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Red Hot Chili Peppers
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- RHCP were formed in 1983 when Anthony Kiedis and Michael Balzary decided to start up a band. Soon Hillel Slovak and Jack Irons joined the guys and began doing gigs around L.A. It was not instant success, but The Red Hot Chili Peppers did become well known for their crazy stage antics and bizarre clothing. The Red Hot Chili Peppers had an ever-changing list of members for a while and in 1988, founding member Hillel Slovak died from a heroin overdose.
A year after Hillel Slovak's death, the Red Hot Chili Peppers hit it big with the release of the CD Mother's Milk. After that the Red Hot Chili Peppers released the wildly successful Blood Sugar Sex Magik, which had mainstream hits like Under the Bridge and Give It Away. 1999's Californication was another huge hit. The Red Hot Chili Peppers' were also honored that year with a Video Vanguard Award. Today the band is made up of Anthony Kiedis, "Flea", John Frusciante and Chad Smith.
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Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers are a California-based rock band, formed in Los Angeles in 1983.
Even though they have experienced numerous line-up changes and personal problems, the band has successfully created a sound that combines elements of funk, punk, rap, pop rock, psychedelic rock and heavy metal.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have maintained commercial and critical success ever since their breakthrough full-length Blood Sugar Sex Magik was released in 1991.
Since 1984, they have produced nine studio albums which have sold over 55 million copies worldwide. They also hold the records for most #1 modern rock hits with nine, and most weeks spent atop that chart, with 72.
Flea's bass style is an amalgamation of punk rock, funk and blues, borrowing from artists such as Bootsy Collins of Parliament-Funkadelic and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin. The groove-heavy, low-tuned melodies, composed through either normal finger style or slapping, have contributed to the RHCP's signature style. While Flea's slap bass style was prominent in earlier albums, later albums (post Mother's Milk) have more melodic basslines.
The guitar styles of the four guitarists that have recorded albums with the group share common traits, featuring distorted, sharp sound with strong range. Replacement players appear to have tried to stay as close as possible to original guitarist Hillel Slovak's style with its heavy blues and funk elements. Current guitarist John Frusciante brought a more melodic, textured, and deep sound; Dave Navarro focused on a style rooted in heavy metal, progressive, and psychedelic rock.
Kiedis provides a range of vocal styles for RHCP songs, with his style of rapping and spoken verse (the latter being characteristic of his vocals up to Blood Sugar Sex Magik) complemented with more traditional vocals have helped the band maintain a relatively consistent style.
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