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Warped
by Red Hot Chili Peppers

My tendency
For dependency
Is offending me
It's upending me
I'm pretending see
To be strong and free
From my dependency
It's warping me

So much love
So rare to dare
Afraid of
Ever being there
Take me home
I need repair
Take me please
To anywhere

Descend
All the way

Descended from
Demented men
Struggle with
The art of zen
Please don't look
Too close at me
You might not like
What you see

Descend
All the way

Everyday, warped and scared
Of being there

Craving
Sends me crawling oh
Beg for mercy
Does it show
A vacancy
That's full of holes
Hold me please
I'm feeling cold

Descend
All the way

Everyday, warped and scared
Of being there

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, MoeBeToBlame
Written by: MICHAEL BALZARY, ANTHONY KIEDIS, DAVID MICHAEL NAVARRO, CHAD SMITH

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Here we have the shortlived supergroup, Jane's Hot Chili Addiction.

Mandy Cole

@Huw Donoghue “It used to really bother me. I thought, what a drag if people get the idea that I’m actually ripping him off! Especially in the UK where Faith No More are much better known than us. In America, it’s a different story, people are aware of the profound influence we had on them.

“But after it stewed in my stomach for a while, I just decided to accept it. He is just a kid. Besides, without his left foot he’s going to have to change…”

IN AMERICA they just received a gold record for ‘Mother’s Milk’. It is only now that the Chilis have started to make any serious inroads into the British or European markets. This month they return to the UK for a clutch of dated.

How important is it for the band to be a success this side of the ocean they named after a record company?

“Everywhere we go in the world we try our hardest and we play our hardest every night we play. That’s basically what we have to offer Britain. The way the industry’s set up over there, the only way to get across is go over there and play. It’s nice to expose what you have to offer to the entire world.”

Does he actually like it over in Ye Olde Country?

“To be blatantly honest, England is not our favourite place to go, he admits without guilt.

“It isn’t because we’re not as well-known as we are in America: it’s the weather we don’t like; and it’s very far away, and the food’s not very good – they tend to overcook the vegetables.”

He adopts a teasing, bitter English accent: “Y’know, steak ’n’ kidney pie is not really me favourite…

“I think that sooner or later, though, it’s inevitable that we will conquer England, as well as Scotland, Ireland and the rest of the world.”

This without a hint of an exclamation mark in his voice.

“It’s very much like the long-term process of making love to somebody: you start off with the foreplay, you kiss them and you suck their neck and you titillate their sensory areas with your fingertips, with the first couple of records.

“Maybe you start giving them head with the third record, then you finally slip it in for the fourth. That’s essentially what we’ve done with our career up to this point.

“ ‘Mother’s Milk’ was incredibly well received in America. Basically, we’re still involved in the foreplay section with the rest of the world, since they didn’t really get our first two records.”

SEX… IT ALL comes back to sex with this guy. Almost as soon as we met, Kiedis told me he was on a ‘sex diet’. And he has the love-bites – one either side of the jugular – to prove it.

“I’ve got a new girlfriend. She’s 18 years old and demands rigorous sexual activity several times a day.”

For those of us who need to know, Kiedis’ sex diet consists of “no fattening foods, lots of protein, and a lot of exercise before and after you eat. Basically, you just can’t afford to have an ounce of fat because a sexual diet is for performance.

“But it’s also for aesthetics: she’s a model and she’s quite perfect in her physical structure.”

So is this lurve, Anthony?

Love is a word taken much too seriously sometimes,” he says enigmatically. “People are afraid to say they love somebody, but the fact if I do love her. I’m not gonna marry her and I’m not gonna dedicate my whole life to her, because I need to devote time to myself and to my music.

“But she understands. I just broke up with the girl that I lived with for two years. To get out of the frying pan and to go straight into the fire would be stupid right now. We’ve decided we’re gonna be blatantly honest about our feelings, at risk of hurting each other.

“But I do love her and she loves me. She’s the biggest sexual genius I’ve encountered in the last 10 years…”

HE STRIKES a post-coital pose and lights a cigarette. Excluding sex, smoking is his one remaining vice. “My guitar player (John Frusciante) is such an avid smoker, and he really loves the quality it gives my voice, the raspiness.

“But he’s the kind of guy who was heartbroken to find out that John Waters, his favourite film-maker, had quit smoking at the age of 44.”

Once upon a time, of course, smoking a cigarette was the least of Kiedis’ problems. Heroin abuse, alcoholism, both had threatened to take him over for much of the band’s seven-year career. Then his guitarist, friend and co-conspirator in the twilight world of drug addiction, Hillel Slovak, died.

“Like me, Hillel had the disease of drug addiction,” Kiedis says, not flinching. “He didn’t die of an overdose; he died from having a disease.

“No one wanted to accept that this young man with so much to offer was just gone, you know, wiped out in a second.

“But in a strange way, we found strength from that. It forced me to make a choice. I could either join Hillel or I could try and finish my life.

“I’ve been completely off all alcohol and drugs for 21 months now. I mean, completely. I don’t drink or use any more.

“But I don’t do it by myself. Hillel tried to do it by himself and he died. I do it with the help of other addicts that have cleaned up. That’s the only way I know how to deal with it.”

A NEW Red Hot Chili Peppers single, ‘Taste The Pain’, the third to be taken from the excellent ‘Mother’s Milk’ collection, is released by EMI to tie in with the UK shows.

A new video, directed by Alex Winter (the weedy blond guy in ‘Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventure’), has already been shot, and features, says Kiedis with obvious satisfaction, “some very twisted images of pain and brutal reality. It’s impossible to describe. There’s a sense of surrealism to it all as well.”

When he’s not devouring his new girlfriend, Kiedis says he likes to spend his spare time reading (Bukowski is a big favourite, as is Capote, Hesse, Bach); listening to music (“Sex Packets’ by the Digital Underground is a current favourite, he tells me).

But mostly, he has sex, he insists. Well, it’s a hobby, I suppose…

While still discussing his sex diet and all the exercise involved, I enquire how often Kiedis lifts weights?

No, no weights,” he says.

I look surprised. Where did you get those big arms from then, I asked him?

“Sex,” he replied.

No way! What does he do, carry them around over his head before he gets them into bed?

At last, he allows himself a small chuckle, amused by my puffing and blowing, my envy and disbelief.

“The only exercise I ever get, unless I force myself to do push-ups, is sex and onstage. Stage is the cardio-vascular scenario, you know; an hour-and-a-half running around every night. That’s a perfect exercise.

“And sex. You’d be surprised. I mean, if you’re holding yourself up above a girl for any length of time… you know, utilizing your pelvis or whatever. Don’t you feel pumped up after you have sex?” he asks, face a perfect mask of sincerity.

Outside, it’s stopped raining…

Mandy Cole

@Huw Donoghue Note: This is RHCP’s first Kerrang! cover I think. Have gone through a site that has most Kerrangs! listed on it and this is the first one I can see (it could be one of the missing editions on there is earlier but this is also the earliest Kerrang! cover I have so my money would be on it being the first one).

Thank you to Kathie Davis for the transcript.

On a not so hot day in LA, MICK WALL is having his ears burnt by ANTHONY KIEDIS, vocalist of the ‘Hardcore, bone-crunching, psychedelic, sex-funk band from heaven’ otherwise known as the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS. Kiedis explains why Faith No More vocalist Mike Patton may soon be minus a left foot, why Kiedis’ new girlfriend is ‘the biggest sexual genius’ he’s encountered in the last 10 years, and why conquering England will be like ‘the long-term process of making love’. Be on the safe side: take a pack of condoms to next week’s gigs and be sure you know…

 

WHO’S FUNKIN’ YOU

 

I’M SORRY, ladies, but when he appears in the doorway, immediately I’m struck by how small he is. Onstage with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Kiedis looks like one of those classic Greek statues; large, musclebound, big willy dangling.

In person, however, the singer with the original ‘Hardcore, bone-crunching, psychedelic, sex-funk band from heaven’ looks much more manageable. Five feet eight maybe, long straight tea-coloured hair, younger looking than his 27 years. Dressed in shorts (natch), T-shirt and sneakers. Still with the big muscular arms though.

As for the willy? Well, he never showed it to me, which is a shame. Maybe if he had, I might have sued him and made some money out of it. He explains how a similar situation came about…

“It was backstage after a show and I was changing and there was this girl there. We were all joking and laughing together and when she left, no one was under the impression that she was perturbed by my nudity in the dressing room.”

Within 24 hours, however, he girl, a student at the George Mason University, in Virginia, had sworn out a complaint and Kiedis was tried and convicted on misdemeanor charges of ‘sexual battery’ and indecent exposure, but is appealing against the sexual battery charge.

She claimed Kiedis had dangled his dick in her face. Had he?

“No,” he says sharply. “I’m not that type of person. I’m a very fun-loving, friendly person. The fact that I was found guilty of misdemeanors and given a nominal fine pretty much indicated to my attorney and to hers that it was a pile of shit.”

UNLIKE THE singing voice, which has rapped, yapped and crowed its way through four albums with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the speaking voice is even-tempered, almost monotonous, or would be if what he had to say wasn’t so interesting. We meet on another typically red hot day in Los Angeles.

Actually, I’m lying. It was pissing with rain, chuckin’ it down. I just liked the line.

“I love the rain,” Kiedis tells me, glancing out the window of my hotel room. “It’s very important to Los Angeles; the air pollution is so deadly here that without the rain we would die. So, you know, we’re very lucky to have rain today.”

We digress to discuss the environment. Kiedis says it needs all the help it can get. I don’t argue. We sit there looking thoughtful. Then the conversation steers itself back onto safer ground; more sex crimes.

In March, performing during MTV’s Spring-break party in Daytona Beach, Florida, bassist and – along with Kiedis – co-founder of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Michael ‘Flea’ Balzary, and drummer Chad Smith, were arrested by beach rangers after they had leapt off the stage to much commotion and Flea allegedly threw a young woman over his shoulder while Smith spanked her.

Both face charges for battery, with Flea facing additional charges of ‘disorderly conduct’ and ‘solicitation to commit an unnatural and lascivious act’.

Kiedis remains tight-lipped on the subject. It’s clear he thinks the whole thing has been blown out of all proportion. Maybe if it had been solely a Red Hot Chili Pepper gig instead of a variety show, the girl would have understood, maybe even demanded it…

“Most people who come to our shows understand that there’s a humorous element to what we do and not necessarily intended to offend anyone,” Kiedis says.

“The first amendment of the American Constitution gives you the freedom of speech and the freedom, you know, to do what you will from the stage.”

Tell it to the PMRC, I tell him. Or the Governor of the State of Minnesota who is trying to introduce an over-21 law for all major-league concerts in the state, whether the venue is selling alcohol or not.

“That’s a terrible concept,” says Kiedis, shaking his head. “I hope they fail miserably. Creativity has always been threatened by certain right wing factions of society. But they’ve never succeeded and I don’t see why they should now.

NEVERTHELESS, THE last Chilis album, ‘Mother’s Milk’, came complete with ‘Explicit Language’ stickers plastered on it’s sleeve.

“That doesn’t bother me at all,” he says. “Our lyrics are very explicit, whether it’s about sex or friendship, or love for life in general. If they wanna inform the buying public that it is explicit, I have no problems with that.”

However, when a certain large chain of American stores wanted to by 50,000 copies of the album, they balked when they say the sleeve (the naked upper torso of a young woman cradling the four miniature figures of the band in her slender arms).

The band’s record company, EMI, got round the problem by redesigning the sleeve to make the bodies bigger, in order to obscure more of “Mother’s breasts. 50,000 records later, Kiedis says he is comfortable with the decision and denies any implications of selling out. Yuk! Horrid words.

“The art of the Red Hot Chili Peppers is first and foremost that of our music, and we never change our music as a compromise for anybody’s desires or tastes. That we should have to enlarge ourselves on the record is really not that big a deal. It’s what’s inside that counts,” he points out pragmatically.

“These things are so arbitrary, anyway. Nobody kicked up any fuss over our T-shirts…” (The two most famous being the legendary socks-on-cocks number, and the less well known woman-masturbating shirt.)

“It’s a drawing of Madonna masturbating, and she’s dreaming of the Red Hot Chili Peppers,” Kiedis explains with a straight face.

It’s not known if Madonna herself has actually seen it.

“I think if she saw it, she’s want one, that’s the type of girl she is. I mean, I don’t think she’s ever denied masturbating. Or denied masturbating to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, for that matter…”

WHAT ABOUT the serious side of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, though? All play and no work makes Jack a dull jerk… Does it concern Kiedis that some people might not be able to see past the silly faces in their photo’s the smutty T-shirts, the whole zany, kinky, mama-we’s-all-crazy jive? That some people might not take the Red Hot Chili Peppers seriously at all?

“But that’s like people going to see Jimi Hendrix play and coming away from the concert with nothing more to say than, ‘Wow, that guy can play with his teeth!’“ he says. “This is show business, and we are here to entertain. We like to entertain people. The visual value of it is there, but there’s a lot more to it than that. People who are truly interested or concerned will find that out eventually.”

On the other hand, of course, some people take the Red Hot Chili Peppers almost too seriously. To the point of wanting to be them. No, I’m not talking about Faith No More: just their singer, Mike Patton.

I ask Kiedis straight for his opinion on the matter: did Mike Patton rip you off hook, line, and sinker, or what?

“Yeah,” he says, no hesitation. “My drummer says he’s gonna kidnap him and shave his hair off and saw off one of his feet. Just so he’ll be forced to find a style of his own.”

Is the genuine bitterness here, or just another joke?

Huw Donoghue

I love always do pressups to the outro😂

Mandy Cole

@Ari Carbajal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJTAS3Jz3Zw&list=PLA2K7Uhu9TwDZbH5GRJLdhx8GyNZ8yylu&index=5

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RR0G9XKuHdE
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whJzbh_Ri0E&list=PLST2Y3MIb4DXZVQT90yc7w476_W46d4Gl

Mandy Cole

@Ari Carbajal When you support people like this you silence victims throat all society--
Mark Hurlbert: Kobe Bryant Would Have Been Convicted In Colorado

January 30, 2020 at 11:48 am





DENVER (AP) — The prosecutor who pursued sexual assault charges against Kobe Bryant 17 years ago believes he would have won a conviction if the case had gone to trial and that the woman who accused Bryant would have received more support if the case had been filed in the current #MeToo environment. Mark Hurlbert said in an interview with The Associated Press that he is shocked and saddened by the deaths of Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others this week in a helicopter crash. Still, he remains confident he would have won a conviction against Bryant in 2003-2004 had the accuser not decided to end the criminal case during jury selection in the Rocky Mountain town of Eagle.



“I do think it would be different today,” said Hurlbert, now a chief operating officer for an internet startup in the ski resort town of Breckenridge. “Because of #MeToo, there’s a lot more support for a victim.”

The woman, 19 when the case began, was a former high school cheerleader and college student. She moved out of state as she was pursued relentlessly by reporters during 18 grueling and polarizing months of pretrial discovery and motions.





“She was getting death threats. The tabloids were camped out at her door, and one was trying to infiltrate her therapy sessions” by offering money to a session participant, Hurlbert recalled.

Hurlbert’s comments underscore a shadow — one brought out on social media this week — cast over the outpouring of grief and the celebration of Bryant’s life by a case that forever changed the lives of the NBA champion and the alleged victim. The AP does not generally use the names of alleged victims of sexual assault.

A young Bryant admitted he committed adultery but emphatically insisted he was innocent of assault. If convicted, the then-24-year-old Bryant faced a potential life sentence.



The woman’s personal attorneys and her parents had also expressed concern about whether she could get a fair trial following leaks and mistakes by the court, including her name being accidentally posted on a court website.

At one hearing, defense attorney Pamela Mackey stunned observers by suggesting the accuser had sex with multiple partners in a short amount of time surrounding her encounter with Bryant. The woman’s sexual history was headline fodder for months before the criminal case was dropped.

“It was just exhausting on top of being threatening,” Hurlbert said. “Ultimately, she just decided she could not take it anymore.”

As jury selection began in Eagle County District Court, the woman called Hurlbert to tell him to drop the case. He asked her to reconsider and call in a couple of days. She did; she hadn’t changed her mind.

“I was disappointed. I would have loved to go to trial and have an Eagle County jury decide. But I completely understood,” he said.

After the criminal charge was dropped, Bryant issued a statement apologizing for his “behavior that night and the consequences she suffered.”

Ultimately, Bryant and the woman reached a civil settlement in 2005.

A consequence of the case, Hurlbert recalls: There was a drop in the number of sexual assault cases being reported to local authorities.

“Victims’ advocates reported that their clients felt they didn’t want to be dragged through the mud just like the victim was in the Bryant case,” he said. “They didn’t want to report. It was years later that the numbers were back up.”

Bryant helped the Los Angeles Lakers win three straight NBA championships from 2000-02, but at the time he was accused, he was far from the beloved figure he would become later in his career.

He feuded with teammate Shaquille O’Neal, and he was often viewed as a petulant and selfish player who wouldn’t sacrifice his own game to mesh with the dominant O’Neal. But as long as the Lakers were winning and he was playing brilliantly, many of the negatives were overlooked.

That changed after Colorado.

McDonald’s dropped Bryant as an endorser, Nike halted his use in ads, and sales of his jersey plummeted. The Lakers stuck by Bryant, who sometimes arrived at games after first traveling to appear in court earlier in the day. But coach Phil Jackson acknowledged that their relationship was damaged by the accusations because his own daughter, Brooke, had been the victim of an assault in college.

“The Kobe incident triggered all my unprocessed anger and tainted my perception of him. … It distorted my view of Kobe throughout the 2003-04 season. No matter what I did to extinguish it, the anger kept smoldering in the background,” Jackson wrote in his book, “Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success.”

Bryant was a candidate to play for the U.S. Olympic team in 2004, which could have boosted his reputation. Instead, the proceedings left him unavailable to play in Athens, where the Americans finished third, and his Olympic debut didn’t come until 2008.

Hurlbert, meanwhile, took solace at the time from residents in his district.

“People were pretty proud of what we were doing,” he said. “It was less about the mentality of having Kobe in the case and more a reaction toward the media.”

Mackey didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment. The alleged victim’s attorney, L. Lin Wood, didn’t respond to a message for comment; co-counsel John Clune declined to comment.

By JAMES ANDERSON and BRIAN MAHONEY Associated Press … Mahoney reported from New York. Associated Press writer Colleen Slevin also contributed to this report.

(© Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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I miss Anthony Kiedis' long hair.....

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Mandy Cole

@pedro alvezz Condee “But that’s like people going to see Jimi Hendrix play and coming away from the concert with nothing more to say than, ‘Wow, that guy can play with his teeth!’“ he says. “This is show business, and we are here to entertain. We like to entertain people. The visual value of it is there, but there’s a lot more to it than that. People who are truly interested or concerned will find that out eventually.”

On the other hand, of course, some people take the Red Hot Chili Peppers almost too seriously. To the point of wanting to be them. No, I’m not talking about Faith No More: just their singer, Mike Patton.

I ask Kiedis straight for his opinion on the matter: did Mike Patton rip you off hook, line, and sinker, or what?

“Yeah,” he says, no hesitation. “My drummer says he’s gonna kidnap him and shave his hair off and saw off one of his feet. Just so he’ll be forced to find a style of his own.”

Is the genuine bitterness here, or just another joke?

“It used to really bother me. I thought, what a drag if people get the idea that I’m actually ripping him off! Especially in the UK where Faith No More are much better known than us. In America, it’s a different story, people are aware of the profound influence we had on them.

“But after it stewed in my stomach for a while, I just decided to accept it. He is just a kid. Besides, without his left foot he’s going to have to change…”

IN AMERICA they just received a gold record for ‘Mother’s Milk’. It is only now that the Chilis have started to make any serious inroads into the British or European markets. This month they return to the UK for a clutch of dated.

How important is it for the band to be a success this side of the ocean they named after a record company?

“Everywhere we go in the world we try our hardest and we play our hardest every night we play. That’s basically what we have to offer Britain. The way the industry’s set up over there, the only way to get across is go over there and play. It’s nice to expose what you have to offer to the entire world.”

Does he actually like it over in Ye Olde Country?

“To be blatantly honest, England is not our favourite place to go, he admits without guilt.

“It isn’t because we’re not as well-known as we are in America: it’s the weather we don’t like; and it’s very far away, and the food’s not very good – they tend to overcook the vegetables.”

He adopts a teasing, bitter English accent: “Y’know, steak ’n’ kidney pie is not really me favourite…

“I think that sooner or later, though, it’s inevitable that we will conquer England, as well as Scotland, Ireland and the rest of the world.”

This without a hint of an exclamation mark in his voice.

“It’s very much like the long-term process of making love to somebody: you start off with the foreplay, you kiss them and you suck their neck and you titillate their sensory areas with your fingertips, with the first couple of records.

“Maybe you start giving them head with the third record, then you finally slip it in for the fourth. That’s essentially what we’ve done with our career up to this point.

“ ‘Mother’s Milk’ was incredibly well received in America. Basically, we’re still involved in the foreplay section with the rest of the world, since they didn’t really get our first two records.”

SEX… IT ALL comes back to sex with this guy. Almost as soon as we met, Kiedis told me he was on a ‘sex diet’. And he has the love-bites – one either side of the jugular – to prove it.

“I’ve got a new girlfriend. She’s 18 years old and demands rigorous sexual activity several times a day.”

For those of us who need to know, Kiedis’ sex diet consists of “no fattening foods, lots of protein, and a lot of exercise before and after you eat. Basically, you just can’t afford to have an ounce of fat because a sexual diet is for performance.

“But it’s also for aesthetics: she’s a model and she’s quite perfect in her physical structure.”

So is this lurve, Anthony?

Love is a word taken much too seriously sometimes,” he says enigmatically. “People are afraid to say they love somebody, but the fact if I do love her. I’m not gonna marry her and I’m not gonna dedicate my whole life to her, because I need to devote time to myself and to my music.

“But she understands. I just broke up with the girl that I lived with for two years. To get out of the frying pan and to go straight into the fire would be stupid right now. We’ve decided we’re gonna be blatantly honest about our feelings, at risk of hurting each other.

“But I do love her and she loves me. She’s the biggest sexual genius I’ve encountered in the last 10 years…”

HE STRIKES a post-coital pose and lights a cigarette. Excluding sex, smoking is his one remaining vice. “My guitar player (John Frusciante) is such an avid smoker, and he really loves the quality it gives my voice, the raspiness.

“But he’s the kind of guy who was heartbroken to find out that John Waters, his favourite film-maker, had quit smoking at the age of 44.”

Once upon a time, of course, smoking a cigarette was the least of Kiedis’ problems. Heroin abuse, alcoholism, both had threatened to take him over for much of the band’s seven-year career. Then his guitarist, friend and co-conspirator in the twilight world of drug addiction, Hillel Slovak, died.

“Like me, Hillel had the disease of drug addiction,” Kiedis says, not flinching. “He didn’t die of an overdose; he died from having a disease.

“No one wanted to accept that this young man with so much to offer was just gone, you know, wiped out in a second.

“But in a strange way, we found strength from that. It forced me to make a choice. I could either join Hillel or I could try and finish my life.

“I’ve been completely off all alcohol and drugs for 21 months now. I mean, completely. I don’t drink or use any more.

“But I don’t do it by myself. Hillel tried to do it by himself and he died. I do it with the help of other addicts that have cleaned up. That’s the only way I know how to deal with it.”

A NEW Red Hot Chili Peppers single, ‘Taste The Pain’, the third to be taken from the excellent ‘Mother’s Milk’ collection, is released by EMI to tie in with the UK shows.

A new video, directed by Alex Winter (the weedy blond guy in ‘Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventure’), has already been shot, and features, says Kiedis with obvious satisfaction, “some very twisted images of pain and brutal reality. It’s impossible to describe. There’s a sense of surrealism to it all as well.”

When he’s not devouring his new girlfriend, Kiedis says he likes to spend his spare time reading (Bukowski is a big favourite, as is Capote, Hesse, Bach); listening to music (“Sex Packets’ by the Digital Underground is a current favourite, he tells me).

But mostly, he has sex, he insists. Well, it’s a hobby, I suppose…

While still discussing his sex diet and all the exercise involved, I enquire how often Kiedis lifts weights?

No, no weights,” he says.

I look surprised. Where did you get those big arms from then, I asked him?

“Sex,” he replied.

No way! What does he do, carry them around over his head before he gets them into bed?

At last, he allows himself a small chuckle, amused by my puffing and blowing, my envy and disbelief.

“The only exercise I ever get, unless I force myself to do push-ups, is sex and onstage. Stage is the cardio-vascular scenario, you know; an hour-and-a-half running around every night. That’s a perfect exercise.

“And sex. You’d be surprised. I mean, if you’re holding yourself up above a girl for any length of time… you know, utilizing your pelvis or whatever. Don’t you feel pumped up after you have sex?” he asks, face a perfect mask of sincerity.

Outside, it’s stopped raining…

Mandy Cole

@pedro alvezz Condee 1990 June Kerrang (292)





Note: This is RHCP’s first Kerrang! cover I think. Have gone through a site that has most Kerrangs! listed on it and this is the first one I can see (it could be one of the missing editions on there is earlier but this is also the earliest Kerrang! cover I have so my money would be on it being the first one).

Thank you to Kathie Davis for the transcript.

On a not so hot day in LA, MICK WALL is having his ears burnt by ANTHONY KIEDIS, vocalist of the ‘Hardcore, bone-crunching, psychedelic, sex-funk band from heaven’ otherwise known as the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS. Kiedis explains why Faith No More vocalist Mike Patton may soon be minus a left foot, why Kiedis’ new girlfriend is ‘the biggest sexual genius’ he’s encountered in the last 10 years, and why conquering England will be like ‘the long-term process of making love’. Be on the safe side: take a pack of condoms to next week’s gigs and be sure you know…

 

WHO’S FUNKIN’ YOU

 

I’M SORRY, ladies, but when he appears in the doorway, immediately I’m struck by how small he is. Onstage with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Kiedis looks like one of those classic Greek statues; large, musclebound, big willy dangling.

In person, however, the singer with the original ‘Hardcore, bone-crunching, psychedelic, sex-funk band from heaven’ looks much more manageable. Five feet eight maybe, long straight tea-coloured hair, younger looking than his 27 years. Dressed in shorts (natch), T-shirt and sneakers. Still with the big muscular arms though.

As for the willy? Well, he never showed it to me, which is a shame. Maybe if he had, I might have sued him and made some money out of it. He explains how a similar situation came about…

“It was backstage after a show and I was changing and there was this girl there. We were all joking and laughing together and when she left, no one was under the impression that she was perturbed by my nudity in the dressing room.”

Within 24 hours, however, he girl, a student at the George Mason University, in Virginia, had sworn out a complaint and Kiedis was tried and convicted on misdemeanor charges of ‘sexual battery’ and indecent exposure, but is appealing against the sexual battery charge.

She claimed Kiedis had dangled his dick in her face. Had he?

“No,” he says sharply. “I’m not that type of person. I’m a very fun-loving, friendly person. The fact that I was found guilty of misdemeanors and given a nominal fine pretty much indicated to my attorney and to hers that it was a pile of shit.”

UNLIKE THE singing voice, which has rapped, yapped and crowed its way through four albums with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the speaking voice is even-tempered, almost monotonous, or would be if what he had to say wasn’t so interesting. We meet on another typically red hot day in Los Angeles.

Actually, I’m lying. It was pissing with rain, chuckin’ it down. I just liked the line.

“I love the rain,” Kiedis tells me, glancing out the window of my hotel room. “It’s very important to Los Angeles; the air pollution is so deadly here that without the rain we would die. So, you know, we’re very lucky to have rain today.”

We digress to discuss the environment. Kiedis says it needs all the help it can get. I don’t argue. We sit there looking thoughtful. Then the conversation steers itself back onto safer ground; more sex crimes.

In March, performing during MTV’s Spring-break party in Daytona Beach, Florida, bassist and – along with Kiedis – co-founder of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Michael ‘Flea’ Balzary, and drummer Chad Smith, were arrested by beach rangers after they had leapt off the stage to much commotion and Flea allegedly threw a young woman over his shoulder while Smith spanked her.

Both face charges for battery, with Flea facing additional charges of ‘disorderly conduct’ and ‘solicitation to commit an unnatural and lascivious act’.

Kiedis remains tight-lipped on the subject. It’s clear he thinks the whole thing has been blown out of all proportion. Maybe if it had been solely a Red Hot Chili Pepper gig instead of a variety show, the girl would have understood, maybe even demanded it…

“Most people who come to our shows understand that there’s a humorous element to what we do and not necessarily intended to offend anyone,” Kiedis says.

“The first amendment of the American Constitution gives you the freedom of speech and the freedom, you know, to do what you will from the stage.”

Tell it to the PMRC, I tell him. Or the Governor of the State of Minnesota who is trying to introduce an over-21 law for all major-league concerts in the state, whether the venue is selling alcohol or not.

“That’s a terrible concept,” says Kiedis, shaking his head. “I hope they fail miserably. Creativity has always been threatened by certain right wing factions of society. But they’ve never succeeded and I don’t see why they should now.

NEVERTHELESS, THE last Chilis album, ‘Mother’s Milk’, came complete with ‘Explicit Language’ stickers plastered on it’s sleeve.

“That doesn’t bother me at all,” he says. “Our lyrics are very explicit, whether it’s about sex or friendship, or love for life in general. If they wanna inform the buying public that it is explicit, I have no problems with that.”

However, when a certain large chain of American stores wanted to by 50,000 copies of the album, they balked when they say the sleeve (the naked upper torso of a young woman cradling the four miniature figures of the band in her slender arms).

The band’s record company, EMI, got round the problem by redesigning the sleeve to make the bodies bigger, in order to obscure more of “Mother’s breasts. 50,000 records later, Kiedis says he is comfortable with the decision and denies any implications of selling out. Yuk! Horrid words.

“The art of the Red Hot Chili Peppers is first and foremost that of our music, and we never change our music as a compromise for anybody’s desires or tastes. That we should have to enlarge ourselves on the record is really not that big a deal. It’s what’s inside that counts,” he points out pragmatically.

“These things are so arbitrary, anyway. Nobody kicked up any fuss over our T-shirts…” (The two most famous being the legendary socks-on-cocks number, and the less well known woman-masturbating shirt.)

“It’s a drawing of Madonna masturbating, and she’s dreaming of the Red Hot Chili Peppers,” Kiedis explains with a straight face.

It’s not known if Madonna herself has actually seen it.

“I think if she saw it, she’s want one, that’s the type of girl she is. I mean, I don’t think she’s ever denied masturbating. Or denied masturbating to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, for that matter…”

WHAT ABOUT the serious side of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, though? All play and no work makes Jack a dull jerk… Does it concern Kiedis that some people might not be able to see past the silly faces in their photo’s the smutty T-shirts, the whole zany, kinky, mama-we’s-all-crazy jive? That some people might not take the Red Hot Chili Peppers seriously at all?

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