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Editors’ Notes

Boasting impressively diverse material, Red Hot Chili Peppers' 2012 EP Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Covers opens with a beach blanket–friendly rendition of “A Teenager in Love" by Dion & The Belmonts. It sounds like a spot-on re-creation of the tune, right down to the flawless doo-wop vocals. Frontman Anthony Kiedis exercises restraint in his singing, performing Dion DiMucci’s parts with such a studied finesse that you can actually envision Kiedis doing this while keeping his shirt on. His shirtless inflections and Flea’s fretboard-slapping return for a cover of The Ramones’ “Havana Affair,” which sounds like a Blood Sugar Sex Magik–era Chili Peppers tune played with Joey Ramone’s lyrics. The band reverently extracts their unique take on funk from a cover of The Stooges’ proto-punk staple “Search and Destroy” before turning Neil Young’s “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere” into something that would well accompany a summertime coming-of-age film set on Venice Beach. The Chili Peppers perform The Beach Boys' “I Get Around” with the same discipline exercised on “A Teenager in Love.”

Biography

Formed: 1983 in Los Angeles, 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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