But if you have a full closet and someone sees something they like, if you give it to them, the world is a better place." The act was something that affected Kiedis significantly because he had never before experienced such an enlightening ideology on life.Growing up in Los Angeles, he had always thought differently from Hagen.
The hook is irresistible and the message, about 'material excess,' is delivered simply and straightforwardly." Steve Huey of Allmusic felt the song was enhanced by Kiedis' lyrics, which were "a free-associative mixture of positive vibes, tributes to musical heroes, and free love, and their literal meaning was often as difficult to understand as Kiedis' nasal, staccato enunciation.But that distinctive vocal style helped make the most comprehensible lines even catchier and more memorable, greatly enhancing the song's appeal." He continued by praising the track's music, "John Frusciante's guitar should not be underappreciated either; his noisy, scratchy funk-rock work add[s] depth and texture to the powerhouse rhythm section of Flea and Chad Smith." Since the song's release, it has become a notable factor in the Red Hot Chili Peppers' success and has won a variety of accolades.Instead of giving material possessions away and being free thinking, the vocalist believed one must take what one wants, as no one else will provide.Instead, he now adopted Hagen's philosophy: "It was such an epiphany that someone would want to give me her favorite thing. Every time I'd be thinking 'I have to keep,' I'd remember 'No, you gotta give away instead.' When I started going regularly to [drug and alcohol] meetings, one of the principles I had learned was that the way to maintain your own sobriety is to give it to another suffering alcoholic."Give It Away" is a song by American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers from the group's fifth studio album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik.
It was released as the lead single from their album on September 4, 1991, by Warner Bros. The music was written by guitarist John Frusciante and bassist Flea during a jam session months prior to the album recording sessions.
"Give It Away" was released as the lead single from Blood Sugar Sex Magik in early September 1991, shortly before the record went on sale. sought to premiere the song on a popular rock radio station in Texas, but were turned down when the format refused to air the track—they told employees at the label to "come back to us when you have a melody in your song".
The band then embarked on a short press tour through Europe in order to promote the record; it was during this time that KROQ-FM, a Los Angeles-based modern rock station, began to place "Give It Away" on heavy rotation.
"Give It Away" won a Grammy award at the 35th Ceremony in 1993 for the "Best Hard Rock Performance".
The music video for "Give It Away" was made by French fashion photographer and director Stéphane Sednaoui.
Everything was the same, boring, homogenized, contrived shit." He and Flea met with Sednaoui to talk about the video, for which the director proposed a "very desolated [and] very graphic landscape," while heavily focusing on the band members with little to no outside influence.