The Red Hot Chili Peppers

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 True Men Don't Kill Coyotes 3:36 110,165
2 Baby Appeal (2002 Digital Remastser) () 3:40 2,111
3 Buckle Down (2002 Digital Remaster) 3:23 344
4 Get Up And Jump (2002 Digital Remastser) () 2:52 4,845
5 Why Don't You Love Me (2002 Digital Remaster) 3:24 350
6 Green Heaven (2002 Digital Remastser) () 3:58 1,643
7 Mommy Where's Daddy (2002 Digital Remaster) 3:30 302
8 Out in L. A. 2:00 262
9 Police Helicopter (2002 Digital Remaster) 1:16 275
10 You Always Sing The Same (2002 Digital Remaster) 0:19 22
11 Grand Pappy Du Plenty (2002 Digital Remastser) () 4:13 1,450
12 Get Up and Jump (demo) 2:37 10,080
13 Police Helicopter (demo) 1:12 10,316
14 Out in L. A. (demo) 1:56 132
15 Green Heaven (demo) 3:50 7,854
16 What It Is (Nina's Song) (demo) 3:57 729

About this album

The Red Hot Chili Peppers is the debut studio album by American alternative rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, released on August 10, 1984 on EMI. The album was produced by Gang of Four guitarist Andy Gill, and is the only album to feature guitarist Jack Sherman.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers struck a deal with EMI records. However, guitarist Hillel Slovak and drummer Jack Irons were also in What Is This?, who had signed with MCA records two weeks prior - thus, the two were unable to play with the band. The Chili Peppers found replacements with former Weirdos drummer Cliff Martinez and studio guitarist Jack Sherman.

The recording of the album was not a smooth process. Andy Gill and the band fought over creative issues, with Gill directing them towards a more “radio-friendly” sound. In Kiedis’ autobiography Scar Tissue, he says that he was demolished when he saw that Gill had written the word “shit” next to the title of the song “Police Helicopter” on a notepad as it was one of the first songs they had written and in Kiedis’ words “It embodied the spirit of the band which was the kinetic, stabbing, angular, shocking assault force of sound and energy”.

They went on tour to support the record but the rest of the band did not get along with Sherman. They only earned about $500 each from the tour. Both albums, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Squeezed by What Is This? did not do well, so Jack Sherman was fired from the Peppers and Hillel Slovak returned to perform on Freaky Styley, the Chili Peppers’ second album.

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  • Pur3_Yol0caust

    Ladies and gentleman, like it or not: these are the 80ies!

    27 Nov 2013 Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    shitty production, amazing album.

    17 Sep 2013 Reply
  • WS9167

    Well, this is kind of a weird album, but a good debut, I guess.

    30 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Killerkyle1994

    such a great album, like it or not this IS their roots, their foundation, a slap in the face of down in the dirt funk

    27 Jan 2011 Reply
  • krustywazoo

    I wish the production for this album would be better. I still love it, though it'd be much better with improved production.

    26 Dec 2010 Reply
  • GregCano

    Production on this album totally sucks. Sad coz the demos were really amazing.

    11 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Zypraxa

    This is their best album in my opinion. Such good guitar!

    2 Jun 2010 Reply
  • frusciante_fan

    Pure sex (:

    13 May 2010 Reply
  • Pitear

    fuckin' oldschool - i like it ;d

    9 Feb 2010 Reply
  • gerkulina1

    Love it!

    12 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Gibiruei


    19 Sep 2009 Reply
  • prophetpope

    i dont get this

    10 May 2009 Reply
  • orangejuicebox

    Love this one. It's one of my favorites from them, though it flopped and didn't get positive reviews. "True Men Don't Kill Coyotes" is a-fucking-mazing.

    7 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Hupcio

    I love flea's solo in out in LA

    22 Feb 2009 Reply
  • labandade_david

    I Love This Album.

    26 Oct 2008 Reply
  • borgy

    this album sucks. poor production. weak songs. Freaky Styley is much much better. To its credit though there are a few fun songs on here and without this album the Chili's wouldn't be here today.

    16 Oct 2008 Reply
  • FunkyCrime17

    That's a good joke FugaziChild. Though in fairness, this album doesn't get enough credit

    22 Sep 2008 Reply
  • CgSkKvA

    Yeah well the old albums..that's the good stuff..funky I'd say

    15 Jan 2007 Reply
  • Bronen

    i love it... The old punky Red Hot is so good. And funny as well...

    9 Jul 2006 Reply
  • freakeh

    poorly produced :\ would be better otherwise

    7 Jul 2006 Reply
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