Magazine Scans and Articles The 1980s

All of the English language articles in this section now have typed transcripts. If you can help translate any non-English articles into English, we’d really appreciate your help!

Unfortunately, we don’t have many interviews from this early period but these are the few we have; they are often very different in tone from later interviews which tended to be more serious!

1984 October The Daily Nexus (UCSB student newspaper) Zany review of a gig at Casa De La Etna- not sure whether due to RHCP, or the interviewer, or both!

November 1984 Billboard Review of RHCP performing at the Roxy, LA

1985 January Musician Article about RHCP

1985 May SPIN Zany Q&A session with the band

1985 August BAM RHCP at their earliest and zaniest best!  Is this the first US cover to feature RHCP? It’s certainly the earliest one we have anyway! 🙂

1985 September NME Jacques Cousteau, plastic pigs, sex, George Clinton, racism, vibrators and more sex… seriously!

1985 October The Daily Nexus (UCSB student newspaper) A review of a concert In San Diego

1985 November Billboard Review of RHCP performing at the Ritz, NYC.

1985 November SPIN Freaky Styley review

1985 December Musician Review of Freaky Styley

1986 January Rock An interview with Anthony Kiedis and Flea.

1987 October The Hard Report Anthony Kiedis interview

1988 January NME Awful interview style; article about early RHCP. First UK cover featuring RHCP?

1988 February Record Mirror Interview mostly with Antwan the Swan/Anthony Kiedis talking about socks on cocks and a few songs e.g Fight Like a Brave

1988 February Sounds Interview with Anthony Kiedis and Flea talking about their liking for pussy and wearing socks. Enough said 😀

1988 March I-D Magazine (56) Tribal Edition of magazine so photo of RHCP covered in body paint (also sock pics)

1988 April The Daily Nexus (UCSB student newspaper) A review of the band playing at The Pub.

1988 May NME Review of RHCP at the Electric Ballroom, Camden, London, England.

1988 May NME Interview with Anthony Kiedis; talking about nudity and sock wearing…. (

1988 May Melody Maker Another typical early interview; Anthony is referred to as Antwan throughout

1988 October The Daily Nexus (UCSB student newspaper) A very brief news item talking about the band’s earlier gig at the Pub and the fact they were about to appear at the Graduate in IV (Irving?)

1989 January The Daily Nexus (UCSB student newspaper) A review of RHCP doing a surprise four song set at a Thelonius Monster concert.

1989 July SPIN Antics on the beach- Flea and Anthony brief responses.

1989 September Musik Express Sounds Germany. Article about the work of photographer Chris Clunn but features an alternative photo from the Abbey Road shoot of the Chili Peppers to one on the actual record sleeve.

1989 September Q Magazine (36) Review of Mother’s Milk

1989 October SPIN The penis article. All the interviewer goes on about.

1989 November SPIN  Mother’s Milk review

1989 December Musician Article about RHCP