Red Hot Chili Peppers Sue Agent Mulder, Some Guy Who Worked On <i>Dawson’s Creek</i>

Nov 20th, 2007 // 9 Comments

whatidlikeisidliketohugandkissyou.jpgEven given the bizarre identification angle–the protagonist is an alcoholic blogger (!)–Showtime’s David Duchovny vehicle Californication was a pretty godawful show, unless you were so hard up for softcore that you needed to suffer through 20 minute jags of undercooked family drama. But we assumed, like the rest of Americans moderately familiar with turn of the millennium alt-rock, that the show had either cleared the punny name with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who slapped it on one of their weakest singles in 1999, or that Californication was a commonly used West Coast reference. Apparently neither, because Anthony Keidis’ TiVo (and attorneys) finally caught up with Showtime this week.

The lawsuit alleges unfair competition, dilution of the value of the name and unjust enrichment, claiming the title is “inherently distinctive, famous … and immediately associated in the mind of the consumer” with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

“Californication is the signature CD, video and song of the band’s career, and for some TV show to come along and steal our identity is not right,” said the band’s lead singer, Anthony Kiedis, in a statement.

The AP had no luck in tracking down Tom Kapinos, the show’s creator, whose only other major credit seems to some writer/producer involvement with Dawson’s Creek. (Did you check the picket lines, guys?) But wait, isn’t “Under The Bridge” the Chili Peppers’ signature song? Maybe a troll should sue them for unfair competition.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Sue Showtime [AP]


  1. Ned Raggett

    Like a couple of folks muttered on the Defamer thread, “Californication” as a term has been around for a while — this Time article from 1972 brought it to the whole dang country. RHCP have a losing case here and Keidis is a dip if he thinks he cleverly invented it one night in between beer bongs and staring at the ocean.

  2. The Notorious T

    “Californication is the signature CD, video and song of the band’s career…”

    That’s reassuring to hear, for now I can go forward with my plans to make Blood Sugar Sex Magic: The Musical about a VD clinic wedged between a Red Cross building and a magical candy factory with no fear of retribution.

  3. Dead Air ummm Dead Air

    If the RHCP could change their lyrics for Krusty, I don’t see why Twin Peaks’ Agent Bryson can’t change the name of his stupid TV show no one watches.

  4. extracrispy

    If only the Red Hot Chili Peppers were as forgiving as Tom Petty.

  5. Chris N.

    “unless you were so hard up for softcore that you needed to suffer through 20 minute jags of undercooked family drama.”

    I am.

  6. jt.ramsay

    I think that ‘hard up for softcore’ is the default programming option on premium networks these days. I laugh out loud whenever someone says ‘Tell Me You Love Me’ is good.

  7. beta.rogan

    @extracrispy: My thoughts exactly.

  8. Mike P.

    Maybe this was mentioned on Defamer, but J. Geils Band had a song called “Californicatin’” on their 1984 album You’re Gettin’ Even While I’m Gettin’ Odd, the career-killer they made after kicking Peter Wolf to the curb.

  9. Jfrankparnell

    Next, Flea’s gonna sue David Cronenberg and Vincent Price

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