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-> ''I don't ever wanna feel, like I did that day,''
-> ''Take me to the place I love, take me all the way...''
-> ''Under the bridge downtown, is where I drew some blood,''
-> ''Under the bridge downtown, I could not get enough,''
-> ''Under the bridge downtown, forgot about my love,''
-> ''Under the bridge downtown, I gave my life away.''
-->-- "Under the Bridge", about the band's past extensive drug use and its subsequent revival

->''[[{{FanDumb}} We want Chilly-Willy! We want Chilly-Willy!]]''
-->-- '''Barney Gumble''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "Krusty Gets Kancelled"


Red Hot Chili Peppers is a world-famous alternative-funk-rock band formed in 1983 in Los Angeles, California. One of the more prominent bands in the '80s funk scene, they exploded in popularity during the '90s and '00s and are considered by some to be a leading force in AlternativeRock. Their music style and content has significantly progressed from the energetic funk-rock and SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll concerns in their earlier days to more melodic musical backing and more varied subject matter. They were also nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2010, but unfortunately didn't make the cut. They were nominated again as 2012 inductees, and this time were inducted. Notably, Josh is the youngest inductee into the Hall of Fame at the tender age of 32.

This band is the TropeNamer to CatholicSchoolGirlsRule, which is an infamous song from their second album ''Freaky Styley''.

The band currently consists of:
* Vocalist Anthony Kiedis
* Guitarist Josh Klinghoffer
* Bassist Michael "Flea" Balzary
* Drummer Chad Smith

Former members:
* Guitarist Hillel Slovak (1983, 1985-1988)
* Guitarist Jack Sherman (1984-1985)
* Drummer Jack Irons (1983, 1986-1988)
* Drummer [[Music/CaptainBeefheart Cliff Martinez]] (1984-1986)
* Guitarist [=DeWayne=] "Blackbyrd" [=McKnight=] (1988)
* Drummer [[Music/DeadKennedys D.H. Peligro]] (1988)
* Guitarist John Frusciante (1988-1992, 1998-2009)
* Guitarist Arik Marshall (1992-1993)
* Guitarist Jesse Tobias (1993)
* Guitarist [[Music/JanesAddiction Dave Navarro]] (1993-1998)

Others:
* Guitarist Dix Denny: Was close to becoming Hillel Slovak's replacement when he quit in 1983, but eventually the band decided to hold auditions instead because they lacked chemistry with him.
* Drummer Chuck Biscuits: After Cliff Martinez was fired during the Freaky Styley Tour, Biscuits was hired to finish the tour with them and possibly even record their next album (since they had already begun working on demos for it). However, shortly after being hired, Jack Irons left "What is This?", so Biscuits was fired in favor of him.
* Vocalist Keith Morris: Filled the vocalist position once in 1986 while Anthony was out scoring drugs.
* Drummer [[Music/{{Fishbone}} Phillip "Fish" Fisher]]: After Peligro was fired, Fish recorded "Taste the Pain" with the Peppers, and it later appeared on ''Mother's Milk''. However, he was eventually replaced by Chad Smith.
* Vocalist Bob Forrest: Filled in for Anthony several times, notably during the Jimi Hendrix tribute show. Significant because one of the times he took to the mic, Anthony had been fired from the band because of his drug addiction. Obviously he was rehired shortly thereafter, but the fact that the band performed without him is at least an interesting fact.
* Guitarist Zander Schloss: After John Frusciante quit in May 1992, Schloss was flown all the way out to Sidney, Australia where he rehearsed with the band for four days. However, the band decided he wasn't the right fit, and so a whole leg of the tour was cancelled, with the tour coming dangerously close to ending, until Arik Marshall was hired.

Considering that between them they've probably done enough illicit substances to kill a herd of buffalo (or at least their ex-guitarist Slovak), it's remarkable that they're all still alive. To give you an idea of how much they've done, John Frusciante overdosed on heroin. [[FunctionalAddict Twice.]] [[StayingAlive And lived.]] Many of their songs feature [[WordSaladLyrics nonsensical lyrics]], {{Epic Riff}}s and references to UsefulNotes/{{California}}. Especially references [[HollywoodCalifornia to California]], considering Anthony Kiedis's [[Creator/CharlesBukowski lyrical inspirations.]]

The Red Hot Chili Peppers (at the time, the "The" [[SuddenNameChange was part of their name]]) formed in 1983 with [[BoisterousBruiser Anthony]] [[ImmunetoDrugs Kiedis]] on lead vocals, [[LeadBassist Flea]] ([[RealNameAsAnAlias Michael Balzary]]) on bass, [[InformedJudaism Hillel]] [[DyingAsYourself Slovak]] on guitar, and [[DidYouThinkICantFeel Jack]] [[MadeOfIron Irons]] on drums. Slovak and Irons were forced to leave the band due to prior engagements (their band What Is This? also received a record deal, and they considered the Peppers more of a side project), and were replaced by Jack Sherman and Cliff Martinez (who had drummed on Music/CaptainBeefheart's last two albums), respectively. Their [[SelfTitledAlbum eponymous]] first album was panned by critics, due to [[TroubledProduction production conflicts]] between [[BritishRockStar Andy Gill]], the album's producer, and the band - Gill pushed for a more mainstream, radio-friendly sound, which was at odds with the PunkRock nature of the Chili Peppers's music.

The Red Hots' second album, ''[[MeaninglessMeaningfulWords Freaky Styley]]'', featured Slovak back on guitar (he had quit What Is This?), with Sherman kicked out after touring for the debut ended. Music/GeorgeClinton's production of the album helped establish the band's identity as a FunkRock band. After the album's recording, Kiedis and Flea fired Martinez as they felt he was not committed to the band anymore. He was replaced with Irons, and the reunited original four members released their semi-successful third album ''[[FunkRock The Uplift Mofo]] [[WildTeenParty Party Plan]]''. The latter album was their most successful one at the time, because the song "Party On Your Pussy" was included only after it was renamed "Special Secret Song Inside" by stuffy EMI agents, [[DancingBear creating a marketing gimmick for many adolescent pre-teens.]] It was their first album to show up on any chart, hitting a lowly 148 on the ''Billboard 200'' chart.

Tragedy, however, struck when Slovak was killed by a heroin overdose, prompting Irons's [[TearJerker tearful departure]] from the band. Kiedis, a junkie at the time, cleaned up, but an initial attempt to continue with [[Music/GeorgeClinton Parliament-Funkadelic]] guitarist [=DeWayne "Blackbyrd" McKnight=] and Music/DeadKennedys drummer D.H. Peligro proved unsuccessful. It was only after booting [=McKnight=] and Peligro in favour of [[PromotedFanboy John]] [[TeenGenius Frusciante]] on guitar (their youngest member, then only eighteen) and [[TheBigGuy Chad]] [[AllDrummersAreAnimals Smith]] on drums (their oldest member) that the gang released ''[[BuxomIsBetter Mother's Milk]]'', their fourth album, in 1989. The album's recording was marked by ExecutiveMeddling from producer Michael Beinhorn, who had previously stayed in the background on ''The Uplift Mofo Party Plan'' but this time came down much harder on the band to create a hit, and forced Frusciante to play with a heavily-overdubbed, HeavyMetal sound that the guitarist was uncomfortable with. Nevertheless, the album built on ''Plan''[='s=] success, reaching #52 on the ''Billboard'' chart and spawning two successful singles, the OdeToSobriety "Knock Me Down" and the FunkMetal'd Music/StevieWonder cover "Higher Ground".

The band soon [[ChannelHop jumped from EMI to Warner Bros.]], and released their breakout album, 1991's ''[[WordSaladTitle Blood Sugar Sex Magik]]'', on which famous RecordProducer Music/RickRubin gave them his trademark clear, straightforward production to benefit a concentrated, memorable batch of wacky [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly genre-bending funk rock]]. This led them to critical acclaim and a wider audience thanks to the EpicRiff-filled hits "Give It Away" and "Under the Bridge", and Rubin has stayed with them ever since. Frusciante, however, left the band mid-tour in 1992 because [[ItsPopularNowItSucks he did not perceive that the band would garner such a large fanbase,]] and he had [[ReclusiveArtist alienated himself from the other band members]]. (This was patched up after he returned in 1997. To this day, Kiedis and Frusciante remain [[HeterosexualLifePartners best friends]].)

While Frusciante spent the next 5 years [[ReclusiveArtist shooting up heroin in the Hollywood Hills and almost killing himself,]] the Peppers, after much thought, signed former Music/JanesAddiction guitarist Dave Navarro in his place. (Since Frusciante had bailed during the tour, they'd had to previously replace him with Arik Marshall, who ended up appearing in the videos for "Breaking the Girl" and "If You Have to Ask" - as well as their guest appearance on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' - , and Jesse Tobias, who lasted a month until Navarro became available.) Their sixth album, after many delays, was released in 1995. ''[[DarkerAndEdgier One Hot Minute]]'' was dark and psychedelic, in response to Kiedis's introspective, [[LyricalDissonance lyrical subject matter]], where he openly confronted his drug relapse, and due to Navarro's own preference for psychedelia over funk and jams, which created tension with Flea. Despite boasting some great music, it was a let-down from their super-hit previous album, probably due to the change in the band's line-up, and it failed to retain either the critical acclaim that ''Magik'' had brought or spawn a SignatureSong like "Give It Away" or "Under the Bridge". ("Aeroplane" and "My Friends" came close, though.)

The band entered a low point, punctuated after Frusciante, miraculously, checked himself into rehab in 1997. Navarro was let go to let Frusciante back in. The Peppers' 1999 hit seventh album ''[[{{Portmanteau}} Californi]][[SexisCool cation]]'', and their slow, melodic, eighth album, released in 2002, ''[[NewSoundAlbum By the Way]]'', propelled them back to stardom.

Starting with those two albums but especially with ''By The Way'', they've drifted away from their energetic, wacky funk-rock vibe in favor of mellower, more melodic, vaguely PsychedelicRock with heavy influences from {{XTC}} and the BeachBoys, leading to charges of TheyChangedItNowItSucks from some of their older fans. Reactions to their ninth album, ''[[LeastRhymableWord Stadium]] [[RuleofCool Arcadium]]'', were mixed with some fans liking their new sound and direction, and others declaring that for them [[FanonDisContinuity it wasn't]] a Red Hot Chili Peppers album.

Frusciante left the band for the second time (this time, on good terms with the rest of the members) in 2009. John was replaced by Josh Klinghoffer, a young guitarist that collaborated with Frusciante on many of the latter's solo albums and toured with the Red Hots during the Stadium Arcadium album promotion. This replacement is nothing new for the band, however, as they have been through a [[RevolvingDoorBand few line-up changes]] over the years.

Their tenth studio album, ''[[YouAreNotAlone I'm with You]]'', was released in August 2011, showcasing Josh's rich perspective and eclectic dimension to the Chilis' sound. The Chilis have teased some new songs during their live shows, which probably means that they are working on a new album.

Drummer Chad Smith also plays drums for the hard rock supergroup {{Chickenfoot}}. Chad Smith is currently on a hiatus from working with the supergroup, as he is busy helping promote ''I'm With You'' on the tour.

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!!Discography:

* ''The Red Hot Chili Peppers'' (1984)
* ''Freaky Styley'' (1985)
* ''The Uplift Mofo Party Plan'' (1987) (the only album to feature their initial Kiedis-Flea-Slovak-Irons lineup)
* ''Mother's Milk'' (1989)
* ''Blood Sugar Sex Magik'' (1991)
* ''One Hot Minute'' (1995) (the only album featuring Navarro on Guitar)
* ''Californication'' (1999) (not to be confused with the [[Series/{{Californication}} unassociated TV show of the same name]])
* ''By the Way'' (2002)
* ''Stadium Arcadium'' (2006) (double album)
* ''I'm With You'' (2011)

Compilation and live albums:
* ''What Hits!?'' (1992)
* ''Out in LA'' (1994)
* ''Greatest Hits'' (2003)
* ''Live in Hyde Park'' (2004)
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!!! "Trope Sugar Index Magic":

* AbbeyRoadCrossing: ''The Abbey Road EP''. The album cover is a hilarious parody, which features the original four members (Kiedis, Flea, Irons, and Slovak) walking across a Los Angeles road with their [[BestKnownForTheFanservice signature "socks on cocks" gimmick.]]
** For added hilarity, the dividing lines on the road in the background are zig-zagged.
* AbstractApotheosis: From ''Brendan's Death Song''
--> It's safe out there now you're everywhere just like the sky;
--> And you are love, you are the lucid dream, you are the ride
* AdaptationExpansion: Their cover of The Ohio Players' "Love Rollercoaster", a SingleStanzaSong in its original version.
** They (thankfully) omitted the scream from the original version.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: "Sir Psycho Sexy".
* AddictionDisplacement: Psychoanalysts would agree that Kiedis's addiction to exercise, health and time with his son is a healthy means of channeling his previous drug addiction.
** Kiedis said that the line from "Can't Stop", ''Sweetheart is bleeding in the snow cone/So smart she's leading me to ozone'' is about his periodic injections of ozone gas and how it helps him fight the hepatitis virus in his body. The entire song, in fact, is about his joy from being clean.
* AffectionateParody: The video for "Dani California" features the band singing the song dressed as humorous, but perfectly accurate parodies of rock acts from the 50s ([[Music/ElvisPresley Elvis]]) up until just prior to the modern day ({{Nirvana}}), ending with themselves dressed in their own typical concert attire, their logo hanging prominently in the background.
* AlbumTitleDrop: ''The Uplift Mofo Party Plan'' isn't a song on the album but is mentioned in "Fight Like a Brave" & "Organic Anti-Beat-Box Band".
** ''Freaky Styley'', ''Blood Sugar Sex Magik'', ''One Hot Minute'', ''Californication'', ''By The Way'' and ''Stadium Arcadium'' all have their own title tracks as well.
*** In fact, the band wished to break away from the pattern of sharing their album names with a track, which is why they decided on the latest name, ''I'm With You''.
* AlternativeRock
* BreakAwayPopHit: "Soul to Squeeze" didn't even make the ''Blood Sugar Sex Magik'' track lineup, but became a hit after it was featured on the ''Coneheads'' soundtrack.
** They probably wanted to include it, but it didn't fit. Hence including it on almost every single from the album including its own.
*** Actually, producer Music/RickRubin convinced them to drop it in favor of "Under the Bridge".
** "Sikamikanico" (also from BSSM recording sessions) was featured on ''Film/WaynesWorld'', and while it didn't become a single, it increased the Chili Peppers's popularity tenfold.
** "Melancholy Mechanics" was ALSO never released on an album, but its inclusion in the {{Twister}} soundtrack boosted the Chili Peppers's fame.
* BreakTheCutie: "Breaking the Girl"
-->Twisting and turning
-->Your feelings are burning
-->You're [[TitleDrop breaking the girl]]
-->She meant you no harm
-->Think you're so clever
-->But now you must sever
-->You're breaking the girl
-->He loves no one else
* CaliforniaCollapse: The song ''Californication.''
--> And tidal waves couldn't save the world from [[TitleDrop Californication.]]
* CarefulWithThatAxe: "Torture Me".
* CatholicSchoolGirlsRule: The TropeNamer.
* CelibateHero: Frusciante took a vow of abstinence after checking into rehab in 1997. He's since been married, however.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Claire Essex, also known as Yohanna Logan, had a turbulent relationship with Kiedis, to say the least. They (thankfully) broke up in four years.
** Kiedis even noted that if he had put as much effort into his other girlfriends as he did with Yohanna, [[HappilyMarried he would be married with five kids.]]
* ConceptVideo: Quite a few, with "Californication", "Otherside" and "Dani California" being some of the standouts.
* CoverVersion: "[[Music/StevieWonder Higher Ground]]," "[[Music/RobertJohnson They're Red Hot]]," "Love Rollercoaster," "[[Music/TheStooges Search And Destroy]]," "[[Music/JimiHendrix Fire]]," "[[Music/JimiHendrix Castles Made Of Sand]]," and "[[Music/BobDylan Subterranean Homesick Blues]]," among others.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: The whole band to some degree or another, what with the constant fighting and breaking up, the heavy drug abuse and stints in rehab and one of their key members and best friends dying. They got better though.
* DarkerAndEdgier: To some extent, ''One Hot Minute'', as it featured a heavier sound and darker lyrics compared with their previous albums.
* DeepImmersionGaming: the AnimatedMusicVideo for "Californication"
* DistinctDoubleAlbum: ''Stadium Arcadium.''
** They had enough material to make ''I'm With You'' a double album as well. However, they opted instead to release a single album with a couple of B-side tracks every month.
* DoubleX: ''Quixoticelixer'' from the iTunes bonus tracks.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The EMI era is full of this compared to the band's best known songs.
* EpicRocking: "Sir Psycho Sexy," "Turn it Again," and "Venice Queen."
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: Anthony and Flea, as well the Original Members, Jack Irons and Hillel Slovak.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: ''Blood Sugar Sex Magik'' is a gapless album. Their others... not as much.
** This is done on One Hot Minute where Walkabout goes into Tearjerker.
*** One Big Mob and Stretch were originally one song that the band split into two and intended to follow each other on One Hot Minute. However, they removed Stretch, and faded out One Big Mob to cover the link. The band eventually released a version of Stretch on iTunes which includes some of the original link between One Big Mob and it at the start. However it still doesn't quite join up with One Big Mob.
* {{Funk}}: ''Freaky Styley'' because George Clinton produced it. ''Blood Sugar Sex Magik'' with its rhythmic grooves and funk. The band themselves, when not called AlternativeRock, are usually just classified as FunkMetal, though that probably doesn't apply as much after 1999.
* GaiasLament: Lampshaded in "Righteous and the Wicked".
--> Holy Mother Earth crying into space
--> Tears on her pretty face for she has been raped
--> Killing your future blood, fill her with disease
--> Global abortion please, that is what she needs
* {{Garfunkel}}: While Chad is considered a great drummer, he's the least influential of the band (Anthony writes the lyrics, Flea and John Frusciante write the music, Chad just plays).
** It should be noted, though, that Chad is highly regarded in drummer circles. He's also liked for being down to earth and for revealing new RHCP information early, even when he not's supposed to.
** Chad's somewhat more taciturn personality compared to the rest of the band has arguably been important to the band's continued existence. Anthony Keidis notes in his autobiography something to the effect of Chad being the glue that held them together when things got tough.
*** Chad himself has said a good drummer compliments the rest of the band, and doesn't blaze new trails for himself, or something to that effect.
* GenreBusting: You'll never see a better illustrated example than the music video for "Dani California"
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The record company made them change the names of two tracks. First was "Blowjob Park", which was renamed to "Battleship" for its inclusion on ''Freaky Styley''. The second, "Party On Your Pussy", was changed to "Special Secret Song Inside". The lyrics remained the same. Humorously, EMI had plans to release "Special Secret Song Inside" as a single until they realized what the lyrics were about. "Party On Your Pussy" had its original title reinstated on the 2004 remaster. "Battleship" didn't, but this might had to do with ex-member Jack Sherman co-writing it.
** In the video for "Around The World", Anthony Kiedis is briefly seen playing with a vaguely human-shaped blob of light. At some point, he's quite clearly performing oral sex on it.
* GoshDangItToHeck: "Suck My Kiss".
** And the version of "Give It Away" that appears in The Simpsons episode "Krusty Gets Kancelled".
* GreatestHitsAlbum: Two: ''What Hits?!'', the biggest hits of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' EMI years (which were not noted for being much of a success, hence the title) and ''Greatest Hits'', a proper hits album featuring their Warner years released a decade later. Both include a song of the other phase ("Under the Bridge" and "Higher Ground", respectively).
** There are a number of compilations which have 10 tracks that also appear on ''What Hits!?''. EMI licensed these tracks to various budget labels for unknown reasons. They aren't considered canon.
*** The song "Show Me Your Soul", which never previously appeared on an album, was featured in ''What Hits!?''. It gained mild popularity following its release.
*** In fact it was recorded for the Pretty Woman soundtrack in 1990. The target audience of that movie generally wasn't into funk so it wasn't that noticed at the time. It was a promo single and B Side to the second version of Taste The Pain and the Australian version of Knock Me Down (both released in 1990). It was included on ''What Hits?!'' because it was a single, sort of.
* GriefSong: "Knock Me Down" and "My Lovely Man" are inspired by guitarist Hillel Slovak's death.
** "This is the Place", "Soul to Squeeze", "Dosed", and other songs also referenced Hillel in the lyrics.
** "Death of a Martian" is about the death of Flea's dog, Martian.
** "Brendan's Death Song" is about the death of Brendan Mullen.
** "Tearjerker" is this for Music/KurtCobain, and "Transcending" is this for Creator/RiverPhoenix
** Gloria Scott, a long-time friend of the band and the woman accredited for aiding Anthony's sobriety, had "Venice Queen" written about her. The title is a reference to the fact that she was planning to buy a flat in Venice Beach before she died.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Anthony and Flea.
* HypocriticalHumor: In an interview about Josh joining the band, Anthony said auditioning doesn't work for them, to which Chad agrees. Chad joined the band through auditions.
* IAmTheBand: Arguably, Anthony. Flea plays a side band known as Atoms for Peace, Chad drums for a band named {{Chickenfoot}}, Josh has performed with varying artists, and Frusciante has released and continues to release many solo albums. However, Anthony is solely known for his work in RHCP and he and Flea have consistently been in the band since its inception; not counting, however, the few months Anthony was fired early on in the band's history due to his drug addiction. Still, Anthony is the more recognized face of RHCP.
* ICantDoThisByMyself: "Snow ((Hey Oh))" from ''Stadium Arcadium''
--> Come to decide that the things that I tried
--> Where in my life just to get high on
--> When I sit alone, come get a little known
--> But I need more than myself this time
* ImmuneToDrugs: When Kiedis was sent to the hospital for injuring his arm after a car accident, he needed ''seven'' doses of morphine before the pain could be somewhat alleviated. Just to give you an idea of how bad that is, a normal 150-pound person ''would be killed'' from that kind of dose. A lifetime of drug abuse didn't really help him.
* IncrediblyLamePun: "Shallow Be Thy Game".
* IndecipherableLyrics: Some of the older songs featuring Kiedis' rapping can be hard to understand.
** Arguably, his lyrics have gotten even more incomprehensible in recent years, primarily because Kiedis intends them to mean something. Older songs were pretty much explicitly about sex, friendship or the funk. His more recent lyrics use a lot of poetic lyrics about the effects of drug use, romance and the environment. The lyric to Look Around, for instance, seems to be a collection of random phrases, but has a meaning.
* IntercourseWithYou: Most of their songs are about this in one way or another.
** Surprisingly averted on "Californication", which actually has more to do with cultural homogenization.
** Nearly every song on ''Blood Sugar Sex Magik'', but their eight-minute "Sir Psycho Sexy" is arguably this taken UpToEleven. Averted with that album's "Give It Away", which is actually about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin giving away possessions]]. Well... semi-averted anyway.
** Pretty much averted on every album made after 1991.
*** Although "Get On Top", "Purple Stain", and "She's Only 18" are some of their more... ostentatious songs after BSSM.
*** "C'mon Girl" is definitely about sex, but focuses mainly on using communication and understanding to achieve ''really good'' sex.
* LampshadeHanging: ''What Hits!?'' was a GreatestHitsAlbums collecting songs that weren't quite hits.
** EMI knew this, which is why they licensed the band's then biggest hit "Under The Bridge" from Warner Bros. "Behind The Sun" was released as a single to promote ''What Hits?!'' and was a respectable hit at the time, thanks to cashing in on the popularity of the band's ''Blood Sugar Sex Magik'' album.
* LeadBassist: Despite being a respected, famous bassist, Flea adheres to a minimalist philosophy, focusing more on playing melodic, supporting bass lines that complement the other instruments, rather than playing multiple notes at the same time.
** This is actually only dating back to ''Blood Sugar Sex Magik''. On previous albums, Flea was happy to show off and play ultra-fast slap-bass assaults, and he said that it was only on ''BSSM'' that he got tired of his busy style and decided that "I have to chill out and play half as many notes".
*** Of course there are more than a few exceptions, most notably in tracks like "By The Way", "Throw Away Your Television" and "Hump De Bump".
* LighterAndSofter: ''By The Way'' (and the subsequent albums, depending on whom you ask) is often seen as this by hardcore fans.
** ''By The Way'' is intentionally so. Rick Rubin suggested to the band that they play down the punk and funk and focus on their poppier elements. At the time, some of the older fans thought that the band had abandoned funk music, but it was apparent this was not the case for Stadium Arcadium.
* ListingCities: "Around the World". The song also lists states and countries, [[SarcasmMode in case the listeners did not take Geography 101 in high school.]]
** "Dani California" lists states that "Dani", the main character, lived in.
* LongRunnerLineUp[=/=]RevolvingDoorBand: The Kiedis-Frusciante-Flea-Smith line fits fifth type of the former due to fitting the latter so well.
** The line-up lasted from 1988 to 1992 (a little under four years), and 1997 to 2009-ish.
*** While this particular lineup was active, they took no hiatuses except after 2007, at which point Frusciante decided to leave the band.
* LoudnessWar: The ''Californication'' album's [[UpToEleven shitty mastering]] got even non-audiophile consumers to complain.
** Even the ballad "Scar Tissue" was [[FakeLoud downright deafening.]]
** What makes the case of this album particularly {{egregious}} is that even the vinyl mix was ruined - apparently, it was run through a digital dynamic range processor ''before'' being mastered for vinyl, which is usually mixed from analogue sources. The [=CDs=] of future RHCP albums were also brickwalled, but the vinyl mix of at least ''Stadium Arcadium'' was made from a pristine analogue mix by audiophile favourite Steve Hoffman that basically cancelled out all the CD version's flaws. With ''Californication'', listeners don't have that option with any of the commercially available versions, so the whole thing is basically ruined.
*** There is, however, an unmastered version [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes making the rounds on the Internets]] that does not have the clipping problems. This is one of those cases where the album can basically only be truly appreciated through piracy.
** It's worth noting that ''One Hot Minute'' was pretty loud too, especially for its day. Not ''Californication'' levels of awful though.
* MeaningfulFuneral: While these songs are upbeat than most of this genre, "Venice Queen" and "Brendan's Death Song" are both about dead friends. The latter's music video even features a funeral march, while the former is more of a ToAbsentFriends.
* {{Magick}}: for some reason spelled this way on ''Blood Sugar Sex Magik''
* MetalScream: "Around the World" has one of these in the intro, and another partway through the song.
** There are a few in "Give It Away" as well.
** "Wet Sand" is a surprising one. The song is soft, until the ending bridge, when Kiedis lets off a pent-up scream with an all-out guitar solo from Frusciante.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Generally 4 or 5. They drop to a 3 with ''Breaking The Girl'', while songs like ''Californication'' and ''Under The Bridge'' would be a 2. Occasionally, they go up to a 6 (''Parallel Universe'', etc.), or write songs with different sections that make them a bit harder to place accurately (Does the ultra-fast, distortion-laden, MetalScream intro and bridge of ''Around the World'' make it a 5? Does the melodic chorus make it lower?). It should be noted, however, that the album Californication sounds heavier than it is due to RecordOfLoudnessWar making it distorted. The Californication outtake "Slowly Deeply" (Released belatedly as the B-Side to Universally Speaking CD2 in 2003) is one of the heaviest songs the band has ever done.
** The band had a notable hardcore punk influence in their earlier days, as heard on "You Always Sing The Same", "Battleship", "Catholic School Girls Rule", "Skinny Sweaty Man", "No Chump Love Sucker", "Love Trilogy", "Stone Cold Bush" and "Punk Rock Classic", "The Greeting Song", "Search And Destroy" and "Sikamikanico" most of which are in the 7 or 8 area.
*** "One Hot Minute" has some moments which indicate a metal influence, these being "Warped", "Coffee Shop", "One Big Mob", "One Hot Minute", "Shallow Be Thy Game" and the closing part of "Transcending".
** They covered [[GothRock 45 Grave's]] song Black Cross, which proves that they are capable of playing at least an 8 on the scale.
** They've started really dropping down the scale after ''Californication'', which has fueled fan arguments about LighterAndSofter and TheyChangedItNowItSucks. It doesn't help that a lot of newer fans either don't know about or ignore their pre-Mother's Milk albums and One Hot Minute, despite how awesome they are.
* MoodWhiplash: Some of their albums are sequenced in a way that causes this. An example would be how "Under the Bridge" is immediately followed by "The Greeting Song". Or the way the hypnotic, moving guitar solo coda of "Sir Psycho Sexy", despite seeming like a great place to end the album, is interrupted by the fast cover of Music/RobertJohnson's "They're Red Hot".
** "Grand Pappy Du Plenty", a melancholic instrumental that appears at the end of their first album is definitely this, ESPECIALLY as it comes after 9 tracks of funk rap and hardcore punk. The song was a rare example of Flea's sensitive side, and an obvious indication that he did get on with Jack Sherman and Andy Gill at some point.
* MotorMouth: Anthony used to be able to rap quite fast up until ''Magik''. Afterwards he started to de-emphasize rapping in favour of singing. (Or as a joke goes, he used to mostly rap and sometimes sing, but now he mostly sings and sometimes raps.)
** Anthony doesn't like playing rap-heavy songs like "Storm In A Teacup" live, but he still raps "Give It Away" due to its popularity.
*** Anthony actually does this on "By The Way" and "Tell Me Baby", but people don't always notice because there is such a pop sheen to them.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Blood Sugar Sex Magik'' perfected their funk-rock fusion. ''Californication'' unveiled RHCP v2.0, which became more and more of a melodic rock band than a pure funk-rock band.
* NobodyLovesTheBassist: Averted by Flea, being one of the most popular bassists of the modern day.
* OdeToSobriety: "Knock Me Down", "Under The Bridge", "Otherside" and "Snow" are type 3.
* OnceASeason: Or (nearly) once an album: an ode to deceased guitar player Hillel Slovak ("Knock Me Down" from ''Mother's Milk''; "My Lovely Man" from ''Blood Sugar Sex Magick''; "This is the Place" from ''By the Way'').
* OnceMoreWithClarity: The video for "Otherside."
** Overlaps with [[spoiler: BookEnds.]]
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Flea (True fans know his name is Michael Balzary).
* PepTalkSong: "Fight Like a Brave"
* PornStache: Anthony seems to grow one every time a new guitarist is recruited, but it's most prominent in the ''I'm With You'' era. [[http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lnxjw2Ldl71qf0b0c.jpg It's awesome.]]
* ProtestSong: "Johnny, Kick a Hole in the Sky" is about the US government's mistreatment of Native Americans. (Kiedis himself has Native American ancestry.)
** As is "American Ghost Dance".
* PunnyName: Name of their 7th studio album, Cali''fornication''.
* RapRock: Much more so in their earlier days. Grandmaster Flash's "The Message" was a profound influence on Kiedis' songwriting.
** Creator/ChrisRock even said that the first time he heard the Peppers live was when he went to a concert, expecting to listen to Flash. He went to the wrong venue, however, and he noted that the Red Hots were just as good as Flash.
* RecordProducer: Music/RickRubin, the long runner.
** In fact, ''Blood Sugar Sex Magik,'' ''Stadium Arcadium,'' and a variety of songs were even recorded in Rubin's house, "The Mansion". John Frusciante claims that during the ''Magik'' sessions, the band felt that the house was haunted, and they are not the only band to have recorded at "The Mansion" and said that afterwards. John didn't mind, but Chad was so unnerved that he refused to live in the mansion with the band, going back home whenever a day's session was finished.
* RecurringCharacter: "Dani", a character referred to in the lyrics of three of the band's post-1999 songs (coincidentally, all of them were hits for the band): "Californication", "By the Way" (where she is first mentioned by name) and the aptly titled "Dani California", which focuses on her. There's also the [[LoonyFan taxi driver]] who kidnaps Anthony in "By The Way", who later reappears in the video for "Universally Speaking" by way of a ChekhovsGun.
** At the end of the By the Way video, after [[AccidentalKidnapping showing how much he loved Anthony's music,]] the taxi driver noticed that Anthony had left a book in the taxi. He spends the entire "Universally Speaking" video trying to break in, and returns the book at the end [[AllPartOfTheShow dancing on stage with the Peps during the ending solo.]] Not that they mind.
* RecycledLyrics:
** Anthony co-wrote "What It Is" with Nina Hagen, and a lot of the lyrics from the song are featured in his earliest songs.
*** The lines ''Love all your brothers and love all your sisters'' and ''With the power of it we are about to astound'' are featured in "The Brother's Cup."
*** The line ''The smile of a dolphin is a built in feature'' is used in the song "Green Heaven."
**** The band performed a song called "Set It Straight" in a movie called Tough Guys in 1985. Although an original song, it never appeared on record, and there was not even a soundtrack album for the movie. Thus the only place it can be heard is that movie. However, they did recycle the chorus line "Set It Straight forever, better late than never" into "Fight Like A Brave", as "It's better late then never to set, ah set it straight".
***** When "Higher Ground" was released as a single in 1989, remixes were made. Anthony gave the remixers some extra raps to use to make the remixes more interesting. One of them didn't get used in the song, but did appear as a short 11 second B side called "Politician (Mini Rap)". It solely consists of Anthony rapping the line "Not another motherfuckin politician doin' nothing but something for his own ambition", which they reused in "The Power Of Equality" two years later.
****** Parts of the melody of "Rivers Of Avalon" was used in "This Is The Place", which is the main reason that "Rivers Of Avalon" was a B-Side. The same goes for "Time", parts of which were recycled for "By The Way".
* RefrainFromAssuming: Some of the songs aren't named after the chorus, e.g. "Dani California". One would assume the song is titled "California Rest In Peace".
** It's a running joke amongst fans that newbies will call Under The Bridge "Take me to the place I love" or "City Of Angels". When "Love Rollercoaster" was a single, people would often call it "Rollercoaster Of Love".
* RockersSmashGuitars: Hillel and Flea. John and Josh don't get that into their music, but they have broken their fair share of strings.
** Both have had temper tantrums with their equipment on stage, however. Josh, in fact, recently broke his foot in Oakland, California after getting angry with the tone of his guitar solo during the song "Otherside". He later apologized on stage for it, though.
* {{Sampling}}: "Punk Rock Classic" interpolates an extremely twisted version of "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns N Roses at the end of it as a parody of the implication that hair metal bands paid MTV off to play them. These days, Guns N Roses are so well respected, many might not even realise the point behind that.
** "Give it Away" interpolates Music/BlackSabbath's "Sweet Leaf" at the end of it. An intentional ShoutOut on Frusciante's behalf.
** Subverted when it seems as though "Dani California" samples TomPetty's "Last Dance with Mary Jane" at the end. "Dani California" is tuned a half step higher than the latter, and TomPetty didn't really care whether or not the song was intentionally copied or not.
* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: Though these aren't their only lyrical tropes, a rather large number of their songs, especially in TheEighties and TheNineties, are about at least one of the three.
* ShoutOut: The video for "Dani California" features the band dressing in the style of several other bands, and in some cases even doing an homage to one of the band's videos. Most blatant during the line "Gone too fast," when Kiedis is dressed like [[Music/{{Nirvana}} Kurt Cobain]].
** A lot of Anthony's lyrics, whenever they aren't {{Motor Mouth}}ed [[WordSaladLyrics nonsense]], are usually namedrops of things he likes. (Creator/CharlesBukowski, Music/PublicEnemy, Music/MazzyStar, Music/MarvinGaye, and so on.)
** "Californication" includes the line [[Film/ANewHope "Alderaan's not far away it's Californication"]].
* SomethingSomethingLeonardBernstein: "Get Up And Jump". (To wit, "something something you got a pumpkin in your pants".)
** Or "Give It Away": "Something something something MAMA, something something something PAPA... GIVE IT AWAY GIVE IT AWAY GIVE IT AWAY NOW"
* SongStyleShift: The Peppers are fond of this.
** "Love Trilogy" is the very first one, even noted in the title. The first part of the song is a minimalistic bass-heavy reggae song that is slightly eerie. The second part transitions into a funk rock song. The song gets faster and faster until it reaches the third part which is a hardcore punk song, one of the fastest songs the band ever played. The song then proceeds to slow down before ending in a similar tone to how it started.
** "By The Way" is a notable example. The band intended for the song to be a ballad describing a Los Angeles evening: a girl singing songs to her boyfriend and a night of partying. The hardcore rap verse and the song's popularity in the UK led fans to give it a different connotation. Even the music video, towards which the band had ambivalent feelings due to the epic car chase, gave the song a shift in meaning.
** "Around the World". The funky verses, the melodic choruses, and the distortion-heavy bridges do not have effective transitions between them.
*** "Can't Stop" has a funky verse and a kind of twee psychedelic chorus which takes a while to get used to if you are expecting it to be all funk.
** "Transcending" on ''One Hot Minute'' begins as a soft song for the first 3 1/2 minutes- the song progresses into a screamed metal song for the last 2 minutes.
*** In fact, a lot of songs from ''One Hot Minute'' fit this trope. "Warped", "Deep Kick", "One Big Mob", and "One Hot Minute" all have ostentatious verses, followed by a melodic shift at some point in the song. On a symbolic level, this somewhat represents the conflict between the Red Hots' chill, funky music with Navarro's dark, psychedelic guitar-playing.
** "Venice Queen". The song literally fades out and goes quiet for a second before the second part of the song begins.
*** "Tell Me Baby" seems to have been written to appeal to both the band's ballad and funk fanbases, and although it was a big hit, many fans regard it as a mess, due to the way it sounds like Anthony is going from being a tough macho man to being a twee lover between the bridge and the chorus.
* SouthernBelle: "...with a scarlet drawl," as mentioned in "Scar Tissue."
* SpecialGuest:
** The horn section featured on ''Freaky Styley'' included George Clinton and James Brown alumni Maceo Parker on sax and Fred Wesley on trombone. ''Freaky Styley'' itself was produced by George Clinton.
*** Funnily enough, Clinton was going through problems with his drug dealer during that time: in order to repay him, he let the dealer sing "Look at that turtle go, bro!" on the song "Yertle the Turtle". The band loved this.
** Flea even played the trumpet on tracks such as "Torture Me" and "Hump de Bump", and he has played the trumpet live on many occasions. In fact, he initially learned the trumpet.
** On ''Magik'', the band's friend Pete Weiss played jaw harp on "Give It Away", and mixing engineer Brendan O'Brien played the mellotron on "Sir Psycho Sexy", nearly inaudible piano on "Mellowship Slinky in B Major" and nearly inaudible toy celeste on "Apache Rose Peacock". John's mother Gail Frusciante and some of her friends were brought in to perform the female choir part in "Under the Bridge".
** TheMarsVolta guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López, a friend of Frusciante's who collaborated with him on a few of Frusciante's solo albums, played the solo in the song "Especially in Michigan" on ''Stadium Arcadium''.
** From the same album, "Warlocks" features clavinet by Billy Preston, in what would be one of his final recorded performances before his death later that year.
** Ironically, Frusciante himself. He wrote the guitar riff for the song "Did I Let You Know" on ''I'm With You''.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: "Knock Me Down" is sung by both Anthony Kiedis and John Frusciante but the latter's vocals are the most audible ones of the two. John's distinctively high-pitched vocals played an important role in the band after he joined, and are very obvious in many of their songs. In fact, ExecutiveMeddling meant that "Knock Me Down" was subjected to additional mixing to make John's vocals ''louder'' than Anthony's. The Original Long Version of the song features Anthony's voice louder than John's.
** "Pea" on ''One Hot Minute'' is sung entirely by Flea.
* SuddenDownerEnding: The video for "Behind The Sun", made without the band's input to promote the ''What Hits?!'' GreatestHitsAlbum, features an animated dolphin frolicking happily in the water... until the final 30 seconds of the song, when the dolphin is killed by hunters. And all for a song that's [[MoodDissonance serenely joyful in nature.]]
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: RHCP has quite a few of these, for example: "If", "Porcelain", "This Velvet Glove" (to an extent), "Dosed", "This Is The Place", "I Could Have Lied", "Breaking the Girl", "Under the Bridge", and "Soul to Squeeze".
** However, the lyrics of the songs are often [[LyricalDissonance dissonant]].
**** "Grand Pappy Du Plenty", a melancholic instrumental that appears at the end of their first album is definitely this, ESPECIALLY as it comes after 9 tracks of funk rap and hardcore punk.
*** "This Is The Place", "Soul to Squeeze", and "Under the Bridge" describe Kiedis's drug addiction and a retrospective analysis of his past misdoings. Although "Under the Bridge" has a generally happier tone to it than the other two. (Frusciante admitted that this was intentional - when Kiedis showed him the lyrics, Frusciante claimed he mentally interpreted them as "sad", and wrote a "happy" riff for contrast.)
*** "Breaking The Girl" and "I Could Have Lied" are about breaking up with girls, the latter being about Sinéad O'Connor, and the former being about Kiedis's father's womanizing tendencies.
*** "Porcelain" is about a girl Kiedis met at a shelter with a young child, whom he feels sympathy for.
*** "Dosed", "This Is The Place" and "Soul to Squeeze" reference Hillel's death.
** Their very first one would probably be "Lovin' and Touchin'" on ''Freaky Styley''. Many fans thought it was a parody, but time has shown that it wasn't - it was Anthony showing his sensitive side which he kept hidden until "Under The Bridge". "Grand Pappy Du Plenty", "Lovin And Touchin", "Behind the Sun", "Knock Me Down", and a cover of JimiHendrix's "Castles Made of Sand" helped shift their musical style.
**** Although One Hot Minute is commonly regarded as a heavy album, it has "Aeroplane", "My Friends", "Walkabout", "Tearjerker", "Falling Into Grace" and the first part of "Transcending" to balance it out.
* TheSomethingSong: "The Zephyr Song", "The Greeting Song", "Bicycle Song"
* [[SelfDeprecation Take That Me]]: The video for "Dani California" features the band singing the song dressed as humorous, but perfectly accurate parodies of rock acts from the 50s ([[Music/ElvisPresley Elvis]] up until just prior to the modern day ({{Nirvana}}), ending with themselves dressed in their own typical concert attire, their logo hanging prominently in the background.
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* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: Hustle Me, ''Bitch''. from "Look Around".
* TitleOnlyChorus: "Me and My Friends", and arguably "Behind the Sun". "Look Around" is very close to it, the first half of the chorus has the title repeated, the second half has the similar "All Around".
* TrashCanBand: For the bridge of "Breaking the Girl", the band went into the nearest garbage dump and rounded up a bunch of garbage for Chad to use as percussion, giving off this effect.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] at the end of "[[SurrealMusicVideo Can't Stop]]", with a board reading: "Inspired by the 'One-Minute Sculptures' of Erwin Wurm". Wurm is an Austrian modernist artist/photographer whose works revolve around unusual situations, like the ones the band protagonizes in said video.
** Also "Otherside"; it's supposedly modeled after German art films, but whether it's a straight use or a parody is debatable.
** Listening to them rant about their songs and their inspirations is sometimes confusing.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Constantly. Hell, they used to play naked with only socks to cover their junk.
** Frusciante's become more modest since his return; he has nasty scars from his heroin days and usually covers up as a result.
** Flea on the other hand still plays shirtless, although not as often as he used to.
*** Whilst Anthony doesn't do so as often, he did do it on his Superbowl 2014 appearance.
* WordSaladLyrics: Too many to count.
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