|1. Good Time Boys|
|2. Higher Ground|
|3. Subway To Venus|
|4. Magic Johnson|
|5. Nobody Weird Like Me|
|6. Knock Me Down|
|7. Taste The Pain|
|8. Stone Cold Bush|
|10. Pretty Little Ditty|
|11. Punk Rock Classic|
|12. Sexy Mexican Maid|
|13. Johnny, Kick A Hole In The Sky|
|14. Song That Made Us What We Are Today (Demo)|
|15. Knock Me Down (Original Long Version)|
|16. Sexy Mexican Maid (Original Long Version)|
|17. Salute To Kareem (Demo)|
|18. Castles Made Of Sand (Live)|
|19. Crosstown Traffic (Live)|
Mothers Milk is the first album to feature a completely different line up. Although Kiedis and Flea remain from the original Peppers, their guitarist Hillel Slovak tragically died from a heroin overdose shortly after their previous album, and their drummer Jack Irons went into a depression and left, due to the death of Slovak. So after deciding whether or not to carry on with the band, Kiedis and Flea thankfully kept it going. They enlisted a young guitarist who was a massive fan of the band, John Frusciante. His energy and enthuiasm won him the role, and he could already play all of their songs anyway. On drums, they found Chad Smith, who, although seeming to be out of place with his heavy rock image, fitted in perfectly. They set about writing Mothers Milk together, unaware that this would be the band line-up that would make them world famous.
So to the album itself. Their previous album 'Uplift Mofo Party Plan' signalled a slightly rockier edge, and they continued with this direction when making Mothers Milk. The album contains Flea's trademark funky slap bass throughout, and Kiedis's rap style vocals, but it brings in new energy from Frusciante and Smith. My album summary is as follows.
'Good time boys' - Starts the album off quite rockily, as it means to go on. Sounds like the CD is jumping in the middle of it, but its not! Some great guitar riffs.
'Higher Ground' - A cover of the Stevie Wonder classic, and better than the original! This one has featured on loads of compilations over the years. Flea's bass is brilliant.
Good time boys - Unfairly underrated song. Really great rapping mixed with funk metal. 5/5.
Higher ground - The only song from this album which is on the greatest hits cd. It's a cover of stevie wonder. 5/5.
Subway to venus - Very funky. The horn section is great. This is actually a very underrated song. 5/5.
Magic Johnson - It's a slogan about that basketball player. Not too much a song, and actually there's no other peppers song like this. Excellent. 4/5.
Nobody weird like me - A noisy track, but still good. I kinda skip it. 3/5.
Knock me down - A tribute to hillel slovak. I saw the video, and john looks more than weird. Anyway, it's a pretty cool song. 5/5.
Taste the pain - This was a single too. It's pretty cool. It reminds of if you want me to stay. 5/5.
Stone cold bush - This one's a hard rocker. But it's still funky. Great. By the way, flea's bass slapping is great. 5/5.
Fire - A cover of jimi hendrix. This one's actually from the uplift mofo party plan sessions, and it originally appeared on the abbey road ep. Here's hillel slovak on guitar, and jack irons on drums. I believe it was recorded in '87. Great. 5/5.
Pretty little ditty - A short instrumental. Crazy town ripped off the whole riff off this song for their song. Here's actually flea playing trumpet, if you didn't know. 4/5.
Punk rock classic - A very fast punk rocker. And short though. Frusciante's solo is really fast, and I was surprised. 4/5.Read more ›