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This review is from: Mother's Milk (Audio CD)I got into the Chili's in a pretty back to front way - I bought Anthony Kiedis's autobiography, 'Scar Tissue' completely on the off-chance, as the blurb made his life seem interesting (it certainly is)....and I couldn't find another book I wanted to read. Like any decent biography, it dunked me into his life for a week or so and brought the things he'd done creatively into sharp relief. It's strange, I'm only 44 and "knew" the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but was fairly sure I was unfamiliar with their music, or at least so I thought. I went away and listened to 'Californication', 'By The Way' and Under the Bridge', etc and realised I knew these songs after all, just didn't know they were by the Chili Peppers. Age must have taken its toll after all...
So I've started to go gently through their back catalogue (new to old) expecting to be progressively less impressed as they moved out of the Rick Rubin era toward their debut. So far so wrong. I haven't got RHCP and Freaky Styley yet, but think this album is excellent and although I didn't enjoy "Uplift Mofo" quite as much, there isn't too much in it. I don't know though, this is a more serious record and RHCP became more musically adept from here on, even if their outlook remained kind of gurning skater punk for the most part, until Californication...
I tend to like this more than BSSM, it's certainly faster and heavier, but not as polished. What I particularly like about it [and the RHCP in general] is that many of their songs have a well chosen change of pace, hook or a captivating solo that maintains your interest and keeps you going back to listen over again. The only little nit that I'll pick is that 'Fire' sounds pretty muddy, but then it was recorded live a while before the album was made. 'Pretty Little Ditty' sounds like a precurser to the Californication era, while 'Good Time Boys' rampages along and is twisted by a funky bass line and then gets back to rampaging. My favourite track is 'Johnny, Kick a Hole in the Sky', it's a fusion of all that the RHCP have taught me in the past couple of months - I didn't understand the funk/punk thing until I heard RHCP, now I realise it's the funk that punk was missing. Or at least it seems that way at my age, although at 17 I'm sure I would have felt differently.
Red Hot Chili Peppers? Discovered them late. Glad I did.