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Explain Yourself: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Is dressing up like Kurt Cobain okay? -- A look at the controversial new video from Red Hot Chili Peppers

In the new Chili Peppers video, ''Dani California,'' the group gleefully references bands like the Beatles, Parliament, and the Sex Pistols. Which is entertaining and all...until their nod to a sullen Kurt Cobain — with a candle extinguishing before him — suddenly puts a damper on the festivities. And we weren't the only ones who noticed. ''It was a big concern of [Chili Peppers bassist] Flea's,'' says the clip's director Tony Kaye (American History X) . ''Flea asked [ex-Nirvana drummer] Dave Grohl if it was okay. Dave said yeah—Nirvana was about having fun.'' We wouldn't call this homage ''fun,'' but it certainly did strike a chord.

Originally posted May 19, 2006 Published in issue #878 May 26, 2006 Order article reprints

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