186: RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS

Since forming in the early 80s, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ infections and unique merging of funk, alternative, and rap rock, has seen them become one of the best-selling artists in history.

The most obvious funk element to their sound is unquestionably Flea’s bass playing. With iconic, slapped baselines, Flea infuses every song with an immediately identifiable groove.

Meanwhile Anthony Kiedis provides a multi-faceted vocal delivery unlike any of his peers. Rapped/spoken word lyrics were Kiedis’ primary style in the beginning, but over the years he has incorporated more melodic sung vocals, expanding the RHCP sound further.

The influence of the Red Hot Chili Peppers is irrefutable. The continuation of what they created could be seen filtering down to the turn of the century with the funk metal, rap rock, and nu metal movements.

And there is no doubt, even as they continue to produce new music and tour the world themselves, modern alt rock very much contains Chili Peppers DNA.