Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith sat down with Billboard’s John Norris as part of the “Chart Rewind” video series to reminisce about the music video for his band’s 2002 hit “By the Way.”
The song, which served as the title track to the band’s eighth studio album, peaked at No. 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2002 and spent 14 weeks at No. 1 on the Alternative Songs Chart.
Its accompanying video, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, follows singer Anthony Kiedis as he is hilariously held captive by his cab driver (played by Dave Sheridan), who tries to impress the frontman by singing along to the song and performing an outrageous dance routine, or as Smith describes it, “a good dance. Interpretive dance.”
Smith also notes the dated technology used throughout the video, including a flip-phone and a pager. “We actually debated whether or not we should show such modern technology,” he says. “It was like, is anyone gonna know what this is?”
In the video, Kiedis is eventually rescued by his fellow bandmates, and he smashes the window to escape the car. “He had to do that quite a few times,” reveals Smith. “Very dangerous. You don’t want the singer breaking his elbow!”
You can hear more interesting facts about the making of “By the Way” by watching the full video above.