The “world premiere” of “The Adventures of Raindance Maggie,” the lead single from Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ forthcoming album I’m With You, hit Los Angeles rock radio mainstay KROQ’s soundcloud late Friday afternoon. Why debut a song at such a press-unfriendly time? Simple: the song leaked in advance of its Monday debut, so the “world premiere” was quickly bumped forward. (According to RHCP forum Stadium Arcadium, the leak was accidental: a stream of the song, hosted on the band’s website, was accidentally made public early, and ripped by a fan before the error was corrected.)
Anchored by a “Seven Nation Army”-esque Flea bassline and laidback drumming from Chad Smith, the song is a showcase for predictably opaque lyrics from Anthony Kiedis (for example “Tugboat Sheila is into memorabilia/ Who says three is a crowd”) and for the band’s new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, whom fans are measuring against former RHCP axeman John Frusciante. Does he measure up? Let us know in the comments!