Red Hot Chili Peppers: 28 Years of Highs & Lows
The Chili Peppers' career has been fraught with ups and downs. Needless to say, the saddest moment in their career was the death of wunderkind guitarist Hillel Slovak. Luckily, they found another special genius from outer space in Frusciante. Flea has been funky monks' most prominent virtuoso, but Frusciante's harmonies and sweet guitar playing helped distract from Kiedis's erratic vocal stylings. Frusciante's fill-in, Dave Navarro, made Kiedis's vocal weaknesses all the more obvious. As we prep for their January 20 show at the BankAtlantic Center, we can't help but think of the band's other highs and lows.
High Point: "Freaky Styley"
1985's hot funky mess was produced by George Clinton. Listen to this if you want to hear the young Peppers in their musical and sexual prime.
Low Point: Dave Navarro
Navarro seemed like a perfect fit for RHCP. Hailing straight out of Jane's Addiction, we originally thought his addition would be like throwing gasoline onto a bonfire. Sadly, he acted more like an aeroplane spilling buckets of lukewarm water onto the Red Hot wildfire.
High Point/Low Point: John Frusciante Not Giving A Damn
Check out this clip from SNL in 1992. Frusciante goes above and beyond to make this song radically different than the studio version and a challenge for Kiedis to sing. His guitar work is wild and his backing vocals during the bridge are an obvious insult to the band.