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The Red Hot Chili Peppers (album)

The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Studio album by The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Released August 10, 1984
Recorded April 1984 at Eldorado Studios in Hollywood, California
Genre Funk rock, rap rock
Length 32:32
46:01 on the 2003 remaster
Language English
Label EMI America
Producer Andy Gill
The Red Hot Chili Peppers chronology
The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Freaky Styley
Singles from The Red Hot Chili Peppers
  1. "True Men Don't Kill Coyotes - (video only)"
    Released: 1984
  2. "Get Up and Jump"
    Released: 1984

The Red Hot Chili Peppers is the debut studio album by American funk rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, released on August 10, 1984 on EMI America Records. The album was produced by Gang of Four guitarist Andy Gill, and is the only album to feature guitarist Jack Sherman.


  Background and recording

Red Hot Chili Peppers struck a deal with EMI America Records. However, guitarist Hillel Slovak and drummer Jack Irons were also in What Is This?, who had signed with MCA Records two weeks prior, thus, the two were unable to play with the band. The Chili Peppers found replacements with guitarist Jack Sherman and former Weirdos & Captain Beefheart drummer Cliff Martinez.

The recording of the album was not a smooth process. Andy Gill and the band fought over creative issues, with Gill directing them towards a more "radio-friendly" sound. This caused a lot of tension between the band and Gill which made the recording process particularly difficult. The band pulled many pranks on Gill, in spite of him, throughout the recording process, one being Flea giving a pizza box filled with crap to Gill, and one of the mixers running away screaming from the studio.[1] In Kiedis' autobiography Scar Tissue, he says that he was devastated when he saw that Gill had written the word "shit" next to the title of the song "Police Helicopter" on a notepad, as it was one of the first songs they had written and in Kiedis' words "It embodied the spirit of the band which was the kinetic, stabbing, angular, shocking assault force of sound and energy". The band were said to not be pleased with the production on the album, preferring the demo versions they had recorded earlier with Slovak and Irons.

They went on tour to support the record but the rest of the band did not get along with Sherman. They only earned about $500 each from the tour.[2] Both albums, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Squeezed by What Is This? did not do well, so Jack Sherman was fired from the Peppers and Hillel Slovak returned to perform on Freaky Styley, the Chili Peppers' second album.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [3]
Robert Christgau (B-) [4]
Rolling Stone 1/5 stars [5]

  Critical and commercial response

The Red Hot Chili Peppers was released with the Chili Peppers disappointed in the production. It failed to chart on the Billboard 200, reaching #201 (meaning it "bubbled under" the main album chart for 8 weeks in the autumn of 1984). The album received college airplay and MTV rotation, and built the band's fan base. The reviews that were published of the album were mixed, with the first issue of Spin magazine giving, according to Anthony Kiedis in his autobiography Scar Tissue, a positive review.[6] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic gave the album a negative review,[3] and stated that "their first effort didn't quite gel into a cohesive album", giving the album only 2½ stars out of 5. As of 2007, it had sold about 300,000 copies worldwide.[7] Many of the album's songs would be played at live shows, notably "Green Heaven", "Get Up and Jump", and "Out in L.A".

  Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "True Men Don't Kill Coyotes"   Kiedis, Balzary, Martinez, Sherman 3:40
2. "Baby Appeal"   Kiedis, Balzary, Martinez, Sherman, Slovak 3:41
3. "Buckle Down"   Kiedis, Balzary, Martinez, Sherman 3:24
4. "Get Up and Jump"   Kiedis, Balzary, Slovak, Irons 2:53
5. "Why Don't You Love Me" (Hank Williams cover) Williams 3:25
6. "Green Heaven"   Kiedis, Balzary, Slovak, Irons 3:59
7. "Mommy, Where's Daddy?"   Kiedis, Balzary, Martinez, Sherman 3:31
8. "Out in L.A."   Kiedis, Balzary, Slovak, Irons 2:01
9. "Police Helicopter"   Kiedis, Balzary, Slovak, Irons 1:16
10. "You Always Sing the Same" (listed as "You Always Sing" on some releases) Kiedis, Balzary 0:19
11. "Grand Pappy Du Plenty"   Kiedis, Balzary, Martinez, Sherman, Gill 4:15
Total length:
Bonus tracks on 2003 remastered version, previously released on Out in L.A. in 1994
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Get Up and Jump (Demo)"   Kiedis, Balzary, Slovak, Irons 2:37
13. "Police Helicopter (Demo)"   Kiedis, Balzary, Slovak, Irons 1:12
14. "Out in L.A. (Demo)"   Kiedis, Balzary, Slovak, Irons 1:56
15. "Green Heaven (Demo)"   Kiedis, Balzary, Slovak, Irons 3:50
16. "What It Is (Demo)" (also known as "Nina's Song") Kiedis, Balzary 3:58
Total length:


Red Hot Chili Peppers
Additional musicians
  • Keith Barry – horn arrangements & viola
  • Cliff Brooks – timbales & congas
  • Gwen Dickey – background vocals
  • Patrick English – trumpet
  • Kenny Flood – tenor sax
  • Phil Ranelin – trombone
Recording personnel
  • Gary Panter – cover art
  • Edward Colver – photography
  • Howard Rosenberg – photography
  • Henry Marquez – art direction

  2003 remastered version personnel

  • Kevin Flaherty – producer for reissue
  • Ron McMaster – remastering
  • Kenny Nemes – project manager
  • Michelle Azzopardi – art direction
  • Kristine L. Barnard – design
  • John Dinser – photo imaging and additional design
  • Edward Colver – photography
  • Howard Rosenberg – photography
  • EMI Archives – photography


Kiedis, Anthony; Sloman, Larry (2004). Scar Tissue. New York: Hyperion. ISBN 1-4013-0101-0. 


  1. ^ Kiedis, Sloman, 2004 p. 144–145
  2. ^ Kiedis, Sloman, 2004 p. 161
  3. ^ a b Allmusic Review
  4. ^ Robert Christgau Review
  5. ^ Rolling Stone Album Guide
  6. ^ Kiedis, Sloman, 2004 p. 145
  7. ^ Faris, Lynn (January, 2007). "Not your Mother's Milk". Creative Loafing. http://charlotte.creativeloafing.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A119818. Retrieved 2007-10-09. 


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