Socks. Many things come to mind when someone mentions the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Red Hot Chili Peppers[/lastfm]. They’ve been together for nearly 30 years, so it’s not hard to conjure up a few memories.
Some will think of their last studio album, Stadium Arcadium, which has a few songs that have already taken their place along side other RHCP classics (“Dani California” and “Snow (Hey Oh)” come to mind). Others will instinctually go back to Blood Sugar Sex Magic, the album that made them megastars and fondly remember “Breaking the Girl,” “Give it Away” and “Suck My Kiss.” Then, there are those that will hark back to the early days of the 80’s, recalling records like Mother’s Milk, The Uplift Mofo Party Plan, or their eponymous debut released way back in 1984.
But for a few die hard Chili Pepper fans, the image of strategically placed socks will always come to mind. Don’t know that story? Take a look HERE: considered yourself warned, this is probably NSFW. What’s great about the socks story is that it’s the Chili Peppers in a nutshell (no pun intended): bold, never afraid to expose themselves emotionally or otherwise, and kiss ass musicians.
It’s always been that way for the Chili Peppers since founding members Anthony Kiedis and Flea (along with former Guitarist the late Hillel Slovak and Jack Irons) first got together as teenagers while attending Fairfax High School, located right here in Los Angeles. Whether it be their cover of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Stevie Wonder[/lastfm]’s “Higher Ground”, Kiedis’ bare all confessional “Under the Bridge”, or their newest single, “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie”, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, with their blend of funk and rock, have set a standard of excellence equaled only by the greatest rock acts of all time.
The Stadium Arcadium tour was the last the world would see of the Chili Peppers for a while. By this point they had had five multi-platinum records and six Grammy Awards. They had been recording and touring nonstop since 1999’s Californication and, understandably, needed a break. Keidis was busy taking care of his newborn son while Flea kept busy working on a solo project. During this time the Peppers were even nominated for acceptance into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They didn’t make the 2010 class, but we’re fairly certain they’ll be enshrined sooner rather than later.
Earlier this year, fans finally got the news they had eagerly waited years for. On August 29, the Peppers will release a new studio album, I’m With You, their first in five years. They’ll also be going on tour in Asia, Europe, and South America. No word on North American tour dates yet, but we can’t image them keeping their hometown of LA in the dark.
But we’ve got a surprise for you: a KROQ exclusive world premiere of “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie.” Take a listen while having a look at the track listing for the new record. Keep checking back to KROQ.com for more exclusive RHCP content and news.
Pre-order the song on iTunes here.
- Monarchy of Roses
- Factory of Faith
- Brendan’s Death Song
- Annie Wants a Baby
- Look Around
- The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie
- Did I Let You Know
- Goodbye Hooray
- Happiness Loves Company
- Police Station
- Even You Brutus?
- Meet Me at the Corner
- Dance, Dance, Dance
We’re sure you’re as excited as we are about the upcoming album. Chili Pepper fans are a rare breed indeed, many risking life and limb just for a glimpse of them. Here’s Christine – 2011’s Miss Double D-Cember’s fond Coachella memory of trying to get closer to her favorite band.