Greatest Hits by one of the USA’s biggest alternative rock bands, Red Hot Chili Peppers was originally released in 2003. It contains 16 of their most popular songs including Under The Bridge, Give it Away and Californication. This reissue is pressed on 140g silver vinyl and housed in a gatefold sleeve.
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8/10 Tom 22nd May 2018
People either love the Chili Peppers or hate them. Some of this can be attributed to the historical picture of them as sock-on-cock wearing buffoons; some of this can be attributed to their brand of white-boy funk rock; the rest I think can be attributed to singer Anthony Kiedis' ever-so-slightly cringeworthy sex raps. However, it's hard to argue that in the 90's and 2000's they were one of the biggest bands in the world and wrote some perennial rock radio classics.
Wisely sticking almost exclusively to the John Frusciante years (Mother's Milk, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Californication, and By The Way which was the latest album when this greatest hits collection was released in 2003), this is about as great a picture of the Chili Peppers as you could hope for and a strong argument that they wrote some good songs under Frusciante's melodic guidance, tempering them away from their more moronic instincts.
The addition of the non-album fan favourite 'Soul to Squeeze' (from the Coneheads soundtrack!) and two new songs ('Fortune Faded' and 'Save the Population') make this worth buying for RHCP die-hards and for those wishing to bypass their funkier album tracks in favour of getting to the melodic heart of the band. As long as you don't attempt to intellectualise the lyrics and instead go along with the funny sounds coming out the man's mouth, you might even find the charm in Anthony Kiedis.
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