This afternoon, certain suspiciously comedy-adjacent corners of Twitter started buzzing over the new Red Hot Chili Peppers single, presumably released to hype up the band’s upcoming Super Bowl performance. Links to a new Chilis website, rhcp2014.com, started being passed around, where the absurdly (but not exactly unbelievably) titled “Abracadabralifornia” could be heard and downloaded in full. While it was strange to see so many unlikely people gushing with effusive praise and/or horror about the song, I didn’t think anything of it at first. Like a non-life-threatening STD, latent Peppermania is one of those things even the kindest, smartest, most attractive people in your life can have, and you’d never know unless they sat down and had an honest conversation with you about it.
Of course, one listen to the song pretty much gives it away as a fake; an ingeniously executed fake performed by comedian Jon Daly. It’s a fleshed-out and Alabama Slamma–fied version of the theme song for the Pepper Men, his and Zach Galifianakis’s two-man RHCP fan club, which first debuted on the Comedy Bang Bang podcast last March. This hasn’t stopped more than a few genuine Pepper people from having the wool pulled over their eyes, including at least one professional music blog, which later updated to admit it had been pranked. Anthony Kiedis, take note — there are infinite, real cool points to be won if you actually Binga Bonga Burbank at the halftime show.