Artist of the Day: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Today’s artist of the day, is a band that fuses rock with funk, psychedelic rock, and punk to form a new sound that is unique all to them. It’s the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Red Hot Chili Peppers (from l to r): drummer Chad Smith, bassist The Flea, guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, and singer Anthony Kiedis

The band consists of singer Anthony Kiedis, bassist The Flea, guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, and drummer Chad Smith. The band has released 10 studio albums, toured the world over, won awards, and had much commercial success.

Their first album, the eponymous self-titled debut, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, debuted to airplay on college radio, but did not net much success.The lineup for the first consisted Kiedis, The Flea, Cliff Martinez on drums, and Jack Sherman on guitar.

Freaky Styley, the band’s second album, was produced by George Clinton. This album achieved very little success, but was received better than their debut album. The lineup for  Freaky Styley consisted of Kiedis, The Flea, Martinez, and guitarist Hillel Slovak.

The Uplift Mofo Party Plan, the band’s third studio album, is the only studio album of the band to feature all founding members of the band. This is also the only album to feature Slovak and Irons, as Slovak would die from a heroin overdose after touring to promote the album. This prompted Irons to leave the band. The album was the most successful than prior releases and has since been certified gold.

Mother’s Milk, the fourth studio album, features the for the first time, the lineup of Kiedis, The Flea, guitarist John Frusciante, and drummer Chad Smith. Frusciante and Smith were recruited following the passing of Slovak and the subsequent departure of Irons. This album featured the greater commercial success for the band than that of their previous three albums. It was their first gold record.

Blood Sugar Sex Magik, the band’s fifth studio album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200, and has sold 12 million albums worldwide. Many music critics consider Blood Sex Sugar Magik, to be their most successful and probably their greatest album they will ever make. The worldwide success that Blood Sex Sugar Magik received unsettled guitarist Frusciante and he departed the band.

Sixth studio album, One Hot Minute, received much less critical acclaim and success as Blood Sex Sugar Magik did. This is the only album that features guitarist Dave Navarro on it. One Hot Minute was considered a commercial disappoint despite reaching number four on Billboard 200.

Californication, was the band’s seventh studio album and also marked the return of guitarist John Frusciante after the firing of Dave Navarro. Californication, received the most commercial studio success for the band, spawning hits, “Otherside,” album-titled “Californication,” and the Grammy Award winner “Scar Tissue”.

By The Way, the eighth studio album was released to a mix of positive and negative reviews. While not quite as commercially successful as Californication, the album did go double platinum. It sold fewer copies, despite peaking at number two on the Billboard 200.

Stadium Arcadumthe ninth studio album by the Peppers. The ambitious double album release, was released at number one in the first week. This marks the first time in the band’s history that they had an album debut at number one. It spawned a multitude of hits: “Dani California,” “Snow ((Hey Oh)),” “Tell Me Baby”, album titled “Stadium Arcadium,” among other songs on the dual album release. It is also the last album to feature guitarist John Frusciante who amicably left the band to focus on solo work. He was replaced by Josh Klinghoffer.

I’m With You, the tenth album from the Peppers, features Josh Klinghoffer on guitar, who replaced Frusciante in 2009. Featuring the number one hit, “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie”, the album reached number two in the United States. 

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