Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers


Los Angeles, California

Birth Name

The Red Hot Chili Peppers


out of 10
User Rating
44 votes


Few rock groups of the '80s broke down as many musical barriers and were as original as the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Creating an intoxicating new musical style by combining funk and punk rock together (with an explosive stage show, to boot), the Chili Peppers spawned a slew…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Kiedis lost his virginity to his father's eighteen-year-old girlfriend at the age of twelve.

    • In the song, "Emit Remmus", the main guitar riff is recorded backwards, hence the name "Emit Remmus", which is backward for "Summer Time".

    • The Red Hot Chili Peppers won an award in the American Music awards 2000 for favourite alternative rock artist.

    • According to Anthony Kiedis's New biography, Scar Tissue, Kiedis adopted the role as a protector at school defending all the kids who were considered outcasts or bullied.

    • Anthony Kiedis once auditioned to be the new James Bond.

    • Anthony Kiedis's favourite Red Hot Chili Pepper's album is 'Stadium Arcadium'.

    • Anthony Kiedis contracted a dangerous tropical disease, Dengue fever, while hiking in the Borneo rainforest at the end of 1992.

    • Anthony Kiedis was once diagnosed with Hepatitis C.

    • Anthony Kiedis appeared in Johnny Cash's music video "God's Gonna Cut You Down".

    • The Red Hot Chili Peppers have won two grammys, one for "Give it Away" (best hard rock performance), and one for "Scar Tissue" (Best rock song).

    • Anthony Kiedis once jumped off a five-story building, intending to land in a pool, but miscalculated and broke his back.

    • John Frusciante is a genius painter who has had some of his work published.

    • Red Hot Chili Peppers have the record for most number one singles on the Billboard Modern Rock Chart with ten.

    • Chad Smith is featured as a drummer on over one-hundred albums, not including those with Red Hot Chili Peppers.

    • The Red Hot Chili Peppers song 'Sir Psycho Sexy' is their longest track ever to appear on one of their original studio albums, it is 8 and a quater minutes long.

    • The Music video for 'Tell Me Baby' by the RHCP's was directed by Jonathon Dayton and Valerie Faris, this duo has worked on many Red Hot Chili Peppers videos.

    • In the Song 'Under The Bridge' by the RHCP's John Fruscinate;s mother, Gail Fruscinate, appears with her friends performing backing vocals.

    • The song 'Warlocks' by the RHCP's uses the word 'Rockapotamus', this is not a real word but it was thrown in for the RHCP's fan club formerly known as Rockinfreakapotamus.

    • After the band formed, it took less than a year to secure a deal with EMI records.

    • John Frusciante is also in the "super-group" Ataxia, and recorded as a guitarist on most tracks of "Ampucheture" with Mars Volta.

    • Flea received his nickname from friends Keith Barry and Johnny Karson while on a trip to Thunder Railroad Mountain.

    • Anthony Kiedis' godfather was Sonny Bono.

    • Anthony Kiedis has three stage/nick names. He is known as Cole Dammett, Antoine the Swan, and Tony Flow.

    • Lead singer Anthony Kiedis once met the Dalai lama while in India.

    • Lead singer Anthony Kiedis was originally a teenage actor, who performed in F.I.S.T. under the stage name Cole Dammet.

    • John Frusciante was originally going to be in Frank Zappa's band, but realized Zappa strictly forbidded illegal drug use in his band.

    • Bassist Flea, has dyed his hair many different colors, such as green, pink, purple, blue, etc.

    • The song "Venice Queen" on their eighth studio album, "By the Way", is about Gloria Scott, who helped lead singer, Anthony Kiedis, to rid himself of heroin. He bought her a house overlooking Venice, hence the name. Gloria died not long after receiving the house from cancer.

    • The song 'This Is The Place' by the Red Hot Chili Peppers is about Anthony Kiedis's drug addiction, throughout the song Anthony Kiedis mentions the streets where he used to get the drugs which he does in other songs from the album 'By The Way' such as 'I Could Die For You' and 'Dosed'.

    • The song 'Knock Me Down' by the Red Hot Chili Peppers was written as an anti-heroin song after the death of the original guitarist, Hillel Slovak. The song also refers to the ongoing heroin struggles of the lead singer, Anthony Kiedis.

    • According to Anthony Kiedis, the lead singer of the band the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the song 'Fight Like A brave' is about overcoming drug addiction. It was written on a plane ride by Anthony Kiedis, after Flea let him come back into the band.

    • The Red Hot Chili Peppers song 'Road Trippin'' which appears in the album 'Californication' is one of the only songs where drums are not featured in any way, the others being 'Pea' from 'One Hot Minute' and the song 'If' from the album 'Stadium Arcadium'.

    • According to the Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer, 'Anthony Kiedis', Their album 'Stadium Arcadium' was originally scheduled to be a trilogy of albums each released six months apart.

    • The Red Hot Chili Peppers music video for 'Californication' takes form of a video game. It bears resemblance to games including 'Tomb Raider', 'Grand Theft Auto', 'Crazy Taxi', 'SSX', 'Resident Evil' and a level from the game 'Donkey Kong'. The song itself makes pop culture references such as 'Star Wars', 'Star Trek', 'Celebrity Skin Magazine', 'Nirvana' singer 'Kurt Cobain', And 'David Bowie's Station To Staion'.

    • The Red Hot Chili Peppers performed live at Hyde Park, 2004 London, which set a world-wide record for the highest grossing concert at a single venue in history. It's estimated that 245,000 people watched the concert over the course of three nights, thus calculating at 80,000 people per night.

    • Bass player Flea has a tatoo a rock ledgend Jimi Hendrix on his Left arm.

    • The Red Hot Chili Peppers hold the record for the most number one singles on the Billboard Modern Rock Chart with ten.

    • The Red Hot Chili Pepper's music video for 'Dani California' goes through the eras of music ranging from rockabilly, British Invasion, psychedelia, funk, glam, punk, goth, hair metal, grunge and themselves being the sum of all those parts.

    • The song 'Aeroplane' which is in the album 'One Hot Minute' features Flea's daughter Clara, and the rest of her third grade class singing in the songs intro, they were also dressed in the video as aeroplanes too.

    • The video for The Red Hot Chili Peppers single Hump de Bump of their album Stadium Arcadium was directed by the comedian Chris Rock.

    • Anthony Kiedis, Michael "Flea" Balzary, Hillel Slovak and Jack Irons the original members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers met at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles California.

    • Bassists Flea also plays trumpet.
      He has even played trumpet with Nirvana on Smells Like Teen Spirit at one of their shows.

    • Bass Guitarist Flea replaced Eric Avery Weiss as Bassist for Jane's Addiction for a reunion tour and four tracks of a subsequent compilation album in 1997.

    • Drummer Chad Smith entered the Guinness book of the world records for playing the world's largest drum kit consisting of 308 pieces.

    • The late actor River Phoenix a good friend of the Chili Peppers recorded two songs with John Frusciante Height Down (originally titled Soul Removal) and Well I've Been (originally titled Bought Her Soul. On his solo album Smile from the Streets You Hold.

    • In The Red Hot Chili Peppers video for Scar Tissue guitarist John Frusciante is driving the car but he doesn't have his licence and doesn't intend to get it.

    • Lead guitarist John Frusciante has released ten solo albums.

    • Lead guitarist John Frusciante's Father works as a judge.

    • Anthony Kiedis, Hillel Slovak, Jack Irons and Flea formed a band called Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem later to become the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

    • Bass Guitarist Michael "Flea" Balzary rode in the ambulance with River Phoenix the night he died.

    • The Red Hot Chili Peppers recorded their new album Stadium Arcadium at longtime producer Rick Rubin's mansion in Laurel Canyon, California the same place where the Chili Peppers recorded 1991's Blood Sugar Sex Magik the album that catapulted them into Rock and Roll's limelight.

    • The Red Hot Chili Peppers Guest Stared on an episode of The Simpsons titled "Krusty Gets Kancelled".

    • Former guitarist Dave Navarro was also the guitarist for Jane's Addiction.

    • Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Jack Shermon, Cliff Martinez were the band members at the time of their first album's release. Before the album's release, Hillel and Jack signed to another band, so they were replaced by Jack Shermon and Cliff Martinez temporarily.

    • Anthony Kiedis and Flea are the only two original band members Anthony is the lead singer. Flea plays bass.

    • George Clinton produced The Red Hot Chili Peppers Freaky Styley album. George Clinton is an American musician, he is widely considered one of the forefathers of funk. He was the mastermind of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic during the 1970s and early 1980s, and was a solo funk artist as of 1981.

    • Chad Smith, John Frusciante joined the band in 1989.
      Chad auditioned with over 30 other drummers for the part.

    • The song Transcending on The Red Hot Chili Peppers album One Hot Minute is dedicated to River Phoenix.

    • John Frusciante left the band in 1992 due to drug and lifestyle problems but later returned 1999.
      John Frusciante on leaving the band "Just tell them I went crazy."

    • Dave Navarro was the guitarist for the One Hot Minute album when John Frusciante left the band for "medical" reasons but
      Frusciante made a great comeback on the Californication album.

    • Lead singer Anthony Kiedis is a vegequarian.

    • Lead singer Anthony Kiedis Practices yoga.

    • Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Hillel Slovak, Jack Irons were the original four band members. All four original members were born in 1962.

    • Anthony Kiedis and band-mate Flea came up with the name Red Hot Chili Peppers as an homage to jazz bands such as Louis Armstrong's band "The Red Hot Five", and also the 70s band "Chilli Willi and The Red Hot Peppers".

    • Bass Guitarist Michael "Flea" Balzary voices the Donnie Thornberry character on the Animation TV show The Wild Thornberrys.

    • Every member of the band have tattoos.

    • The band have covered Elton John's song Tiny Dancer.

    • The band have covered Stevie Wonder's song Higher Ground.

    • The band's song Magic Johnson was a tribute to their favorite basketball team the Los Angeles Lakers.

    • The Red Hot Chili Peppers song Fight Like A Brave was featured on Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 video game in 2001.

    • The group has been featured on Pretty Woman, Coneheads, Beavis and Butt-head Do America and Wayne's World movies soundtracks.

    • The Red Hot Chili Peppers have two albums in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

    • Lead guitarist John Frusciante is # 18 on the Rolling Stone's List of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

    • The Red Hot Chili Peppers have released at least 15 albums.

    • The Red Hot Chili Peppers have so far sold over 60 million albums worldwide.

    • The Red Hot Chili Peppers are affiliated with the United States Democratic Party.

    • Drummer Chad Smith was born on October 25, 1961.

    • Lead Guitarist John Frusciante was born on March 5, 1970.

    • Bass Guitarist Michael "Flea" Balzary was born on October 16, 1962.

    • Lead singer Anthony Kiedis was born on November 1, 1962.

    • Rick Rubin has produced the last five Red Hot Chili Peppers albums Blood Sugar Sex Magik, One Hot Minute, Californication, By the Way and Stadium Arcadium.

    • They have covered the song I Found Out by John Lennon.

    • They have covered the songs Castles Made of Sand, Crosstown Traffic and Fire by Jimi Hendrix.

    • Dani California is the first single off their ninth studio album, Stadium Arcadium with the music video being directed by Tony Kaye, the acclaimed director of American History X.

    • The Red Hot Chili Peppers new album is called Stadium Arcadium

    • Discography:
      Red Hot Chili Peppers (1984)
      Freaky Styley (1985)
      The Uplift Mofo Party Plan (1987)
      Mother's Milk (1989)
      Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)
      What Hits!? (1992)
      One Hot Minute (1995)
      Californication (1999)
      By the Way (2002)
      Greatest Hits (2003)
      Live in Hyde Park (2004)
      Stadium Arcadium (2006)

    • Member Hillel Slovak died on June 25, 1988

    • All the Members: Flea, John Frusciante, Jack Irons, Anthony Kiedis, Arik Marshall, Dave Navarro, Jack Sherman, Hillel Slovak, Chad Smith, Jesse Tobias, Cliff Martinez and D. H. Peligro

    • The band formed in 1983.

  • Quotes

  • Review on Blood Sugar Sex Magik.

    My 4th favorite album of all time. The Red Hot Chili Peppers' best album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik benefits immensely from Rick Rubin's production -- John Frusciante's guitar is less overpoweringly noisy, leaving room for differing textures and clearer lines, while the band overall is more focused and less indulgent, even if some of the grooves drag on too long. Lyrically, Anthony Kiedis is as preoccupied with sex as ever, whether invoking it as his muse, begging for it, or boasting in great detail about his prowess, best showcased on the infectiously funky singles "Give It Away" and "Suck My Kiss." However, he tempers his testosterone with a more sensitive side, writing about the emotional side of failed relationships ("Breaking the Girl," "I Could Have Lied"), his drug addictions ("Under the Bridge" and an elegy for Hillel Slovak, "My Lovely Man"), and some hippie-ish calls for a peaceful utopia. Three of those last four songs (excluding "My Lovely Man") mark the band's first consistent embrace of lilting acoustic balladry, and while it's not what Kiedis does best as a vocalist, these are some of the album's finest moments, varying and expanding the group's musical and emotional range. Frusciante departed after the supporting tour, leaving Blood Sugar Sex Magik as probably the best album the Chili Peppers will ever make. Nothing has still beaten this album. And for those who think Stadium Arcadium is the best think again....

  • The Red Hot Chili Peppers are a rock/funk band formed by band members Flea and Anthony Kiedis.

    The Red Hot Chili Peppers was formed in 1983 in Los Angeles. It's members are leader Anthony Kiedis, guitarist David M. Navarro, bassist Michael "Flea" Balzary, drummer Chad Smith, second guitarist John Frusciante, and former band member bassist Hillel Slovak. The Red Hot Chili Peppers were made famous due to some of their hits: Under The Bridge, Dani California, Californication, and Soul To Squeeze. Another classic hit of theirs is Scar Tissue. Their ability to blending funk and punk rock together is what made famous as well. After The Red Hot Chili Peppers formed, EM Records made them wait a year before signing the contract. Some of their influences are: Bob Marley, Led Zeppelin, and the Beastie Boys. The Red Hot Chili were orginially formed by frontman Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea. I think the Red Hot Chili Peppers are a great band with talent that they have used to make awesome songs. They are one the best bands of the '90s.moreless