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james debate

Saturday 19 April 2008

As a new feature I will occasionally be running specific artist spotlights. These are intended to educate and provide basic commentary on the chosen band, and listing their biggest hits, as well as the hidden gems they've recorded.
This week the spotlight is on the Red Hot Chili Peppers, a classic band.

It's always impressive when a band comes along who can record songs and maintain popularity over multiple decades. RHCP have been doing so for over 20 years and going strong. What impresses more about the band however is the wild variation in their music. This is a band that has recorded high charting hits which range from heavy metal to soft, almost pop-rock, leaning more towards the latter as the band matures it's sound in recent years.

Of particular note for me is their album By The Way, in my mind one of the best album's made. This album focuses on their more melodic ballad-like side, producing some of their softer songs, which I like very much. It is also their best selling album to date. Literally, the entire first half of that album are all amazing songs, go give it a listen.

And now on to the fun bit, the recommended songs:

Biggest Hits:
Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers
By the Way - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Can't Stop - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Noteworthy Efforts:
Soul to Squeeze - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Fortune Faded- Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Zephyr Song - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Universally Speaking - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Hidden Gems:
Dosed - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Especially in Michigan- Red Hot Chili Peppers
Otherside - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Stadium Arcadium - Red Hot Chili Peppers

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