These engaging Hollywood ruffians mixture of funk, punk and rock encouraged a legion of other bands to regurgitate the formula. Led by Antwan The Swan (Anthony Kiedis, 1 November 1962, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA; vocals), the bands original line-up also featured Flea (b. Michael Balzary, 16 October 1962, Melbourne, Australia; bass), Hillel Slovak (b. 31 March 1962, Israel, d. 25 June 1988; guitar) and Jack Irons (b. 18 July 1962, California, USA; drums). They began life as garage band Anthem before Balzary departed for seminal 80s punks Fear. When Irons and Slovak moved on to join the less notable What Is This?, the nails appeared to be firmly in place on the Anthem coffin. However, under their new name, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, with Flea back on board, acquired a speculative recording contract with EMI Records America. Unfortunately, as Irons and Slovak were under contract with their new band, their debut album had to be recorded by Kiedis and...
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