Holy Grails

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. 

We've 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 performancesThe videos for Chad and Dave have appeared elsewhere, and there are some clips shown here and hereAnthony 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. There appears to be shots from the footage intercut into this documentary. A source that has been very reliable in the past, has said that it features footage from backstage at 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 not have ended up being Bobfeaturing Stephen Perkins.

  • "Blender"
    A short, chaotic song from the “One Hot Minute” sessions that was, until the last minute, supposed to be on the album. It hasn't been heard or referred to by the band 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 (see below) 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, but -- eep -- it was taken down.
  • Greatest Hits sessions:
    See here. More instrumental rough mixes appear to be circulating, and may be leaked in the next year or so. This is possibly the largest batch of new recordings that exist.
  • Missing BSSM song/'Me and Terry Teagle':
    In 2002 a vh1 documentary about Blood Sugar Sex Magik aired, and with it came some previously unseen footage of the band recording the album. Overlaid on that 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 that here. That track may have been called Me and Terry Teagle, which can be seen on this pre-release cassette track list, but which has not been referenced since. 

  • Higher fidelity version of the Blood Sugar Sex Magik Sessions Tape.
    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 finished song. 

  • MTV 120 Minutes 1988 show:
    Dewayne "Blackbyrd" McKnight only played (an estimated) four shows with the band. It appears that the only show recorded was at "Alcohol Salad" in LA in September 1988 for MTV's program 120 Minutes (or, perhaps, it was a regular show that got recorded). This is rare and has not surfaced as of yet, but footage from the day is seemingly included at the 15.50 mark of this video.