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Red Hot Chili Peppers Bio



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

June 2003


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