Though they found their success in the 1990s, Anthony Kiedis’ visionary band Red Hot Chilli Peppers had been crafting their music and image a full seven years before their breakthrough single Give It Away propelled them into worldwide superstardom.
Through those seven years, since forming in their school in Los Angeles, the Chilli Peppers struggled to transition themselves away from illegal substance abuse. Tragically, it took his friend and Chilli Peppers co-founder Hillel Slovak’s death in 1988 to drug addiction for Kiedis and band to focus more on creating a musical dynasty in honour of their troubled ex-guitarist.
The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, to me, personified what it meant to live the rock’n’roll lifestyle in the 90’s. Many music fans were still on a come down from a historic ’80’s scene of unrivalled alternative music and Kiedis and co. continued that legacy with psychedelic, funky rhythms and pacey verses. As recent as 2012, almost 30 years after their primal formation, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by long-time friend and comedian Chris Rock.
With the formation of Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Josh Klinghoffer and Chad Smith the band are currently into the demo process of their eagerly anticipated 11th studio album, but without long-time producer Rick Rubin at the helm Chilli Peppers fans will be in a state of flux unless a replacement producer is named. But what better way to spend your Thursday than reliving classic Chilli Peppers?