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Red Hot Chili Peppers started as a goofy funk group made up of hard-partying white kids who liked to wear socks over their penises. Even with P-Funk commander George Clinton at the helm of their career in the early days, the Peppers were known more for their onstage antics than their music. But after the drug-induced death of their original guitar player, the Chili Peppers got a bit more serious, even as the partying continued. They enlisted Rick Rubin to produce their 1991 album ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik,’ and everything changed. The album shot into the Top 5, and the band became alternative-rock stars in the first part of the ‘90s. Several lineup changes, and rehab stints, have since followed, but so has a newfound focus on career. ‘Californication’ is one of their sharpest albums, and 2006’s two-disc ‘Stadium Arcadium’ is an ambitious work from a band that had very little starting out.

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Former Red Hot Chili Peppers Guitarist John Frusciante Makes Music for Himself

John Frusciante, the former guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, says he doesn't make his music with the intention of actually releasing it.

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Bon Jovi vs. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame Round One

Two bands that have stretched the boundaries of classic rock since their 1984 debuts -- Bon Jovi and the Red Hot Chili Peppers -- square off in the first round of this month's 100 percent fan-voted Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame competition.

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Is the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Cover of ‘Higher Ground’ Better Than the Original?

One of the most popular debating points among rock fans is whether someone's song is superior to another artist's interpretation.

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30 Years Ago: The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Debut Points to Big Things

The Red Hot Chili Peppers' self-titled debut was released on Aug. 16, 1984.

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15 Years Ago: Red Hot Chili Peppers Release ‘Californication’

A reunion with John Frusciante helped the Red Hot Chili Peppers rebound late in the '90s.

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Chad Smith: ‘It’s Horrible’ That the Military Uses Red Hot Chili Peppers Music for Torture

Drummer Chad Smith is outraged, and a little sickened, over a recently released report stating that the CIA employed a music loop featuring the Red Hot Chili Peppers as part of its interrogation of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

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Rock Now Has Its Very Own Super Bowl ‘Nipplegate’ Controversy

The FCC has received complaints about the Red Hot Chili Peppers' exposed nipples during the Super Bowl halftime show.

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Will Ferrell and Chad Smith Agree to Battle

Will Ferrell is a famous comedy actor, while Chad Smith is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The question posed by many alert fans who've noticed their uncanny resemblance over the years is: Which one is which?

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‘Stop Impersonating Me!’ – Chad Smith Challenges Will Ferrell to Drum Battle

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chickenfoot drummer Chad Smith has finally had enough of someone else cashing in on his fame and good looks -- and he's taking strong action to make it stop.

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Axl Rose Weighs in on the Chili Peppers Super Bowl Controversy

We've heard what countless fans, pundits, and commenters have to say about the Red Hot Chili Peppers miming during the Super Bowl halftime show, and we've gotten an explanation from Flea. But what does Axl Rose think about all this?

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