The Red Hot Chili Peppers (album)

The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Studio album by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Released August 10, 1984
Recorded April 1984
Studio Eldorado Studios, Hollywood, California
Length 32:32
Language English
Label EMI
Producer Andy Gill
Red Hot Chili Peppers chronology
The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Freaky Styley
Singles from The Red Hot Chili Peppers
  1. "Get Up and Jump"
    Released: August 10, 1984

The Red Hot Chili Peppers is the debut studio album by American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, released on August 10, 1984 on EMI Records. The album was produced by Gang of Four guitarist Andy Gill, and is the only album to feature Jack Sherman on guitar who was fired by the band at the end of the tour in support of the album and replaced by founding member, Hillel Slovak.

"Get Up and Jump" was the only single released from the album however a music video was made for the song "True Men Don't Kill Coyotes".


Professional ratings
Review scores
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[3]
The Village VoiceB–[5]

The Red Hot Chili Peppers was released with the band disappointed in the production. It failed to chart on the Billboard 200, reaching #201 (meaning it "bubbled under" the main album chart for 8 weeks in the autumn of 1984). The album received college airplay and MTV rotation, and built the band's fan base. The reviews that were published of the album were mixed, with the first issue of Spin magazine giving, according to Anthony Kiedis in his autobiography Scar Tissue, a positive review.[6] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic later wrote that "their first effort didn't quite gel into a cohesive album".[2] As of 2007, it had sold about 300,000 copies worldwide.[7] Kiedis and Flea have mentioned over the years that they prefer the demo versions of most of these songs which were recorded with the original lineup featuring Hillel Slovak and Jack Irons. However, the band acknowledged in various books that Jack Sherman's contributions to the band, particularly his knowledge of funk music and music theory, were things that helped the band's development, which they hadn't had with Hillel.

Gwen Dickey, better known by her stage name, Rose Norwalt, provides backing vocals on "Mommy, Where's Daddy?". Dickey was the singer for the 70's hitmaking group, Rose Royce. On live performances of the song, her lines are performed by Flea.

As of 2014, songs from the album have rarely been performed over the past 15 years. "Out in L.A." was performed once during the band's 2004 Roll on the Red Tour, while "Police Helicopter" and "You Always Sing the Same" were performed a few times on the 2002-03 By the Way Tour. "Green Heaven", "Police Helicopter", and "Mommy, Where's Daddy?" were performed a few times on the band's 1999-01 Californication Tour. "Grand Pappy Du Plenty" has been the most performed song from the album in the past 15 years, being a mainstay of the One Hot Minute tour. In recent years, it has been mostly used in jams and intros to other songs. "True Men Don't Kill Coyotes" was played occasionally after Sherman left including once with John Frusciante on the Mother's Milk tour in the 80s, and then teased by the band once in 2011, but the full song was not played. In late 2015 and into 2016, "Mommy, Where's Daddy?" was performed for the first time in 16 years while "Police Helicopter" returned to the band's setlist after a 13-year absence. In September 2016, "Mommy, Where's Daddy?" was performed acoustically for the first time.

Track listing

No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "True Men Don't Kill Coyotes"  Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Cliff Martinez, Jack Sherman 3:40
2. "Baby Appeal"  Kiedis, Flea, Hillel Slovak, Martinez, Sherman 3:41
3. "Buckle Down"  Kiedis, Flea, Martinez, Sherman 3:24
4. "Get Up and Jump"  Kiedis, Flea, Slovak, Jack Irons 2:53
5. "Why Don't You Love Me" (Hank Williams cover)Hank Williams 3:27
6. "Green Heaven"  Kiedis, Flea, Slovak, Irons 3:59
7. "Mommy, Where's Daddy?"  Kiedis, Flea, Martinez, Sherman 3:31
8. "Out in L.A."  Kiedis, Flea, Slovak, Irons 2:01
9. "Police Helicopter"  Kiedis, Flea, Slovak, Irons 1:16
10. "You Always Sing the Same" (listed as "You Always Sing" on some releases)Kiedis, Flea 0:19
11. "Grand Pappy Du Plenty" (instrumental)Kiedis, Flea, Martinez, Sherman, Andy Gill 4:15
Total length:
Bonus tracks on 2003 remastered version, previously released on Out in L.A. in 1994
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
12. "Get Up and Jump (Demo)"  Kiedis, Flea, Slovak, Irons 2:37
13. "Police Helicopter (Demo)"  Kiedis, Flea, Slovak, Irons 1:12
14. "Out in L.A. (Demo)"  Kiedis, Flea, Slovak, Irons 1:56
15. "Green Heaven (Demo)"  Kiedis, Flea, Slovak, Irons 3:50
16. "What It Is (Demo)" (also known as "Nina's Song")Kiedis, Flea 3:58
Total length:


Red Hot Chili Peppers

2003 edition bonus tracks (tracks 12–16)

Additional musicians
Recording personnel

2003 remastered version personnel


Kiedis, Anthony; Sloman, Larry (2004). Scar Tissue. New York: Hyperion. ISBN 1-4013-0101-0. 


  1. McMahon, Kevin (June 20, 2016). "Ranking: Every Red Hot Chili Peppers Album From Worst to Best: The Red Hot Chili Peppers (1984)". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  2. 1 2 Allmusic Review
  3. Kot, Greg (2004). "Red Hot Chili Peppers". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. p. 681. ISBN 0743201698.
  4. Royal, Jade (June 23, 2012). "Red Hot Chili Peppers". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  5. Christgau, Robert (December 25, 1984). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  6. Kiedis, Sloman, 2004 p. 145
  7. Faris, Lynn (January 2007). "Not your Mother's Milk". Creative Loafing. Retrieved 2007-10-09.
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