Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Mother's Milk

In my ever-so-humble opinion, this is the Chilis' masterwork despite the presence of two cover tunes, albeit The Uplift Mofo Party Plan gives it a major run and Freaky Styley is likewise a good contender. This is also the tour I saw the Chilis on and it remains the greatest rock spectacle I've ever seen. Don't know or don't care what instigated that fireball energy from their relentless performance, but wowzers...

If I remember right from Anthony Keidis' autobiography Scar Tissue, the model on this cover was none too pleased being plastered on the album. Somewhere out there an uncensored print (sans rose, of course) exists, which I'm sure would really piss the poor lass off if confronted by it. It's erotic, yes, but tastefully so, although you can't be an even judge in this girl's shoes.

Nevertheless, this is a groovy cool psychedelic image from a band in the final wake of their one-time renowned slapdash funk-punk before they mellowed out thereafter. Nothing has been the same since Mother's Milk, though I'm sure for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the jacked-up sales since Blood Sugar Sex Magik more than compensates in their eyes.