They've been painted silver, transformed into video game characters and played roles in a harebrained kidnapping caper, but for their latest video, for "The Zephyr Song," the Red Hot Chili Peppers have decided the best way to move ahead is to go back to the past.
The clip, shot two weeks ago in Los Angeles, is a tribute to the psychedelic light shows of the '60s. Instead of using contemporary computer and animation effects, directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (who worked on the Chili Peppers videos "By the Way," "Road Trippin' " and "Otherside") used methods created by '60s multimedia artists including Bill Ham, whose experiments with overhead projectors and film complemented shows at clubs like San Francisco's Avalon Ballroom.
"The Zephyr Song"'s video features the band playing the buoyant, melodic ditty while visuals created with mirrors, film loops, video feedback, rephotography and colored oils on overhead projectors splash across the screen. Instead of the drawing from the imagery of '60s San Francisco, the directors references more L.A.-centric iconography such as kids skateboarding, people surfing and waves cresting.
The video will be released October 7 and is the second from the band's platinum By the Way, which came out July 9. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are on tour in South America and will play Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Europe before starting their U.S. tour in 2003.