Artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Title: “The Uplift Mofo Party Plan”
Thanks to headaches with record labels, despite being the third album in the group’s catalog, “The Uplift Mofo Party Plan” is the only album the Red Hot Chili Peppers released with the group’s founding lineup.
It’s also the best of the group’s ’80s output. The band, which headlines the Outside Lands Music Festival Sunday in Golden Gate Park, straps on a confidence and swagger to its strut, as “Funky Crime” demonstrates.
Guitarist Hillel Slovak, who died less than 10 months after the release of “Uplift” from a heroin overdose, does his best and most ambitious work, including the lead sitar role on “Behind the Sun,” the only song from the Slovak years to chart.
“Behind the Sun” also acts as an early precursor to the mellowed sound introduced more than a decade later on 1999′s “Californication.”
A cover of Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” is a bomb, completely unrecognizable from the original.
But much of “Uplift” could go toe to toe with the band’s work from the past two decades. Though lyrically juvenile at times, musically, “Uplift” is enjoyable in its own right in its best moments. At its weakest, it feels like preparation for 1991′s “Blood Sugar Sex Magik.”
Our Music Year is Daily Republic popular culture writer Nick DeCicco’s yearlong online review in 2012 of albums he had previously not listened to. The reviews will appear in print on their corresponding days during 2013. Reach him at 427-6966 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ndeciccodr.