Did they really trade their guitarist to The Doobie Brothers? Are they named after something naughty? And what's up with the band name?
Despite years of toiling in college-rock trenches and weathering multiple lineup changes along the way, including the fatal heroin overdose of founding guitarist Hillel Slovak , the raunchy L. In honor of its quarter-century anniversary, here are 10 lesser-known facts about Blood Sugar Sex Magik. The band was initially reluctant to work with Rick Rubin. The Red Hot Chili Peppers have always been totally into positive energy.
In , the Red Hot Chili Peppers were a long shot to make it to the 21st century. They were a party band back then—too funky for hair metal, too cock-obsessed for college rock. They wrote songs about their dicks ; they then stretched cotton socks over those same dicks and jumped around on stage without fear of gravity. In the music world, they were definitely not a big deal. And then, the world changed.
Produced by Rick Rubin , its musical style differed notably from the techniques employed on the band's previous album Mother's Milk , and featured minimal use of heavy metal guitar riffs. The album's subject matter incorporates sexual innuendos and references to drugs and death, as well as themes of lust and exuberance. It was the Chili Peppers' introduction into worldwide popularity and critical acclaim, although guitarist John Frusciante quit the band mid-tour in returning in due to his inability to cope with its popularity. The album is recognized as an influential and seminal component of the alternative rock explosion of the early s, with Steve Huey of AllMusic calling it "probably the best album the Chili Peppers will ever make". The band's previous album, 's Mother's Milk , became the band's second album to enter in the Billboard , peaking at number 52 and at the time the biggest of their career. He convinced Frusciante to play with an overall heavier tone, and instructed Anthony Kiedis to write lyrics that would be more radio-viable, thus causing the band to feel restricted creatively.