California funk rockers Crimson Scorching Chili Peppers had loads of eclectic influences that helped form their sound. Initially was the gonzo type of George Clinton, whose double act of fronting the bands Parliament and Funkadelic turned the blueprint for a lot of the Chili Peppers’ early materials. Flea had a punk background, briefly becoming a member of L.A. hardcore gods Worry, but additionally took classes realized from Larry Graham to get his signature slap approach down. Chad Smith was initially a metallic drummer, whereas John Frusciante was a fan of everybody from Jimi Hendrix to Captain Beefheart.
One style that doesn’t appear to have pervaded the Chili Peppers’ sound is blues. The Crimson Scorching Chili Peppers are usually not solemn or sorrowful: they’re high-energetic occasion animals able to funk you up and lay you down. They’re just about the precise reverse of a blues band, residing life to absolutely the fullest and never letting the darker sides of the world deliver them down. Positive, songs like ‘Scar Tissue’ and ‘Otherside’ take care of the tough realities of dependancy, however they’re not bluesy by any stretch of the creativeness.
Anybody who caught round to the very finish of their blockbuster 1991 album Blood Sugar Intercourse Magik, nevertheless, bought to listen to the Chili Peppers tackle a blues observe that was recorded all the way in which again in 1936. Not solely is ‘They’re Crimson Scorching’ as real as old-school delta music will get, but it surely was additionally penned by essentially the most legendary blues musician of all time: Robert Johnson.
‘They’re Crimson Scorching’ was in all probability essentially the most acceptable of Johnson’s songs for the Chili Peppers to cowl contemplating it wasn’t a darkish dirge-like ‘Hellhound on My Path’ or a satanic trip by way of Hell like ‘Me and the Satan Blues’. As a substitute, ‘They’re Crimson Scorching’ is mainly a joke tune, utilizing the sale of sizzling tamales as a euphemism for intercourse. It’s the identical type of offbeat and lascivious goofiness that made the Chili Peppers the Chili Peppers, and the truth that the band’s identify is partially within the tune title actually helps solidify the connection.
As a way to seize the tune, the band trekked all the way in which to the highest of a Los Angeles hill simply exterior of their recording area to document the tune early within the morning hours. Chad Smith doesn’t even use drum sticks, opting as a substitute to easily slap out the rhythms of the tune together with his fingers a-la John Bonham. The outcomes are foolish, easy, and a splendidly wacky to finish Blood Sugar Intercourse Magik.
Try the Crimson Scorching Chili Peppers recording ‘They’re Crimson Scorching’ down under.