Learn these Red Hot Chili Peppers songs with Fret Zealot

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are one of the top-selling bands of all time. They formed in Los Angeles in 1982 by singer Anthony Kiedis, guitarist Hillel Slovak, bassist Flea, and drummer Jack Irons, who met in high school. Kiedis and Flea are still in the current lineup of the band. 

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ style of music, which incorporates alternative rock, funk, punk rock, hard rock, hip hop, and psychedelic rock, has influenced many other genres, including nu metal and rap rock. 

You can learn these Red Hot Chili Peppers songs with Fret Zealot. 

 

Californication 

“Californication” is the title track of the RHCP’s 1999 album. It’s also the name of a popular show on Showtime. The band sued the network in 2007 over the show’s name, but the network pointed out that “Californication” had been printed in a Time magazine article in 1972. The lawsuit was settled out of court in 2011.


Under the Bridge

Producer Rick Rubin found a poem called “Under the Bridge” in Kiedis’ notebook while the band was creating Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991). He asked Kiedis to show it to the rest of the band, which he did, even though he felt the poem’s emotional lyrics didn’t fit the vibe of the band. 


Scar Tissue

The video for this 1999 hit featured guitarist John Frusciante driving a car with the band inside down a desert highway, a metaphor for him returning to the band after the first time he quit. But Frusciante doesn’t drive in real life! 


Can’t Stop

The video for this 2003 hit includes Frusciante playing an orange Toronado and a silver Fender Stratocaster, both under five years old – but in real life, he doesn’t own or play any guitars made after 1970.

 

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