Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Play that funky music, white boy” - Wishevoke

Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Play that funky music, white boy”

“…Play that funky music, white boy…”

The above lyrics were sung by Wild Cherry on their famous 1976 hit “Play That Funky Music”. Among the sexiest, grooviest and most commercial musical idioms, funk is rightly associated with the African-American race, thanks in part to the so-called “Father of Funk,” James Brown. In addition to Brown, bands and artists such as Sly & The Family Stone, George Clinton, Stevie Wonder and several others secured a prominent place for funk in the annals of music history in the 1970s.

The 80s proved to be (too) hard on funk, as it was presented by bands that had success and “adulterated” it with abundant disco influences and often dubious orchestration, far removed from the spirit of the previous decade. A glaring exception is Prince and the way he incorporated funk into his sound during the early and most creative phases of his career. But the legacy of the 70s does not lose its charm on aspiring musicians of the white race and provided the necessary impetus for the formation of one of the most popular bands of the last 30 years, the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

It has been discovered that a significant percentage of those seduced by the sounds of “Piperia” do not know that the band released their first album in the distant 1984, when Anthony Kiedis (the Lithuanian and not, as has been heard, Greek or has Cypriot roots). many times) and Flea were 22 years old. The connection to the singer and bassist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers is no coincidence, as the two were always present in the band’s almost thirty-year career, inseparable in good times and bad. The most difficult moment, but also a “turning point” in the history of the Red Hot Chili Peppers was undoubtedly the death of the guitarist and one of the founding members, Hillel Slovak, due to excessive drug use.

The Slovak tragedy, as cynical as it may sound, absolutely benefited the underground band of the time, as in 1988 18-year-old John Frusciante was hired to fill the late guitarist’s void and mark the beginning of the complex’s most famous production period . Frusciante, as he proved with the character of his personal discography, is a complete guitarist and his signature style was the necessary ingredient that balanced with the charismatic quality of Kiedis as a frontman, the solid playing of drummer Chad Smith and, above all, him became Flea’s “black” funky bass, which will always be the reference point in the band’s sound

There are two albums that mark the highlights of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ career. The “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” of the – in terms of musical events – miraculous events of 1991 and “Californication” of 1999. “Mother’s Milk” had anticipated the dynamics of the group during its concerts, which were an area of ​​Murla throughout the decade and were inexhaustible Havaleh, are now gaining more publicity. Typical are the photos from concerts and the cover of the EP “The Abbey Road EP”, where the band members appear completely naked with only one sock at the relevant point.

“Blood Sugar Sex Magik” was released at a time when grunge was experiencing the roller coaster ride of success and commercialization. Their seemingly different character was successful and remained in the scene that spawned Seattle, and touring together with Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Soundgarden at festivals like Lollapalooza gave another very great band a reputation in the 90s. “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” was an astonishing marriage of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ funk soul with mainstream rock, a 17-song orgy including “Under The Bridge,” “Give It Away,” “Suck My Kiss,” and “If.” You must ask”.

The triumph of “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” was followed by the sudden departure of John Frusciante, who had begun to fall into drugs. Another blow for the Red Hot Chili Peppers just as things were looking up. Now it was Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction’s turn to save the band’s day. Navarro, an undeniably good guitarist, released “One Hot Minute” with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, a very special album, but whose “flair” never quite matched that of the rest of the band, which led to his departure in 1998.

Frusciante, “cleaner” and more mature, returned to the group and once again proved to be the man who would save the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ career. The decade was coming to an end, the “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” generation had come of age, the 90s scene had experienced a dangerous decline. “Californication” was the band’s second major recording triumph, giving them a new and large group of fans and cementing their status as one of the most important groups of our time. The timing of Californication’s release was most appropriate. The hurricane “Napster” had just begun to sweep through the then present and, more importantly, the future of the discography, and “Californication” is probably the last major rock record to capture the new data and record high sales. Titles like “Scar Tissue”, “Otherside”, “Californication” not only shaped the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but an entire era of the music industry that has irretrievably passed.

Two more albums followed, “By The Way” and his double project “Stage Arcadium”, who provided us with a dozen popular and quality singles and kept the Red Hot Chili Peppers name at the top of music news and whose concerts guaranteed entertaining experiences. The end of Frusciante’s second engagement in the band in 2009 was accompanied by rumors of a final separation, which were denied by the fact of the “hiring” of Josh Klinghoffer. Klinghoffer is the fifth guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers to record a full album with the band “I’m with you”. A new chapter has begun for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the first pages have been written and it remains to be seen whether the Klinghoffer era will manage to keep the band’s brand name at the same level. The year 2012 begins with the best of things for the group, as along with Guns N’ Roses and the Beastie Boys, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were selected to pass through the “gates” of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame.

Why does everyone want to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers live?

Undoubtedly, the concert scene in Greece has improved greatly over the last decade. In the last decade, but also in the current one, many big names came to our country, whose concerts were once considered a “Midsummer Night’s Dream” in our part of the world, and provided unforgettable moments. With a passing thought, we can recall the “stadium rock” tours of AC/DC, U2, Bon Jovi, the double visits of Tool and Linkin Park, the live spectacles of Roger Waters and Rammstein, and the solo concerts of Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails and Faith No More. Concert bill significantly smaller than that of a Central European country, but not negligible. In all these years, two names have played a greater role than any other in the rumors about concerts: that of AC/DC, which, as mentioned above, was solemnly fulfilled, and that of Red Hot Chili Peppers, which continues to remain the suppressed desires the Greek public. But what makes a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert a highly desirable event?

It would not be an exaggeration to say that all these strong rumors and desire for the Red Hot Chili Peppers to visit our country are due in large part to “California”. I come to the above conclusion because I belong to the generation that, at the end of their youth, experienced the destruction that this particular album wrought. “Californication” received a completely justified apotheosis from the music media, but was an important reference point for its mainstream character, especially in a relatively bad time for rock.

It was a typical fact that people who knew nothing about the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ past, but also people who had no skin-to-skin contact with rocks, were suddenly introduced to the special world of the Californians. Both music channels broadcast in our country, the English MTV and the domestic MAD TV, put their small stone in this story, which daily showed the video clips of the Red Hot Chili Peppers with excellent aesthetics from the respective album, alternating with those of… Britney Spears, who had become famous at the time.

But it would be extremely unfair to the quality of the band to attribute the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ acceptance in our country solely to the popularity of “Californication.” It would also be unfair not to acknowledge that even before 1999 there was an even smaller fan base that had been longing for the band’s concert in our country for almost two decades and grew up with the memory of a long-haired Kiedis. But the most important reason why the Red Hot Chili Peppers are a burning desire of the Greeks is their music itself. This special band has the recipe for high-quality, direct songs, songs that make you melancholic, that make you want to dance non-stop and that are the guarantee of a concert party where their fanatical fans will meet their downtrodden rock fans will enjoy a great band and the rest will be humming the song that brought them to the concert venue. What is certain is that everyone, without exception, will have the most fun possible. And because a lot is being “heard,” it remains to be seen whether 2012 will finally be the “saving” year and whether a performance by the Red Hot Chili Peppers will finally become “flesh and bones” in our country.

Rocking.gr, on the occasion of Competition of Cosmote’s What’s Up, will take place next Saturday, December 10th in Turin, Italy, where he, together with the 80 resulting winners, will enjoy the Red Hot Chili Peppers live and share his impressions with you.

The competition ended at the end of October and fan participation in Greece exceeded all expectations. What’s Up Reload It secured free flights, accommodation and tickets to this unique concert for 40 lucky people who – along with a friend – will be watching the amazing group perform live. Additionally, What’s Up Reload It offered 3,000 additional free downloads of the new Red Hot Chili Peppers album. “I’m with you”.

The band’s European tour is a huge success, most dates are already sold out! The Red Hot Chili Peppers have never performed in our country, which represents the concert reluctance of every music lover, but in the world of What’s Up… anything is possible!

Yannis Kotzias

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