Friday, October 28, 2011

Red Hot Chili Peppers -- "Suck My Kiss" (1991)

Chicka chicka dee
Do me like a banshee!
Low brow is how
Swimming in the sound
Of bow wow wow!!
Aw baby do me now
Do me here I do allow!!!

When I made out my 1991 Christmas wish list, I asked for a compact disc player.  CD players had first appeared in the United States in 1983, and had become relatively common by 1991.  

I'm not what you would call an early adopter by temperament.  Plus I had about a zillion LPs.  But eventually even I could read the handwriting on the wall -- CDs were here to stay.  

Here's a picture of a JVC XL-V241 compact disc player, which is what I was given as a Christmas gift in 1991:

I was also given my first two CDs.  One was the digital version of the Beach Boys' 1966 album, Pet Sounds.  I'm not absolutely certain that Pet Sounds is the greatest pop album ever recorded, but I can't name an album that I'm absolutely certain is better.

The other CD I put on my Christmas list was Blood Sugar Sex Magik, the fifth studio album by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, which was released in September 1991.

I didn't know it at the time, but the album's producer was hip-hop pioneer, Rick Rubin, who not only produced a number of notable rap and rock albums, but also Johnny Cash's late albums.

I asked for Blood Sugar Sex Magik primarily because I thought "Give It Away" -- the first single from that album -- was silly.  It was a unique song -- just as intense and heavy as Rage Against The Machine's music, but much catchier.  It didn't pound you into submission like most RATM songs did.

Blood Sugar Sex Magic wasn't a one-trick pony.  The next single, "Under the Bridge," had a completely different sound, as did the very underrated "Breaking the Girl" -- it's 6/8 time signature gave it an irresistible rhythmic momentum.

Red Hot Chili Peppers
But there can be no doubt that the ultimate kick-ass song on this album is "Suck My Kiss."  I can't think of a more in-your-face song.  It's loud and relentess, but also playful.

I chose to quote the lines above because they are really nonsensical, but nonsensical in a way that you can't help smiling -- they remind me of really clever rap lyrics.  I also chose those lines because the rest of the song's lyrics would probably not be looked on favorably by my core demographic -- femmes d'une certain age.  (It's a bit naughty, in a particularly male way.)

By the way, this is 250th 2 or 3 lines post.  At our current pace, we'll get to the 500th post in 2013 and the 1000th in 2016.   

Here's the official music video for "Suck My Kiss."  (Man, these dudes have a lot of tattoos.  

Here's a link you can use to buy the song from Amazon:

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