The Red Hot Chili Peppers (album)

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers
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Studio album by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Released August 10, 1984
Recorded April 1984
Studio Eldorado Studios, Hollywood, California
Genre
Length 32:32
Language English
Label EMI
Producer Andy Gill
Red Hot Chili Peppers chronology
The Red Hot Chili Peppers
(1984)
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(1985)Freaky Styley1985
Singles from The Red Hot Chili Peppers
  1. "Get Up and Jump"
    Released: August 10, 1984

The Red Hot Chili Peppers is the debut studio album by American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, released on August 10, 1984 on EMI Records. The album was produced by Gang of Four guitarist Andy Gill, and is the only album to feature Jack Sherman on guitar. Sherman was fired by the band after the album release tour, replaced by founding member Hillel Slovak. "Get Up and Jump" was the only single released from the album, but a music video was made for the song "True Men Don't Kill Coyotes".

It has been credited as the first release from the funk metal genre[4] and has also been labelled as "the little spark that ignited the rap rock revolution."[3]

Writing and recording[edit]

The band was often at odds with producer Andy Gill over the musical direction of the album. Anthony Kiedis has been disappointed with the overall sound, thinking that it had lacked the raw energy of their original 1983 demo tape.[6][7] In his 2004 autobiography Scar Tissue, Kiedis recalled, "One day, I got a glimpse of Gill’s notebook, and next to the song 'Police Helicopter', he’d written 'Shit.' I was demolished that he had dismissed that as shit. Police Helicopter was a jewel in our crown. It embodied the spirit of who we were, which was this kinetic, stabbing, angular, shocking assault force of sound and energy. Reading his notes probably sealed the deal in our minds that 'Okay, now we’re working with the enemy', It became very much him against us, especially Flea and me. It became a real battle to make the record."[7]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide1/5 stars[8]
Sputnikmusic2/5[9]
The Village VoiceB–[10]

It failed to chart on the Billboard 200, reaching No. 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.[7] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic later wrote that "their first effort didn't quite gel into a cohesive album".[5] As of 2007, it had sold about 300,000 copies worldwide.[11] 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 were instrumental in the band's development that were not present with Slovak.

Gwen Dickey, better known by her stage name, Rose Norwalt, provides backing vocals on "Mommy, Where's Daddy?". Dickey was the singer for the 1970s hitmaking group, Rose Royce. On live performances of the song, her lines are performed by Flea.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."True Men Don't Kill Coyotes"Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Cliff Martinez, Jack Sherman3:40
2."Baby Appeal"Kiedis, Flea, Hillel Slovak, Martinez, Sherman3:41
3."Buckle Down"Kiedis, Flea, Martinez, Sherman3:24
4."Get Up and Jump"Kiedis, Flea, Slovak, Jack Irons2:53
5."Why Don't You Love Me" (Hank Williams cover)Hank Williams3:27
6."Green Heaven"Kiedis, Flea, Slovak, Irons3:59
7."Mommy, Where's Daddy?"Kiedis, Flea, Martinez, Sherman3:31
8."Out in L.A."Kiedis, Flea, Slovak, Irons2:01
9."Police Helicopter"Kiedis, Flea, Slovak, Irons1:16
10."You Always Sing the Same" (listed as "You Always Sing" on some releases)Kiedis, Flea0:19
11."Grand Pappy Du Plenty" (instrumental)Kiedis, Flea, Martinez, Sherman, Andy Gill4:15
Total length:32:32
Bonus tracks on 2003 remastered version, previously released on Out in L.A. in 1994
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
12."Get Up and Jump (Demo)"Kiedis, Flea, Slovak, Irons2:37
13."Police Helicopter (Demo)"Kiedis, Flea, Slovak, Irons1:12
14."Out in L.A. (Demo)"Kiedis, Flea, Slovak, Irons1:56
15."Green Heaven (Demo)"Kiedis, Flea, Slovak, Irons3:50
16."What It Is (Demo)" (also known as "Nina's Song")Kiedis, Flea3:58
Total length:46:01

Personnel[edit]

Red Hot Chili Peppers

2003 edition bonus tracks (tracks 12–16)[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ CMJ New Music Report: 14. 5 Jan 2004.  Missing or empty |title= (help);
  2. ^ McMahon, Kevin (June 20, 2016). "Ranking: Every Red Hot Chili Peppers Album From Worst to Best: The Red Hot Chili Peppers (1984)". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved June 21, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b http://diffuser.fm/31-years-ago-red-hot-chili-peppers-release-their-self-titled-debut/
  4. ^ a b http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/charleston/psychostick-returns-funk-metal-to-its-silly-roots/Content?oid=1284704
  5. ^ a b c Allmusic Review
  6. ^ http://ultimateclassicrock.com/red-hot-chili-peppers-debut-album/
  7. ^ a b c Kiedis, Anthony; Sloman, Larry (October 6, 2004). Scar Tissue. Hyperion. ISBN 1-4013-0101-0. 
  8. ^ Kot, Greg (2004). "Red Hot Chili Peppers". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. p. 681. ISBN 0743201698. 
  9. ^ Royal, Jade (June 23, 2012). "Red Hot Chili Peppers". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  10. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 25, 1984). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  11. ^ Faris, Lynn (January 2007). "Not your Mother's Milk". Creative Loafing. Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2007-10-09.