Red Hot Chili Peppers Albums
Red Hot Chili Peppers albums include the creative works of a critically acclaimed group whose musical style is known for fusing punk, funk and psychedelic rock. Formed in 1983, the Los Angeles-based band‘s current line-up consists of vocalist and percussionist Anthony Kiedis, bass guitarist Michael "Flea" Balzary, drummer Chad Smith and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer.
"The Red Hot Chili Peppers” - The debut album was released in August, 1984 on EMI Records. While it did not set any sales records, airplay on MTV and college radio helped to build a notable fan following so that the record sold 300,000 copies. Produced by Andy Gill, guitarist for the "Gang of Four" band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' debut work was the only album to feature guitarist Jack Sherman.
“Blood Sugar Sex Magik” - Released as a Red Hot Chili Peppers album in 1991, the band's first number one single "Give It Away" won a Grammy in 1992 for Best Hard Rock Performance With Vocal. Selling over 15 million copies, this album reached number 310 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, rising to number three on 1992 charts.
“Californication” - Of all of the Red Hot Chili Peppers albums, this produced more number one hits than any, with its release in 2000, five years after their last album. The band's seventh studio album song, "Scar Tissue", won the 2000 Best Rock Song Grammy Award. This album saw the return of gifted guitarist, John Frusciante, who had also worked on "Mother's Milk" and "Blood Sugar Sex Magik." Exploring themes like death, lust and drugs, "Californication" was the band's most commercially successful studio release, selling in excess of fifteen million copies.
“By The Way” - Released in 2002, "By The Way" garnered five hit singles and is the album considered by many to be the band’s most subdued. What set this album apart were the intricate stylistic musical blends that went far beyond the Red Hot Chili Peppers' punk-funk roots. Guitarist John Frusciante produced flamenco chords and rhythms on "Cabron" while contrasting ska-flavored sounds on tracks such as "On Mercury".
- “Stadium Arcadium” - Released in 2006, this Grammy Award–winning Red Hot Chili Peppers album was produced by Rick Rubin. The 28-track double album released nine B–sides and was the first to debut at number one on the U.S. charts. As the year‘s best-selling album, it sold over seven million units and garnered the highest weekly sales for that year.
As the band prepares to release “I'm with You”, Red Hot Chili Peppers albums continue to gain popularity over time. Having won seven of the coveted Grammy Awards, the popular band has sold over approximately 65 million albums worldwide. With eight singles in Billboard’s Top 40 Hot 100 and five number one singles on mainstream music charts, it is clear that the band will always have staying power and a loyal fan base.