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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Albums Get Ranked Up!

The Red Hot Chili Peppers will be releasing a much anticipated new album in 2016.  However, with their current repertoire they have become one of the most successful and consistent bands in modern rock, so ranking their albums took quite bit of brainstorming. Focusing on the album as a whole and not the quality of the singles of each album was the main approach to this piece. RHCP’s first three albums are similar; a very young band trying to find its way.  However, when Mother’s Milk was released in 1989 the band finally tapped into their potential and the majority of the next six albums made the band one of the biggest, if not the biggest, band in modern rock music.

10. Red Hot Chili Peppers (self-titled) (1983)
The first album from RHCP was very raw and lacked cohesiveness, which would be expected considering the band wasn’t considered a serious project by guitarist Hillel Slovak who backed out of recording the album.  Anthony Kiedis and Flea have mentioned over the years that they prefer the demo versions of most of these songs which were recorded with the original lineup featuring Slovak.  Reaching just below the Billboard top 200, RHCP’s debut included very few highlights, however “Green Heaven” is a fan favorite and “Out In LA” is the first song that RHCP wrote together.
https://youtu.be/42NQHVgw7j0

9. Freaky Styley (1985)
Produced by funk mastermind George Clinton, Freaky Styley had some high points, particularly the comical “Catholic School Girls Rule” but still failed to garner much commercial success.
Bassist Flea had this to say about the album for the 2003 reissue:
“I know the music on this record was just way too obscure to ever be popular in a mainstream kind of way, but to me it really holds its own as a definitive and substantial musical statement. More than any other record we ever made it falls into the category of “too funky for white radio, too punk rockin’ for black.” Of course, the songs were very far away from any pop format; I realize it is/was not just the racial segregation at radio that precluded it from being a popular record.”
https://youtu.be/6RuXFD4cOmM

8. The Uplift MoFo Party Plan (1987)
The Uplift MoFo Party Plan was the last album to feature all four founding members of the band. Guitarist Hillel Slovak would later die of a heroin overdose after the tour in support of the album, and drummer Jack Irons would quit the band being unable to cope with the loss of his friend.  As the RHCP sound continued to sprout, this album was their most successful one up to this point and was actually their first album to enter the Billboard top 200.  Some noteworthy tracks include “Fight Like A Brave”, “Me and my Friends”, and “Behind the Sun”.

7. I’m With You (2011)
The first album since One Hot Minute sans John Frusciante seems to be a band in rebuilding mode with new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer who seemingly does not quite fill the shoes his predecessor left behind.  Many RHCP albums, specifically the ones released after the 1980’s, were very guitar heavy, but the guitar parts took more of a backing role with I’m With You. However, it seems that the talent of Josh Klinghoffer wasn’t the issue; the issue was in the production phase of the album as the recorded guitar parts were greatly turned down.  A fan re-engineered the album and posted the new version on youtube which brings the guitar parts out into the forefront. Many fans believe this change greatly enhanced the quality of the album and truth be told if that version was the one originally released it would have been ranked just below Blood Sugar Sex Magic on this list. However, based on the recording that was released, besides one of the most exceptional ballads the band has ever recorded in “Breaden’s Death Song”, the tracks don’t measure up to any of the singles that RHCP released since before Mother’s Milk. Tracks like “Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie”, “Look Around”, and “Monarchy of Roses” which all could be placed in the same category as “Suck My Kiss”, “Higher Ground”, and “Around the World” would all rank at the bottom of that category.  I’m With You was an album with great potential, but the decision to hide Klinghoffer’s talent greatly degraded the finished product.

https://youtu.be/LKxsvCgNzfc

6. Mothers Milk (1989)
Mothers Milk was the album that RHCP finally polished their unique sound to form something that was widely accepted on MTV and rock radio. The Stevie Wonder cover “Higher Ground” and the second single “Knock Me Down” both received significant air play and became the sound the band would feed off of for years to come. Other great highlights from this album include the Jimmy Hendrix cover “Fire” and the scorcher “Johnny Kick a Hole in the Sky”.
https://youtu.be/xnZuj820zSA

5. Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)
Blood Sugar Sex Magik made the Red Hot Chili Peppers a worldwide phenomenon. Hard hitting and funky tracks like “Suck My Kiss” and “Give it Away” are the yin to the yang of two of the best ballads in the RHCP catalog in “Breaking the Girl” and “Under the Bridge”.  This album contained some of the band’s best singles, but as a complete piece wasn’t their best cohesive work.
https://youtu.be/XFkBVcjeCp8

4. One Hot Minute (1995)
The one off album featuring guitarist Dave Navarro in place of John Frusciante is a bit of an enigma. Flea once eluded that Navarro wasn’t a good fit for RHCP, and the band very rarely play a song from this album live. However, as a whole it is just about as great as the rest of their classics. It contains some of the bands more standard alternative rock tracks like “Coffee Shop” and “Warped” and along with the ballad “My Friends” and the fun oddity “Aeroplane” One Hot Minute is surprisingly RHCP’s most well rounded album.
https://youtu.be/Fgdrn_Y0XcE

3. By The Way (2002)
By The Way was critically acclaimed but a bit of a change of pace from the band’s previous releases. However, as solid as it was, the album wasn’t as consistent as Californication or Stadium Arcadium, even though “Can’t Stop” and “By The Way” were great singles. Other highlights include tracks like “Dosed”, “Universally Speaking” and “The Zephyr Song” in which the band strayed away from their norm and the tracks became a favorite among many fans.  Additionally, the track “Throw Away Your Television” may be the best track to come out of the By The Way sessions and has since become a spectacularly performed live staple.
https://youtu.be/zbn0oq0fZEA

2. Californication (1999)
After the release of One Hot Minute, five long years passed and the buzz surrounding RHCP had chilled a bit. There were some drug problems in the band during this hiatus plus the departure of Dave Navarro, however, that departure allowed for the return of John Frusciante, and the fire was restarted after the release of Californication. This album contains everything that makes the Red Hot Chili Peppers great songwriters. Tracks like “Otherside”, “Californication”, and “Scar Tissue” have the same essence that made “Under the Bridge” such a landmark track, and the funky “Around the World” was a throwback to the RHCP standard which helped get the critics back on their side.
https://youtu.be/zw7k8TCcukI?list=PLLu3jA528tg6fNKBTglt3Y4SFG5tduWI4

1. Stadium Arcadium (2006)
I can see it in the comments section already… This guy put which album #1!!!???
John Frusciante’s swan song.. or.. swan album (hardy har har) is, as a complete work, the Red Hot Chili Peppers BEST album.  Stadium Arcadium contains over two hours of great single worthy tracks and it’s difficult to single out a specific track that stands out amongst others because of the album’s consistency, and in all honesty, the singles may be the weakest tracks on the album.  Stadium Arcadium doesn’t have a track that is as epic as “Scar Tissue”, “Give It Away”, or “Under the Bridge” however, from start to finish, it is RHCPs most solid album and may actually be one of the best double albums of all time.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Unreleased 1998 Song “Circle of the Noose” Leaks

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Original source of the leaked 1998 mix of “Circle of the Noose”

 

In the late 1990’s, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were on their last leg with Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro. After touring the world for One Hot Minute, the band tried writing and recording new material with Navarro. Until now, nothing from those sessions have ever been leaked. In rare interviews and fan communities, a title, “Circle of the Noose” would surface up. Today, it was leaked to the world by rhcptv5 on Twitter, and posted on YouTube. Commenting on the song’s character, a tribute to qawwali devotional singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Navarro recalled in an AllStar 1997 interview that:

“One of the songs we’ve done is the greatest pop song I’ve ever been a part of…It’s pop in the sense of verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, hook. I really love it and we use a loop of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. It’s really nice. The best way I can describe it is it’s like pepped- up ’60s folk with ’90s ideals, but I would hate to label it as folk because it’s not, it moves.”

 

The song is available below, in the rough mix which has circulated in rare collector’s circles for some time. Artwork credited to Leandro Cabo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFtyQfoDoxA&feature=youtu.be

This news of course, occurs right as the Chili Peppers are at “home stretch” with finishing their new album:

Anthony Kiedis discussed Red Hot Chili Peppers’ new album last week on Jonesy’s Jukebox.

“We’re in the home stretch. I sang yesterday, I get a week off, I go back to finish.”

He added, “We’re going to back and listen to the songs, and see if we can beat them.”

“We had written two dozen songs before we got with him. [Producer Danger Mouse] is like, ‘Let’s keep a few of those, but let’s go write all new songs in the studio. We’re looking at each other like, ‘Dude, we kind of already wrote the songs, bro.’ He’s like, ‘No, I like to write new ones in the studio.’ So, in honor of accommodating this new process, we wrote all new songs, and it’s a good thing we did.

Below is my interpretation of what the lyrics of “Circle of the Noose” could be:

Inspiration
Mess me up, makes me cry
Come and see me please
Dragonfly, so I don’t die
In a circle
Break my heart
So I can start

All I need
Is for fun and for free
All I need
All I need

I don’t need it!
Don’t need it!
I don’t need it!

Locomotive
Shoot me up
Shoot me down
Devasation boy
Deal me out, steal my joy
Good for nothing
That’s the one
My mother’s son

All I need
Is for fun and for free
All I need
All I need

I don’t need it!
Don’t need it!
I don’t need it!

In the sun
And the sea
I’m for fun
and for free

Dog’s a-laughing
Laughing now
That I’m no-how
Human uniform
I’m so warm, inside this stone

All I need
Is for fun and for free
All I need
All I need

I don’t need it!
Don’t need it!
I don’t need it!

Human uniform

 

 

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers Announce New 2016 Festival Tour Dates

As the Chili Peppers add the finishing touches to their eleventh studio album, and the second with guitarist Josh Klinghoffer (ex-Frusciante collaborator) , the band has quietly announced tour dates for the next year. They are all exclusively festival tour dates and all but one is in Europe. Next summer, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be back in Europe to cover festivals such as Reading (England), Rock am Ring (Germany), Pinkpop (the Netherlands) and Rokslide (Denmark). They also will be found starting their festival tour dates at Ohio’s Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, May 21st-23rd. They have headlined several of these festivals in the past, such as Pinkpop and Rokslide. The tour dates are as below:

Date Venue Location
May 21-23 Rock On The Range Columbus, Ohio Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 03-05 Rock am Ring Mendig Airfield, Germany Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 03-05 Rock im Park Nuremburg, Germany Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 08 Greenfield Festival Interlaken, Switzerland Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 10-12 Pinkpop Landgraaf, The Netherlands Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 10-12 Novarock Nickelsdorf, Austria Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 30-Jul 03 Open’er Festival Gdynia, Poland Get Tickets | RSVP
Jun 30-Jul 03 Roskilde Festival Roskilde, Denmark Get Tickets | RSVP
Jul 02 Rock Werchter Werchter, Belgium Get Tickets | RSVP
Jul 06 U-Park Festival Kiev, Ukraine Get Tickets | RSVP
Jul 09 Park Live Moscow, Russia Get Tickets | RSVP
Aug 26-27 Reading Festival Reading, England Get Tickets | RSVP
Aug 26-27 Leeds Festival Leeds, England Get Tickets | RSVP

 

As our last article reported, Tim and Cameron recently jammed with Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, who offered a major update on the band’s new album.

“He said the album has been finished musically for a while now, but they are still waiting on Anthony to track the vocals. He says the new album sounds very ‘emotional’. He smells like a freshly opened pack of printer paper.”

 

In anticipation, enjoy some videos from RHCP’s past, at some of these festivals:

Pinkpop 1988 (With original guitarist Hillel Slovak) “Fight Like a Brave”

Pinkpop 1988 Interview

Rokslide Festival 2002 “Scar Tissue”

Rock am Ring 2004 “My Lovely Man”

 

Readings/Leeds 2007 “Don’t Forget Me”

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers Announce Show With John Legend

Recently, the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed a charity show for the San Diego Foundation at Belly Up Tavern in San Diego. It became their 2015 full band live debut and it looks like it won’t be their last. Flea recently posted on Instagram more new about future tour dates: ‘A concert, fine art auction, and dinner this Saturday to raise funds for the Silverlake conservatory of music. The Rhcp is gonna do an acoustic set too. It is always a beautiful nightl when we have these fundraisers and so many great kids get to give their talents wings. I am so grateful to john legend for playing and equally so to the great kamasi Washington. There are still tickets available I know we are asking a lot of money for them but it’s for the kids not for us. We are a non profit school we are doing everything we can to help we care so much. There will be great art there by Thomas Houseago, Richard prince, Damien Hirst, jeff koons, urs fischer, gus van sant and Dana Louise Kirkpatrick. And more art that I forget about because I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed. A magic night is in store.’

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers, as Josh Klinghoffer and Anthony Kiedis, played an acoustic set earlier this year. May 16th, the duo performed at UCLA Spring Sing, where Kiedis accepted the annual “George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement” from the UCLA Student Alumni Association, where Anthony Kiedis attended for a year after high school. The two performed Chili Peppers classics “By the Way” and “Otherside”, along with a Sly and the Family Stone cover, “If You Want Me to Stay”, a song covered on their sophomore album Freaky Styley with original guitarist Hillel Slovak.

Tickets for the show are $2,500 each. A table of 10 is $25,000. If interested, contact events.scm@outlook.com.

Flea is also working on establishing another children’s conservatory of music like the Silverlake location, but in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. Flea is a vocal supporter of the arts for youth and is a proud father himself. His daughter Clara Balzary is known photographer and has accompanied the band on tour in recent years.

Below is the setlist from the last show and two videos of live rarities “Mommy, Where’s Daddy” and “Nobody Weird Like Me”:

Setlist:
Can’t Stop
Factory of Faith
Nobody Weird Like Me (First time since 2007)
Otherside
Police Helicopter (First time since 2003)
Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Under the Bridge
Me & My Friends
Snow ((Hey Oh))
Fire (The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover) (First time since 2012)
By the Way
Mommy, Where’s Daddy? (First time since 1999)
Give It Away

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37PfSOhFdb4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37PfSOhFdb4

Free Download: Chad Smith Curates Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘I’m With You’ World Tour EP

Chad Smith, drummer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, has selected five of his favorite live recordings from the I’m With You World Tour for a new, free EP. To download 2012-2013 LIVE EP on MP3, click here.

According to the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ official website, Smith curated the new 2012-2013 LIVE EP to celebrate the culmination of the world tour. The new live album includes Blood Sugar Sex Magik songs “Breaking the Girl” and “Power of Equality” as well as Stadium Arcadium tunes “Wet Sand,” “Snow,” and “Strip My Mind.” The album features tracks from Chili Peppers shows in Boston, Johannesburg, Milan, and more. 

Chili Peppers I'm With You 2012-2013 LIVE EP