Run That Back: Red Hot Chili Peppers - ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’

A look back on the 30th anniversary of the album
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Red Hot Chili Peppers had enjoyed moderate success up until 1991, but were still in search of their breakthrough. Their previous record, Mother’s Milk, had peaked at number 52 on the Billboard 200 and had a few singles gain considerable traction including their cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground.”

When they released Blood Sugar Sex Magik on September 24, 1991, they had a global hit on their hands and finally found that elusive breakthrough.

Consistently hailed as one of the great albums of the 90s, Blood Sugar Sex Magik sent the Chili Peppers into a whole new level of popularity.

Their explosive single “Under the Bridge” is the most successful track off the record peaking at the number two position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It helped bring in a new wave of fans serving as a song that crossed over into a variety of different formats.

“Give It Away” also brought the band tremendous attention as it went number one on the Alternative Airplay chart and to date is one of the band’s most performed songs in concert.

Aside from the two hits, the album is a masterpiece from top to bottom with tracks that still get you headbanging to this day.

From the heavy funk of “Suck My Kiss” and “Mellowship Slinky in B Major” to the opening grooves of “The Power of Equality” and “If You Have to Ask,” the album created instant classics that are always a pleasure to hear whenever the Chili Peppers bust them out in concert.

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