Year 3, Day 27: Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik

Year 3, Day 27: Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik

Track List

  1. The Power of Equality
  2. If You Have to Ask
  3. Breaking the Girl
  4. Funky Monks
  5. Suck My Kiss
  6. I Could Have Lied
  7. Mellowship Slinky in B Major
  8. The Righteous & The Wicked
  9. Give it Away
  10. Blood Sugar Sex Magik
  11. Under the Bridge
  12. Naked in the Rain
  13. Apache Rose Peacock
  14. The Greeting Song
  15. My Lovely Man
  16. Sir Psycho Sexy
  17. They’re Red Hot

About the Album

Blood Sugar Sex Magik is the fifth studio album from rock band, Red Hot Chili Peppers. Recorded from May to June of 1991, the album was released in late September of 1991. The album peaked at number one various charts worldwide as well as peaking at number three on the United States Billboard 200. The album to date has sold well over 13 million copies. The album also spawned a number smash hit singles, most famously Under the Bridge. The album was met with wide critical acclaim.

Thoughts on the Album

As many Red Hot Chili Peppers fans will argue, Blood Sugar Sex Magik might just be the band’s best album that they’ve ever released. Regardless, Blood Sugar Sex Magik is RCHP’s breakthrough album. Of course, it is also generally accepted that this album is one of the greatest albums of the 1990s. Blood Sugar Sex Magik is a funky metal, funk rock, hard rock amalgamation and it was released at time when grunge music was hitting its peak, so it was going against the wave.

Blood Sugar Sex Magik is the combination and culmination of four men’s pure energy, passion, emotion, and testosterone. Of course featuring two new members, guitarist John Frusciante and drummer Chad Smith, the band maintains it’s pure funkiness and groove. This funkiness and groove is in full form here. While almost every single song on the album is overall excellent, I will highlight some of the major songs from this album that you should listen to.

The fifth song on the album, Suck My Kiss with a funky guitar riff and a driving bass and drum line. The Flea’s bass and Frusciante’s guitar combine to form one sound, it’s pretty damn awesomely impressive. O course, the lyrics are incredibly sexual, with one line flat out saying “do me now.” But the innuendos just add to this song.

Of course, the song that probably introduced so many to the Red Hot Chili Peppers was track eleven, Under the Bridge. A song that skips out on the intense funk of some of the other tracks on the album in favor of a more laid back, funk rock ballad. The song, about singer Anthony Kiedis’ struggles with drugs, specifically heroin, opens with soft and light chords from Frusciante’s guitar. Some soft drums enter after a few verses as well as the Flea’s bass. The chorus of the song is instantly recognizable, you’ve probably heard it before. After the second verse, the drums and band kick it up and then enter into a short instrumental section before a choir enters. The choir just adds to the song’s epic production. It is truly a masterpiece.

The album opener, The Power of Equality, showcases the band’s funk rock sound. It is a politically charged, high-powered funk rock song. Give it Away, featuring funky instrumentals and fast paced rapping from Kiedis, makes this song an audio riot. My Lovely Man, is a rocking tribute to the late RCHP guitarist Hillel Slovak, featuring fast paced instrumentals which compliment the sad lyrics perfectly. However the chorus pulls a switches and changes the pace with more subdued instrumentals.

Conclusion

While I was introduced to the Red Hot Chili Peppers during the Californication-era, I recognize that this is the band’s magnum opus. It came at a time when grunge rock was taking hold of the airwaves. This album deserves every bit of critical acclaim it received. From open to close, this album is one of those that marks a generation… and it did. This was the album of the 1990s.

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