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The 52 Albums that define my love for music

Week 17/  Album 17

Who: Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Mothers Milk"

When: 1989

Why: Another dubbed tape thanks to Josh McLaughlin.  At the time, the Chili Peppers were insane, and amazing. They had a mix of punk, funk, pure nonsense and just happy music. These songs were fun to sing along to, and the cover of "Higher Ground" is probably one of the best covers ever.  Also, as a 10 year old kid, watching Flea jump around in pants made of stuffed animals was the best thing ever.  This album had a perfect mix of good songs vs. silly songs (and covers).  The album also welcomed Chad Smith (a personal favorite of mine) and John Fursciante, who would help write the Chili Peppers next album, which brought them huge success.

When: I've seen the Chili Peppers many times. In 2003 was memorable because I had a front row spot at Blossom and spent 90% watching Chad Smith play. In 2012 I saw them perform and inducted into the R&R HOF, which was fun to see.

Gonna keep on tryin' til I reach the Higher Ground!

Say what you want about the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but through Blood Sugar Sex Magik, they were amazing. They brought a fun funk to the punk rock that I was starting to gravitate to.  Mother's Milk I still like more than Blood Sugar because it was much heavier.  After Blood Sugar, the Chili Peppers kinda ran out of steam to me. They have released 5 albums since, and none have them have really stood up to their earlier stuff. One, maybe 2 songs a record but beyond that its just the same song over and over.  

Another reason I was drawn to the Chili Peppers is their drummer, Chad Smith.  I didn't realize it until I saw him play live but he could be one of the most underrated drummers of my generation. He is so solid, and never too flashy. He stays in the pocket and is so good, sometimes you don't even realize how good he actually is. He's definitely in my top 5 of all time, and would love to shake his hand one day.