Slow Cheetah (5:19)

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From Stadium Arcadium

Slow Cheetah is a rock and roll song from the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 2006 album Stadium Arcadium. The song is characteristic of the band’s stylistic shift from rap and funk towards a mellower sound, evident in their latest albums. “Slow Cheetah” is unusual in that it is one of the few songs on Stadium Arcadium to feature the use of an acoustic guitar.

Andrew Perry of The Observer notes that within the dreamy, anthemic atmosphere of “Slow Cheetah,” the Chili Peppers transmute their funk and metal into a much mellower and softer style, whilst sacrificing little of their passion and energy. David M. Goldstein of Cokemachineglow writes that “Slow Cheetah” is “an example of how the band has learned to function in slower tempos without inducing sleep.” Stadium Arcadium received generally positive reviews, and even won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album in 2007.

For much of Stadium Arcadium, guitarist John Frusciante experiments with a vast array of synthesized effects, many of which are reminiscent of the idiosyncratic timbres found on 2004’s Shadows Collide With People. The ghostly outro of “Slow Cheetah” is a clear example of Frusciante’s affinity for psychedelia, and provides a stark contrast to the song’s acoustic beginning.


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  • k_r_i

    100% [2] Great track! Such an epic chorus. [2]

    17 Mar 5:44pm Reply
  • siwy042


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  • lejk_ap_nijo

    "Everyone has so much to say, they talk, talk, talk their lives away" I love that line.

    22 Apr 2014 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Good song

    11 Apr 2014 Reply
  • joshsaussey

    Great track! Such an epic chorus.

    19 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Grikonen

    This song makes me happy.

    5 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Ghostalusion

    great song

    24 Jan 2013 Reply
  • lyn-zette

    the ending is so Frusciante

    16 Jan 2013 Reply
  • El_Salvador7

    I have to be careful here with what I say, but I think this might well be my favourite song of SA. In fact I know so.

    17 Oct 2012 Reply
  • WeasMisticas

    Slow Cheetah <3

    27 Jul 2012 Reply
  • hala_madrid_1

    !!!!!!!!!! LOVE

    20 Jul 2012 Reply
  • jolly788

    PLEASE DON'T READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE.TOMORROW WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. NOW YOU'VE STARTED READING THIS. DON'T STOP. THIS IS SO FREAKY. 1. say your name 10 times 2. say your mom's name 5 times 3. say your crushes name 3 times 4. paste this to 4 other songs. if you do this, your crush will kiss you on the nearest Friday. but if you read this and do not paste this, then you will have very bad luck. SEND THIS TO 5 SONGS IN 143 MINUTES. WHEN YOU'RE DONE PRESS F6 AND YOUR CRUSH'S NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN. THIS IS SO FREAKY BECAUSE IT ACTUALLY WORK

    27 May 2012 Reply
  • YuukiX

    nice song <3 good mood guaranteed

    20 May 2012 Reply
  • realfuckingnito

    Waking up dead inside of my head.

    22 Apr 2012 Reply
  • DessaSpengler

    My favorite song of chili's

    19 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Eliroz

    ♥ Rhcp!!!

    16 Feb 2012 Reply
  • wckey

    The guitar in the solo in the last chorus has a very similar tone to that of the guitar in 1983 by Hendrix, somewhere at the end of the first third. Uh, just saying.

    14 Feb 2012 Reply
  • eric491001

    jo jo jo

    12 Jan 2012 Reply
  • LotemBen

    LOVE Whar an amazing album,.....

    6 Dec 2011 Reply
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