Classic: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mothers Milk, 1989
Before they were propelled to global stardom with Under The Bridge, the Peppers already were delivering some damn fine albums. In fact this is the CD that got me interested in the first place, and it’s a lot heavier than later albums. Despite featuring a number of covers, RHCP demonstrate convincingly how to mix funk and metal, adapt everything into their own identity and get a party going during the process.
So if the heavy opening track Good Time Boys won’t get your adrenaline pumping, then Higher Ground (Stevie Wonder) will. Unrecognisable in this rendition, but oh so enjoyable! Subway to Venus focuses more on the funk part, complete with a blistering brass section. Nobody Weird Like Me features another bass line only Flea can get away with. And the song really lives up to it’s title too… Knock Me Down is another must have. Again the bass and guitar cross bridges to different genres. Okay, some tracks I could have done without (Magic Johnson), but the good easily outweighs the bad.
Nobody knew at the time what the boys would have to endure on a personal level, but I for one still follow their career closely as they really wrote several albums that deserve the ‘classic’ tag…