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May 9, 2012 / jhsaeger

Red Hot Chili Peppers Mark Induction With EP

    Last week the Red Hot Chili Peppers released Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Covers EP to help mark their recent inclusion into one of music’s most exclusive clubs. The six-track EP is comprised of rare live cuts and b-sides that cover artists ranging from Dion and the Belmonts to Neil Young.  Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Covers EP also encompasses different eras of the band by including both former guitar players David Navarro and Josh Frusciante, as well as current axman John Klingoffer.
  The California funk rockers started the EP by showing a very different side of the band with a harmony-rich cover of Dion and the Belmonts’ “Teenager In Love,” which was originally released as a b-side to the 2002 single “By the Way.” That harmony returned in their cut of The Beach Boys “I Get Around,” a song that was filled by some intricate bass playing from Flea that gave the track a new look. The track that the Chili Peppers truly transformed into their own style was The Ramones’ “Havana Affair,” where lead singer Anthony Kiedis seemed to be in a very comfortable place with his vocals and Frusciante tastefully added some terrific guitar parts.
    The band closed the EP with an explosive rendition of David Bowie’s “Suffragette City” that was cut during a 1995 gig in Rotterdam, Holland. Marked by relentless drumming from Chad Smith and some brilliant licks from Frusciante, “Suffragette City” is a great snapshot of the band’s live energy.
    Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Covers EP is only available as a digital download through itunes. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently in the midst of a North American tour supporting their 2011 record, I’m With You. 

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