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"Long Progression"

September 10, 2012

The chiming opening notes on this new B side suggest a Sonic Youth jam, until the band comes in all fist pump pop-rock funky and Anthony Kiedis crows, "Been around for quite a while." Yes, he has. But by the time he hits the bit about atrophy ("Vision...

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I'm With You

August 29, 2011

The 10th Red Hot Chili Peppers album opens in chaos: the primordial rumblings of a band tuning up for a jam, perhaps for its first in a long time. You can almost see singer Anthony Kiedis standing in the corner, shirtlessly waiting to leap into the fray....

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Stadium Arcadium

May 3, 2006

Early in the second hour of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' mammoth new double album, the guy who once yelped, "I want to party on your pussy!" whisper-sings a gentler, though not unrelated, proposition: "All I want is for you to be happy/And take this woman...

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By The Way

July 2, 2002

It turns out Californication was only foreplay. With the accomplished, insanely melodic By the Way, the Red Hot Chili Peppers dive headfirst into the pop realm that their 1999 single "Scar Tissue" hinted at. They swim around in the same inviting Southern...

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One Hot Minute

October 5, 1995

Fake heartbreak is a top 40 staple; it's usually carried by Michael Boltonesque histrionics. On the other hand, real heartbreak (think Joy Division) tends to be quiet; it kinda sneaks up on you and grabs you and then sticks with you for the rest of the...

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"The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie"

July 18, 2011

Click here to listen to Red Hot Chili Peppers' "The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie" It's reassuring to realize just how little the Chilis have changed in the five years since their last album—or in the two decades since Blood Sugar Sex Magik,...

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Blood Sugar Sex Magik

August 28, 2003

Things were not particularly rosy when the Red Hot Chili Peppers retreated to a Los Angeles mansion in 1990 to record BloodSugarSexMagik. The funk rockers had weathered the 1988 heroin-overdose death of founding guitarist Hillel Slovak, and singer Anthony...

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June 24, 1999

Let's keep it real: white boys do not have to be funky; they only have to rock, and that the Red Hot Chili Peppers do quite wickedly, thank you. Historically, though, RHCP albums have been long on sock-it-to-me passion but short on the songcraft that...

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Freaky Styley

October 24, 1985
Not Rated

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 particularly happy result is the pairing of George Clinton with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Having dallied...