1998/02 Q Magazine (137)

RHCP’s Blood Sugar Sex Magik featured in a “100 Greatest Albums Ever”list at number 72.

72 BloodSugarSexMagik

Red Hot Chili Peppers

UK Top 20 peak: Number 25; estimated sale, 500,000 (UK); 8m (worldwide)

Two years after 1989’s Mother’s Milk and the death of guitarist Hillel Slovak, the Red Hot Chili Peppers took a different approach to the recording of Bloodsugarsexmagik, bringing in producer Rick Rubin: They were still irreverent (Suck My Kiss), still rocking
(Give l[Away)but they had a new maturity. The album’s sales wouldn’t peak until the single Under The Bridge, Singer Anthony Kiedis’s heroin-related ode, changed everything, becoming a huge hit and a bona fide classic. “It’s therapeutic and cathartic to write music based on your experiences,” said Kiedis. “That was specifically a moment of exorcism.”

Magic moment When the choir kicks in on Under The Bridge

A reader writes “Among other things it has one of the best singles ever, Under The Bridge.” Stuart Wright, E Sussex