Californication: The Process of Adapting to Californian Ways
Cultures and habits surround us everywhere, but there is a certain culture in California in which newcomers tend to adapt to. The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ hit song Californication describes a story of young girls dreaming of stardom and migrating to California to follow an acting dream. She gets to California and learns quickly that the state can have a dark side as well. The Red Hot Chili Peppers display that Californication is the act of California brainwashing people as it reflects how the world is becoming artificial and fake.
When California is thought of, a positive connotation is usually ensued. While reading Suburban Eden, written by Kirse Granat May, a magazine is quoted “’The California way of life is something that people are usually violently for or violently against,’” (Suburban Eden pg 15). When analyzing this quote, the New York Yankees come to mind as everyone either loves them, or are disgusted by them; the same goes for California. Among the positives of California come great weather, job opportunities, and destinations like San Francisco, Hollywood, and Disneyland. On the negative side of things, Californication comes to mind as people change when they get here. The Chili Peppers voice “…dreams of silver screen quotations. And if you want these kind of dreams, it’s Californication.” There is a price to pay when you follow your dreams of Hollywood stardom.
Deepening the thought of Californication, the bridge of the song has another example of artificial California. “Pay your surgeon very well, to break the spell of aging. Celebrity skin, is this your chin, or is that war your waging?”
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