It’s been a while since I’ve done one of my musical journey posts. The last one was about 1988 so it’s only logical that we move to the last year of the eighties…
Higher Ground, from the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s fourth album Mother’s Milk, featured a new band line up, including guitarist John Frusciante and drummer Chad Smith and was the first thing I ever heard from the band. It was of course, a cover of Stevie Wonder’s 1973 track, but the band’s uniqueness and talent shines through, as well as their ability to make the song their own.
When reading Anthony Kiedis’ biography a while back, I recall him speaking of how the band were rebelling against the aloof synthesiser sound that was so popular in the early 80′s. As they saying goes, ‘Every dog has its day’ and 1989 was the year where they finally began to get noticed and rightly so.
1989 marked the end of a great decade in music, but also a change in the musical direction of what mainstream radio was playing. The New Romantics were no more and the synthesiser bands that had once been so popular in the early 80′s were going through their own evolution, which would eventually lead to a great new genre that would be known as Electronica.
I’m sure most of you will be familiar with this cover, if not, enjoy hearing it for the first time. Flea is a great bass player. Not too many can play that funky slap bass well, I never could myself, so I greatly respect his skills.