Songs of the Red Hot Chili Peppers 


Growing up in Los Angeles brings with it a handful of bands that we are quite proud of, as a city, and within that pride comes a love that can often turn to radio over-play and all-around inescapable presence. Los Angeles and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have been together for a long, long time.


Sometimes these bands have expiration dates, maybe they last a Summer, a year, a decade, but others, well they transcend any recommended shelf life and keep playing into musical oblivion. I am a radio listener. I am an anywhere I can get it music listener. That said, I do not limit my listening to what’s on the radio, which means I often dodge the “played to death” reactions to some of the top hits (for instance, I still like Lorde’s Royals because I have not heard it eight thousand times at ever “top of the hour” rotation). Even still, the Red Hot Chili Peppers got to me in that burned out, please don’t play another song or I will scream and run kind of way.


Some time has passed though, and we have had some separation, some time apart, and I find myself missing them, and their music. Listening to a friend’s Say Anything Personal Retrospective Podcast (click here and listen – you will not regret it), I heard a snippet of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ song Taste the Pain and it became a three day earworm that I just could not shake. I found myself playing it on repeat, seeking out the video last night, then going from that song to another I love, and another, and soon it became a playlist worth of Red Hot songs. So, while the music is still spinning through my musical bloodstream I thought I would start the revised “Friday Five” post with my favorite five (at least today) Red Hot Chili Peppers’ songs.


Friday Five

5. Sexy Mexican Maid
from the album, Mother’s Milk

My angel girl she sings to me,
baby, tell me this is not a dream.”

4. Soul to Squeeze
from the album, The Coneheads Soundtrack and Greatest Hits

Today loves smile on me,
It took away my pain,
said please.”

3. Road Trippin’
from the album, Californication

Let’s go get lost,
let’s go get lost.”

2. Taste the Pain
from the Say Anything Soundtrack, and Mother’s Milk

Headlights flash across my bedroom wall,
crying eyes open because I cannot fall,

in love with you,
no not at all.”

1. Scar Tissue
from the album, Californication

With the birds I’ll share this lonely view.”


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