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Sing-a-Long Saturday – The Red Hot Chili Peppers

Feb 19, 2011 by Lisa Newton

Of all the songs that have been written and sung about Los Angeles and California, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are one of the few bands that have more than one. In fact, this seven time Grammy Award winning band has eight.

While they attended Fairfax High School right here in Los Angeles, band members Anthony Kiedis (vocals), Hillel Slovak (guitarist), Michael "Flea" Balzary (bass), and Jack Irons (drummer) had originally called the group, Tony Flow & the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem. Luckily for the us and the band, after their first concert, which played to a group of only 30 people, the band’s success was already clear, and they changed their name.

Even with their early success, Slovak and Irons considered the Red Hot Chili Peppers a hobby and left the band to pursue a different path. After a series of replacements and with a few successes under their belt, the band, in 1988 was back together with its founding members for the first time in 5 years.

But, soon cocaine would affect the band with both Kiedis and Slovak dealing with additions. Kiedis, who started losing his love of music, sought out rehab. After a month, he returned with a renewed sense of purpose. The result was on September 29, 1987, The Uplift Mofo Party Plan was released, their first album to hit the charts. Although it only hit #148 on the Billboard Top 200, it was much more successful than their first two albums. However, a consequence of the new band’s life, Kiedis went off the wagon, and Slovak’s addiction led to his death on June 25, 1988, which was the trigger for Irons leaving the group.

With two new band members, guitarist, John Frusciante and drummer Chad Smith and another album under their belts, on September 24, 1991, the Red Hot Chili Peppers released Blood Sugar Sex Magik, which became an international sensation.

Over the next few years, the band had members come and go, more albums released, plus more fame and fortune. In February 2007, Stadium Arcadium, their first album to debut at #1 on the US charts, won 5 Grammys: Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song ("Dani California"), Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal ("Dani California"), Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package, and Best Producer (Rick Rubin).

Taking a two year break, the band began working on a 10th album in October 2009, which is due for release this year, and several live performances are also coming up.

All I know is that I love their music, and here are eight they’ve written that feature Los Angeles or California as part of their theme:

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