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Red Hot Chili Peppers Biography

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Red Hot Chili Peppers are a Grammy Award-winning, four-piece rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1983.

Even though they have experienced numerous line-up changes and personal problems, the band has harmoniously fused various elements of alternative rock, punk, funk, heavy metal and psychedelic rock. They are also notable for incorporating hip hop-style rhymes in some of their repertoire.

Their albums have sold approximately 60 million copies worldwide. They also hold the records for most #1 modern rock hits (10), and most weeks spent atop that chart (76).

Flea's bass style is an amalgamation of funk and blues, borrowing from artists such as Bootsy Collins of Parliament-Funkadelic and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin. The groove-heavy, low-tuned melodies, composed through either normal finger style or slapping, have contributed to the Red Hot Chili Peppers' signature style. While Flea's slap bass style was prominent in earlier albums, later albums (post "Blood Sugar Sex Magik") have more melodic basslines.

The guitar styles of the guitarists that have recorded albums with the group share common traits, featuring a sharp, distorted sound with strong range. Replacement players appear to have tried to stay as close as possible to original guitarist Hillel Slovak's style with its heavy blues and funk elements. However, during his short time with the band, Dave Navarro focused on a style rooted in heavy metal, and progressive. Current guitarist John Frusciante brings a more melodic, textured, and deep sound.

Kiedis provides a range of vocal styles for RHCP songs, with his style of rapping and spoken verse (the latter being the primary characteristic of his vocals up to Blood Sugar Sex Magik) complemented with more traditional vocals have helped the band maintain a relatively consistent style.

Chad Smith, starting on the album Mother's Milk, creates rhythmic pocket grooves. He is most notably known for his extensive use of ghost notes and his ability to put his feeling into the drumset. Smith's work has been featured on many albums outside of the Chili Peppers', a testament to his skill. His cymbals are loud and expressive, which definitely contribute to the Red Hot Chili Peppers' sound.
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