Despite years of toiling in college-rock trenches and weathering multiple lineup changes along the way, including the fatal heroin overdose of founding guitarist Hillel Slovak , the raunchy L. In honor of its quarter-century anniversary, here are 10 lesser-known facts about Blood Sugar Sex Magik. The band was initially reluctant to work with Rick Rubin. The Red Hot Chili Peppers have always been totally into positive energy.
In , the Red Hot Chili Peppers were a long shot to make it to the 21st century. They were a party band back then—too funky for hair metal, too cock-obsessed for college rock. They wrote songs about their dicks ; they then stretched cotton socks over those same dicks and jumped around on stage without fear of gravity. In the music world, they were definitely not a big deal. And then, the world changed. But it also set the tone for a decade more permissive of what a popular rock band could sound and look like, in ways that would reverberate far away from grunge or flannel obsessives. Blood Sugar Sex Magik was released on September 24, , the same day as Nevermind , a neat coincidence for historical records, and perfect timing for their attempt at fitting into a broader cultural milieu. Teenaged guitarist John Frusciante had been hired after the untimely death of Slovak, who passed away from a heroin overdose in Slovak rooted the band in their early sped-up punk-funk sound, a slurry molding of acts like Gang of Four , Jimi Hendrix , and Parliament-Funkadelic George Clinton produced their second album, Freaky Styley. On those records, the Chili Peppers sounded like a live band trying to rein it in, with varying success.
Produced by Rick Rubin , its musical style differed notably from the techniques employed on the band's previous album Mother's Milk , and featured minimal use of heavy metal guitar riffs. The album's subject matter incorporates sexual innuendos and references to drugs and death, as well as themes of lust and exuberance. It was the Chili Peppers' introduction into worldwide popularity and critical acclaim, although guitarist John Frusciante quit the band mid-tour in returning in due to his inability to cope with its popularity. The album is recognized as an influential and seminal component of the alternative rock explosion of the early s, with Steve Huey of AllMusic calling it "probably the best album the Chili Peppers will ever make". The band's previous album, 's Mother's Milk , became the band's second album to enter in the Billboard , peaking at number 52 and at the time the biggest of their career.