As the real Red Hot Chili Peppers prepare for their Super Bowl halftime performance, a note-perfect parody track of the group entitled “Abracadabralifornia” has appeared on the official-looking (but completely fake) website RHCP2014.com.
The song is the brainchild of comedian Jon Daly and Cyrus Ghahremani, frontman for Los Angeles power-pop band Hot Karate, both of whom tweeted “Genius behind everything” about the other. The “group” expertly lampoon the band’s slap bass-anchored funk-rock, love of all things California and Anthony Kiedis’ non-sequitur raps (“I’m a bad mamma jamma/From here to Alabama/I play in a band called the Alabama jammas/I hope we don’t get tricked by the Alabama scamma”).
The roots of the song go back to a 2013 episode of humor podcast Comedy Bang Bang, where Daly and friend Zach Galifianakis expounded on their love of the group. “We’re huge Pepperman,” Daly said over Galifianakis’ snickers. “It’s a fan club. We’ve got a theme song.” Daly proceeded to sing the song’s hook in a dead-on Kiedis imitation.
The real band is set to close out this weekend’s Big Hello to Brooklyn concert on Saturday before performing Sunday at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium. The three-day celebration, sponsored by sports radio station WFAN, also features performances from New Politics, MS MR, J Roddy Walston and the Business and Basic Vacation.
While “Abracadabralifornia” had Twitter debating whether the song was real or not, RHCP drummer Chad Smith tweeted his approval Wednesday night. Take a listen below: