Few rock groups of the 1980s broke down as many musical barriers and were as original as the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Creating an intoxicating new musical style by combining funk and punk rock, together teamed with incredible stage shows, the Chili Peppers managed to be the leaders of the pack by the dawn of the 21st century. The roots of the band lay in a friendship forged by three school friends, Anthony Kiedis, Michael Balzary and Hillel Slovak, while attending Fairfax High School in California. While Balzary and Slovak showed great musical promise (on trumpet and guitar respectively), Kiedis focused on poetry and acting during his high school career. The trio began to rehearse with another friend, drummer Jack Irons, leading to the formation of Tony Flow & the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem, a quartet that played gigs along the Sunset Strip during the early 80s. It was during this time that the four honed their sound and live act and started their stage gimmick that would soon become their trademark, performing on stage completely naked, except for a tube sock covering a certain part of their anatomy. By 1983, Balzary had begun to go by the name “Flea” and the group changed its name to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. In 1990, the group were joined by guitarist John Frusciante and signed with Warner Bros. They recorded the album Blood Sugar Sex Magik in 1991 under producer Rick Rubin. This album became the band’s first commercial success. Frusciante felt uncomfortable with the success of the band and left abruptly in 1992 but rejoined the band that same year at Flea’s request. The reunited quartet returned to the studio to record Californication (1999) which became the band’s biggest success selling 16 million copies worldwide. That album was followed three years later by By the Way (2002) and then four years later by the double album Stadium Arcadium (2006), their first number one album in America. After a world tour, the group went on an extended hiatus. Frusciante announced he was amicably leaving the band in 2009 and Klinghoffer, who had worked both as a sideman for the band on their Stadium Arcadium tour, replaced him as lead guitarist. The band’s tenth studio album, I’m with You, was released in 2011 and topped the charts in 18 different countries. Red Hot Chili Peppers are one of the best selling bands of all time with over 80 million records sold worldwide, and have been nominated for sixteen Grammy Awards, of which they have won six and are the most successful band in alternative rock radio history, currently holding the records for most number one singles, most cumulative weeks at number one (85) and most top ten songs (25) on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. In 2012, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Lissome Art Studio are proud to introduce a range of stylish limited edition art prints dedicated to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Each typography poster is individually signed and numbered featuring song titles and lyrics from the Red Hot Chili Peppers albums and most notable recordings.