In this post we are going to discover the location of the video Scar Tissue by Red Hot Chili Peppers and what the video means. Scar Tissue is a song that is part of the 1999 “Californication” album. This album marked a turning point in RHCP’s artistic career and led them to a more melodic rock.
An autobiographical song dedicated to John Frusciante
The lyrics speak of a rebirth that is not only physical but above all internal. The lyrics of the song seem to refer to the guitarist of the band John Frusciante, who had left the band in 1992, going through serious drug problems. Until 1997 Dave Navarro had replaced him. Frusciante, after detoxification, returned to Red Hot in 1998.
I remind you that John Frusciante joined the band in 1988, because the previous guitarist, Hillel Slovak, had died of an overdose. Maybe Fusciante didn’t want to end the same way…
The location of the video Scar Tissue
Stéphane Sednaoui is the director of the video Scar Tissue. The video is a sequel to the “Give It Away” video, where Red Hot perform in a more festive atmosphere. They are completely covered in gold (which appears silver in the video because shot in black and white) and move as in a tribal dance.
For the Give It Away video, the director is always Stéphane Sednaoui. He is a French director and photographer. He worked for U2, Madonna, Bjork, The Smashing Pumpkins, Massive Attack, Garbage, Alanis Morissette, Depeche Mode, Jamiroquai and many others. For the Red Hot Chili Peppers he also made the videos of “Breaking the Girl” and “Around The World”.
The location of the video Scar Tissue by Red Hot Chili Peppers is the same as Give It Away: the Mojave desert in California, near Los Angeles.
The Mojave desert, location of the video Scar Tissue and Give It Away, has an average altitude of 910-1800 meters above sea level. Inside we find the Death Valley, so called because it is the lowest and warmest area in North America, with over 50 degrees in July and August.
This desert is also the location of the videos Frozen from Madonna and “Say You’ll Be There” from Spice Girls.
The Scar Tissue video
At the beginning of the video we see John Frusciante driving a car (a 1967 Pontiac Catalina convertible) with a broken hand. The other members of the Red Hot also travel in the car.
It appears they are returning from a fight or chase, where they were brutally beaten. They are wounded and full of bandages, badly attached.
Flea (the bass player) has a plaster on his left eyebrow. Chad Smith (the drummer) also has a blow to the head, which is completely bandaged. Anthony Kiedis appears with his famous short platinum blonde bob haircut. He also has a injured right ear, a bruised cheekbone and a belly injury. Is that all an excuse to show his abs?
During the video, the band members start playing on the ruins of something that has exploded. We also see Chad Smith and Flea pretending to smoke a small branch with two pine cones.
John Frusciante reads a half burnt book. Finally he starts playing a guitar with a broken neck and performs the final solo. The video ends with the sunset and Frusciante throwing the guitar away.
The location of the video Scar Tissue and Give It Away
As we said, this single is considered the sequel to Give It Away, but it’s completely different. The location is the same but the song lasts much less (3:40 minutes, compared to 4:33 in Give It Away). The song is more melodic and less alternative / rap / funk rock. The video is in color unlike that of Give It Away which is in black and white. The tone of the images is different: in Give It Away there is a more cheerful and festive air. In Scar Tissue there is nostalgia, apathy, yearning. It is a rebirth that however brings with it a pain of the soul.
In 2004 Anthony Kiedis published a book entitled “Scar Tissue”. It is an autobiography which describes the consequences of his life made of drugs and excesses.