Red Hot Chili Peppers
American based funk rockers The Red Hot Chili Peppers were formed back in 1983 by school friends Antony Kiedis, Hillel Slovak, Jack Irons, and Michael ‘Flea’ Balzary. Although there first gig comprised of the band improvising and Kiedis performing a rap he had written, they received a lively response from the crowd, which pushed them into writing more original songs of there own.
After only playing the LA circuit for several months, they were noticed by EMI records, and were subsequently signed by the label. There debut self titled album was released on August 10th 1984, and although they only achieved mildly pleasing sales of 300,000, airplay on college radio and MTV introduced the band to a growing fan base.
During the next few years front man Kiedis, and guitarist Slovak had developed serious heroin addictions, sadly resulting in the guitarists death from a overdose on June 25th 1988. This caused drummer Jack Irons to leave the band citing “he did not want to be in a band where his friends were dying.”
Subsequently the band recruited guitarist John Frusciante, and drummer Chad Smith, and went on to record the album that thrust them into the mainstream ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’ in 1991.
This was the start of the success for the Chili’s, with them churning out top 5 singles ‘Give it Away’ and ‘Under the Bridge’, and from 2002’s By the Way self titled single.
After their 9th studio album 'Stadium Arcadium', John has decided to quit the band for the second time to pursue his solo career. He has since been replaced by Josh Klinghoffer.
With there trademark sound, and Fleas’ funk driven bass lines, The Red Hot Chili Peppers have one of the most distinctive sounds around, and with millions of album sales under there belt and a new album on the way and they show no signs of retiring just yet.
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