Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tearjerker



One Hot Minute, the 1995 album by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, doesn't seem to be a popular one among hardcore fans. It was released between the 1991 mega-hit Blood Sugar Sex Magik and the 1999 comeback album Californication.

Why was Californication considered a comeback album? Because after Blood Sugar Sex Magik, guitarist John Fruscante abruptly quit the band. Former Janes Addicition guitarist Dave Navarro replaced him and he is featured on One Hot Minute.

I think a lot of people don't like this album for two reasons. The first reason is because Dave Navarro is not John Frusciante. Some people just won't give it a chance because of that. The second is because the music is angrier and darker, likely a result of the drug addicitons within the band at the time. Both Navarro and frontman Anthony Keidis were battling drug addiciton during the album's recording. Keidis goes into detail about it in his autobiography.

I like this album. It's definitely not their best, but it is a lot better than critics say it is. I enjoy dark music and this album was created during a very dark time for the band.

One of the saddest songs on the album is "Tearjerker." It was written in memory of Kurt Cobain, who was a friend of the Chili Peppers. Cobain died April 5, 1994 and his body was found April 8. Click here to see what I posted last year around this time about Cobain.

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