By Daniel Watts
Music Reviewer and Segment Producer
While bands like Iron Maiden, Twisted Sister, Judas Priest and KISS were topping the charts with their Hard Rock and Heavy Metal releases in 1984. The Red Hot Chili Peppers exploded on the music scene with their self-titled debut Rock, Pop, Punk and Funk fueled album.
The album was released on August 10, 1984 and was produced by Andy Gill. Its label was EMI and featured Anthony Kiedis on vocals, Flea on bass, Cliff Martinez on drums and Jack Sherman on guitar.
I love discovering different types of music and putting myself up to the challenge of trying to grasp what these bands and artists were trying to achieve with their efforts. The Red Hot Chili Peppers album was no different. It was a challenge at first but it grew on me quickly. I fell in love with the raw production and the Punk attitude of the band. I admire the song's rebellious overtones and at times out-there lyrics. Being a long time fan of The Chilis I could see that the band planted the seeds that would eventually blossom some of their best work like Mother’s Milk, Blood Sugar Sex Magik and Californication with this album.
After really spending time with the album I knew I had to throw it in the spotlight. This album is so unique and offbeat, raw and powerful that I firmly believe a band these days couldn’t come anywhere close to this sound if they expected to have success. Its edginess and abrasiveness is one of the album’s many charming aspects in my opinion. Even though it’s not a forgotten album of theirs it still doesn’t receive the praise it deserves. After all this album gave them a single they still play today with “Get Up And Jump” and this album also gave them their first ever played video on MTV with “True Men Don't Kill Coyotes”.
The playing on the album isn’t bad but being honest I do think it sounded like a bunch of senseless playing at different moments but that’s the Punk way, right? This wasn’t enough to turn me off the album though thankfully. The vocal work is fair overall but strange at times too. For example, on the song “Mommy Where’s Daddy” there’s the recurring line that’s sung in a deep Funk manner “come over here girl and give daddy a kiss”. A little weird but again this song wasn't enough for me to throw the album away and vow to never revisit it.
Each of the 11 songs are great in their own way but my favorites hands down are, starting with the opening track “True Men Don't Kill Coyotes”, track two “Baby Appeal”, track three “Buckle Down” and the aforementioned different sounding song “Mommy Where’s Daddy” setting as track seven. All these songs are fun, funky, groovy, raunchy, racy and drenched in attitude.
Get up and Jump with The Red Hot Chili Peppers.