Written By Braddon S. Williams

Red Hot Chili Peppers: One Hot Minute

It is a testimony to how big Red Hot Chili Peppers’ level of success had become by 1995’s One Hot Minute, that its double platinum sales status was deemed disappointing and the album ultimately was seen as a commercial failure. 2 million in sales was less than half of their previous album’s sales, but I’m here to say that One Hot Minute is one hot piece of great work by a fantastic band.

There are several reasons that One Hot Minute is one of my favorite albums from RHCP. First of all, Dave Navarro plays guitar on it, and I really love his work with Jane’s Addiction. His addition to the band brought more rock and less funk, basically altering the DNA of the band in a good way.

There is still plenty of funk (with Flea on bass, that is unavoidable), but there is a wide variety of tones and moods going on that showed signs of growth, making for some interesting material.

Another thing I noticed right away is that this album is flawlessly sequenced. It flows from song to song, mood to mood just effortlessly.

Individual songs stick out, but One Hot Minute practically demands to be listened to in order.

My personal favorites include Aeroplane, Falling Into Grace, Deep Kick, Coffee Shop, Transcending, My Friends, Warped, Walkabout, Tearjerker, One Hot Minute, and Pea.

I saw the Peppers on this tour, and Navarro was a great fit for their live show, too.

Influences And Recollections if a Musical Mind

Producer Rick Rubin helped the Red Hot Chili Peppers craft their masterpiece, Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991) and turn them into international superstars. The Peppers had been growing their fan base and reputation steadily over the course of the previous 2 albums, but this was the one where they truly captured the hearts of alternative nation. Featuring the gigantic success of Under The Bridge and Give It Away, with the respective videos getting massive MTV air time, the newly constituted classic lineup of the Peppers with Anthony Kiedis, Flea, John Frusciante, and Chad Smith had become a killer team in both writing and performing. In a word, chemistry! Besides the huge hits, Blood Sugar Sex Magik had a great title song, along with If You Have To Ask, Suck My Kiss, Funky Monks, Breaking The Girl, My Lovely Man, and Sir Psycho Sexy. Pretty impressive stuff from a band who got their first notoriety from performing with nothing but tube socks covering their man parts!

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

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On this date in history, Part 2: Fifteen years after that Rush show, I traveled back to MSA in 1996 to check out Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Toadies, and Spacehog. Starting from the beginning, Spacehog played a fairly generic opening set. Nothing horrible, but nothing horribly memorable, either!

Moving on, The Toadies were a vast improvement, playing mostly selections from their fine Rubberneck album. My highlights were Backslider, I Come From The Water, and the incredible Possum Kingdom. They rocked hard and got the crowd pumped and didn’t overstay their welcome.

The Toadies – Possum Kingdom

Obviously, the majority of the audience was there primarily for the funky headliners, and Anthony Kiedis and the boys delivered the goods. This was the short period of time when Dave Navarro from Jane’s Addiction was their lead guitar player. I’ve always been a huge fan of his playing and I thought the album he played on with the Peppers, One Hot Minute, was among their finest. Dave is admittedly more of a rocker than a funk player, and not as suited to the RHCP style as John Frusciante, but he has fantastic stage presence and killed it on this particular night. Getting to play with Flea and Chad Smith would be a thrill for any guitar player. Those guys laid down a bed of nasty funk that had us dancing throughout the show. Total beast mode rhythm section! They played a handful of the songs off One Hot Minute and filled out the rest of the set with crowd favorites from the earlier classics. Two completely different styled shows 15 years apart made for March 11 to be a fondly remembered date in my concert history!

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Red Hot Chili Peppers – One Hot Minute Tour 1996 Bootleg Series

 

 

On This Date in History: Part 2