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Mother's Milk

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A pivotal album for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, 1989's Mother's Milk turned the tide and transformed the band from underground funk-rocking rappers to mainstream bad boys with seemingly very little effort. Mother's Milk brought them to MTV, scored them a deal with Warner Brothers, and let both frontman Anthony Kiedis and the ubiquitous Flea get back out into a good groove following the death of co-founding member Hillel Slovak. With a new lineup coalescing around the remaining duo with new drummer Chad Smith and guitarist John Frusciante, and with producer Michael Beinhorn again behind the boards, the band took everything that The Uplift Mofo Party Plan hinted at, and brought it fully to bear for this new venture. If anyone doubted the pulsating power that leapt from the blistering opener, "Good Time Boys," it took only a few bars of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' outrageous, and brilliant, interpretation of the Stevie Wonder classic "Higher Ground" to prove that this new lineup was onto something special. Wrapping up with the aptly titled and truly punked-out "Punk Rock Classic" and the band's own punched-up tribute to "Magic Johnson," Mother's Milk was everything the band had hoped for, and a little more besides. Effortlessly going gold as "Knock Me Down" and "Taste the Pain" careened into the charts, the album not only set the stage for the band's Blood Sugar Sex Magic domination, it also proved that funk never died; it had just swapped skins. [The 2003 reissue of Mother's Milk includes six bonus tracks, five of which are previously unreleased, including the "Salute to Kareem" demo and a live version of "Crosstown Traffic."] ~ Amy Hanson
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Good Time Boys Red Hot Chili Peppers 4:59
  3. 2 Higher Ground [Cover] Red Hot Chili Peppers 3:21
  4. 3 Subway to Venus Red Hot Chili Peppers 4:25
  5. 4 Magic Johnson Red Hot Chili Peppers 2:55
  6. 5 Nobody Weird Like Me Red Hot Chili Peppers 3:48
  7. 6 Knock Me Down Red Hot Chili Peppers 3:41
  8. 7 Taste the Pain Red Hot Chili Peppers 4:28
  9. 8 Stone Cold Bush Red Hot Chili Peppers 3:3
  10. 9 Fire Red Hot Chili Peppers 2:2
  11. 10 Pretty Little Ditty Red Hot Chili Peppers 3:7
  12. 11 Punk Rock Classic Red Hot Chili Peppers 1:45
  13. 12 Sexy Mexican Maid Red Hot Chili Peppers 3:19
  14. 13 Johnny, Kick a Hole in the Sky Red Hot Chili Peppers 5:9
  15. 14 Song That Made Us What We Are Today [Demo][Previously Unreleased] Red Hot Chili Peppers 12:54
  16. 15 Knock Me Down [Previously Unreleased][Original Long Version] Red Hot Chili Peppers 4:42
  17. 16 Sexy Mexican Maid [Previously Unreleased][Original Long Version] Red Hot Chili Peppers 3:56
  18. 17 Salute to Kareem [Previously Unreleased][Demo] Red Hot Chili Peppers 3:22
  19. 18 Castles Made of Sand Red Hot Chili Peppers 3:16
  20. 19 Crosstown Traffic [Previously Unreleased] Red Hot Chili Peppers 2:49

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