Red Hot Chili Peppers Talk Launching Grunge Era With Pearl Jam & Nirvana


Loudwire has interviewed Chad Smith concerning the anniversaries of both Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik and Nirvana’s Nevermind.

Transcription by Alternative Nation:

“The band was in a very exciting place at the time. I remember it was the first time Rick Rubin worked with us. We had a bunch of songs and John especially was coming into his own as a songwriter and feeling very comfortable in the band.”

“This is the first time the band’s natural sound and energy has been captured on tape.”

 “Rock music was changing. Bands like Nirvana came along and the Seattle scene. We went on tour with Pearl Jam and Smashing Pumpkins and I remember that being a really exciting tour. I remember feeling something is really exciting happening in music. That Nirvana record came out the same day as ours, I didn’t know that…2 pretty good records. But they were just so amazing, an incredible band. Those songs obviously and incredible record.”

 “I just remember at the Cow Palace, watching Nirvana launch into “Teen Spirit” and the crowd, the place, it was like…amazing, nothing I’ve ever felt before. I can’t explain the feeling. It was incredible, and just like we’re seeing something that is really amazing.”

 “It’s probably the favorite record (Blood Sugar Sex Magik) of mine to make with the band. I love all the records and they all have a special place, but because of what was happening at the time and the band, we became pretty popular after that record. “Under the Bridge” came out a few months later and everything changes for us and the band but those initial six months were really cool.”

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