From the Stacks

From The Stacks: What Is This, ‘Squeezed’

You claim to be a Red Hot Chili Peppers fan, but you don’t own Squeezed, the debut EP from What Is This? I don’t even know who you are anymore.

Granted, the only two original Chilis who appear on this record are Hillel Slovak and Jack Irons, but this is where it all begins. More specifically, it all begins at Fairfax High School on Los Angeles’s Melrose Avenue. That’s where Jack and Hillel convinced their band geek friend Flea to put down the horn and play bass for them. That’s also where buddy Anthony Kiedis came aboard as What Is This’s roadie. Not too much later off came the shirts and on went the socks, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers were formed.

And while vocalist Alain Johannes has nothing in common with Anthony Kiedis, you can hear the funk that was yet to come in Squeezed’s grooves:

You might think with that kind of historical significance and the relatively low number of copies printed Squeezed would be a pricey record, but you’re only looking at about two bucks to own the roots of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. What are you waiting for? Happy hunting.

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