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"Scar Tissue"
Single by Red Hot Chili Peppers
from the album Californication
  • "Gong Li"
  • "Instrumental #1"
Released May 25, 1999
Format CD, cassette
Recorded 1999
Genre Alternative rock, blues rock
Length 3:35
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Flea, Frusciante, Kiedis, Smith
Producer(s) Rick Rubin
Red Hot Chili Peppers singles chronology
"Love Rollercoaster"
"Scar Tissue"
"Around the World"
Music video
"Scar Tissue" on YouTube

"Scar Tissue" is the first single from the American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers' seventh studio album Californication, released in 1999. It is one of their most successful songs, spending a then-record 16 consecutive weeks on top of the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart, as well as 10 weeks at the top of the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and reached number eight on Billboard Hot 100 Airplay.[1] It peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100.[2] In the UK, the song reached number 15 on the UK Singles Chart. It was also successful in New Zealand and Canada, where it reached numbers three and four, respectively.

"Scar Tissue" is considered to be representative of the new, more melodic rock sound the band experimented with on Californication (in contrast to the psychedelic One Hot Minute, and dry funk of Blood Sugar Sex Magik). The song is notable for its mellow intro guitar riff and for its slide guitar solos throughout. Guitar World placed the guitar solo 63rd in its list of the "100 Greatest Guitar Solos".[citation needed] "Scar Tissue" won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song in 2000.

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In 2004, Anthony Kiedis published Scar Tissue. Co-written by Larry Sloman, it was an autobiography with the principal theme of sex, drugs and rock-'n-roll. In the book he talks about the consequences of drugs (especially heroin) and in which way this can destroy somebody's life.

Music video

The music video for "Scar Tissue" was directed by Stéphane Sednaoui, who also directed the video for "Give It Away".

The opening shot is of John Frusciante driving down a strip of desert highway, a metaphor for Frusciante's return to the band (he does not drive in real life). But the four of them are battered, beaten and bandaged. They are traveling in a rusty wreck and playing broken instruments on the comeback trail. The video ends after an emotional thirty second Frusciante guitar solo at the moment of sunset, with John tossing the broken guitar from the car. The car Frusciante drove for the video was a 1967 Pontiac Catalina convertible. A very similar concept was considered, then scrapped, for the earlier "Soul to Squeeze" video. Prior to the video shoot, Kiedis had his hair cut and bleached his brown hair to platinum blond. It was filmed in California's Mojave Desert.

Live performances

"Scar Tissue" has been a live staple in the band's setlists since its first performance in 1998 making it the band's fifth most performed song overall.[3]

The band Mr. Bungle performed a mock version of the song in 1999, as part of a halloween concert parodying Red Hot Chili Peppers.[4]


Red Hot Chili Peppers

Track listings

CD single (1999) (Catalogue Number 9 16913-2)

  1. "Scar Tissue" (album) – 3:37
  2. "Gong Li" (previously unreleased) – 3:42
  3. "Instrumental #1" (previously unreleased) – 2:48

CD single (Slipcase) (1999)

  1. "Scar Tissue" (album) – 3:37
  2. "Gong Li" (previously unreleased) – 3:42

Cassette single (1999)

  1. "Scar Tissue" (album)
  2. "Gong Li" (previously unreleased)

Jukebox single

  1. "Scar Tissue" (album) – 3:37
  2. "Gong Li" (previously unreleased) – 3:42



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[29] Gold 35,000^
Italy (FIMI)[30] Gold 25,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[31] Gold 400,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[32] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

See also


  1. ^ "Radio Music: Top Radio Songs Chart". Billboard. 1999-10-09. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 523.
  3. ^ "Red Hot Chili Peppers Live". The Side. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  4. ^ Kangas, Chaz (21 April 2015). "Do Faith No More and the Red Hot Chili Peppers Still Hate Each Other?". Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  5. ^ " – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Scar Tissue". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  6. ^ " – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Scar Tissue" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  7. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 7279." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  8. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 8358." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  9. ^ "Top RPM Rock/Alternative Tracks: Issue 8375." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  10. ^ "Red Hot Chili Peppers: Scar Tissue" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  11. ^ " – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Scar Tissue" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  12. ^ " – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Scar Tissue". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  13. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Scar Tissue". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 37, 1999" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  15. ^ " – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Scar Tissue" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  16. ^ " – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Scar Tissue". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  17. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  18. ^ "Red Hot Chili Peppers: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  19. ^ "Red Hot Chili Peppers Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  20. ^ "Red Hot Chili Peppers Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  21. ^ "Red Hot Chili Peppers Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  22. ^ "Red Hot Chili Peppers Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  23. ^ "Red Hot Chili Peppers Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  24. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 1999". ARIA. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  25. ^ "RPM 1999 Top 100 Hit Tracks". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  26. ^ "RPM 1999 Top 50 Rock Tracks". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  27. ^ "End of Year Charts 1999". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  28. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1999". Retrieved 2010-08-28.
  29. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1999 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  30. ^ "Italian single  certifications – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Scar Tissue" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  31. ^ "British single  certifications – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Scar Tissue". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved September 22, 2016. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Enter Scar Tissue in the search field and then press Enter.
  32. ^ "American single  certifications – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Scar Tissue". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 24, 2016. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
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