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Red Hot Chillie Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Hall of Fame Essay


Nina Pearlman

The word pioneers is regularly used to describe the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and with good reason: The band—which today consists of Anthony Kiedis on vocals; Michael Balzary, long known to fans as Flea, on bass; Chad Smith on drums; and recent addition Josh Klinghoffer on guitar—birthed a blend of punk, funk, and hip-hop that has since influenced every group to marry rap and rock.

The first of the early-nineties alternative bands to follow Nirvana into the upper echelons of the charts, the Chili Peppers injected a splash of color to that movement’s oft-gray canvas, their funky jams and flamboyant garb (or lack thereof) providing relief from grunge’s punk-metal sludge and flannel shirt uniform.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 2012
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2012 Inductees Red Hot Chili Peppers

their music is so happy, but at the same time it’s hardcore. It’s hardcore happiness.

Chris Rock

Photography: Getty/WireImage

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