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Red Hot Chili Peppers: Funky Monks (1991)

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Shows the classic lineup of the Red Hot Chili Peppers recording their 1991 breakthrough album "Blood Sugar Sex Magik."

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Shows the classic lineup of the Red Hot Chili Peppers recording their 1991 breakthrough album "Blood Sugar Sex Magik."

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Surprisingly classy look at the recording of a classic 90's album..
26 November 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Shot in black and white (what else? it IS a documentary after all..) this classy "home movie" is an interesting look at one of the best and most enduring rock bands of the past 20 years during the recording of their most notorious and best-loved record, 1991's "BloodSugarSexMagik". It's an absolute must for fans of the band. Easily the the most definitive picture of the Red Hot Chili Peppers yet put on film. Look out for mini cameos from everyone from film director Gus Van Sant to Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz.

The footage of the actual recording is (somewhat surprisingly) the most compelling part of the film. It is obvious that, despite the bands ridiculous cartoon-like media image and eccentric drug and nudity-fueled reputation, that at their core there is in fact a group of incredibly talented and passionate musicians dedicated to making a fabulous racket.

In all; plenty of great music, a bit of (dubious and slightly drugged-out) philosophy, a wealth of perverted anecdotes, childish antics, and (as with anything even remotely associated with the Chili Peppers) a nice bit of nudity. Great stuff.

Buy it if you're a fan, watch it even if you're not.


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