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Red Hot Chili Peppers

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.

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

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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

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Joeffrey Maitem, Getty Images

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea Responds to Super Bowl Miming Controversy

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Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has issued an open letter admitting that the band wasn't playing their instruments live during Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show, and explaining why they chose to accept the gig despite their views against pre-taped performances.

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Was Flea Faking It at the Super Bowl?

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Once again, the performance of a shirtless person during a Super Bowl halftime show has caused some controversy. However, this time it's not related to the musician's lack of clothes. Apparently, Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers was miming to a backing track during Sunday's performance.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Burn About 10,000 Calories During Super Bowl Halftime Show

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Rob Carr, Getty Images

No, they didn't play a 45-minute version of Led Zeppelin's 'Dazed and Confused.' In fact, the Red Hot Chili Peppers did exactly what you probably expected them to do as the special guests of the Super Bowl halftime show -- play 'Give it Away' while bouncing around like teenage lunatics. 

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Aren’t Covering Led Zeppelin at the Super Bowl

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Good one, Chad Smith! You got us.

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