I was just over the whole boy band phase…….just beginning to realise how Britney was so passé and was falling in love with rock and heavy metal…my days of listening to Metallica and Guns and Roses were just beginning. It was one rainy evening during that phase of my life that I first got acquainted with Red Hot Chili Peppers….the combination of the sound they created, the magic of their lyrics and the brilliance of their guitar riffs was too magnificent to let me get over them and move on. Californication was their first single that I heard and of course I didn’t get most of what it said (the fast vocal sequence as well as the Kiedis’ singing style took time getting used to) but I knew this was my kind of music. It was before I knew what alternative rock was….before I knew funk or psychedelic or progressive rock but I loved the product of their musical experiment and since that very first tryst with them, I have been their sworn staunch fanatic.
The band was formed in 1983 in Los Angeles and originally named (the ridiculously long) Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem. All the members were friends who went to school together. The current lineup of the band includes Anthony Kiedis (lead vocals), John Frusciante (guitar, backing vocals, and keyboard), Michael “Flea” Balzary (bass, trumpet, and keyboard), Chad Smith (drums, percussion). Over the years the band went through several changes in their members and past members include Jesse Tobias, Dave Navarro, Jack Irons and Hillel Slovak. The band have adhered to every cliché in the book of rock star life. In fact, these bad boys have lived harder and faster than most bands dream of. They are a bunch of relentless hit machine. I like the fact that even thou the band has sobered down on their drugs, booze and loose women lifestyle, their music has not turned into melodramatic, simpering odes or totally watered-down versions of their earlier fast and furious numbers.