The Red Hot Chili Peppers (album)
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|Released||August 10, 1984|
|Studio||Eldorado Studios, Hollywood, California|
|Red Hot Chili Peppers chronology|
|Singles from The Red Hot Chili Peppers|
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 in the band as a replacement for founding member Hillel Slovak, who had left the band along with founding drummer Jack Irons before the album was recorded. Shortly after the album was released, Sherman was fired and Slovak rejoined the band. The album also features founding members Anthony Kiedis on vocals and Flea on bass, as well as Cliff Martinez on drums.
Writing and recording
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. 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."
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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. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic later wrote that "their first effort didn't quite gel into a cohesive album". As of 2007, it had sold about 300,000 copies worldwide. 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.
|1.||"True Men Don't Kill Coyotes"||Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Cliff Martinez, Jack Sherman||3:40|
|2.||"Baby Appeal"||Kiedis, Flea, Hillel Slovak, Martinez, Sherman||3:41|
|3.||"Buckle Down"||Kiedis, Flea, Martinez, Sherman||3:24|
|4.||"Get Up and Jump"||Kiedis, Flea, Slovak, Jack Irons||2:53|
|5.||"Why Don't You Love Me" (Hank Williams cover)||Hank Williams||3:27|
|6.||"Green Heaven"||Kiedis, Flea, Slovak, Irons||3:59|
|7.||"Mommy, Where's Daddy?"||Kiedis, Flea, Martinez, Sherman||3:31|
|8.||"Out in L.A."||Kiedis, Flea, Slovak, Irons||2:01|
|9.||"Police Helicopter"||Kiedis, Flea, Slovak, Irons||1:16|
|10.||"You Always Sing the Same" (listed as "You Always Sing" on some releases)||Kiedis, Flea||0:19|
|11.||"Grand Pappy Du Plenty" (instrumental)||Kiedis, Flea, Martinez, Sherman, Andy Gill||4:15|
|Bonus tracks on 2003 remastered version, previously released on Out in L.A. in 1994|
|12.||"Get Up and Jump (Demo)"||Kiedis, Flea, Slovak, Irons||2:37|
|13.||"Police Helicopter (Demo)"||Kiedis, Flea, Slovak, Irons||1:12|
|14.||"Out in L.A. (Demo)"||Kiedis, Flea, Slovak, Irons||1:56|
|15.||"Green Heaven (Demo)"||Kiedis, Flea, Slovak, Irons||3:50|
|16.||"What It Is (Demo)" (also known as "Nina's Song")||Kiedis, Flea||3:58|
Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Anthony Kiedis – lead vocals
- Jack Sherman – guitar
- Flea – bass, backing vocals
- Cliff Martinez – drums
2003 edition bonus tracks (tracks 12–16)
- Anthony Kiedis – vocals
- Hillel Slovak – guitar, vocoder (tracks 12–16)
- Flea – bass
- Jack Irons – drums (tracks 12–16)
- Additional musicians
- Keith Barry – horn arrangements and viola
- Cliff Brooks – timbales and congas
- Gwen Dickey – backing vocals (track 7)
- Patrick English – trumpet
- Kenny Flood – tenor saxophone
- Phil Ranelin – trombone
- Recording personnel
- Andy Gill – producer
- Spit Stix – producer (demos)
- Dave Jerden – engineer
- Carolyn Collins – assistant engineer
- Rob Stevens – mixing
- Barry Conley – mixing assistant
- Greg Fulginiti – mastering
- Gary Panter – cover art
- Edward Colver – photography
- Howard Rosenberg – photography
- Henry Marquez – art direction
2003 remastered version personnel
- 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
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- Allmusic Review
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