By Amanda Wicks
Hollywood may look like it’s all glitz and glam from the outside, but the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ new animated music video for “Sick Love” shows what exists underneath that surface.
Directed by Beth Jeans Houghton, who worked with chief animator Joseph Brett, the video finds a young Australian girl falling prey to Hollywood’s image on TV. She quickly ditches her suburban digs and flies off to find fame and fortune on the California coast, but she quickly discovers everything is not quite what it seems.
What follows is a trippy, twisted visual about the divide between image and reality. News anchors spout off the day’s top events before vomiting green bile on one another, parties full of posh people turn into monstrous nightmares, devils haunt everyone’s shoulders and offer bad ideas, and, oh yeah, Anthony Kiedis gets busy with a giant spider who eventually rips his head off.
“Sick Love” appears on the band’s latest album The Getaway.