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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Covers - EP

Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Album Review

To commemorate their 2012 induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Red Hot Chili Peppers knocked out a six-song covers EP of classics from previous inductees to the Hall of Fame. Half of these are live and half were recorded in the studio, but the bigger surprise is that half are pretty, soft, and sweet, the band taking a stab at the wide-eyed innocence of Dion's "A Teenager in Love," gamely harmonizing on the Beach Boys' "I Get Around," and, strangest of all, turning the Ramones' "Havana Affair" into a jangly little pop tune. Elsewhere, they stomp through David Bowie's "Suffragette City," approximate Neil Young & Crazy Horse's gait on "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere," and hit Iggy & the Stooges' "Search and Destroy" with just a little bit too much precision. Apart from that odd revision of "Havana Affair" there are no re-interpretations here, but the Chili Peppers' warm-hearted gusto is appealing even when they don't quite pull off their chosen cover with panache.


Formed: 1983 in Hollywood, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Few rock groups of the '80s broke down as many musical barriers and were as original as the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Creating an intoxicating new musical style by combining funk and punk rock together (with an explosive stage show to boot), the Chili Peppers spawned a slew of imitators in their wake, but still managed to be the leaders of the pack by the dawn of the 21st century. The roots of the band lay in a friendship forged by three school chums, Anthony Kiedis, Michael Balzary, and Hillel Slovak,...
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