UK
  • Parallel Universe (3/24/01) #37 AR


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. Q Magazine’s Top 100 Albums Rock and Roll Hall of Fame/NARM’s Definitive Albums

Red Hot Chili Peppers
“Many figured that the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ days as undisputed alternative kings were numbered after their lackluster 1995 release One Hot Minute, but like the great phoenix rising from the ashes, this legendary and influential outfit returned back to greatness with 1999’s Californication.” GP

“An obvious reason for their rebirth is the reappearance of guitarist John Frusciante (replacing Dave Navarro), who left the Peppers in 1992 and disappeared into a haze of hard drugs before cleaning up and returning to the fold in 1998. Frusciante was a main reason for such past band classics as 1989’s Mother's Milk and 1991’s Blood Sugar Sex Magik, and proves once and for all to be the quintessential RHCP guitarist. Anthony Kiedis’ vocals have improved dramatically as well, while the rhythm section of bassist Flea and drummer Chad Smith remains one of rock’s best.” GP

“The quartet’s trademark punk-funk can be sampled on such tracks as Around the World, I Like Dirt, and Parallel Universe, but the more pop-oriented material proves to be a pleasant surprise — Scar Tissue, Otherside, Easily, and Purple Stain all contain strong melodies and instantly memorable choruses. And like their 1992 introspective hit ‘Under the Bridge,’ there are even a few mellow moments – Porcelain, Road Trippin’, and the title track. With the instrumentalists’ interplay at an all-time telepathic high and Kiedis peaking as a vocalist, Californication is a bona fide Chili Peppers classic.” GP

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Last updated March 5, 2011.