Red Hot Chili Peppers
Blood Sugar Sex Magik



by The Ashtray Girl USER (17 Reviews)
January 18th, 2005 | 131 replies

Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik

Number 310 On The Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time

By 1991, Anthony Kiedis and Michael Balzary (more commonly known as Flea) had realised they had finally found replacements for Hillel Slovak and Jack Irons, their two founding members who had both been struck by tragedy. Slovak had died from a heroin overdose and Irons had become a recluse due to his grief.

Kiedis and Flea wanted to stay with the band they’d been a part of since high school. Consequently, they auditioned many guitarists and drummers, searching for replacements. They went through various new band members but no one ever quite worked.

Then, a teenager by the name of John Frusciante walked in. Not classic sex appeal or stage charisma, but Frusciante had been a fan of the band since they first started playing in clubs in L.A. and could play every guitar and bass part. He walked into Kiedis and Flea’s auditioning room, played guitar like the ghost of Slovak himself and changed the course of the band’s success forever.

With Frusciante and their other new recruit, Chad Smith, the band set about producing the album Mother’s Milk. However, Slovak’s spirit suffused the record and whilst there are some truly outstanding tracks, that album also has the sound of a band still trying to gel properly.

However, it was their most successful record to date and the world was beginning to take notice. It was then that Red Hot Chili Peppers began to work on what is seen by many as their finest work. Recorded in their producer’s mansion, using scrap metal as instruments, the band were constantly reinventing their sound and trying to change the history of rock music.

They may just have succeeded.

The Lineup:

Anthony Kiedis – Vocals
John Frusciante – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Flea – Bass Guitar
Chad Smith – Drums


Blood Sugar Sex Magik is a deeply appropriate name for this album – each potent ingredient in the title is contained throughout.

Blood – This is the sound of four red-blooded males at their prime. Their youthful energy is everywhere, in the spirited vocals, leaping guitar riffs, funky bass lines and pounding percussion. Their passion shines through on tracks like The Power Of Equality and Funky Monks

Sugar – There is an unexpected sweetness to some of the tracks here. Breaking The Girl and My Lovely Man deal with some of Kiedis’ personal demons (Breaking The Girl is about his mother and father’s separation and divorce; My Lovely Man is about Hillel Slovak). There is also the gorgeous song I Could Have Lied, which features some beautiful guitar from Frusciante. Then of course there is the band’s signature song – Under The Bridge. A harrowing song dealing with heroin addiction, Kiedis finally lets himself sing and the result is a master class in rock balladry.

Sex – The Peppers live up to their reputation and fill this record with lewd sexuality. The title track practically writhes through its 4 minutes 31 seconds and songs such as Sir Psycho Sexy and Suck My Kiss are storming funk anthems paying homage to this most ancient of activities.

So, what do you get when you add blood, sugar and sex" Magik.

This is a truly outstanding slice of the particular type of funk rock this band produce. It’s high energy with high skill musicianship from all band members, especially Flea and Frusciante.

You’ll most probably already have an opinion on this band, all I can say is that if you do not despise songs like Give It Away, Can’t Stop and Around The World then this album is an essential part of your collection. It’s zany, eclectic, bursting with spirit and originality and it doesn’t take itself all that seriously, whilst being genuinely touching in some parts.

Final Rating: 4.8/5

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January 22nd 2005


Excellent review. I still have to find this album, it has always been to expensive.

I've always liked the ballad like songs better than the funk songs. But I think I'll like this.

June 12th 2005


My favorite RHCP album. I must own it.

June 13th 2005


Great review. "Mellowship Slinky in B Major" is my favorite song from this album, but the ballads do tend to be a lot better than the funk rave-up type songs.

June 30th 2005


Album Rating: 5.0

One of my fave albums...a real clasic.

The best produced album this side of the 70's.

Sir Psycho Sexy is my fave Chili's song

June 30th 2005


Fuck rolling stone this should be higher than 310!

July 5th 2005


Great album, although it contains a few fillers.

July 28th 2005


Album Rating: 5.0

this album is of the best bass milestone albums as well as a new breed of is sweet!!!! Apache Rose Peacock is my favorite song

August 17th 2005


Album Rating: 5.0

That Rolling Stone list is bull

August 18th 2005


Album Rating: 5.0

this is the best RHCP album ever made and it was made the year i was born (trying to see if i can find sum connection) all the songs rule and Sir Psycho Sexy has the funniest lyrics GO AND BUY THIS ALBUM i think after a week of owning it i had listened to it 15-20times

August 27th 2005


great review, this is a must have cd

Hugh Jass
September 1st 2005


Album Rating: 5.0

At last! the best album of nearly all time apart from a few greats by GnR and Led Zeppelin but mainly Zeppelin, this album f*cking ROCKS this is the ultimate Funk Rock show with the exception of a few songs- they're still great!

This album by far outshines Nevermind- Who needs Smells Like Teen Spirit when you've got Give it Away, Who needs Come as You Are when you've got Under the Bridge, Who needs In Bloom when you've got Suck My Kiss?- NOT ME!


PS f.uck Rolling stone 310! piss off! top 50, no problem!This Message Edited On 09.01.05

Hugh Jass
September 1st 2005


Album Rating: 5.0

Message to Superpeer: BSSM is dead cheap online or you could just rent it from a library and burn it onto a CD-R

PS I Love Monty Python!

September 22nd 2005


this is my favourite Chilis album. very funky. i think their new stuff's a bit too chilled and smooth to be as good as this, BloodSugar's a bit rough round the edges.

and i agree Nevermind is terrible, it's the stand-out album of the most overrated band of all time.

September 23rd 2005


Album Rating: 5.0

Hugh Jass is the best thing that ever happened in the Simpsons...ever

This album is the best thing that happened in the nineties, from America maybe

Pure genius

September 23rd 2005



Hugh Jass
September 24th 2005


Album Rating: 5.0

Feck off!!!

P.S Holland, 1945. is an ignorant scrotal wart!

Hugh Jass
September 24th 2005


Album Rating: 5.0

I must admire the fact you can accept your own uncomprehending behaviour and so may I present you with this golden turnip...

Storm In A Teacup
September 24th 2005


Album Rating: 4.0


"Give it away, give it away give, it away now"

How can you not love it.

Hugh Jass
September 24th 2005


Album Rating: 5.0

Wha'? On your own mate, we're talking abut golden turnips but alas "Give it away, give it away, give it away now" whatta song!This Message Edited On 09.24.05

November 3rd 2005


Album Rating: 5.0

excellent review, amazing album. Favourite chilis one to date, naked in the rain is among the greats in the album, keep it up

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