Two-time Red Hot Chili Peppers producer Michael Beinhorn recalled working with the Los Angeles quartet in a new interview with Produce Like A Pro. Beinhorn, who handled the band's third and fourth LPs, 1987's The Uplift Mofo Party Plan and 1989's Mother's Milk, spoke about that era of the band's history.
Beinhorn remarked, “There was this one guy at EMI Records who said, 'I may have an artist for you. We can't figure out what to do with them.' And, you know, it turned out it was deeper than that. I think there were people at the record company who actively despised them. Because they were so different.”
The producer continued, “I think that also shows you the limited kind of wisdom of people at record companies on occasion that they kind of look for conformism and what large audiences are going to be into and they sort of miss the pearls . . . that's what the Chili Peppers were.”
Beinhorn remembered the band's demos as being “pretty bad,” but added, “There was something in there that I couldn't put my finger on . . . I began to realize that what was coming through to me — really subtly — was the character, like, of the band, the people, themselves.”
Chili Peppers bassist Flea spoke with us a while back about the band's early days: “You know, when the band first started, it was this wild energy that we couldn't control. It was just like bursting through us, you know. We couldn't even control it, it was like it just had to happen. It was like there wasn't any choice in the matter. We just had to do it, and it just gave birth to this thing that has lasted all this time.”
The Chili Peppers have played some exotic shows this year, including gigs in Tasmania and at the Great Pyramids in Egypt, as the band continues working on its 12th studio LP.