Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis once told Foals their song ‘Bad Habit’ would “be a hit”

Yannis Philippakis recalled the encounter during an online listening party for 'Holy Fire' last night

Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis has revealed that his band once got a compliment off Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ Anthony Kiedis about their song ‘Bad Habit’, telling them it would “be a hit”.

The recollection came during last night’s Twitter listening party for Foals’ ‘Holy Fire’, which was released in 2013. The online event was the latest instalment of Tim Burgess‘ lockdown series of listening parties for classic albums.

Discussing the ‘Holy Fire’ single ‘Bad Habit’, Yannis recalled how the track “started out on acoustic guitar” before they began writing and rehearsing the track “in empty shower rooms” backstage while on tour in South America supporting the Chilis.


On one occasion, Kiedis came into their rehearsal space (“after getting a back rub / foot rub,” according to Yannis) after they’d played ‘Bad Habit’ and “told us it’d be a hit”.

Yannis also spoke about his intention to be “super vulnerable” with the lyrics to ‘Bad Habit’. “I wasn’t in a great place, but the song came out great,” he added.

You can watch the video for ‘Bad Habit’ below.

You can read all of the tweets from Foals’ ‘Holy Fire’ listening party by heading here.


Last week, Foals launched their new video series FBC – Transmissions, allowing fans to experience a new look at life in the band.