Influences & Inspirations: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Having weathered death, addiction, and constant personnel changes, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have not only survived 25 years in the music industry but only grow more popular as time marches on. The miraculous thing is the band is still using the same basic formula Anthony Kiedis and Michael “Flea” Balzary originally hatched when they came together with Hillel Slovak and Jack Irons at Fairfax High School in 1983 as Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem?a bit of funk, bit of rock, and whole lot of unbridled energy. Jimi Hendrix “Hey Joe"
Flea has Hendrix’s face tattooed on his arm. The band has covered “Fire.” Every single one of their guitar players has worshipped at his alter. It’s really a miracle that the Red Hot Chili Peppers didn’t end up as the world’s biggest Jimi Hendrix tribute act.
Iggy Pop “I Wanna Be Your Dog”
Singer Anthony Kiedis has always had an uncanny resemblance to his fellow Michigan frontman Iggy Pop, but over recent years the similarities have grown downright eerie. Iggy’s influence goes far beyond spending 23-hours of the day shirtless, however, his influence imbued the Chili Peppers with a punk spirit that still keeps them edgy.Parliament-Funkadelic “Do That Stuff”
This is the place the Red Hot Chili Peppers got the idea to slap rock riffs together with elastic funk rhythms. The hedonistic vibe of the music was just an added bonus, giving the band members license to slip socks over their private parts and hit the stage. Plus, as everyone knows, George Clinton produced the Chili Peppers’ breakthrough 1985 album, Freaky Styley
.Sly & The Family Stone “If You Want Me To Stay”
This was another song the Red Hot Chili Peppers covered in their own distinctive style, meaning they just did the most faithful interpretation they were capable of at the time. Sly’s celebratory spirit also shines through on some of the band’s biggest hits like “Give It Away” and “Taste The Pain.
”Van Halen’s version of “You Really Got Me”
Longtime drummer Chad Smith is an avowed metalhead. His love of meat-and-potatoes rock acts like Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, and Van Halen has kept the band palatable for mainstream audiences in recent years, ensuring that stadium doors always stay open for them.