Red Hot Chili Peppers / Lost Boys In L.A. 1984 - 2011

 

1984 - 1994

 

1. True Men Don't Kill Coyotes / Red Hot Chili Peppers August 1984

2. Get Up And Jump / Red Hot Chili Peppers August 1984

3. Out In L.A. / Red Hot Chili Peppers August 1984

4. Jungle Man / Freaky Styley August 1985

5. Catholic School Girls Rule / Freaky Styley August 1985

6. Fight Like A Brave / The Uplift Mofo Party Plan September 1987

7. Me And My Friends / The Uplift Mofo Party Plan September 1987

8. Behind The Sun / The Uplift Mofo Party Plan September 1987

9. Subterranean Homesick Blues / The Uplift Mofo Party Plan September 1987

10. Fire / The Abbey Road E.P. January 1988

11. Knock Me Down / Mother's Milk August 1989

12. Taste The Pain / Mother's Milk August 1989

13. Stone Cold Bush / Mother's Milk August 1989

14. Search And Destroy / Single B Side September 1991

15. Suck My Kiss / Blood Sugar Sex Magik September 1991

16. Blood Sugar Sex Magik / Blood Sugar Sex Magik September 1991

17. Under The Bridge / Blood Sugar Sex Magik September 1991

18. Sir Psycho Sexy /  Blood Sugar Sex Magik September 1991

19. Show Me Your Soul / What Hits!? September 1992

20. Soul To Squeeze / Coneheads Soundtrack July 1993

21. Give It Away (In Progress) / The Plasma Shaft June 1994

22. Sikiamikanico / The Plasma Shaft June 1994

 

1994 - 2011

 

1. Higher Ground (12'' Vocal Mix) / Out In L.A. November 1994

2. Hollywood (Africa) (Extended Dance Mix) / Out In L.A. November 1994

3. Aeroplane / One Hot Minute September 1995

4. My Friends / One Hot Minute September 1995

5. Coffee Shop / One Hot Minute September 1995

6. One Big Mob / One Hot Minute September 1995

7. Love Rollercoaster / Single A Side November 1996

8. Around The World / Californication June 1999

9. Scar Tissue / Californication June 1999

10. Otherside / Californication June 1999

11. Californication / Californication June 1999

12. Right On Time / Californication June 1999

13. By The Way / By The Way July 2002

14. Universally Speaking / By The Way July 2002

15. Dosed / By The Way July 2002

16. Can't Stop / By The Way July 2002

17. Venice Queen / By The Way July 2002

18. Stadium Arcadium / Stadium Arcadium May 2006

19. Desecration Smile / Stadium Arcadium May 2006

20. Tell Me Baby / Stadium Arcadium May 2006

21. Factory Of Faith / I'm With You August 2011

22. Brendan's Death Song / I'm With You August 2011

 

   It's hard for me to imagine I was only 10 years old when I first got into the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I’d already pinched my old mans neglected What Hits cassette but what really did it was seeing the ‘Give It Away’ video on MTV for the first time. A year later I had cassettes of their whole catalogue even though at the time that only numbered four albums and the Abbey Road EP.

   Unlike me, these days’s I reckon there’s far too many people who take the Chili’s purely on face value. They only ever seem to know the radio hits, ‘Under The Bridge’ and ‘By The Way’ in particular, and just haven’t bothered to dig any deeper which is a shame. I guess with the number of hours I’ve spent listening to them over my nearly three decades they must be one of my all time favourites. Sure, there are some other artists out there who push the boundaries of what we want to hear a little further than the Chili’s ever will, and I can only ever appreciate them for that, but the Peppers have consistently put out great music for thirty years and that takes some doing.

   Time and time again the musicians behind Anthony Kiedis and Flea have proved to be as talented a bunch of elite musicians as the last few generations have ever seen; Hillel Slovak, John Frusciante, Dave Navarro, Chad Smith have all played a massive part in creating a unique niche of pop-rock, funk-rock, soft-rock, hard-rock, you name it. What makes the Chili Peppers so accessible and popular is the sheer precision they put into every second of every song, at least since the early 90's. Listen closely and you can literally hear every guitar note, every bass note and every cymbal crash through the speakers, almost as if Flea, Frusciante, Smith and Co were just showing off. It has always sounded absolutely perfect and that’s something real Pepper fans can’t get enough of.  

   I suppose my taste is a bit more experimental and alternative than the kind of stadium rock the Chili Peppers have moved onto in more recent times even though the quality has remained top notch, a lot of fun and surprisingly emotional. Unlike so many of their contemporaries who’ve managed to last the distance, they’ve still got a magical aura surrounding them, that indefinable ‘it’. I’m just hoping I’ve done them justice here because after the shit load of blood, sweat and pain they’ve been through they have definitely earned the right to be called legends.  

 

Dan Green

June 2013