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Red Hot Chili Peppers (also sometimes shortened to "The Chili Peppers" or abbreviated as "RHCP") are an American funk rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983. The group's musical style primarily consists of rock with an emphasis on funk, as well as elements from other genres such as punk rock and psychedelic rock. When played live, their music incorporates many aspects of jam band due to the improvised nature of much of their performances. Currently, the band consists of founding members Anthony Kiedis (vocals) and Michael "Flea" Balzary (bass), longtime drummer Chad Smith, and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, who joined in late 2009. Red Hot Chili Peppers have won seven Grammy Awards, and have become one of the best-selling bands of all time, selling over 80 million records worldwide. In 2012, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The band's original line-up featured guitarist Hillel Slovak and drummer Jack Irons, alongside Kiedis and Flea. Because of commitments to other bands, Slovak and Irons did not play on the band's debut album, The Red Hot Chili Peppers (1984). Cliff Martinez was the drummer for the first two records (Irons played on the third), and guitarist Jack Sherman played on the first. Slovak performed on the second and third albums by the band, Freaky Styley (1985) and The Uplift Mofo Party Plan (1987); he died of a heroin overdose in 1988. As a result of the death of his friend, drummer Irons chose to depart from the group. Parliament-Funkadelic guitarist DeWayne McKnight was brought in to replace Slovak though his tenure was short and he was replaced by John Frusciante in 1988. Former Dead Kennedys drummer D.H. Peligro was brought in to replace Irons though after a short tenure with the band he was out and replaced by Chad Smith that same year. The line-up of Flea, Kiedis, Frusciante and Smith was the longest-lasting, and recorded five studio albums starting with 1989's Mother's Milk. In 1990, the group signed with Warner Bros. Records and recorded under producer Rick Rubin the album Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991), which became the band's first commercial success. Frusciante grew uncomfortable with the success of the band and left abruptly in 1992, in the middle of the world tour.

After recruiting guitarist Arik Marshall to complete the tour, Kiedis, Flea, and Smith employed Jesse Tobias though after a few weeks he was replaced by Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction for their subsequent album, One Hot Minute (1995). Although commercially successful, the album failed to match the critical or popular acclaim of Blood Sugar Sex Magik, selling less than half as much as its predecessor. Navarro was fired from the band in 1998. Frusciante, fresh out of drug rehabilitation, rejoined the band that same year at Flea's request. The reunited quartet returned to the studio to record Californication (1999), which became the band's biggest commercial success with 16 million copies worldwide. That album was followed three years later by By the Way (2002), and then four years later by the double album Stadium Arcadium (2006), their first number one album in America. After a world tour, the group went on an extended hiatus. Frusciante announced he was amicably leaving the band in 2009 to focus on his solo career. Josh Klinghoffer, who had worked both as a sideman for the band on their Stadium Arcadium tour and on Frusciante's solo projects, joined as lead guitarist shortly after Frusciante's departure and the band spent the next year and a half recording their tenth studio album, I'm with You, which was released in 2011 and topped the charts in 18 different countries and included a world tour which lasted until April 2013. The band quickly followed up that tour a month later with another tour lasting into mid-2014 and that included an appearance with Bruno Mars as a part of the halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVIII, a performance that was viewed by a record 115.3 million viewers. The band will start recording their eleventh studio album in December 2014 and it will be released sometime the following year.

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Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 The Red Hot Chili Peppers The Red Hot Chili Peppers 2.5 8
1985 Freaky Styley The Red Hot Chili Peppers 3.65 9
1987 The Uplift Mofo Party Plan The Red Hot Chili Peppers 4 6
1989 Mother’s Milk Red Hot Chili Peppers 4.35 10
1991 Blood Sugar Sex Magik Red Hot Chili Peppers 3.9 12
1995 One Hot Minute Red Hot Chili Peppers 3.9 8
1999 Californication Red Hot Chili Peppers 4.5 13
2002 By the Way Red Hot Chili Peppers 4.35 11
2006 Stadium Arcadium Red Hot Chili Peppers 4.15 6
2011 I’m With You Red Hot Chili Peppers 4.35 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 What Hits!? Red Hot Chili Peppers 6
1994 Out in L.A. Red Hot Chili Peppers 3
1998 Under the Covers: Essential Red Hot Chili Peppers Red Hot Chili Peppers 1
1999 Platinum Collection ’99 Red Hot Chili Peppers 1
2003 Greatest Hits Red Hot Chili Peppers 4 4
2005 The Best of Red Hot Chili Peppers Red Hot Chili Peppers 1
2010 The Best Of Red Hot Chili Peppers 1
2011 Road Trippin' Through Time Red Hot Chili Peppers 5 2
B-Sides Red Hot Chili Peppers 1
Outakes and Demos 1985-1988 Red Hot Chili Peppers 1
The Very Best Red Hot Chili Peppers 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Live Rare Remix Box Red Hot Chili Peppers 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Live at Budokan Red Hot Chili Peppers 1
2003 Live at Slane Castle Red Hot Chili Peppers 4
2004 Live in Hyde Park Red Hot Chili Peppers 2.5 2
Get the Funk Out Red Hot Chili Peppers 1
Slap Happy Red Hot Chili Peppers 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Higher Ground Red Hot Chili Peppers 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Get Up and Jump (Dance Mix) / Baby Appeal (Club Mix) Red Hot Chili Peppers 1
1989 Higher Ground / Millionaires Against Hunger Red Hot Chili Peppers 1
1989 Taste the Pain Red Hot Chili Peppers 2
1991 Give It Away Red Hot Chili Peppers 4.5 6
1992 Breaking the Girl Red Hot Chili Peppers 2
1992 Suck My Kiss Red Hot Chili Peppers 1
1992 The Chili Digi Red Hot Chili Peppers 1
1992 Under the Bridge Red Hot Chili Peppers 4.5 4
1993 If You Have To Ask Red Hot Chili Peppers 1
1993 Soul to Squeeze Red Hot Chili Peppers 5 2
1995 My Friends Red Hot Chili Peppers 2
1995 Warped Red Hot Chili Peppers 1
1996 Aeroplane Red Hot Chili Peppers 3
1999 Scar Tissue Red Hot Chili Peppers 5 3
1999 Around the World Red Hot Chili Peppers 5 3
1999 Otherside Red Hot Chili Peppers 5 5
2000 Californication Red Hot Chili Peppers 5 2
2000 Road Trippin' Red Hot Chili Peppers 4
2002 By the Way Red Hot Chili Peppers 5 3
2002 The Zephyr Song Red Hot Chili Peppers 4 2
2003 Can't Stop Red Hot Chili Peppers 5 3
2003 Universally Speaking Red Hot Chili Peppers 4 3

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