Red Hot Chili Peppers
What Hits!?



by Pechorin USER (23 Reviews)
January 28th, 2006 | 29 replies

Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Aahhh, the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Like most other people my age, I was introduced to them via their 1998 album, Californication. I liked what I heard from that album, and when in a local record store, I saw What Hits!? for only eight dollars. Thinking it would be more of the mainstream rock I liked at the time, I bought it. At first, I was disappointed. It had some songs I had heard (Behind the Sun and Under the Bridge), but the rest quite shocked me. It was, well, perhaps the funkiest stuff I had heard in a long time. Slap bass and funk guitar riffs permeated an album I expected to be full of the relatively bland, conventional stuff I was used to. Disgusted, I put it in the bottom of my pile of CD's.

A couple months later, I had started playing guitar, and was going through some CD's I never listened to very often. Having put in What Hits!?, I was amazed at the musical abilities of Flea and the numerous guitarists on the album. Though I wasn't (and still am not) really a fan of funk, I still find this to be a great album to listen to. It covers the early Chili Pepper period until right after Blood Sugar Sex Magic was released. There are numerous covers, as well as quintessential early Chili Peppers tracks such as Fight Like a Brave, Me & My Friends, True Men don't Kill Coyotes, and others.

One thing that amazes me is the raw energy behind almost all of the songs. There's a blend of funk and hard rock all over the album. For example, Backwoods starts with a heavy, distorted, almost punk-like riff. Then, Flea enters with his signature slap/pop bass style. Me & My Friends blends funk, rock, and even rap. Then, there is the ubiquitous Under the Bridge, a song about drugs and the problem the band has had with them through the years. The rest of the tracks are solid, as well. It is a great sampling for someone looking to hear the most important songs of the band's early period.

In addition to the original songs, there are three covers on the album. The album opener is a cover of Steevie Wonder's Higher Ground. Starting off with a classic bass line, the song quickly drops into the Peppers' usual formula of nice, chunky guitar riffs and funk backing instruments. Fire is a cover of the Jimi Hendrix song. It seems like it's done at double speed, but it somehow works out in the end. I actually like it better than the original. The last cover is of The Meters' Hollywood. One of the closest to true funk songs on the album, it features almost a gospel-sounding chior and a horn section.

As I said before, this album is a great sampling of the early Chili Peppers' career. All in all, the general sound could be described as funk that has essentially been injected with steroids and then lit on fire for good measure. And I mean that in a good way. However, this isn't necessarily for people who were turned on to the Chili Peppers by albums like One Hot Minute or Californication. Though an excellent album, it is quite different from the type of music they have recently released. Still, the musicianship, overall sound, and lack of any truly weak tracks leads me to give this album a 4/5.


Different sound from today's Chili Peppers
Great musicianship
Usually a good buy
Great way to be introduced to the early Peppers' material
Long Track List


Different sound from today's Chili Peppers
May seem a bit disjointed at times
Sound isn't for everyone

Recommended Tracks:

Fight Like a Brave
Behimd The Sun
True Men Don't Kill Coyotes
Under the Bridge
Taste the Pain

My Personal Favorites:

Higher Ground
Knock Me Down
The Brothers Cup
Johnny, Kick a Hole in the Sky

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January 28th 2006


I think it's funny how a bands greatest hits album starts off with a Stevie Wonder cover.
Great review, it was brief yet you went over ever aspect on the album. I have to disagree with all of your recommended tracks, some of the tracks you mentioned are the weakest on the album IMO.

Storm In A Teacup
January 28th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, this is a great greatest hits album.

January 28th 2006


You didn't put Fight Like a Brave on the Recommended Tracks list? For shame, I love that song.

Digging: Intronaut - The Direction of Last Things

January 28th 2006


They used to play on stage naked with socks on their wangers. :P

January 28th 2006


this is one of my old favorite bands

bloke 01
January 29th 2006


Album Rating: 5.0

the chili peppers are one of a few true bands, altough many line up changes they still remain a rap, funk, soul, rock, sock wearing band. their music is inspiring. i love 'em all and they are all so sexy.

January 29th 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

not a bad fav song from its probably johnny kick a hole in the sky.

January 29th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

To Zebra and Thor -- Sorry about my selections for recommended tracks. They may not be the most famous/popular ones, but for some reason, they're my favorites. Anyhow, thanks for the good votes on the review. I know it's short, but it was another stab at the kind of reviews you guys usually like (which can be hard as crap to write at times). Plus, eighteen songs is a lot for a TxT.

EDIT: I decided add some songs that are probably more generally regarded as the better songs. Sorry if I'm still wrong.This Message Edited On 01.29.06

January 29th 2006


The Chili Peppers were great around that time. Uplift Mofo Party Plan, Mothers Milk, Bloodsugarsexmagik were all really good.

In my opinion they really haven't matched that yet.

January 29th 2006


Don't apologize, Paul150, it's your review, your opinion :cool:

January 31st 2006


i think you did quite well. Good tie-ins ofr the songs. the left out song on reccommended... it's all about opinion

April 7th 2006


Isn't 'if you want me to stay' a cover?

April 8th 2006


ya it is and it's a really good cover. The original is by sly&the family stone

April 9th 2006


What CD did Fight Like a Brave originally appear on?

April 9th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

Uplift Mofo Party Plan, I think.

May 18th 2006


I want this album!
The chilli peppers funk is addictive, but why no "police Helicopter" the primal energy on thattrack is f'ing amazing!

Axis Bold As Love
May 23rd 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

Chili Peppers are one of my favourite bands. I think the band were just as good with this stuff as with By the Way.

July 13th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

I absolutely love this CD. Great funky tunes the by pepper's. I am really glad they are going back to this. After "By The Way" I think they realized a lot of old fans were getting disappointed and they went back to the fun stuff.

I highly reccomend this CD if you are a new fan and don't know much of their old days. This is a great mix of their early CD's. The only thing I wish I could add is "Suck My Kiss" because I think that came out before this CD. I might be wrong but I think some other BSSM songs are on this.

July 14th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

As far as I know, Under the Bridge is the only BSSM song on here. I thought Suck My Kiss and Give it Away should have been included, but that would have made the album about twenty tracks long. I'm also not sure if they had been released as singles by the time it came out, though.

July 14th 2006


Album Rating: 4.5

I would give up one of these songs for "Suck My Kiss." That is one of the most popular old RHCP songs out there, and it is a great one.

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