The Red Hot Chili Peppers
- "True Men Don't Kill Coyotes" is a rad example of the band's earlier incarnation.
- "Get Up and Jump". Now here's an incredibly infectious tune that's just bound to get the listener to... well, get up and jump.
- "Grand Pappy Du Plenty" showcases that the Red Hots could concoct a relatively serious, melodic number even on their debut album.
- "Jungle Man".
- "Hollywood (Africa)". HOOOOOLLLYYYWOOOOOOD!
- "Yertle The Turtle". Based on a Dr. Seuss story of all things, the song brilliantly represents the Chilis' funk origins and is a killer final track.
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- "Fight Like A Brave": One of their best tracks in the Funk Metal vein, with multiple great riffs and a great chorus. It's one of the better tunes about not being afraid to fight your way of addiction out there.
- Another good one is "Organic Anti-Beat Box Band". More awesome Funk Metal, and a great, thrashy riff. This one was played live for a long time after this album came out, too.
- Their cover of "Higher Ground", one of their first stepping stones to widespread popularity. That opening bass line is killer. Total Guitar named it the 2nd best cover ever for a reason.
- The album opener, "Good Time Boys", is an absolute rampage, one of their heaviest songs, and quite funky, too- what a way to open a record! It's also got some nice lyrical props to other bands from the L.A. scene, too - Fishbone, X, Minutemen (and offshoot band fireHOSE).
- And, of course, "Knock Me Down", especially the extended version, which adds some extra awesome soloing. This was another early semi-hit for them, and it's another Ode to Sobriety, albeit a somewhat more mellow one than "Fight Like A Brave". The cello part really pushes it over the top.
- The blissful instrumental "Pretty Little Ditty," a portion of which was famously sampled for "Butterfly" by Crazy Town.
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- GIVE IT AWAY GIVE IT AWAY GIVE IT AWAY NOW!
- "Under the Bridge", the song that single-handedly propelled the band into the mainstream.
- "Suck My Kiss", a super-funky song...about oral sex.
- The epic "Sir Psycho Sexy", with it's great, sleazy groove, some more awesome riffs and a brilliant, trippy, mellotron-based coda. Also, Kieds' Boastful Rap is awesome in a funny (and dirty!) way, too...
- The Title Track, which is just a bunch of groovy Epic Riffs strung together over a clean, sweet drum pattern.
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- "Aeroplane", usually considered one of the strongest songs from the band's Dave Navarro era, is this due to sheer variety of textural shifts it employs while still being catchy, melodic and, above all, pretty damn funky.
- The monstrous, very heavy "Warped", is one in a Darker and Edgier kinda way- it sports an Epic Riff, plus its got a great, creepy intro and mellow coda that comes out of nowhere. And it WORKS.
- On the subject of great riff action, there's "Coffee Shop". And it's got 'em on bass and guitar. And it's very aggressive.
- How about Transcending? Epic riffs, an epic closer and many other things. And it helps that it's also a tribute to River Phoenix. And that last section...
- "Scar Tissue" will make anyone feel moody listening to it.
- "Californication" as well.
- A lesser-known but still pretty bangin' track, "Get On Top".
- The unusually heavy (for this era of the band's history, anyways) "Parallel Universe" has a raging chorus, a catchy bassline and some excellent, aggressive guitar work to recommend it.
- "Around the World", the album's rousing opener, assures the listener that great things are to come.
By the Way
- The title track.
- "Can't Stop" is also one of the funkier tunes on the album.
- "Venice Queen" is a fan favorite for a reason.
- "The Zephyr Song", which sounds a bit like a more upbeat "Scar Tissue" and evokes a sense of freedom and optimism.
- "Throw Away Your Television", which sounds a bit like Gang of Four gone psychedelic- as played by the Chili Peppers, of course.
- "Don't Forget Me." The main hook is Flea playing his bass wrong (i.e., strumming instead of plucking) and it sounds amazing.
- The lead single, "Dani California". Hard Funk Rock at its finest, and an Ear Worm to boot! Also, the music video is a Moment of Awesome, too.
- "Snow (Hey Oh)", one of their few stabs at a Power Ballad in the (relatively) conventional sense. It just gets more awesome as it goes.
- The title track, which started off as a drum session by Chad, is easily one of the most beautiful songs the band has ever made.
- "Slow Cheetah" is one of the most amazingly painful ballads about drug addiction ever written.
- "Especially in Michigan" is probably the finest example of "simple, yet effective" in the band's discography.
- "Wet Sand". Just listen.
- "Tell Me Baby" is another one - that bassline! Also, the guitar solo is wonderful, too.
- A TINY STORM IN YA TEACUP GIRL.
- "Turn It Again" is pretty groovy, and has some great guitar leads (and some trumpet) to boot. It's also Epic Rocking, at over six minutes - and not a second is wasted.
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- "Monarchy of Roses" blends doominess with funk, so well it's mind blowing.
- "Factory of Faith". Dat fadeout tho.
- "Goodbye Hooray" is possibly the hardest rocking song on the album. Flea picks up a rare bass solo, and Josh gets a small section devoted to his dreamy backing vocals.
- "Dark Necessities" is a really good lead single for a record such as this one. The chorus sections, Flea's groovy bass, and Danger Mouse's production job make for an all-around nice ditty.
- "Goodbye Angels". The climactic outro, especially with Flea's slap bass technique, basically makes that song as a whole.