James Corden has gone from being loveable east end geezer ‘Smithy’ in Gavin and Stacey to pretending to becoming ever American A-listers best friend in the blink of an eye. We’re proud of the Brit but one thing we can’t stop watching are his carpool karaoke’s, especially when he comes across as that kid who claims to know all the words to Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ only to murmur up until “Mom’s spaghetti!”

Corden was joined by Red Hot Chili Peppers in his latest karaoke calamity to sit in the back of a car around LA. Here’s four times where Corden got things oh so wrong. Chili’s fans, look away now.

Murmuring through ‘Can’t Stop’

Anthony Kiedis’ quick lyrics at the end of ‘Can’t Stop’ are some of his best: “Can I get two maybe even three of these” but Corden instantly flattens them with his attempt of: “schoo-bop bop maybe even two of the these”. Two? It’s three James. And enough of the improvisation.

Never forget your roots

Let’s not forget Corden grew up in England and was an actor for some time, in fact he still is now. At some point in his life he must have undergone the enduring task of learning lines to Oliver but when Chili Peppers’ Flea whips out the song, he looks bemused and lost amongst some of the lyrics.

Cry or fly?

Kiedis shifts the look of death towards Corden after he accidentally sings “together we fly” instead of “together we cry” in Under the Bridge. Almost there, almost.

Don’t meet your heroes

Rounding things off with a wise old saying, Corden makes one final cock up: “People say don’t meet your heroes but I don’t think they ever met The Red Hot Chili Peppers”. ‘The’, there is no ‘the’ in Red Hot Chili Peppers, just like it’s not ‘The Arctic Monkeys’, ‘The Foals’ etc etc. It’s a musician’s worst nightmare. We like to think that after the video ended Anthony Kiedis took the steering wheel and pushed Corden out of the car.

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Josh Shreeve

Director of VLM and radio man at Forge Radio. Studies journalism at the University of Sheffield.

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