It's hard to believe that the Red Hot Chili Peppers have been around for almost thirty years. Heck, even Blood Sugar Sex Magik came out twenty years ago. Basically, that means you're old! On top of that, think what amazing shape those bandmates are all in and it will just plain make you crazy. In honor of the Chili Peppers' upcoming release, I'm With You, due out August 30th, we are looking at the best RHCP tracks to date. Here are our Top Ten!
"Give It Away"
This might be the most ubiquitous track, off of the Chili Peppers' biggest album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik. It mixes interesting, almost aboriginal sounds, a killer guitar riff, and Anthony Kiedis wailing like a tribal emcee. Add an iconic video, and you've got one of the most important tracks of a decade.
This single from RCHP's comeback album, Californication, starts with a bang. Kiedis lends an anthemic, introspective chorus that is undeniable. It's amazing to think that this LA-based group that started as a funk-rap outfit has grown to such melodic heights in their thirty year career.
"One Hot Minute"
This was the title track off of the Peppers' somewhat-maligned, darker, One Hot Minute. However, over time critics have recognized this dark album for its deep artistic merit. The addition of Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro to this album adds an ethereal, trippy element to the RCHP sound. Plainly speaking, this jammed out, drugged-up, progressive song just rocks, and is unlike anything else the Chili Peppers have made.
"Show Me Your Soul"
This was the early Red Hot Chili Peppers, when they were still blossoming, yet reveling in their fantastic funk phase. They had already figured out that they can play without their shirts, however.
The first single from Californication is one pretty little ditty. It rolls right along, like a summer road trip. Despite being a pretty straightforward melody, there's elegance and beauty in its simplicity.
"Under The Bridge"
This song is almost the "Stairway to Heaven" of Generation X. It begins with a beautiful guitar, then switches seamlessly into Anthony Kiedis' beautiful yet gloomy tale of drugs, solitude, and loss. It's an epic song if there ever was one, and it stands the test of time. You can listen to this now and it sounds like a great song- not just a great song from the early nineties. Thanks for that insight, Tom!
"Suck My Kiss"
I've always had a theory about this track. Every time I hear it, I imagine that Tom Morello and Zack de la Rocha are driving down an LA highway. They hear this song, look at each other and both say at the same time, "Are you thinking what I'm thinking?" "Suck My Kiss" with its abrasive, growling bass line and deep grooves, is probably a track that helped inspire another of the decade's best artists, Rage Against the Machine. And that's something to be proud of!
This song is a bit of a departure for the Chili Peppers, in that it's driven by acoustic guitars. There are very little of Flea's signature bass lines, but it still works for these icons as a beautiful ballad.
This single from One Hot Minute combines a flighty sing-along chorus with hard-core funk verses. Also, it has little kid sing-alongs and a music video with synchronized swimming. That's how you make a hit!
You may get me on a technicality here. This is actually a cover from a musician named Stevie Wonder. Ever heard of him? Even though this is Mr. Wonder's song, the Chili Peppers make it their own with a seriously rocking vibe.
There we go! We hope these will tide you over until I'm With You drops later this summer. May the Chili Pepper be with you all.