Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Ted's Song of the Week - 5/16/06

Taste the Pain
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Mother's Milk

I’ve been spending a lot of time on the road lately, so it’s been essential to keep music on hand at all times. On my latest excursion, I packed along the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ breakthrough album Mother’s Milk. It had been quite awhile since I had given it a listen, but I was definitely refreshed to the pure genius of the group’s work. In addition, RHCP just released their latest album Stadium Arcadium this last week, so I felt the need to pay homage to their early work.
Mother’s Milk's is chock-full of gems that launched RHCP into the mainstream. Funky covers of Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire” and Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” lay the groundwork for original tracks like “Knock Me Down” and my personal favorite “Taste the Pain.” Released in 1989, Mother’s Milk helped land RHCP on the musical map
The album is surprisingly solid, despite band troubles prior to recording. The untimely death of guitarist Hillel Slovak and departure of drummer Jack Irons forced the group to re-tool and add John Frusciante and Chad Smith for this album, which ended up being extremely successful by going gold.
“Taste the Pain” is a bit different from the group’s traditional fare, but the fusion of funk-metal with a horn section is candy for the ears. My favorite part of the song occurs around two minutes in, when the group breaks it down with an onslaught of the brass section with a quick follow-up of intense guitar-work. The Chili Peppers at their finest.

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Taste the Pain

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