This is a list of “holy grails” – items from the band’s
history which appear to exist somewhere, yet do not come up often enough in conversation.
put them in one place in the hopes to jog dusty memories, or to incite more
public interest in their uncovering.
If you have any further information
regarding the items listed here, please get in touch, and please be aware that the
web-masters are willing to pay for items you might be willing to sell. That said, we do not necessarily intend to obtain or spread these highly coveted
recordings; we’re aware that collectors rely on the rarer things in order for
their collection to grow. Even simple information, clarification and any
further details would be highly appreciated.
One thing to remember is sometimes items that we didn't even
know existed can be uncovered. In 2006, just before the release of Stadium
Arcadium, the bands catalogue was released on iTunes and other mp3
stores. With this came the release of tracks like “Bob”, “Quixotic Elixir” and
“Bicycle Song”; tracks we weren't expecting or that were only barely alluded to
prior their surprise release one day. If the items below excite you, imagine
what else the band might have up their sleeves...
- “Deep Kick” – the One
Hot Minute documentary:
Perhaps the most elusive piece of Chili Peppers history. This documentary was recorded in 1994 and '95. It shows
the band recording One Hot Minute, similar to Funky Monks. However, there’s a slight twist in that it featured smaller short films inter-cut – one for each band member. If anything, it appears to be a lot closer to Led Zeppelin's The Song Remains The Same, with its random insane fantasy sequences cut in to the band's performances. The videos for Chad and Dave have appeared elsewhere, and there are some clips shown here and here. Anthony also mentions it in Scar Tissue. Though this is unconfirmed, it would seem that the in-studio video for My Friends
was edited down from parts of the documentary, though its hard to tell which bits are real footage and which bits have been re-recorded for the video. A source that has been very reliable in the past, has said that it features footage from the 1994 Woodstock show, the bands rehearsal sessions in Hawaii, and the recording of the album itself, most notably a scene involving Anthony's vocals for 'Transcending' and percussion overdubs for 'The Junkie Song', (which may or may have ended up being 'Bob') featuring Stephen Perkins.
The infamous “Blender”. A song from the “One Hot Minute” sessions that was, until the last minute, supposed to be on the album. It hasn't been seen since.
- Rehearsal tapes:
DAT and cassette tapes of the bands rehearsal time; whether they be jams for new songs, rehearsals for tours, etc., stemming from the early 90s up until 2007, are known to circulate among collectors.
- “Funky Monks” extended cut:
Supposedly, a 3 hour cut of the documentary exists and has been floating around
collector’s circles. It may feature the missing BSSM song featured in the VH1
documentary about the album. Some unseen footage can be seen here and here. Supposedly a Norwegian TV channel broadcast some outtakes back in 1992. There is a good chance that it's not a 3-hour cut but merely 3-hours worth of footage tacked together. Very recently a version of the film with 19 semi-new minutes of footage was uploaded to Youtube.
- Greatest Hits sessions:
See here. Instrumental rough mixes appear to be circulating. This is the largest batch of possibly new recordings that exists.
- Missing BSSM song:
In 2002 a vh1 documentary
about Blood Sugar Sex Magik aired, and with it came some new footage of the
band recording the album. Overlaid on this footage is what appears to the band, with Rick, listening to an unknown track. This also might be viewable on the
extended cut of Funky Monks. You can hear it here.
- Higher fidelity version of the Blood Sugar Sex Magik
This currently only exists as a 128kbps mp3 rip from a poor sounding tape.
Do you have a better copy, or at least some info on
what this is? Please get in touch.
- The missing song from the Stadium Arcadium sessions.
Almost every news article in the lead up to the album noted that 38 songs were recorded. To date, 37 have been released. It may not have been finished, though the band seemed adamant that it was a completely written song.
MTV 120 Minutes 1988 show:
Blackbyrd McKnight only played (an estimated) four shows with the band. It appears that the only show recorded was in LA in September 1988 for MTV's program 120 Minutes. This is incredibly rare and apparently unsurfaced.