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.
Josh Klinghoffer Recalls 'Stifling' Red Hot Chili Peppers Tenure
Former guitarist says the band was resistant to experimenting with new sounds.
Red Hot Chili Peppers, 'Return of the Dream Canteen': Review
Their second album of 2022 is not as good as the first one.
Red Hot Chili Peppers Honor Late Van Halen Guitar Hero on 'Eddie'
Listen to the second single off their upcoming album, 'Return of the Dream Canteen.'
Red Hot Chili Peppers Tease Eddie Van Halen-Inspired Song 'Eddie'
Hear a clip of the song before its official release.
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith Honors Taylor Hawkins at VMAs
Funk rock group was on hand to receive the 2022 Global Icon Award.
Josh Klinghoffer Wishes He’d Told Rick Rubin to Leave RHCP Studio
Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist says the producer was "way more a hindrance than a help."
Chad Smith Says Red Hot Chili Peppers Brought Rick Rubin to Tears
Producer reportedly "got really emotional" during the band's recording sessions.
Listen to Red Hot Chili Peppers' New Song 'Tippa My Tongue'
It's the first single from their upcoming album 'Return of the Dream Canteen.'
Flea Reveals Why He Doesn’t Like Fans Asking for Photos
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist says request “ruins” interactions.
Red Hot Chili Peppers Detail New LP ‘Return of the Dream Canteen'
Rick Rubin-produced album will be band's second studio release in six months.