Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers Looks Back on "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" and talks "I'm With You"
Fri, 12 Aug 2011 07:23:23
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When asked about Blood Sugar Sex Magik, what does legendary Red Hot Chili Peppers Drummer Chad Smith think of first?
"Ghosts," answers Smith with a smile. "That's the first thing I think of. Upon three more seconds of reflection, it was a really fun time for our band".
Blood Sugar Sex Magik remains one of the greatest albums of all time, and it continues to be a "fun time" for fans worldwide—both new and old. The record will enjoy its 20th birthday this September, so it's only fitting that Red Hot Chili Peppers' new masterpiece, I'm With You drops on August 30.
About the Blood Sugar Sex Magik experience, Smith goes on, "John Frusciante and I had joined the band just before Mother's Milk hit. We toured on that, but then the four of us wrote all of the songs for Blood Sugar Sex Magik together. It felt really connected".
The album proved to be the start of a few traditions for Red Hot Chili Peppers. "It was a lot of firsts," reveals the drummer. "It was the first time we worked with Rick Rubin, who we're still working with today. We were writing songs like 'Under the Bridge' and 'Breaking the Girl'. The Chili Peppers would've never had that kind of music before. Anthony was embracing singing more. The band sounded how I pictured Red Hot Chili Peppers sounding on record. It was fun, easy, and we had a great time".
However, the band has never lost that spirit. When I'm With You drops, listeners will feel it in much the same way. Smith chuckles, "It's still a blast after all these years".
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