Review : RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - GREATEST HITS
UncutThe cocks may no longer be in socks but the Peppers remain hyperactive kings of white-boy funk, smack survivors turned mainstream mavericks. Their blend of infantile exuberance and brooding disdain shines in these videos. There's a Busby Berkeley routine for sleazeballs ("Aeroplane"), the definitive punk-junk ballad ("Under The Bridge") and the blood-drenched "Scar Tissue". MTV regulars don't come any more cavalier, or charismatic....full text
MusicomhOn one level this so-called "Greatest Hits" collection is appropriately named, given that it contains 14 MTV and radio smashes that took LA's groundbreaking funk-rock crew from cult status at the end of the 1980s to global superstar, enormodome-selling status by the end of 2003.
However, not to put too fine a point on it, this stinks of record company cash-ins and should be more appropriately titled, "The Red Hot Chili Peppers: The Warner Years (+ Higher Ground)".
Yes, yes, everyone has their idea of what a greatest hits package should look like, but it seems incredible that a Chilis best of should not include tracks like True Men Don't Kill Coyotes (from 1984's eponymous debut), Catholic School Girls Rule (from 1985's Freaky Styley), Fight Like A Brave (from 1987's Uplift Mofo Party Plan) or Taste The Pain (from 1989's breakthrough album, Mother's Milk). It couldn't have anything to do with the fact that these were all included on EMI's superior 1992 collection, What Hits!?, could it?...full text
NmeA persistent pop psychology theory suggests that the guitar is a phallic symbol, a sort of surrogate cock extension for young men to wave about in a celebration of their own masculinity. Mostly, it’s tossed at gurning axe-teasers like John Squire or The Darkness, men engaged in a seduction with their instrument so unabashedly carnal you feel a little filthy just watching them. But the fact remains, if there was any musician on earth that more personified the instrument-as-masturbation metaphor, it’s surely Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea. When Flea plays slap-bass, it’s the full Onan The Barbarian: a manhandling, a totally shameless musical celebration of the cock....full text
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