Saturday, July 3, 2010

34 - "Desecration Smile," Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are back in the list for a second time. They first showed up 12 spots ago and get ready to see them a few more times before all is said and done. RHCP have more songs on my Top 50 iTunes playlist than any other band.

The sound of RHCP has changed greatly over the years. That has a lot to do with the present guitarist in the band. When the Chili Peppers started in the '80s they had more of a funk sound to their music. Original guitarist Hillel Slovak greatly drove the sound back then and he heavily influenced their music with that sound.

After Slovak's death, John Frusciante joined the group for the first time. He brought more of a standard rock sound to the band, which helped RHCP break out in the early '90s with some of their hits.

Frusciante left shortly after they broke through in the early '90s and was replaced briefly with Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro. He brought a very experimental heavier rock sound to the only album he recorded with the group, "One Hot Minute."

Navarro was eventually fired from the band and Frusciante re-joined. Over the course of 3 albums, I feel as though their music changed into a sound that "Desecration Smile" sums up nicely. It's the only song on their "Stadium Arcadium" album that is acoustic-based, but it still has the general properties of their music. Deep lyrics, more reliance on backing vocals, and very experimentally-guitar based. You'll see more of the guitar work on future songs on the list, as "Stadium Arcadium" has a few more songs, with two peaking in the Top 10.

I'm interested in the future sound of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, as it was announced last year that Frusciante had left the band for a second time and was replaced by one of their touring guitarists, Josh Klinghoffer. I haven't heard much news about the band lately, other than they are in the studio working on a follow up to "Stadium Arcadium." So, it will be interesting to hear the band's new sound.

I usually don't feature the music videos for the video in the list, as I feel it usually distracts from the music. But, I like this video. Very low-key and I think it helps the song rather than taking away from it.

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