Return of the Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have hit the street running, with a smash video all

over MTV for "Warped," and a kick-ass album, One Hot Minute. Pepper's

fans have been flocking to record stores to score the disk, and for good

reason. With American Recordings president Rick Rubin (Run-D.M.C., Beastie

Boys, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty) producing the group again, they've delivered

what sounds, on first listen, like just the right mix of deep funk, thrash

punk and off-kilter ballads. In other words, this album delivers all of the

elements that Chili Peppers fans have come to know and love. The title track

ricochets from gentle reveries to full-out metal karang. "Falling Into Grace"

is a Sly meets P-Funk affair, "Aeroplane" finds the group moving in a very

funky soul direction, and "My Friends" is a very groovy ballad about reaching

out to friends who are bummed out and depressed. Interviewed by Richard

Cromelin for the L. A. Times, Flea was asked if he thinks the group is

finally being taken seriously . "I think there's definitely a misperception

about those wacky zany guys," said Flea. "I don't think there's anything

wrong with being wacky or zany. I've always thought we've had a good, soulful

time doing that. As far as what people think of what we do, there's no

controlling that. I think a lot of times people don't look past the first

glance of the band. We've done a lot of heartfelt things over the years that

were very close to us. But it's never been paid attention to by the media.

It's hard to know what the media's gonna think. I think the media in general

likes people that are miserable. It's much more dramatic. Like if Louis

Armstrong was around today, one of the greatest musicians ever, playing this

uplifting, beautiful music, it wouldn't be press-worthy, because he was

playing happy music. It was for people to have a good time to listen to. But

he could imply more in one note than 10,000 angst-ridden guys could imply in

their lives."