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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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Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers Speaks About Health Scare

The singer talks about the illness that forced the Red Hot Chili Peppers to cancel two shows.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Issue Statement on Anthony Kiedis Health

The singer is suffering from a case of intestinal flu.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Singer Anthony Kiedis Hospitalized

The lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers was rushed to the hospital shortly before the group was set to play in Irvine, Calif.

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20 Years Ago: Red Hot Chili Peppers Go Through Turmoil to Create ‘One Hot Minute’

The Red Hot Chili Peppers followed up their biggest album with 'One Hot Minute' on Sept. 12, 1995.

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Flea’s Got Bees

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has taken up beekeeping as a hobby.

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How the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Debut Pointed to Big Things

It wasn’t the grand introduction they were hoping it would be but, on Aug. 10, 1984, the Red Hot Chili Peppers entered the world stage with their self-titled first album.

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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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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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