The Red Hot Chili Peppers (album)

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Studio album by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Released August 10, 1984
Recorded April 1984 at Eldorado Studios in Hollywood, California
Genre Funk rock, rap rock
Length 32:32
46:01 (2003 remaster)
Language English
Label EMI America
Producer Andy Gill
Red Hot Chili Peppers chronology
The Red Hot Chili Peppers
(1984)
Freaky Styley
(1985)
Singles from The Red Hot Chili Peppers
  1. "True Men Don't Kill Coyotes (video only)"
    Released: August 10, 1984
  2. "Get Up and Jump"
    Released: August 10, 1984

The Red Hot Chili Peppers is the debut studio album by American funk rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, released on August 10, 1984 on EMI America Records. The album was produced by Gang of Four guitarist Andy Gill, and is the only album to feature Jack Sherman on guitar who was fired by the band at the end of the tour in support of the album and replaced by founding member, Hillel Slovak.

Critical and commercial response[edit]

The Red Hot Chili Peppers was released with the Chili Peppers disappointed in the production. It failed to chart on the Billboard 200, reaching #201 (meaning it "bubbled under" the main album chart for 8 weeks in the autumn of 1984). The album received college airplay and MTV rotation, and built the band's fan base. The reviews that were published of the album were mixed, with the first issue of Spin magazine giving, according to Anthony Kiedis in his autobiography Scar Tissue, a positive review.[1] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic gave the album a negative review,[2] and stated that "their first effort didn't quite gel into a cohesive album," giving the album only 2½ stars out of 5. As of 2007, it had sold about 300,000 copies worldwide.[3]Kiedis and Flea have mentioned over the years that they prefer the demo versions of most of these songs which were recorded with the original lineup featuring Hillel Slovak and Jack Irons. However, the band acknowledged in various books that Jack Sherman's contributions to the band, particularly his knowledge of funk music and music theory, were things that helped the band's development, which they hadn't had with Hillel.

Gwen Dickey, better known by her stage name, Rose Norwalt, provides backing vocals on "Mommy, Where's Daddy?". Dickey was the singer for the 70's hitmaking group, Rose Royce.

As of 2014, songs from the album have rarely been performed over the past 15 years. "Out in L.A." was performed once during the band's 2004 Roll on the Red Tour while "You Always Sing the Same" was performed once on the 2002-03 By the Way Tour. "Green Heaven" and "Mommy, Where's Daddy" were performed a few times on the band's 1999-01 Californication Tour. "Grand Pappy Du Plenty" has been the most performed song from the album in the past 15 years, being a mainstay of the One Hot Minute tour. In recent years it has been mostly used in jams and intros to other songs. True Men Don't Kill Coyotes was played occasionally after Sherman left including once with John Frusciante on the Mother's Milk tour in the 80s, and then teased by the band once in 2007, but the full song was not played.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "True Men Don't Kill Coyotes"   Anthony Kiedis, Cliff Martinez, Jack Sherman, Michael Balzary 3:40
2. "Baby Appeal"   A. Kiedis, C. Martinez, Hillel Slovak, J. Sherman, M. Balzary 3:41
3. "Buckle Down"   A. Kiedis, C. Martinez, J. Sherman, M. Balzary 3:24
4. "Get Up and Jump"   A. Kiedis, M. Balzary 2:53
5. "Why Don't You Love Me"   Hank Williams 3:27
6. "Green Heaven"   A. Kiedis, M. Balzary 3:59
7. "Mommy, Where's Daddy?"   A. Kiedis, C. Martinez, J. Sherman, M. Balzary 3:31
8. "Out in L.A."   A. Kiedis, M. Balzary 2:01
9. "Police Helicopter"   A. Kiedis, M. Balzary 1:16
10. "You Always Sing the Same" (listed as "You Always Sing" on some releases) M. Balzary 0:19
11. "Grand Pappy Du Plenty"   Andy Gill, C. Martinez, J. Sherman, M. Balzary 4:15
Total length:
32:32
Bonus tracks on 2003 remastered version, previously released on Out in L.A. in 1994
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Get Up and Jump (Demo)"     2:37
13. "Police Helicopter (Demo)"     1:12
14. "Out in L.A. (Demo)"     1:56
15. "Green Heaven (Demo)"     3:50
16. "What It Is (Demo)" (also known as "Nina's Song") Kiedis, Flea 3:58
Total length:
46:01

Personnel[edit]

Red Hot Chili Peppers
Additional musicians
Recording personnel
Artwork
  • Gary Panter – cover art
  • Edward Colver – photography
  • Howard Rosenberg – photography
  • Henry Marquez – art direction

2003 remastered version personnel[edit]

  • Kevin Flaherty – producer for reissue
  • Ron McMaster – remastering
  • Kenny Nemes – project manager
  • Michelle Azzopardi – art direction
  • Kristine L. Barnard – design
  • John Dinser – photo imaging and additional design
  • Edward Colver – photography
  • Howard Rosenberg – photography
  • EMI Archives – photography

Notes[edit]

Kiedis, Anthony; Sloman, Larry (2004). Scar Tissue. New York: Hyperion. ISBN 1-4013-0101-0. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kiedis, Sloman, 2004 p. 145
  2. ^ Allmusic Review
  3. ^ Faris, Lynn (January 2007). "Not your Mother's Milk". Creative Loafing. Retrieved 2007-10-09.