Why Red Hot Chili Peppers Are Greatest 90’s Rock Band
It all started in the early ’80s at Fairfax High school in Los Angeles California (USA). There Anthony Kiedis met Michael “Flea” Balzary and Hillel Slovak (who knew Jack Irons because they took music lessons together). Sometime later, in 1982 they formed a band called ” Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem”, which then from 1983 would be called “Red Hot Chili Peppers” (the name of Red Hot Chili Peppers comes from ” Chili Willi and the Red Hot Peppers “a country band from the 70’s).
It is one of the great rock groups that emerged in the 90s, which crossed musical barriers thanks to its original mix of punk and classic funk, its explosive style and its attitude on stage. The Red Hot Chili Peppers did not rise to fame until a good number of concerts behind their backs and a reputation earned outside the commercial circuits.
The original lineup was composed by Anthony Kiedis as the vocalist, Michael Balzary (Flea) on bass, Hillel Slovak on guitar and Jack Irons on drums, although the last two left the band soon. With only one demo recorded on cassette, one day they decided to go out and play nudes (only with an average in the genitals), in a presentation in the Kit Kat Club. After that concert, everyone in Los Angeles talks about them and they get a contract with EMI.
Between 1984 and 1987 they record their first three albums: “The Red Hot Chili Peppers” (1984), “Freaky Styley” (1985) and “The Uplift Mofo Party Plan” (1987). After the success of his third album, and just when the Peppers seemed ready to explode, Slovak dies of the overdose and the band wobbles.
In 1989, the group resurfaced with the addition of John Frusciante as the guitarist and Chad Smith on drums. With Kiedis, Flea, Frusciante, and Smith they released “Mother’s Milk” (1989), considered by many as one of their best works. The path of success undertaken by the band would reach its peak with his next album “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” (1991), a real global hit thanks to songs like “Give It Away”, “Under The Bridge” or “Suck My Kiss. “
Then Frusciante exit the band. Now Dave Navarro becomes the new guitarist and the sound of RHCP started changes. All this can be seen in “One Hot Minute” (1995), there fifth studio work, which meant some setbacks in terms of sales.
With the return of Frusciante in 1998 funkiest and best-selling influences return. Thus, “Californication” (1999) becomes the best-selling RHCP album to date. The band continues to reap successes and recognition with its following works: “By The Way” (2002), and the double “Stadium Arcadium” (2006). After facing the biggest break in career, in 2011 they return with renewed energy and “I’m With You”. Again without John Frusciante, this time is Josh Klinghoffer.
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