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RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
Formed: 1979 at Fairfax High School, California by
Anthony Kiedis, Michael Balzary, and Hillel Slovak.
Formed originally by:
Anthony Kiedis: Vocals
Michael Balzary: Bass
Hillel Slovak: Guitar
Jack Irons: Drums
1979 saw the music revolution explosion. Punk
became more to the realm of popularity with the likes
of Blondie and Talking Heads. New Wave began thrusting
forward into the 80's scene all while disco began to
diminish completely from the mainstream.
Red Hot Chili Peppers were formed based on the
outlook of tomorrow's scene. Giving punk and funk
accolades, Red Hot Chili Peppers had no idea of the
impact they would make many years later.
Originally known as Tony Flow and the Miraculously
Majestic Masters of Mayhem throughout the early 80's
playing small clubs for the experience needed to give
themselves a full throttle revolution of their own.
By 1983 the band was well known for their stage
antics and the original concept of playing live in
nothing worn but a single sock on their penis'. It was
at this time that Balzary would change his name
permanently to Flea as the band changed their names
permanently to Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Hard work and stage antics paid off in the form of
a contract with EMI Records in America and the first
eponymous release in 1984.
Irons and Slovak would leave by then to make room
for Jack Sherman on guitar, and Cliff Martinez on
bass. The change would prove to be short-lived as
Irons and Slovak returned in time for the follow up,
Freaky Styling, produced by George Clinton.
Failure to capture the live experience, the band
set forth a promising concept by releasing the hardest
album to date, The Uplift Mofo Party Plan in 1987. The
album sold more than it's predecessors as did the
follow-up in 1998, Abbey Road EP.
The rising fame of the Peppers was struck down by
the drug overdose of Slovak by June of '88. A
replacement would prove hard as Irons would leave
permanently and Kiedas battled his own drug
addictions. Flea gave the group a new light with the
additions of John Frusciante and Chad Smith.
It was this line-up that proved the most
successful with the single release "Higher Ground"
(originally by Stevie Wonder) from the 1989 EMI album,
Mother's Milk. From there on the band would continue
an upward rise to the top.
1991 saw the release of Blood Sugar Sex Magik on
the newly signed Warner Brothers label and produced by
famed hardcore producer, Rick Rubin. This gave the
band the push they needed to place themselves forever
in the rock books. This release produced two top hits,
"Give It Away" and "Under The Bridge".
Since then the Peppers have endured the hardest of
times but made it known that they will forever remain
a popular favorite, even in the cult mix apart from
the mainstream charts. And it's certainly possible to
see them one day walking on stage to receive their
Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame trophy.
The excellent Peppers' site is located at:
- John Michaelson
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