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Red Hot Chili Peppers, The

Red Hot Chili Peppers, The

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Uncle Sam's Revenge: Red Hot Chili Peppers at London’s Dingwalls

Live Review by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, August 1985

FROM THAT catastrophe-fraught fusion chamber where funk meets guitar noise comes the world’s most crazily perfect punk-funk band, The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Tonight Husker ...

Freaky and Stylish: When the Chili Peppers Met Dr. Funkenstein

Book Excerpt by Jeff Apter, 'Fornication' (Omnibus Press), 2004

By 1985 the Red Hot Chili Peppers were a band in trouble. Their self-titled debut album, released the year before, had been a disaster, and ...


Red Hot Chili Peppers (1985)

Interview by Simon Witter, Rock's Backpages, 24 August 1985

Peppers Flea and Hillel Slovak run down the band's history, compare and contrast production methods of Andy (Gang of Four) Gill and George Clinton, chat about punk and funk, and generally rabbit on!

File format: mp3; file size: 43.3mb, interview length: 47' 18" sound quality: ***


The Red Hot Chili Peppers Will Pose Nude In Public...

Interview by Danny (Shredder) Weizmann, LA Weekly, 1984

THERE WAS gonna be a free newfangled video-disc taped to the cover of this Weekly . Yes, we music critters in the business (we in ...

What's Red Hot and Chili?: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Interview by Glenn O'Brien, Spin, May 1985

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are the greatest rock band in the world. You can tell by watching them perform or you can guess by ...

Red, White & Blue: The Red Hot Chili Peppers

Report and Interview by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, 28 September 1985

2004 note: In August 1985 I got a phone call from George Clinton, saying that the P-Funk All-Stars show at Hammersmith Odeon that weekend had ...

The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Freaky Styley (EMI America/Enigma)

Review by Ira Robbins, Rolling Stone, 24 October 1985

AFTER NEARLY two decades of racial division, popular music is in the midst of an overdue and exciting (if modest) effort to integrate itself. One ...

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Freaky Styley (EMI America/Enigma)

Review by Richard Gehr, Glenn O'Brien, Spin, November 1985

WELCOME TO THE Day-Glo minstrel show, bro, brought to you by the baddest posse of white funk puppies west of the mighty Mississip. ...

When You’re Hot: Red Hot Chili Peppers. When You’re Not: The Untouchables

Review by Don Snowden, Boston Phoenix, The, 5 November 1985

ROCKABILLY AND COUNTRY have fit in right nicely with the white-boys-(and-girls)-making-white-noise ethos that underlies the return-to-sources rampage of recent Los Angeles rock. ...

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Palace Theatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Waller, Los Angeles Times, 7 February 1986


The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Cabaret Voltaire: The Limelight, New York NY

Live Review by Frank Owen, New Musical Express, 28 November 1987

TEN YEARS ago, Cabaret Voltaire gave the appearance of being needed on the principal that today's avant-garde is tomorrow's ready-to-wear. These days there's nothing as ...

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Interview by Glenn O'Brien, Interview, 1988


Lust In Space: The Red Hot Chili Peppers

Interview by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, 16 January 1988

Stardate ’88.Warp factor 10. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are preparing to pervert the planet, "hit it to hell in the bread-basket", and, er, do ...

Tribal Sex-Funk! Starring the Red Hot Chili Peppers

Profile and Interview by Simon Witter, i-D, March 1988

Judderfunk Giants of the Hollywood Hills, and foes of all things orderly, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have just released The Uplift Mofo Party Plan, ...

Red Hot Chilli Peppers: The Clarendon, Hammersmith, London

Live Review by Simon Reynolds, Melody Maker, 5 March 1988

SO THE Clarendon faces closure, and yes it's a sad day for rock, another step in the drawn-out death of the London gig circuit, and ...

Red Hot Chili Peppers: The Uplift Mofo Party Plan

Review by David Stubbs, Melody Maker, 12 March 1988

SO THIS is where all the funk went. The Red Hot Chili Peppers have triumphed in a medium I thought you could only blunder in ...

The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Electric Ballroom, London

Live Review by Ian Gittins, Melody Maker, 28 May 1988

AS SIMON Reynolds said last time they tripped over here, The Red Hot Chili Peppers are totally WRONG. This alone makes them great. The mix ...

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Thelonius Monster: Mishas, Hollywood

Live Review by Simon Witter, New Musical Express, 17 September 1988


Chili Peppers Taste Success at Last

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 7 January 1990

After seven long years, L.A.'s loony punk-funk band finally gains respect for its music as well as its off-stage antics ...

Red Hot Chili Peppers: The Ritz, New York

Live Review by Evelyn McDonnell, Billboard, 2 June 1990

LIKE PUBLIC Enemy, Red Hot Chili Peppers appear to want to do the right thing. It's just that they keep sticking their feet in their ...

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Magicians followed but not chaste

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Observer, The, 29 September 1991

One of the most hyperactive rock scenes in the United States is a genre called 'funk-metal' or 'funk 'n' roll'. Groups like Faith No More, ...

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Blood Sugar Sex Magik (Warners/All formats)

Review by Steven Wells, New Musical Express, 12 October 1991


Red Hot Chili Peppers: Lost In Spice

Interview by Cathi Unsworth, Melody Maker, 21 March 1992

CATHI UNSWORTH travelled to Liverpool to join the Peppers on their current UK tour and found out just how the band's mammoth jaunt around the ...

Red Hot Chili Peppers: See You Later Ejaculator

Interview by Steven Wells, New Musical Express, 21 March 1992

THINK OF one word to sum up the Red Hot Chili Peppers. COME ON! COME ON! Sex, right? Right. ...

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Ich Bin Ein Chiliburger

Report and Interview by David Quantick, Vox, April 1992

The Red Hot Chili Peppers' latest album BloodSugarSexMagik is powerful enough to blow anyone's socks off — so perhaps that's why David Quantick found them ...

Lollapalooza 2: One Nation Under a Groove

Report by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, 15 August 1992

It's Glastonbury on wheels, a mobile Reading, the lovechild and legacy of ex-Jane's Addiction frontman and all-round chap, Perry Farrell. It's LOLLAPALOOZA, in its second ...

Rick Rubin: The Buddha of Suburbia

Interview by RJ Smith, Details, July 1993

Rick Rubin built a recording empire from a dorm room at NYU. With Def American Recordings, he's taken the sound of the streets to the ...

Essential Guide To "Explicit" Albums

Guide by Stephen Dalton, Vox, August 1994

Back in 1985, one seemingly harmless song led a woman to take unprecedented action against the American recording industry. Thanks to her moral crusade, albums ...

A Conversation with Anthony Kiedis

Interview by Steve Roeser, Goldmine, November 1996

THERE'S A PARTICULAR high school campus in Los Angeles, in a section of that sprawling city where the California 5 freeway cuts through an area ...

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Californication (WEA 9362 473862)

Review by Tom Doyle, Q, July 1999

Troubled Funk: The band who're always going to split up... ...

The Red Hot Chili Peppers: To Live and Die in L.A.

Interview by RJ Smith, Spin, August 1999


An Interview with John Frusciante

Interview by Ian Fortnam, Kerrang!, March 2001

WHEN FRESH-FACED, 18-year old New Yorker John Frusciante was originally recruited as guitarist by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, following the heroin-related death of original ...

Red Hot Chili Peppers: By The Way

Review by Peter Murphy, Hot Press, 17 May 2002

AHEAD OF THE Red Hot Chili Peppers' forthcoming Lansdowne Road show on June 25th, Hot Press has been granted an Irish exclusive preview of the ...

Red Hot Chili Peppers: SECC, Glasgow

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, 9 March 2003

"YOU'RE THE SEXIEST man on earth!!!" Anthony Kiedis probably can't hear the shriek of Scots approval from 50 yards' distance, but I sure as hell ...

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Blood Sugar Sex Magik

Retrospective by Devon Powers, PopMatters, 3 December 2003

TRUTH BE TOLD, Blood Sugar Sex Magik is not my all-time favorite album, no matter how you slice it. It's not my desert island album—that's ...

Red Hot Chili Peppers: American Spice

Profile and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Independent, The, 16 June 2004

Anthony Kiedis's house, an expanse of glass and whiteness, is right on top of the Hollywood Hills. Walk down the steps into the vast, white, ...

Red Hot Chili Peppers/James Brown: Hyde Park, London, 20th June

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, September 2004

JUST HOW SERIOUSLY can you take the Red Hot Chili Peppers? Or am I missing the point? ...

The Holy and Sacred thoughts of His Bobness

Book Review by Caitlin Moran, Times, The, 11 December 2004

THE GREATEST music book this year, of course, is Bob Dylan's Chronicles, Vol. 1 (Simon & Schuster, £16.99; offer £13.39) — a cultural event so notable ...

The Hottest Band in the World: Red Hot Chili Peppers

Profile by Andy Gill, Independent, The, 3 May 2006

IN RECENT YEARS, mountain-man lookalike record producer Rick Rubin has been justly fêted for his career-revival work with Johnny Cash, which effectively recontextualised the Man ...

Rick Rubin: The Man Who Made The Chilis Hot

Report and Interview by Robert Sandall, Daily Telegraph, 4 May 2006

As the Red Hot Chili Peppers release a monumental new album, their producer Rick Rubin tells Robert Sandall how he tamed one of pop's most ...

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Interview by Robert Sandall, GQ, June 2006

Sex, drugs and a fatal overdose: the history of Red Hot Chili Peppers reads like a crash course in overindulgence. Here, in their own words, ...

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Stadium Arcadium

Review by Tom Doyle, MOJO, June 2006

A trilogy in two parts. The Chilis' ninth sees their star still in the ascendance. ...

see also John Frusciante


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