Red Hot Chili Peppers (partially found unreleased songs from American funk rock band; 1984-2019)

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The band in 2000.

Status: Partially Found

Red Hot Chili Peppers is a popular American rock band founded in 1983 by vocalist Anthony Kiedis, bassist Michael "Flea" Balzary, guitarist Hillel Slovak and drummer Jack Irons. Over the band's career, there have been many songs that have yet to be released, either partially or completely.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers (1984)

The Red Hot Chili Peppers is the band's very first album released in August 1984 and is cited a the first "funk metal" album despite the poor reception the album received.[1] Thirteen songs were recorded during the session and only eleven of them ended up on the finished album. The song that didn't make it is "Human Satellite". Some sources say the song wasn't completed and the band hated the song, which is why the song wasn't on the album.[2] "Sex Rap" is another song that was recorded during the sessions but unlike "Human Satellite", it ended up on the band's next album Freaky Styley.

Freaky Styley (1985)

Freaky Styley is the band's second album released in August 1985 and was better received critically than their previous album. Seventeen songs were recorded and fourteen songs ended up on the album and another song "Bone" and "Millionaires Against Hunger" ended up on the band's 1994 compilation album Out in L.A.. "Oom Chucka Willie" and "Prince of Sadness" were leaked online in 2015 as part of the Freaky Styley session tape.[3]

Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)

Blood Sugar Sex Magik is the band's fifth album released on September 24th, 1991 (the same day as various well known albums like Nirvana's Nevermind and Soundgarden's Badmotorfinger). The album would go on to be a massive success and launch the band into super stardom. It was also the band's last album with John Frusciante who would leave the band during the following tour of this album. The amount of songs recorded is unknown, Bam Magazine says 27,[4] Guitar Player says 25[5] and Sky Magazine says 23.[6] It is known that the band recorded a cover of The Stooges "Search and Destroy" during the sessions and was going to be on the UK release of the album[7] but was dropped early on.[8] Two Jimi Hendrix covers "Little Miss Lover" and "Castles Made Of Sand" would also be recorded during the sessions but would end up being released as bonus tracks on the iTunes release. "Soul To Squeeze" is another song that was recorded during the sessions but would be on the soundtrack to the 1993 movie Coneheads and would become another massive success. There is a unknown song that can be heard in the VH1 Ultimate Albums episode on Blood Sugar Sex Magik.[9]

One Hot Minute (1995)

One Hot Minute is the band's sixth album released in 1995 and was the band's first album without guitarist John Frusciante (who left in 1992) and is their only album with Dave Navarro (from Jane's Addiction). Twenty one songs were recorded during the One Hot Minute Sessions and thirteen of them ended up on the album, one ("Melancholy Mechanics") would end up as the Japanese track on the Japan release of the album, three ("Let's Make Evil", "Stretch You Out", "Bob") would end up as three iTunes tracks in 2006 and one ended up as a B-Side on the "My Friends" single. A cover song "I Found Out" was recorded but ended up on the John Lennon tribute album Working Class Hero: A Tribute to John Lennon also released in 1995. The songs that weren't released are "Blender", "The Intimidator" and "Slow Funk". "Blender" was one of two songs that were dropped from the album at the last second ("Stretch You Out" being the second one, it would be a B-Side on the "My Friends" single).[10] Some of the songs that were dropped from the album had working titles and it's unknown if "Blender", "The Intimidator" or "Slow Funk" were working titles.

Cancelled One Hot Minute Follow Up (1997)

After the tour for One Hot Minute, there was meant to be a follow-up to the album with Navarro on guitar, they went so far as to write twenty songs for the follow up but only one known song was recorded called "Circle Of The Noose", the names of the other reportedly nineteen songs remain unknown.[11] The album was scrapped when Navarro was fired and Frusciante rejoined the band and the recorded and released Californication in 1999. It is unknown if some of the unmentioned songs from the scrapped album with Navarro ended up on Californication. "Circle of the Noose" however would be leaked online on February 3rd, 2016.[12]

Californication (1999)

Californication is the band's seventh album released in June 1999 and was their first album with John Frusciante on guitar since 1991's Blood Sugar Sex Magic and is considered their greatest album. Lots of material was record that either ended up being released to the public althought the amount of material that was recorded is unknown, AudioTechnology mentions 30 songs,[13] Rolling Stone mentions 28,[14] Flea says 22[15] and MTV says 20.[16] There might be four or five unnamed songs yet to be released or disclosed.

By The Way (2002)

By The Way is the band's eighth album released in July 2002 and received mostly positive reviews. According to drummer Chad Smith revealed in a Fall 2002 interview with Artist Pro "We recorded all the basic music tracks for 29 songs in about a month."[17] "Fortune Faded", "Eskimo", "Havana Affair" (The Ramones cover), "Fall Water", "Goldmine", "Rock In Roll" and "Strumming in D on J" are the songs that were recorded during the By The Way sessions but did not make it on to the album. "Fortune Faded" was recorded with a different chorus and was cut from the album because the band didn't like the way it sounded and was re-recorded with a different chorus and released on the band's 2003 compilation album Greatest Hits. The original version went missing for twelve years until it was leaked on YouTube in 2014. "Eskimo" ended up as a B-Side to the "Fortune Faded" single from the Greatest Hits album. "Havana Affair" was released on the Ramones tribute album We're A Happy Family. "Fall Water", "Goldmine" and "Rock and Roll" only exist in rough mix form and left unfinished. "Strumming in D on J" is the only song from the sessions to not surface.[18]

Greatest Hits (2003)

Greatest Hits was a compilation album released in November 2003 and is made of songs from Mother's Milk (1989) to By The Way (2002) and two new songs, "Fortune Faded" and "Save The Population". However according to drummer Chad Smith in a 2011 Modern Drummer Magazine interview, there were sixteen songs recorded during the Greatest Hits sessions and "Fortune Faded" and "Save The Population" were two of those songs.[19] The other songs recorded from the sessions were "Bicycle Song", "Runaway", "Starlight" and "50Fifty". "Bicycle Song" and "Runaway" would end up as iTunes bonus tracks on By The Way iTunes release. "Starlight" and "50Fifty" would be leaked online in 2015.[20] The names or the existences of the remaining ten songs are unknown.

Stadium Arcadium (2006)

Stadium Arcadium is the band's ninth album released in May 2006 and is the band's first and (as of 2020) only double album. The album would go onto to become a massive success and many regard it as the band's best album. The band recorded a total of thirty eight songs and thirty seven of them (according to Kerrang and Rolling Stone) either ended up on the album or being B-Sides to the album's many memorable singles.[21] It is unknown what the name of that song was.[22]

I'm With You (2011)

I'm With You is the band's tenth album released in August 2011 and received mostly mixed to positive reviews upon it's release. In the Inside the Mix video on the band, Andrew Scheps says that the band was tracking fifty songs during the sessions. Scheps said:
"Not just basic tracks of fifty songs, actually almost finished recording fifty songs, including final lead vocals."[23]
Only twenty two of the fifty songs were released to the public and twenty eight remain unreleased. Only two of the unreleased songs have titles "Renaissance"[24] and "Ethiopia".[25]

The Getaway (2016)

The Getaway is the band's eleventh album released in June 2016 and just like I'm With You, it received mostly mixed to positive reviews. Sessions for the album started back in late 2014 and originally, the album was self-produced by the band and recorded half of the songs that would end up on the album, "The Longest Wave", "Goodbye Angels", "Go Robot", "Detroit",[26][27] "This Ticonderoga", "Encore", "Outer Space", "Drastic" and a different version of "Dreams Of A Samurai". There were reportedly 20 to 30 and Anthony Kedis recorded vocals for eighteen of them.[28] In 2015 the band met Brian '"Danger Mouse" Burton and he ended up being the producer for the album and the songs that the band recorded were either reworked or left out altogether. The names of the remaining songs are unknown or if some of the unknown songs were reworked into the ones heard on The Getaway. The other known song that was left of the album is "Kaly".[29]

The Getaway Follow Up (2018-2019)

In September 2018, Anthony Kiedis announced a follow up to the band's 2016 album The Getaway[30] with a 2019 release.[31] The recordings were halted by the Woolsey Fire in November 2018.[32] The band spent the rest of 2019 performing shows with the still untitled album being pushed to a 2020 release.[33] On December 15th, 2019, the band annouced on Instagram that they and their current guitarist Josh Klinghoffer had parted ways and Frusciante would return.[34][35] On January 8th, 2020, drummer Chad Smith annouced a new album with Frusciante, while not revealing what happen to the songs they did with Klinghoffer.[36] Klinghoffer gave an interview with Marc Maron on the WTF with Marc Maron podcast where he revealed that the band had scrapped the album they were working on with him in favor of a new one with Frusciante.[37] The names of the songs or how many songs were recorded or written were never disclosed.

Gallery

"Circle Of The Noose"
"Bicycle Song"
"Runaway"
"Starlight"
"50Fifty"
The last RHCP recording with Kilinghoffer in February 2019.
"Fortune Faded" in it's original state.
"Oom Chucka Willie"

References

  1. Article mentioning The Red Hot Chili Peppers as the first funk metal album. Retrieved 08 Jul '20
  2. RHCP Sessions website listings of The Red Hot Chili Peppers session songs. Retrieved 08 Jul '20
  3. RHCP Sessions website listing of Freaky Styley session songs. Retrieved 08 Jul '20
  4. Bam Magazine article stating 27 songs were recorded for Blood Sugar Sex Magik. Retrieved 16 Jul '20
  5. Guitar Player article stating 25 songs were recorded for Blood Sugar Sex Magik. Retrieved 16 Jul '20
  6. Sky Magazine article stating 23 songs were recorded for Blood Sugar Sex Magik. Retrieved 16 Jul '20
  7. Article mentioning the band recording a cover of "Search and Destroy". Retrieved 16 Jul '20
  8. Article mentioning the song's exclusion from the UK album release. Retrieved 16 Jul '20
  9. YouTube upload of the Untitled Albums episode on Blood Sugar Sex Magik. Retrieved 16 Jul '20
  10. Archived RHCP Sessions website listing of the One Hot Minute session songs. Retrieved 01 Jul '20
  11. Archived website listing the sessions for the follow up album to One Hot Minute. Retrieved 01 Jul '20
  12. Article announcing "Circle of the Noose" leaking online. Retrieved 01 Jul '20
  13. AudioTechnology article stating 30 songs were recorded for Californication. Retrieved 01 Jul '20
  14. RollingStone article stating 28 songs were recorded for Californication. Retrieved 01 Jul '20
  15. Archived Flea interview stating 22 songs were recorded for Californication. Retrieved 01 Jul '20
  16. MTV article stating 20 songs were recorded for Californication. Retrieved 01 Jul '20
  17. Archived Chad Smith interview about the recorded sessions for By The Way. Retrieved 07 Jul '20
  18. RHCP Sessions website listing of By The Way session songs. Retrieved 07 Jul '20
  19. Issues and content of Modern Drummer magazine. Retrieved 01 Jul '20
  20. Archive RHCP Sessions website listing of the leaked By The Way session songs. Retrieved 01 Jul '20
  21. Archived Rolling Stone article stating there were 38 songs recorded for Stadium Arcadium. Retrieved 01 Jul '20
  22. Archived RHCP Sessions website listing of the Stadium Arcadium session songs. Retrieved 01 Jul '20
  23. Andrew Scheps' Inside the Mix video on the band. Retrieved 02 Jul '20
  24. YouTube upload of "Renaissance". Retrieved 02 Jul '20
  25. Guitar World RHCP article that mentions "Ethiopia". Retrieved 02 Jul '20
  26. YouTube video song snippet of "Detroit". Retrieved 02 Jul '20
  27. YouTube video of Anthony Kiedis dancing to "Detroit" on his motorcycle. Retrieved 02 Jul '20
  28. Kevin and Bean interview with Anthony Kiedis about recording 18 out of the 30 songs for The Getaway. Retrieved 02 Jul '20
  29. RHCP Sessions website listing of The Getaway session songs. Retrieved 02 Jul '20
  30. Article announcing a follow up album to The Getaway. Retrieved 01 Jul '20
  31. Article announcing the release date of The Getaway follow up album. Retrieved 01 Jul '20
  32. Article announcing the Woolsey Fire caused the album to be delayed. Retrieved 01 Jul '20
  33. YouTube video announcing the album's release being pushed to 2020. Retrieved 01 Jul '20
  34. Rolling Stones article announcing Josh Klinghoffer's departure. Retrieved 01 Jul '20
  35. RHCP Instagram post announcing Josh Klinghoffer's departure. Retrieved 01 Jul '20
  36. Rolling Stones article announcing Chad Smith's new album with John Frusciante. Retrieved 01 Jul '20
  37. Article on Josh Klinghoffer's sadness over the scrapped RHCP album. Retrieved 01 Jul '20