Monday, February 2, 2009
Underated Classic-Red Hot Chili Peppers "Mothers Milk"
Every band at one point or many in their career will reach a turning point. For the legendary California music hybrid that is Red Hot Chili Peppers, one of the many turning points of the troubled band would come at the end of 80's. The band whose original lineup included singer Anthony Kiedis, bassist Flea, guitarist Hillel Slovak and drummer Jack Irons hit a cross roads after the overdoes and passing of Slovak. Kiedis and Flea were forced to bury their best friend, while Jack Irons left to join a band called Mookie Blaylock, which would later become Pearl Jam. With half the band gone, Kiedis and Flea regrouped, and re energized with drummer Chad Smith and guitarist John Fruscante. The lineup of the Chili Peppers the general public would be more familiar with in later years and the lineup that would pull them from the California sun and into the global musical universe. With the new Chili Peppers in tact, the group got together with producer Michael Beinhorn to create one of the funkiest and free form records of the 80's. Mother's Milk was released in 1989, it would receive very mixed critical praise, while it would be the bands more successful record to date. Scoring a few hits with a cover of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground," and the single "Knock me Down." The record would later become certified Gold, but for the Chili Peppers it was a big stepping stone to fame. Mother's Milk would later be forgotten in the mix of RHCP albums, as its successor Blood Sugar Sex Magik would go on to make the band instant legends.