1990 Psychedelic Sexfunk Live From Heaven

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RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS: PSYCHEDELIC SEXFUNK LIVE FROM HEAVEN

(PMI, 40 mins)

When the Chilis were an eager-to-make-a-name-for-themselves rock group (known to insiders as the “socks on cocks” period) they worked hard at it. Their witty, inventive fusions of hard rock with the less-structured end of funk gained them a considerable audience. Psychedelic Sexfunk proves this was all a ruse to gain a bit of support before heading off into the heavy metal heartlands. Recorded at Long Beach Arena—concert footage and hand-held, monochrome backstage stuff — the film opens in their dressing room with one of the band sitting on the toilet describing “the really big shit” he’s having (hence the 15 certificate) and the tone is set.

On stage, shirtless but generously tattooed, they crunch through a selection from Mother’s Milk -Sexy Mexican Maid, Stone Cold Bush and Knock Me Down – with much attention to extended solos from all players. Apart from Subway To Venus, which recalls the wilder end of Funkadelic, the show offers little other than a textbook-perfect spectrum of HM poses — whirling mic stands, face-to-face and back-to-back axemen, feet on monitors and soon. It’s not nearly as interesting as its title, and all the socks are worn on feet. * * * Lloyd Bradley

 

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Psychedelic Sexfunk Live From Heaven

PMI (40 minutes)
THE ETERNAL jesters are back with a vid that pretty much sums up their whole Funked-up outlook and attitude. It’s all wacky thrills and spills coupled with the Chilis’ usual laddy humour and the accompanying musical malarky. Captured live on stage at the prestigious Long Beach Arena, the foursome serve up whole chunks of the current ‘Mother’s Milk’ platter warts’n’all. Alongside the likes of ‘Subway To Venus’, ‘Knock Me Down’ and ‘Sexy Mexican Maid’ you also get a ramshackled version of ‘Star Spangled Banner’ and a whole load of dressing room tomfoolery. It makes for high-octane entertainmentlrom the ultimate good time boys. Result!

PHIL ALEXANDER
Bassist Flea in personality crisis. adopts Steve Harris ‘foot on the monitor’ pose

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