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"The Red Hot Chili Peppers" was the eponymous, self-entitled release which came out in 1984. It has the LA band come together to produce an album to display their immediate influences in the music world. You must take all cultural context into account as you get the group, led by Anthony Kiedis as they do some Funk Rock. Kiedis raps much of it, and is backed by Flea on the the bass, Cliff Martinez guitaring and Jack Sherman on the percussion.
1. "True Men Don't Kill Coyotes"
This is the opener to the album, and also the first single to be released by them. Personally, I don't see how it managed to draw people in because I think it is a pretty weak one, and it doens't really represent their Funk influences well enough to really take enough notice as something that different from what was aroudn at the time.
2. "Baby Appeal"
After a poor starter, they go directly into much much-improved work as you have the Rock stuff toned down greatly and the seventies feel of the bass-driven Funk is raised to the levels which attracted me to this record from the California band.
3. "Buckle Down"
This one seems to be prety representative of the album, not as an individual track in its own right, more to be able to draw all the telements of the album together come up with a great mash-up pf stlyes, which ultimately result in strong work from the band. I wouldn't say it's as good as what's about to come, but it shouldnt be overlooked.
4. "Get Up And Jump"
I just couldn't get over this one the first time I heard it as it realy shows that they know what is needed when it comes to high-energy Funk (especially when you hear the ay that Flea beats away at the bass) as the tempo is sped right up and they just get busy with it. It is a top groove, and the only thing which holds it back is the silly voclas from Kiedis, whihc may put you off at times.
5. "Why Don't You Love Me"
This one has them cover some material from Hank Wiliams, and they take the Country and Western song to a completely different place you hear the way in which you have them doing some Post-Funk guitaring which acknowledges the Golden Age of the genre, and builds on it with more modern views (mid-eighties as oppsed to seventies) of how the things sould be composed.
6. "Green Heaven"
The tempo of things is dropped for this recording, but the energy levels are still high as they conduct things behind the supprt of the wah-wah guitar (from Martinez). It all leads to them coming out with a bluesy track with an uplifting kick in the winding riff.
7. "Mommy, Where's Daddy?"
From the start of things track you know that you are in for a trest as you get the band coming together to get straight into some hardcore Funk. Flea comes foward in it too act as the secondary person within the narrative as they do a track which deals with very different issues to what is expected with such high-powered Funk support it.
8. "Out in L.A."
This is a quickly-delivered one from the band, and it has them seemingly settling int a desinctive appraoch to doing things as they take the best aspects of "Get Up And Jump", and control the livelines of it all with a much more structured track with lyrics whihc are actually able to contain the situation.
9. "Police Helicopter" (Lude)
10. "You Always Sing the Same" (Lude)
11. "Grand Pappy du Plenty" (Outro)
I have to say that it wasn't ordered too well with a pair of short recordings, fast-paced interludes leading up to a slow instrumental was the best way to end things, however the quality which is found in intermediate sections of it certainly keep you engaged. This album is largely built on Funk (unlike many of the later albums) and it may be a bit too alternate for some, but the fans of this fusion genre will find something worth a listen.
When looking at this particular album for the red hot chili peppers today, it is important to remember just how different the music was 20+ years ago, which is pretty much when this album came out (1984).
In a contemporary sense this album is not worth listening to, especially when compared to the much more modern 'Californication', 'By The Way' and 'Stadium Arcadium'.
However once listened to a few times this album works the old chilis magic and becomes much more appealing. If you are however, older than me and were perhaps a teenager when this album was out then then ignore the above as when it was released to you it was contemporary.
The whole genre of the album is pure funk, with Bass, drums and a rap style of lyrics dominating throughout.
heres a quick rundown of the songs on the album.
1. True Men Don't Kill Coyotes (3:40min)
Opens with a characteristic riff, this song is dominated by bits of guitar solos throughout the song. Has quite a slow paced tempo.
2. Baby Appeal (3:41min)
Much the same tempo as the previous song, has good use of guitar and bass. Lyrics are not too strong, not one of the better songs on the album
3. Buckle Down (3:24min)
One of my fave songs on this album, incredibly catchy guitar pieces and a good rhythm. A Much quicker pace than the earlier songs
4. Get Up And Jump (2:53min)
A much shorter and faster paced song, this has to be a contendor for one of the best songs on the album. excellent guitar riffs and accompanining drums
5. Why Dont You Love ME (3:23min)
A very soft slightly jazzy(ish) song. Not my fave song by a long way. Lyrics lack the usual chili excellence
6. Green Heaven (4:00min)
Mint, absolutly mint, opening guitar riff symbolises the song, very funky bassy with good lyrics.
7. Mommy Wheres Daddy (3:31min)
A quite jazzy song, but surprisingly good. a slow song quite good for chilling out to. Lyrics are a bit odd, but hey!
8. Out In LA (2:01min)
this is a very funky song played at a medium tempo, guitar work is ok in places and fab in other. a middle of the road song.
9. Police Helicopter (1:16)
A Short song, this is quite fast paced but played at the end of the album just seems to fade into the background.
10. You Always Sing The Same (0.17min)
At 17 seconds long this is just plain random
11. Grand Pappy Du Plenty (4.04min)
An all instrumental song, very slow and sombre without being sad. Quite thought provoking, potential for a break-up song maybe?
As many of you may have heard of the red hot chili peppers I wonder how many have heard this album, probably not a lot. Well if you are a chili pepper fan and you've not got this album or if you were wondering if its worth the money, I will tell you all about it. The album is not as good as the rest but it is a good start for the band. I think the album is good, though it didn't do very well when it was released because nobody had heard of it and it wasn't the kind of music people were used to. The reason I like it is because it is very funky, it has lots of great bass riffs, drum beats and the word are not to bad. The only thing I don't like about it is the guitar, its not very interesting and theirs not much of it. The bass seems to be the lead guitar. The guitarist was a replacement because the original moved to another band. The songs in the album are good some are a bit bad, but some are only there to make more song numbers at the back of the album. My favourite songs and the songs that are good are TRUE MEN DON'T KILL COYOTES This is the first song on the album and not a bad song. It is very funky with some catchy riffs. Though it is hard to make out what the singer is saying. BABY APPEAL Another good song and a very funky song. This song was written because the chili peppers used to play in front babies. I know its a bit weird but apparently they were a good audience. BUCKLE DOWN This has to be my favourite song on the album because it has a catchy chorus and a good guitar riff. GET UP AND JUMP This is probly my second favourite. Again a very funky tune with a catchy chorus. GREEN HEAVEN This was one of the very first songs written by the chili peppers. The singer and bassist (Anthony Kiedis and Flea, Michael Balzary) wrote this song one night and made music to it and when the other band members heard it they recoreded it. If you
are thinking about getting this album then here is a good way to descride it. Its funky, heavy and contains a lot of slapping bass.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 True Men Don't Kill Coyotes
2 Baby Appeal
3 Buckle Down
4 Get Up And Jump
5 Why Don't You Love Me
6 Green Heaven
7 Mommy Where's Daddy
8 Out In LA
9 Police Helicopter
10 You Always Sing The Same
11 Grand Pappy Du Plenty
12 Get Up And Jump
13 Police Helicopter
14 Out In LA
15 Green Heaven
16 What Is It