The Chili Peppers kept changing lineups throughout most of the ’80s. They finally had the perfect band when they recorded the biggest record of their career. Instead of going with George Clinton, they brought in Rick Rubin who would tighten up their sound. He specifically focused on Flea and having him dial back his slap happy sound. 27 songs were recorded but only 17 made that record which included the two biggest hits of their career “Give It Away” and “Under the Bridge”.
Fun Fact: Anthony Kiedis used to write poetry that he would keep to himself. “Under the Bridge” started as a poem about how lonely he felt now that he was sober, and the rest of the band was still partying. Rubin found the poem and demanded they make it a song.
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