The funk rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers (RHCP) was formed in 1983, in Los Angeles. The current lineup includes Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith, and Josh Klinghoffer. They are particularly famous for such songs as “Scar Tissue”, “Californication”, and “Under the Bridge”. The band holds numerous awards, including 6 Grammies and 8 MTV Video Music Awards.
RHCP is a unique band. Their music is a complicated mix of punk, hard rock and funk with a psychedelic touch. The band members say that they were influenced by such artists as Jimmy Hendrix and James Brown. Initially, the band had a pretty long name Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem. They attracted attention with their performance at the nightclub with the song “Out in LA”. Soon they signed a contract with EMI.
Due to lineup problems and producer’s pressure, the first studio album The Red Hot Chili Peppers (1984) wasn’t successful. Neither was the second LP Freaky Styley (1985). The failure of the second album was attributed to the excessive drug use of the band members. They went on a tour in support of the LP, which was also a failure.