ARTIST: Red Hot Chili Peppers
TITLE: Red Hot Chili Peppers
YEAR RELEASED: 1984
CHART ACTION: #201
SINGLES: Get Up & Jump, True Men Don’t Kill Coyotes (Video only)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Out In LA
LINEUP: Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Jack Sherman, Cliff Martinez.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Funk rock pranksters first album came after a seismic lineup change, and suffers from half-assed songs and horrible production. Other than that…
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The start of the RHCP odyssey was tangled. Originally this was a side and demo project among friends, and Hillel Slovak and Jack Irons had a full time gig in another band. So when that band got signed, they left. The Peppers got a deal, too. So Flea and Kiedis found Sherman and Martinez and finished writing their debut in a rush.
It sounds like it.
Andy Gill, from the great Gang of Four was enlisted as producer. I don’t know what he was doing but this album sounds mechanical, tinny and flat. That’s even with a remaster. I remember the first time I heard this – there was no warmth or depth that you expected from the RHCP. Plus the songs just weren’t up to scratch. Thankfully, they got better.
NOTES & MINUTAE: The band Slovak and Irons were in, What Is This?, only released one album, a live EP and a regular EP. Slovak was back in the RHCP fold in 1985 and Irons in 1986.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, with the five demos that the original band cut.
GRADE: C : It’s not abjectly awful, and a couple of cuts are good, but I think I’m being generous with a C.