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Red Hot Chili Peppers

Few rock groups of the '80s broke down as many musical barriers and were as original as the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Creating an intoxicating new musical style by combining funk and punk rock together (with an explosive stage show to boot), the Chili Peppers spawned a slew of imitators in their wake, but still managed to be the leaders of the pack by the dawn of the 21st century. The roots of the band lay in a friendship forged by three school chums, Anthony Kiedis, Michael Balzary, and Hillel Slovak, while they attended Fairfax High School in California back in the late '70s/early '80s. While Balzary and Slovak showed great musical promise (on trumpet and guitar, respectively), Kiedis focused on poetry and acting during his high-school career. During this time, Slovak taught Balzary how to play bass, while the duo encouraged Kiedis to start putting his poetry to music, which he soon did. Influenced heavily by the burgeoning L.A. punk scene (the Germs, Black Flag, Fear, Minutemen, X, etc.) as well as funk (Parliament-Funkadelic, Sly & the Family Stone, etc.), the trio began to rehearse with another friend, drummer Jack Irons, leading to the formation of Tony Flow & the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem, a quartet that played strip bars along the Sunset Strip during the early '80s. It was during this time that the four honed their sound and live act (as they stumbled across a stage gimmick that would soon become their trademark -- performing on-stage completely naked, except for a tube sock covering a certain part of their anatomy). By 1983, Balzary had begun to go by the name "Flea," and the group changed its name to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Word spread quickly about the up-and-coming band, resulting in a recording contract with EMI. But before the Chili Peppers could begin work on their debut, Flea and Kiedis were dealt a disappointing blow when both Slovak and Irons announced that they were leaving to focus more on another band they were in, What Is This. With replacement members Jack Sherman (guitar) and Cliff Martinez (drums) filling in, the Peppers released their self-titled debut in 1984. But the absence of the two original members showed, as the album failed to capture the excitement of their live show. While the album didn't set the world on fire sales-wise, the group began to build a dedicated underground following with college radio buffs. By 1985, What Is This were kaput (after issuing a single self-titled album) and Slovak and Irons returned to the Peppers, resulting in the George Clinton-produced Freaky Styley. While the album was an improvement over its predecessor, it still lacked the fire of the band's in-concert experience, a problem that would finally be solved with their next album, 1987's The Uplift Mofo Party Plan. The album was the group's first to make an impression on the charts, and they followed it up a year later with a stopgap five-track release, The Abbey Road EP, in 1988. But just as the world was warming up to the Peppers, tragedy struck when Slovak died from a heroin overdose on June 25, 1988.

In the wake of Slovak's death, Irons left the group for the second and final time, while Kiedis (who was also battling drug addiction at the time) and Flea decided to soldier on. After a new lineup featuring former Parliament guitarist Blackbyrd McKnight and former Dead Kennedys drummer D.H. Peligro didn't work out, the duo found worthy replacements in newcomers John Frusciante and Chad Smith. The new-look Chili Peppers hit pay dirt straight away, as their first album together, 1989's Mother's Milk, became a surprise hit due to MTV's exposure of their videos for a cover of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" and a song about their fallen friend Slovak, "Knock Me Down," as the album was certified gold by early 1990. The bandmembers knew that their next release would be the most important one of their career, so they moved into a mansion-turned-recording studio with producer Rick Rubin to work on what would become their most successful release yet, the stripped-down Blood Sugar Sex Magik (their first for the Warner Bros. label). The album became a monster hit upon its September 1991 release (eventually going on to sell a staggering seven million copies in the U.S. alone), as it spawned such hits as "Give It Away" and the group's first Top Ten single, "Under the Bridge."

But not all was well in the Chili Peppers camp. Like his predecessor, Frusciante had become addicted to hard drugs, and abruptly left the band mid-tour in early 1992. Undeterred, the band enlisted new member Arik Marshall, and headlined Lollapalooza II in the summer. When the band returned to the studio to work on its sixth release overall, it quickly became apparent that Marshall didn't fit in, and he was replaced by Jesse Tobias. But before Tobias could record a note with the group, he was handed his walking papers as well, and former Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro signed on. After a layoff of four years, the Peppers' much delayed follow-up to BSSM was released in 1995, One Hot Minute. While the album was a sizable hit, it failed to match the success and musical focus of its predecessor, as it became apparent during the album's ensuing tour that Navarro wasn't fitting in as well as originally hoped, and he left the band in early 1998.

After Frusciante had left the group, he released a pair of obscure solo releases, 1995's Niandra Lades and Usually Just a T-Shirt and 1997's Smile from the Streets You Hold, yet rumors circulated that the guitarist was homeless, penniless, and sickly with a death-defying drug habit. After checking himself into rehab and putting his demons behind him, Frusciante emerged once again refocused and re-energized, and promptly accepted an invitation to rejoin the Peppers once more. The group's reunion album, 1999's Californication, proved to be another monster success, reconfirming the Chili Peppers as one of alternative rock's top bands. The band put in a quick guest appearance on Fishbone's Psychotic Friends Nuttwerx before hitting the road to support the album. The following months found the band getting involved in bizarre situations and controversies. First, their refusal to play songs from One Hot Minute during the tour was an unpopular decision with some fans and a sore spot for Dave Navarro. Next, they re-ignited a personal feud between Kiedis and Mr. Bungle singer Mike Patton by refusing to play a series of European concerts with Bungle. Patton responded with a "tribute" show for the Peppers, where Bungle mocked their stage moves, faked shooting up heroin, and imitated Kiedis' comments about Patton. They also played the ill-fated Woodstock '99 festival, where their headlining performance was met with piles of burning rubble and a full-scale riot. Tours with the Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam brought them into the next year without problems, but they stepped off the road after a planned stop in Israel was halted due to security worries. They returned to the studio in November of 2001 and by the summer of 2002 they had a new album ready to drop, By the Way. Warner Bros. released a Greatest Hits compilation in 2003, followed by a chart-topping two-CD album of all-new material, Stadium Arcadium, in 2006.

After an extensive supporting tour, the Red Hot Chili Peppers took an extended hiatus and the members pursued individual interests. Flea began studying music theory at USC and played in a variety of side projects. Kiedis attempted to turn his autobiography, Scar Tissue, into a television show. Smith joined Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, and Joe Satriani in the party supergroup Chickenfoot. Frusciante released The Empyrean in 2009, by which time he had left the band. His replacement was Josh Klinghoffer, who played secondary guitar on the Stadium Arcadium tour. Klinghoffer's first album with the band, I'm with You, was released in late summer of 2011. It performed well around the world, hitting number one in numerous countries and reaching gold or platinum status. Touring the globe occupied much of the next three years, although the band's most prominent appearance was in America, playing with Bruno Mars at the halftime show for 2014's Super Bowl. By the end of the year, they'd begun writing songs, and entered the studio with Danger Mouse in the production chair (but not before a months-long hiatus following Flea breaking his arm on a skiing trip). By early 2016, the band had enlisted Nigel Godrich to help mix the upcoming album. ~ Greg Prato
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: I'm With You

1. Monarchy Of Roses

2. Factory Of Faith

3. Brendan's Death Song

4. Ethiopia

5. Annie Wants A Baby

6. Look Around

7. The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie

8. Did I Let You Know

9. Goodbye Hooray

10. Happiness Loves Company

11. Police Station

12. Even You Brutus?

13. Meet Me At The Corner

14. Dance, Dance, Dance

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Track List: Stadium Arcadium

Disc 1

1. Dani California

2. Snow (Hey Oh)

3. Charlie

4. Stadium Arcadium

5. Hump De Bump

6. She's Only 18

7. Slow Cheetah

8. Torture Me

9. Strip My Mind

10. Especially In Michigan

11. Warlocks

12. C'mon Girl

13. Wet Sand

14. Hey

Disc 2

1. Desecration Smile

2. Tell Me Baby

3. Hard To Concentrate

4. 21st Century

5. She Looks To Me

6. Readymade

7. If

8. Make You Feel Better

9. Animal Bar

10. So Much I

11. Storm In A Teacup

12. We Believe

13. Turn It Again

14. Death Of A Martian

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Track List: The Best Of Red Hot Chili Peppers

1. Behind The Sun

2. Johnny Kick A Hole In The Sky

3. Me And My Friends

4. Fire

5. True Men Don't Kill Coyotes

6. Higher Ground

7. Knock Me Down

8. Fight Like A Brave

9. Taste The Pain

10. If You Want Me To Stay

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Track List: Greatest Hits

1. Under The Bridge

2. Give It Away

3. Californication

4. Scar Tissue

5. Soul To Squeeze

6. Otherside

7. Suck My Kiss

8. By The Way

9. Parallel Universe

10. Breaking The Girl

11. My Friends

12. Higher Ground

13. Universally Speaking

14. Road Trippin'

15. Fortune Faded

16. Save The Population

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Track List: By The Way

1. By The Way

2. Universally Speaking

3. This Is The Place

4. Dosed

5. Don't Forget Me

6. The Zephyr Song

7. Can't Stop

8. I Could Die For You

9. Midnight

10. Throw Away Your Television

11. Cabron

12. Tear

13. On Mercury

14. Minor Thing

15. Warm Tape

16. Venice Queen

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Track List: Californication

1. Around The World

2. Parallel Universe

3. Scar Tissue

4. Otherside

5. Get On Top

6. Californication

7. Easily

8. Porcelain

9. Emit Remmus

10. I Like Dirt

11. This Velvet Glove

12. Savior

13. Purple Stain

14. Right On Time

15. Road Trippin'

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Track List: One Hot Minute

1. Warped

2. Aeroplane

3. Deep Kick

4. My Friends

5. Coffee Shop

6. Pea

7. One Big Mob

8. Walkabout

9. Tearjerker

10. One Hot Minute

11. Falling Into Grace

12. Shallow Be Thy Game

13. Transcending

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Track List: What Hits!?

1. Higher Ground

2. Fight Like A Brave

3. Behind The Sun

4. Me & My Friends

5. Backwoods

6. True Men Don't Kill Coyotes

7. Fire

8. Get Up And Jump

9. Knock Me Down

10. Under The Bridge

11. Show Me Your Soul

12. If You Want Me To Stay

13. Hollywood

14. Jungle Man

15. The Brothers Cup

16. Taste The Pain

17. Catholic School Girls Rule

18. Johnny Kick A Hole In The Sky

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Track List: Blood Sugar Sex Magik

1. The Power Of Equality

2. If You Have To Ask

3. Breaking The Girl

4. Funky Monks

5. Suck My Kiss

6. I Could Have Lied

7. Mellowship Slinky In B Major

8. The Righteous And The Wicked

9. Give It Away

10. Blood Sugar Sex Magik

11. Under The Bridge

12. Naked In The Rain

13. Apache Rose Peacock

14. The Greeting Song

15. My Lovely Man

16. Sir Psycho Sexy

17. They're Red Hot

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Track List: Mother's Milk

1. Good Time Boys

2. Higher Ground

3. Subway To Venus

4. Magic Johnson

5. Nobody Weird Like Me

6. Knock Me Down

7. Taste The Pain

8. Stone Cold Bush

9. Fire

10. Pretty Little Ditty

11. Punk Rock Classic

12. Sexy Mexican Maid

13. Johnny, Kick A Hole In The Sky

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Track List: The Uplift Mofo Party Plan

1. Fight Like A Brave

2. Funky Crime

3. Me And My Friends

4. Backwoods

5. Skinny Sweaty Man

6. Behind The Sun

7. Subterranean Homesick Blues

9. No Chump Love Sucker

10. Walkin' On Down The Road

11. Love Trilogy

12. Organic Anti-Beat Box Band

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Track List: Freaky Styley (Explicit)

1. Jungle Man

2. Hollywood (Africa)

3. American Ghost Dance

4. If You Want Me To Stay

5. Nevermind

6. Freaky Styley

7. Blackeyed Blonde

8. The Brothers Cup

10. Lovin' And Touchin'

11. Catholic School Girls Rule

12. Sex Rap

13. Thirty Dirty Birds

14. Yertle The Turtle

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Track List: Dani California

1. Dani California

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Track List: In Love Dying (Single)

1. In Love Dying

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Track List: Magpies On Fire / Victorian Machinery (Single)

1. Magpies On Fire

2. Victorian Machinery

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Track List: Pink As Floyd / Your Eyes Girl (Single)

1. Pink As Floyd

2. Your Eyes Girl

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Track List: The Sunset Sleeps / Hometown Gypsy (Single)

1. The Sunset Sleeps

2. Hometown Gypsy

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Red
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Talent is not an opinion... I never said I liked the chili peppers more.
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Parker Hopper; Or they have their own opinion that differs from yours! :D

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Nicocamp02 is probably a 9 year old.... He/she obviously doesn't know what he/she is talking about...
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Sublime is way better and more talented than Red Hot Chili Peppers
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That motherf**ker ' s always spiked with pain...
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flea has old grey hair
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On of the greatest rock bands ever
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OMG I love this song it reminds me of my dad who just moved out of my home town and I really miss it in paradise and I miss all my friends there too.
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LOVE ALL THEIR SONGS
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Sweet Red Hot Chilli Peppers! Been Listening To Smashing Pumpkins & Matchbox Twenty all Day! They Need to Tour Australia! They Rock, We Rock, So Lets Rock On! xx Maddison Mercedes xx
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I love you Red hot chili peppers!!!!
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Patton > Kiedis.....A l w a y s and forever.
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red hot chili peppers saved my life from myself on more than one ocasion. they mean so much to me. wish the stasion would play more of them
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Awesome
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I think Kidies is a underrated rapper. He has some interesting lyrics
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One of the best bands IMO
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Show lyrics
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I love Red Hot Chili Peppers, such a great band!
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