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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk / Artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers / Audio CD released 2003-03-10 at Capitol

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      01.11.2009 10:15
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      Red Hot Chili Peppers' fourth album

      In 1989 came the fourth Red Hot Chili Peppers album "Mother's Milk", it was seen as a comeback record for the band and sees them moving on massively since 1987 as they had to cope with the drug-induced death of Hillel Slovak, which led to the departure of their drummer Jack Irons, and subsequently forced the lead singer Anthony Kiedis to come off drugs and clean up his act this time around. The Funk Rock band was able to reform itself into the line-up that came up with both this and their classic "Blood Sex Sugar Magik" album with Kiedis, Flea (on bass), John Frusciante (on guitar) and Chad Smith (on the drums).

      1. "Good Time Boys"

      They kick the album off with a tune that enables them to show great progression and to see in what direction they would go on to use as they come out with a raw joint that clearly takes on much more Metal influence into the mix as you see that this is all adapted to the Funk style that they simply kill off. It is a fell-good joint and gets it off to a great start as they give you something light to go off to begin the set.

      **Five Stars**

      2. "Higher Ground"

      The bass groove that Flea brings is just too much hear as he sets this one up as another fly Funk song, and form here you see that they appear to bring in even more of the Metal aspects into the music as they carry things on with a niece little Stevie Wonder cover, which they give a fly Rock makeover to. It is a massive change to what was heard on all the albums leading up to this point (since 1984) and it works just as well as they had.

      **Five Stars**

      3. "Subway To Venus"

      Here you see that the guitars are where all the Funk comes from, and in addition to this you see that with Flea's attempt at trumpeting he performs incredibly well too to give it more drive. With this one you see that Kiedis goes back to the sort of vocal delivery that was found on their earlier albums as he raps his way through it in a very relevant manner to get all he can out of the fly jam they bring to the table.

      **Five Stars**

      4. "Magic Johnson"

      This intense tune is a banger of a jam and a rather unexpected concept track from them as you see how well they are able to create the atmosphere of a basketball game as Frusciante and Kiedis rapidly rap out the sights that are seen at a LA Lakers game and the speedy percussion set that you get form Chad Smith enables it to effectively come out with the perfect atmosphere to make it all work.

      **Five Stars**

      5. "Nobody Weird Like Me"

      They make not attempts to lose the intense Funk from their music as you see that here they are once again able to bring it into some alternative Rock styles to come out with something that shows just how well they are able to get their emotions out in an original manner. It is just as intense as all the others leading up to this point and does its job well through its rawness and harsh impacting percussion backed up by the roaring vocals of Kiedis.

      **Five Stars**

      6. "Knock Me Down"

      This was the first single from this album and you can see that in it you get a completely new band to what was seen in their 1987 line-up or anything prior to this as you find that although they are able to stick to what they are good at through the Funk side of things, the way that much of it is constructed, namely the melodies and the song structure, it is much more mainstream and doesn't fit in with expectations, but you really can't complain about this as it was needed to get their names out there.

      **Five Stars**

      7. "Taste The Pain"

      You see that in this one you see that they stay with the experimental side of things, and I felt that in this case they were extremely successful at doing this as it seems to have translated into a tune that seeps out more Funk as you find that you get things stripped-down into base elements with thumping kickdrums driving it, and from here it all seems to fall into place in a way that brings together the commercial song structure of before to things that are more typical of them.

      **Five Stars**

      8. "Stone Cold Bush"

      This is a speedy track from them and you find that as the Funk Rock band up the tempo with this one they come out with great results as it allows them to drill out more intense tunes that force you in from the get-go and ensure that you won't find a way out as Kiedis raps in his fun manner and the rest create a lively atmosphere to make you feel extremely welcome and in the mood to feel his flows.

      **Five Stars**

      9. "Fire"

      Here you get a change to everything as you see that in this one they choose to try out something new by covering some Jimi Hendrix material in a short burst of energy. It is a powerful joint and I felt that although it may have come at the wrong timer (with so many speedy joints coming before it) it is another banger of a track that deserves attention for its quality and how it shows how well they are able to perform material from others.

      **Five Stars**

      10. "Pretty Little Ditty" (Lude)

      11. "Punk Rock Classic" (Lude)

      12. "Sexy Mexican Maid"

      Following a pair of short tunes (the former of which is instrumental piece and was later sampled by Crazy Town in "Butterflies", the second of them being a parody of Punk Rock track) you see that they get back to their hardcore funky ways with this one a they come out with a fresh tune that enables them to come out with a tune that brings in the Funk through the more calm manner in which the perform.

      **Five Stars**

      13. "Johnny, Kick A Hole In The Sky"

      The album ends with them starting by mocking the American national anthem before suddenly breaking out with another powerful jam that has them able to break away from everything else they have performed on the album with a tune that takes on a similar structure to a lot of the others, but seems to get them on an even higher level where others aren't able to see them. It tops it off well and shows how they couldn't go wrong at this time.

      **Five Stars**

      This album is a killer one from the band and one that clearly out-did each and every album by them up to this point. There simply isn't a weak point within it as you see that they stick to what they know whilst still finding room to experimental with more commercial material and come out with classic material that no one can do without.

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        25.08.2006 23:32
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        Good Early Start

        Mother's Milk is a quality record put out by the current members that make up the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The Chili Peppers have gone through many changes in personnel but this is the second cd to feature Anthony, John, Chad, and Flea.

        The cd's most heard song is probably the cover of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground". The cover is very good and unique and even mentions Stevie by name in the song. Other cover songs on the cd include that of Jimi Hendrix's "Fire", "Castles Made of Sand" and "Crosstown Traffic".

        The lyrics are well written at a time when Anthony Kiedis was switching between sobriety and using drugs. You can tell when he wrote songs like "Taste the Pain" and "Knock Me Down" based on his usage. A key track on the cd is also "Johnny Kick a Hole in the Sky" which is well written and features great all around sound.

        The cd is not as well put together as some of their others like "Blood Sugar" or "Californication" but is still worth the listen.

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          22.07.2006 14:26
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          Superb, A must get

          The fourth album released from the chili peppers came in 1989, a time of great emotional upheaval for the band, coming as it did at the time of original chili peppers guitarist Hillel Slovak. However this was not the only departure from the band at that time, with Drummer Jack Irons leaving Flea and Kiedis as the remaining band members.

          to replace Hillel and Iron the band recrutied a Drummer Chad Smith and Guitarist John Fruciante, the resulant action was this masterpiece of and album.

          Here is a summary of the track and my opinion of them:

          1. Good time Boys,
          This song is basically self descriptive, so you dont really need me telling you. this track contains lots of the rap, guitar solos and mixture of funk and punk that Characterises a lot of the album and of the Chilis sound to this day.
          - a song about having fun and is very uplifting to listen to


          2. Higher Ground,
          Fantastic opening chords, this is a song written by Stevie Wonder. Much more guitary that the previous track this is one of the outstanding songs on an outstanding album, a mixture of fast tempo and superb guitar backing this song became one of the most popular chili's track of the earlier era.

          3. Subway to Venus,
          A very very funky song, i think you'll find that concurrent on all reviews for this song, Involves a bit of sax which highlights the bands genius - could you imagine westlife using a sax (i thought not). this is the type of song you could imagine the band performing when under the influence

          4. Magic Johnson,
          A very fast song about Kiedis's fave basketball team i believe, not sure about this song although i does grow on you due to its fast pace and use of guitar.

          5. Nobody weird like me,
          This song has incredible use of Guitar, starting out very heavy and ending light, inital reaction is press the skip button but as it comes to an end i cannot stop myself moving with the beat in a-ever-so-cool-way.

          6. Knock me down,
          i absolutly love this song, indeed i'd put it in the top 15 of the all-time good RCHP songs,the reason for this is the passion and emotion that lies behind this song, written in tribute for original band member Hillel Slovak who died of a drugs overdose (accidental) and as such theres a strong anti-drugs message. this songs has excellent use of the chilis strengths - lyrics, guitar and drum. This is an all time classic.


          7. Taste the pain,
          a song about the pain of heartbreak, featuring a memorable flea on a trumpet of all things. this is a catchy song which is common with this album.


          8. Stone cold bush,
          An intensely fast song, basically just mental. i cant for the life of me decipher the meaning behind it, all i know is that it is a cracking song.


          9. Fire,
          A cover of jimi Hendrix's Fire, this is a song recorded with the previous 4 band members, still with hillel and irons. a fast song again, with one of the best drumming performances i've ever heard. A good rockin song to bomb along to.

          10. Pretty little ditty,
          This is just an instrumental song, no words. features flea on the trumpet again. a very soft song, this is superb, no more needs to be said.

          11. Punk rock classic,
          Sharp contrast to the previous song this is a very fast paced rocky and rolly type song - with a slight piss take of rock and roll with the use of the opening riff to "sweet child of mine" at the end of this song.


          12. Sexy mexican maid,
          actually a song about a maid, who was mexican and sexy. not a great fan of this song. quite slow and soft.

          13. Johnny, Kick a hole in the sky,
          This is a song about the injustices faced by the native Americans. The early song line I was born in a land/I don't think you understand/God damn what I am/I'm a native of this place/please don't kick me in the face" is just an example of this.


          Have Just recently seen the band at the MEN arena and it prompted me to write this, they still got it!!

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            11.02.2002 23:57
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            Released in 1989, this was the fourth album from LA rap/punk/funk rockers the Red Hot Chili Peppers. This was a very emotional time for the Peppers following the death of original guitarist Hillel Slovak. This was followed by the departure of future Pearl Jam drummer Jack Irons, and lead singer Anthony Kiedis' battle to overcome the Heroin addiction that killed his close friend Hillel. Responding to all the upheaval, the remaining Chili Peppers - Kiedis and bassist Micheal "Flea" Balzary vowed to continue, stating that Slovak would have wanted them to. To replace their two departed members they recruited a talented LA-based drummer named Chad Smith to replace Irons and 18 year-old RHCP fan John Frusciante on guitar in place of Slovak. The result was this album..... Track Listing: GOOD TIME BOYS Basically a song about the band and their mission to take over the world, or something like that anyway. It tells you a lot about the band's fun-loving nature, how they "command attention from the mountains and the sky." and how they like to make proud their "mammy and their pappy." A fun song to kick things off and a neat introduction to the band's mentality for anyone that didn't already know.... "Indeed it may seem that we have strange ways But we do it with compassion and don't believe in age Travel around the world getting naked on the stage Busting people out of their everyday cage." HIGHER GROUND A Stevie Wonder cover brings us onto track 2. It features that funky sound that has become synonymous with the Chili Peppers. A stand out track, very upbeat, energetic and one of the best songs on the entire album. It doesn't surprise me that they released this.... SUBWAY TO VENUS Quite a funky little number, features good instrumentals in the background from Flea and Patrick English on the trumpet, Lon on trombone and Keith "Th
            e Tree" Barry on tenor sax. I don't know what else to say. I'm sorry but my creative juices aren't flowing today. Could have something to do with the fact that I've lost this album and I haven't been able to listen to it for ages, so I'm doing this from memory. If anyone wants to send me a copy, don't hesitate, lol. I'm serious though.... "I?ll make you wiggle like a wiggley worm 'Cause you deserve to wiggle and squirm Life is too short to be in a hole So bust into your funkiest stroll." MAGIC JOHNSON Chili's lead singer Anthony Kiedis is a massive fan of the LA Lakers basketball team and this song is a tribute of sorts to the then Lakers star man Magic Johnson. Lots of chanting going on here. If you're a Magic fan I'm sure you'll love this song, if not then I'm not sure. It's alright but their are better songs on this album.... NOBODY WEIRD LIKE ME To be honest, for whatever reason, I rarely seem to listen to this song. That's not to say thats it's a bad song, because it isn't, I just haven't listened to it many times. As the title suggests, it seems to be about Kiedis' weirdness and how there's no one out there who thinks like he does. A decent song.... KNOCK ME DOWN This song was written in memory of the original Chili Peppers? guitarist - Hillel Slovak - who died of an accidental Heroin overdose in 1988. Kiedis? lyrics - "If you see me getting mighty, if you see me getting high, knock me down, I'm not bigger than life" and "It's so lonely when you don't even know yourself" pretty much tell the story here. A good song with a strong anti-drugs message and a nice tribute to Slovak.... TASTE THE PAIN This song features another good trumpet solo from bassist Flea. Is he in the wrong profession? Front man Anthony Kiedis sings in a way only he can here. Very ex
            pressive. An enjoyable song with a catchy chorus that you just can't help but hum along to..... "Busted in two Like a brittle stick I can not drink Because my throat constricts Lovesick from you That will never do." STONE COLD BUSH Interesting fact for you here folks..... The Chili's used a backing track for this song that featured eighties porn star Traci Lords having an orgasm. Just in case you wanted to know that, lol. It's tucked away in the middle of the album but I like this one. Listen to this a few times and it begins to catch on..... FIRE Another cover, this time of Jimi Hendrix's "Fire". This track actually features Hillel Slovak on guitar (obviously recorded before his death) and former member Jack Irons on drums (obviously recorded before he quit). A short, quick song, good to "rock out" to. It moves along really quickly..... PRETTY LITTLE DITTY No words here, just a short, instrumental song. Kiedis has nothing to do. Flea's trumpet playing is again on display here and once again he does a commendable job. The guitar riff from this song was recently sampled on Crazy Town's smash hit "Butterfly". I'm not surprised either, it's very beautiful..... PUNK ROCK CLASSIC A very fast paced, punk-y song, as the title suggests. The chorus consists of the band pleading with TV bosses to; "Put Us on MTV, All we really need, Begging On Our Knees, Please, please please, please, please." Interestingly, the Chili's sample the guitar riff from Guns 'N Roses classic "Sweet Child 'O Mine" on the end of this song. Keep up with Kiedis? singing if you can..... SEXY MEXICAN MAID Listen to this song and you can't help but feel it belongs in a porn movie. The song has a real sexy feel to it and funnily enough it is about a maid, who happens to be Mexican and is apparently qui
            te a looker. I actually really like this, it's great to sway back and forth to. A very underrated song..... JOHNNY, KICK A HOLE IN THE SKY Longest song on the album and one of the best. The song details Kiedis' obsession with all things tribal and Aborigine. That's about as well as I can describe it. I really like this song and I don't know why I haven't got more to say about it. It's probably that whole memory thing cropping up again, damn it.... "When history book are full of sh*t, I become the anarchist I'm p*ssed at this What this country claims to be It's a lie No place for me I bleed." Overall this is a very good album and up to this point I'd say it was the Chili Peppers best work. Their sound is very fresh and varied. Stand out songs for me include: "Higher Ground", "Knock Me Down", "Taste The Pain", "Pretty Little Ditty" and "Johnny, Kick A Hole In The Sky". Honourable mentions should also go to: "Stone Cold Bush", "Fire" and "Sexy Mexican Maid". This album lacks the overall funkiness of Blood Sugar Sex Magik, the overall rockiness of One Hot Minute and the overall maturity of Californication but instead delivers a little bit of everything topped off with lashings and lashings of punk. Overall Rating: A

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              After the death of guitarist and high school pal Hillel Slovak, the remaining band members of the "Red Hot Chili Peppers"weren't sure if they should continue making music. Hillel was their best friend. Drummer Jack Irons left the band shortly after Hillels death. So Anthony Kiedis and Flea the only chilies left had to find a new guitarist and a new drummer. Finally they found the lucky one's,they didn't need to look hard for their guitarist John Frusiante also a big fan who was only eighteen.Chad Smith took the drum chair. With this new line-up the were about to make an album that went gold and sold millions of copies.So they went to the studio and started working on the new album. They came up with thirteen songs.Here is my opinion on the songs and album. 1.GOOD TIME BOYS The first song is my favourite because it has everything in it, guitar solos, rap, punk and funk. It was a song that they should have made a video for. After listen to this song convinced me that John Frusiante was good.It is about what their life is like being a rock star and what they do on stage. 2.HIGHER GROUND Originally written by Stevie Wonder who paid the chili peppers to cover this song. It is a great song more great guitar riffs.It is also one of their top ten hits. 3.SUBWAY TO VENUS This is another funky song it is about a trip to venus and what they do on that trip. It is a good song it sounds really good on stage. 4.MAGIC JOHNSON This fast rap song is about their favourite basket ball team. I is very entertaining and hard to sing I like this song because it is fast.It also ends with a fast guitar solo. 5.NOBODY WEIRD LIKE ME This is a heavier song than the rest and a very good song to. It is about the singer saying there is nobody weird like me and hes right. The song has two parts to it, it starts of heavy and end slow. 6.KNOCK ME DOWN This is another top song it is ab
              out someone thinking that they are mighty and high who needs to be brought back down. The song has exellant guitars, drums and the vocals are the best.There is also a woman vocal at near the end of the song. 7.TASTE THE PAIN. This top song is another of my favourites It is about taking pain for somthing you love and if you fail come back another day.A very entertaining song trust me. 8.STONE COLD BUSH This fast song I don't know what it is about, but is a great song and a stage favourite. 9.FIRE Originally written by Jimi Hendrix the bands favourite artist. It is one of the best on the album and when I listened to this one I became a Jimi Hendrix fan. 10.PRETTY LITTLE DITTY This is a great tune that you wouldn't mind to have stuck in your head. It is just a guitar tune with the drums coming in at the end. 11.PUNK ROCK CLASSIC Another heavy, fast and funky song. I think it is about what they were like before they became popular. 12.SEXY MEXICAN MAID This song is about what the title of the song. It is one of my favourites on this album and I'm sure lots of people would like this song. 13.JOHNNY, KICK A HOLE IN THE SKY This is a good song to finish this amazing album. It is a great song and the favourite of the singer. The album was called "Mothers Milk" one of the best albums they ever made infact they say it is their best. I decided to do a review on this album because it is my favourite and a very popular album. It is dedicated to the loving memory of Hillel Slovak. It was recorded by EMI and produced by Michael Bienhorn. After this album they made an even better one called "Blood Sugar Sex Magik". Then it went bad again because John left the band because he couldn't cope with the popularity, but the band continued and made another album which wasn't their best. Then John rejoined and they made one o
              f the best albums of all time "Californication".I can't wait for the next one which is due to be realesed before the end of this year.

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                This is probably the rawest sounding out of all of the Red Hot Chili Peppers Albums, it tends to stick out along with One Hot Minute. The reason that both the albums stick out is the addition of new blood into the band and the influences they bring along. This album was born from the ashes of one of the founding members (Hillel Slovak) death from a heroin overdose the previous year. Following this another one of the founding members (Jack Irons, the bands drummer) checked into an institution as he had a nervous breakdown. Anthony Keidis (The lead vocalist) was also a heroin addict and his friends death spurred him to quit, although he has occasionally returned to the habit since. So the band were left with merely the lead singer and bass player (named "Flea"). The band decided to carry on and set their sights on a new guitarist and drummer. The band held auditions for both, in the auditions for guitarists was a young devotee of the band (and particularly Hillel Slovak). This eager 19 year old, by the name of John Fruciante, had been to all the bands recent gigs, and could play every single of their songs off by heart. The band were still auditioning for guitarists, and so they asked John if he wanted to audition for some of their friends in a band named Thelonius Monster. At this audition, the remaining two members were so impressed that they recruited him into the chilis instead. This left the question of the drummer; numerous Metallica influenced drummers marched through their doors. All of them showed off, either playing hard and thrashy or quiet and technically minded. They were just about to give up when a long haired drummer, by the name of Chad Smith strolled through their doors. This man dwarved the three other members, standing at an impressive six foot six, and wearing a Metallica drumming vest. This cued much eye rolling by the other members as the gargantuan drummer sat on the stool and picked up his sticks. What ens
                ued was Chad pounding the drums as hard as he possibly could whilst throwing insults at the band, and shouting "come on". The band stood there mouths agape, before creasing up with laughter;Chad was now in the band. He later commented that he only wanted to show the band who was "boss". Pictured in the inlay is one of Hillel Slovaks' paintings with a dedication beneath it, this is also echoed by the inclusion of the track "Fire". This cover version previously played by Hendrix) was supposed to be on the previous album, but didn't make it. This was originally played by Hillel and Jack, and serves as a dedication. I shall now detail the album tracks: The album opens up with "Good Time Boys", which is a tribute to the pursuit of having a good time. The lyrics also include references to fellow LA bands Fishbone and Firehose. It is a very feel-good tune with nicely sung vocals, and racey gutar and drum playing. The song is quite powerful and carries you along with it. "Subway to Venus" is a song dedicated to the recreational use of drugs within music;particularly the hallucinogenic family. It basically tells you to open your mind to the music and let it take you. It is a song about freeing your mind, and is very colourful with it, conjuring all sorts of trippy images. The song is sung with much gusto with a good horn section suppling a much needed funky feel to it. The jangly guitar playing and off-beat drumming, along with a funky bass line that is very infectious. "Higher Ground" is a very well played cover of the Stevie Wonder song. It was this song which got a lot of airplay on MTV and became the bands forst single success on both sides of the Atlantic. It has great rythym playing by the bass, drums and guitar and a powerful chorus sung with tons of backing vocalists. I am not surprised by the success of this song, it has a good feel to it and is very catchy. I'
                ;m sure Stevie would be proud! "Magic Johnston" is an amazingly crafted tribute to the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team, and to their star player "Magic Johnston" (who now sadly is dying from AIDS). If the chilis love anything more than their music, it's basketball. The lyrics are quite fun, very quick, and sometimes verge on the silly; "Lakers are the team that I watch on the telly/'cause they've got more moves than a bowl of jelly". The song has some nice instrumental breaks with a powerful guitar accompniment. The cheering effects in the background, just add to the sweet sound of this song. "Nobody Weird Like Me" is a very fast song with some powerful guitar and bass playing in it (it's a fantastic song live!). The lyrics are a tribute to the animal kingdom, and the fact that the lead singer is a "walking totem pole". This is probably due to his Native American ancestry, and impressive collection of tattoos. This song, like a lot of the songs on this album, is pretty raw. This sums up the incredible sound that is this band live. "Knock Me Down" is a song about the arrogance and feelings of invincibility that drugs can leave you with. It is both a tribute to Hillel Slovak and a warning to Anthony Keidis' friends that "If you see me getting mighty/if you see me getting high/knock me down/I'm not bigger than life". The song achieves both aims nicely and is one of the strongest songs on the album. It has good all round instrumentals, but it's the lyrics and the gospel vocals break that shine through. The finishing line is "it's so lonely when you don't even know yourself", how true those words. "Taste the Pain" is another good all round song, about the pain of heartbreak, about walking away with your pride intact. The verses have some nice melodic drumming, (actually played by the Fishbone drummer "
                Fish") guitar playing and the usual funky bass playing. It has a cello accompniment on some of the verses, which builds up nicely to the chorus. The chorus is exceptionally powerful, it has strong backing "Whoahs" by the rest of the band and a nice guitar line. This is a damn good break up song! "Stone Cold Bush" is a song about women that lead men on, and the lyrics are quite bitter. The song is pretty good, pretty raw and has a lovely guitar and bass melody. The drumming is quite nicely played and the whole song grooves together quite nicely. "Fire" (detailed earlier) is an amazing tribute to both the founding members and Jimi Hendrix. In complete contrast to Hendrixs' psychedelic and bluesy version, this is very rocky and fast paced. This song really reminds you of what a good guitarist Hillel Slovak was, and how incredible Jack Irons was as a drummer. I still think he is one of the tightest playing drummers I have ever heard. This version is very good and very fun, which is a complete contrast to when this song was played live a year before this when the band were heavily into drugs. "Pretty Little Ditty" does what it says on the tin, it is a very sweet instrumental played just by Flea and John, with the drumming coming in later. Flea demonstrates his Jazz trumpet playing (this was his instrument of choice before he took up bass!), and the song is very sweet and melodic. Crazy Towns use of this sample has me in two minds. One says that this is a nice sample to use on a rap song and it is used in a nice way. The other mind says shame about the song. "Punk Rock Classic" is the ultimate mickey take of the whole issue of conformity in punk/rock bands seen as mere fashion icons or MTV players. the lyrics "conforming to the norm straight out of the mold/compromising each and every ounce of soul/I'm a doin' anything for the records of gold/I only want something I
                can hold" sum this song (and my beliefs) up nicely. I don't think that this song is one of the strongest on the album, by any means, but it's lyrics ring oh-so true. It is a very fast paced song, with great lyrics but pretty weak everything else. The opening riff to "sweet child of mine" at the end of this song has got to be the ultimate put down! "Sexy Mexican Maid" is a song about, yep you've guessed it, a sexy mexican maid. The guitar playing, keyboard and bass playing are very melodic and sweet sounding, but the lyrics are pretty weak though sort of sweet. This is one of the albums weak spots for sure. "Johnny, Kick a Hole in the Sky" is a powerfully bitter song about the injustices faced by the Native American people. Although I am not a fan of this song it does radiate a certain presence about it that really makes you listen to the lyrics. "I was born in a land/I don't think you understand/God damn what I am/I'm a native of this place/please don't kick me in the face" is just an example of the powerful and pleading lyrics within the song. The chorus is pretty strong, with powerful female backing vocals, although the rest is nothing much to speak of. To summarise, this is a good album with both some pretty strong and pretty weak songs on it. There is a bit of a polar aspect of this album, the songs are either good or bad with not much in between. It is better than their previous album (The Uplift Mofo Party Plan), yet no way near as good as the incredible follow up (Blood Sugar Sex Magik).This could be said to be the ultimate inbetween album, with different styles played on the albums both before and after this album was released. It is perhaps the rawest sounding of all their albums, yet has some incredible feel good songs on it. This album led to the chilis greater success, and was the last album they recorded with EMI. If this album sounds a little confus
                ed, then I suppose it is, after all a previous member and best friend had died, another member had a breakdown, and two new mwmbers joined. I think I'd be a little confused too!

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              • Product Details

                Disc #1 Tracklisting
                1 Good Time Boys
                2 Higher Ground
                3 Subway To Venus
                4 Magic Johnson
                5 Nobody Weird Like Me
                6 Knock Me Down
                7 Taste The Pain
                8 Stone Cold Bush
                9 Fire
                10 Pretty Little Ditty
                11 Punk Rock Classic
                12 Sexy Mexican Maid
                13 Johnny Kick A Hole In The Sky
                14 Song That Made Us What We Are Today
                15 Knock Me Down
                16 Salute To Kareem
                17 Castles Made Of Sand
                18 Crosstown Traffic