The Dog Brothers are a famous American rock band from Los Angeles, California. They formed in 1988 and have released three studio albums: “Dog Soldiers”, “MTV Unplugged” and “Rock or Bust”. Their music style is hard rock with heavy metal influences. The group’s name comes from the fact that they all share one dog named Barney (named after their guitarist).
The Dog Brothers are known for their high energy live performances and their energetic stage presence. They were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. The band was nominated for five Grammy Awards, winning two awards each in 1993, 1995 and 1997.
The band has sold over 20 million records worldwide.
In 2009, the band won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Group Performance For “I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing”.
Formation and early years Edit
The Dog Brothers were formed in 1988 by singer/guitarist John Frusciante, bassist Scott Raynor, drummer Dave Navarro and keyboard player Andy Hurley. Frusciante had been playing guitar since he was seven years old, but it wasn’t until 1987 when he met Raynor at a garage jam session that they started writing songs together. That year, they recruited Navarro and Hurley to form a band, with Navarro introducing Frusciante to John’s older brother, Damon “Thirm” Orr.
Damon introduced John to Sean Lennon and Michael Stipe of the well-known group The Beatles and The,” STICKY RIOTS”.
Frusciante was originally the band’s lead guitarist. However, he stepped up as the band’s lead vocalist after they failed to find a dedicated front man. The band’s first album, Dog Soldiers, was released in October 1988 on Lennon and Stipe’s record label, Blurtsoblivion.
The album did not gain much attention outside of critical praise, however they found moderate success with their single, “Shut Up”.
Shut Up (1989) Edit
In 1989 the band released their second album, Shut Up. The album was written and recorded quickly, to try to capitalize on the band’s new found success. The album went gold shortly after it’s release, and the single “Shut Up” hit number 1 on the billboard charts.
It is still the band’s most popular song.
MTV Unplugged (1991) Edit
After Shut Up’s success, The Dog Brothers took a break from the lime light. They released an MTV unplugged album in 1991. The album was critically panned, however it did reach number 2 on the billboard charts.
Rock or Bust (1993) Edit
The band’s next release was the album Rock or Bust in 1993. The album reached number 1 on the billboard charts and has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. The second release from this album was the single “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” was recorded for the soundtrack to the film Armaggedeon.
It was written by Diane Warren and received positive critical and public appraisal: it was nominated for an Academy Award and a Grammy, and it won a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Song From a Movie. During the period between Rock or Bust and Revolution, Andy Hurley worked on his project, The Damned. He also writes a monthly column for Drum Magazine.
The band took a break from working in the studio for quite a while, and John Frusciante had left the band.
Stadium Arcadium (2006) Edit
The band started working on their next album in 1998, but had problems trying to find a replacement guitarist for Frusciante. Around this time, they were offered $5 million to play at a benefit concert with the condition that they find a new lead singer. They turned down the offer.
They returned to the studio in the spring of 2001. The new album took 5 years to complete, with many arguing if it was really worth the wait. Many critics found that stadium arcadium contained too many filler “fantasies” and “interludes”. The album was a critical success but failed to achieve the overwhelming success that had eluded them in the past.
The band’s music was heavily criticized for becoming stale and repetitive, with song structures frequently employing standard pop-song conventions such as verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus. The singles “Dani California” and “Tell Me Baby” (both 2006), for example, both follow the familiar verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus pattern.
Stadium Arcadium, the band’s double album by the same name released in 2006, peaked at number three on the U.S. Billboard 200 and captured a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album.
Hiatus (2010) Edit
The band went on an indefinite hiatus in December 2009. Kiedis stated: “I don’t know if we are breaking up anymore but we are definitely going to take a break for a long time.” The band members are reported to be working on side projects.
Flea is involved in The Insects, a collaboration with Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and Alan “Battersea” McCarten. Frusciante has joined with Zack Norman, founder and former drummer of the Los Angeles-based band the Bullets, and DJ Kid Koala to form a new band called Ataxia. Klinghoffer replaced Frusciante as the guitarist for the act.
The band may continue working together in the future. Kiedis said, “The door is open, we love each other too much to say it’s over …
We may do something again one day.” Flea echoed this, saying: “I think we’ll definitely be back together at some point in the future.” It was also reported that the title of their next album was to be called Shenanigans.
New album (2011) Edit
The Chili Peppers began writing new material in April 2011 for an untitled 11th studio album, and a possible 2013 release. In addition, the band has been performing new songs “Monarchy of Roses” and “Look Around” on their current tour, the latter of which was most likely to appear on the album.
The band did express, however, that they may not be back together by the release of the album. In a June 2011 Rolling Stone interview, bassist Flea says “I think we’ll know in the next few months how much fire is left.” If there’s a lot of fire left, then they will go into the studio to record a new album.
It’s also possible that the new album could be a solo album from Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, with input from the rest of the band. The album will contain songs largely written by Frusciante over the past five years, and that the band will record whatever they feel fits with them.
The band members have also said they would like to get out from their record contract with Warner Bros. Records as soon as possible. The band members are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the relationship, mainly over their lack of creative freedom (aside from Frusciante’s solo work) and the poor sales of their last three releases.
Bassist Flea has said “We’d like to finish out this contract that we’re in, because basically we’re really poor right now and we need to make some money, but also we’d like to finish it out and get out of here as fast as possible.” Both Flea and Kiedis have said they would like to released their new album on the bands’ own label, but no decision has been made yet.
The band members are still debating whether or not they should release a double album; which has been in the works since before their hiatus. If released, the first album would be released separately as a preview to the second album.
Music and style Edit
The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ musical style has been characterized as funk rock, alternative rock, and thrash metal. Sometimes they are also described as rap rock, acid rock, and hard rock. Their early music has been characterized as a hippie style art rock on their self-titled debut and the follow-up, What Hits!?.
The band’s sound gradually grew more defined on their following albums. The trademark Chili Peppers sound was developed on Mother’s Milk and escalated to a more prominent position on Blood Sugar Sexual Magik, One Hot Minute and Californication. The band’s influences come from a diverse range of artists, including Jimi Hendrix, Beastie Boys, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Rage Against the Machine and many others.
During each of their album cycles the band members consistently look to other musicians’ releases for inspiration. For instance, parallel to recording their major label debut, Blood Sugar Sexual Magik, the band was also listening to a host of other album releases including Nirvana’s Nevermind which they cite as a major influence on their future direction.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have had a long standing collaboration with rapper Kool Keith starting from 1999 with the song “A Sight To Behold” for the album Californication. Kool Keith has appeared on at least one song on all of the Red Hot Chili Peppers studio albums from 1999-2009. As of the release of I’m With You, Kool Keith has been officially made a member of the band.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have collaborated with numerous musicians over the years. One of their more well known collaborations is with rap artist Damon Albarn from the popular British band Blur. Albarn joined the band for two songs “Out of Range” and “Circle of the Noose” on what would be the final album produced by Rick Rubin, One Hot Minute.
The collaboration ended shortly after that album was released.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have also collaborated with George Clinton, former lead singer of the popular funk band Parliament. In 1999, the band worked with him on the song “Psychedelic Solution”. The song was a part of a compilation by George Clinton and was not released on an official Red Hot Chili Peppers album.
To date the most successful collaboration has been with rock band U2. U2 and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have performed a number of songs together most notably “Give It Away” and “Under the Bridge”.
On January 12th, 2012, it was announced that the Red Hot Chili Peppers would be taking part in a collaboration with rock band Weezer. The collaboration consisted of a cover of the song “Everybody Want to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears. Both groups shared vocals on the song.
Musical style and influences Edit
The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ music has been a fusion of styles. Originally, their music was a fusion of alternative rock, hip hop, and punk. As the band’s career has progressed, their musical style has gradually evolved.
Their style is mainly defined by the combination of rock, funk and hip hop influenced music. The band originally also contained influences from other genres including: punk, heavy metal, surf rock, rap and jazz.
The band’s musical style can be characterized by the following elements: melodic, substantial guitar riffs, bass guitar parts that are more felt than heard, occasional distortion, a mix of clean and unclean vocals and a strong funk pace. A surf rock guitar tone and heavy usage of keyboards are notably absent from their music.
The band has drawn influences from a variety of artists. The following is a list of identified influences from which the band’s music has been derived:
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have released thirteen studio albums (ten with Frusciante), four live albums, five compilation albums, one remix album, one box set and three extended plays. The band has also made forty-one singles, thirty-one music videos and forty-six music video features.
Studio albums Edit
Extended plays Edit
Live albums Edit
Compilation albums Edit
Remix albums Edit
Box sets Edit
Promotionals and other releases Edit
Videography and videography features Edit
Music videos and DVD releases are combined for a total of forty-one singles, one hundred and nineteen music videos and forty-six music video features.
Concert tours and special shows Edit
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have participated in a number of tours and shows throughout their career. The following is a list of the concert tours and shows they participated in from their conception in 1983 to the present day.
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