Red Hot Chili Peppers
Freaky Styley


3.0
good

Review

by Nagrarok USER (219 Reviews)
January 20th, 2010 | 103 replies


Release Date: 1985 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Chili Peppers continue developing and experimenting with their Styley.

For their second album, original Chili Pepper Hillel Slovak returned on guitar, after touring for The Red Hot Chili Peppers turned out to create tension between the band and Jack Sherman, who had been the guitarist on their first album. With Slovak back, the Peppers were one step closer to re-completing the formation that started it all in ’83. Almost a year after their disappointing debut, they were ready to try it again, and released second effort Freaky Styley.

Though perhaps expected to be a logical evolution, and more importantly, an improvement from their inconsistent, badly-produced debut, Freaky Styley does not build too much upon the band’s early brand of energetic funk rock. Instead, it borrows heavily from the late 60’s/early 70’s traditional funk scene, resulting in a very relaxed sound, mostly far more laid-back than could be heard on frenzied highlights from the band’s debut such as Get Up and Jump and Out in L.A. Never again would they sound quite like it. The boys even fittingly covers two songs from traditional funk groups, Hollywood (Africa) from The Meters and If You Want Me to Stay by Sly & The Family Stone.

Logically, the addition of old-fashioned funk means there is a prominent appearance of brass instruments here (Flea is, in addition to his skill with bass, also an excellent trumpet player), which are put to very good use bolstering the pure funk sound, appearing very successfully in cuts such as American Ghost Dance and The Brothers Cup. Because of this, and the fact that Flea’s bass is still overpowering, the guitar is yet again drowned slightly, but Slovak nevertheless showcases considerably more talent and funk groove than his predecessor, and also Martinez’ drum beats fit in better with the overall sound.

Although most part of the album is consistent in that traditional funk trend, the later part flirts with a punk attitude. Battle Ship, Catholic School Girls Rule and Sex Rap are simple but adequate, and were undoubtedly inspirations for later appearances in a similar style, such as Punk Rock Classic off Mother’s Milk. In between are once again crammed those useless, joke filler tracks (Lovin’ and Touchin’, Thirty Dirty Birds) that last around half a minute. They are simply a given in early Chili Peppers style.

To say that Freaky Styley is one of the most unique entries in the Red Hot Chili Peppers discography is completely fair, but despite the consistent relaxed funk sound in most of it, and forgiving the few moments of filler, there are no real standouts than can carry it to a higher level. It was however a definite step up for the band, and continued to have the band finding and developing their style. Like The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Freaky Styley does perhaps have more historical and collection value, and is only meant for die-hard fans of the band, but by no means is it a bad record.

Freaky Styley’s Red Hot Chili Peppers were:

- Anthony Kiedis ~ Lead Vocals
- Michael Peter ‘Flea’ Balzary ~ Bass Guitar, Trumpet, Backing Vocals
- Hillel Slovak (R.I.P.) ~ Lead Guitar
- Cliff Martinez ~ Drums


Chili Classics:

American Ghost Dance
The Brothers Cup
Yertle the Turtle


TO BE CONTINUED…



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Nagrarok
January 20th 2010


8547 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

That'll be entry #2 for y'all.

Meatplow
January 20th 2010


5524 Comments


Good stuff.

I really like this album, as you said it's a somewhat unique entry in their discography.

Meatplow
January 20th 2010


5524 Comments


Double post.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 20th 2010


32190 Comments


I've never heard this....

Nagrarok
January 20th 2010


8547 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm not surprised. Most won't have heard anything before Mother's Milk.

Douchebag
January 20th 2010


3626 Comments


I'm a pretty big fan and I'm ashamed to admit I've only got What Hits!? when it comes to the early material.

But yeah, it's incredible how different the bands sound progressed through the years.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 20th 2010


32190 Comments


I'm not surprised. Most won't have heard anything before Mother's Milk.


That's the furthest i've gone back

Nagrarok
January 20th 2010


8547 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

That's the point they started becoming a really great band, although their early period is interesting. Their third is pretty great.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 20th 2010


32190 Comments


I've always been meaning to delve into their first efforts, just seem to forget/deem it not important, idk. Pos'd though Nag

Nagrarok
January 20th 2010


8547 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thank you both. If you'd like to try one of their earlier ones I'd recommend TUMPP.

DiceMan
January 20th 2010


7067 Comments


I read that book that Anthony Kiedes wrote about his life. Never heard any of their music though. Is that wierd? I've been meaning to check out that Blood Magick Sugar Sex album for a while just haven't done it yet.

Nagrarok
January 20th 2010


8547 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's their best, but it took forever for me to get into it.

Greggers
January 20th 2010


2375 Comments


Check out Californication as well

Metalstyles
Emeritus
January 20th 2010


8570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review etc.

RobotFrank
January 20th 2010


344 Comments


It's because of Californication and everything that came after it that I'm no longer willing to acknowledge anything this band ever did. Except "Breaking the Girl." Good review though.

Nagrarok
January 20th 2010


8547 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Why only Breaking the Girl?

RobotFrank
January 20th 2010


344 Comments


That song is beautiful. Nothing else they did can touch it. I'm kind of a dick when it comes to this band, I should really keep out of it.

tiesthatbind
January 20th 2010


7420 Comments


(Lovin’ and Touchin’, Thirthy Dirty Birds)

Small spelling error. Nice review though.

LepreCon
January 20th 2010


5434 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haven't listened to this in years but from what I remember it was pretty much as good as the debut but idk. Good review once again

Nagrarok
January 20th 2010


8547 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks as always for the approval guys. Excpect TUMPP tomorrow.



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