TheFarmStudios has released a collection of photos from the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Mother’s Milk recording sessions at the Ocean Way Recording Studio in Hollywood from 1988-1989. The photos offer a rare view of the band during the recording of the album, which, until now has never been seen before.
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Anthony Kiedis and John Frusciante on the Mother’s Milk recording sessions
“It was weird when I first joined the band because we recorded the album after I’d been in the band for just a few months and Chad had actually been in for just two weeks”, John Frusciante recalled. “I was still a little bit confused about my position and we were just like four individuals. Music is all about welding people into a unit and with all the touring we’ve been doing we’re now like an eight armed cosmic octopus!”
Mother’s Milk producer, Michael Beinhorn pushed the Red Hot Chili Peppers to produce the best possible takes for each of the record’s thirteen tracks with the intent of the band obtaining a hit record. The Mother’s Milk recording sessions were uncomfortable due to Beinhorn’s incessant desire to create a hit.
He recalled that he and the band were at odds: “Suffice to say that I had a very intense personal relationship [with the band] and somewhere along the line I fell out with [them].” Michael Beinhorn constantly clashed with John Frusciante over guitar effects. According to Anthony Kiedis, “[Beinhorn] wanted John to have a big, crunching, almost metal-sounding guitar tone whereas before we always had some interesting acid-rock guitar tones as well as a lot of slinky, sexy, funky guitar tones.”
John Frusciante was frustrated with the producer’s attitude and ultimately resented his playing on the record, feeling it was too “macho”. Anthony Kiedis recalled that, in the end, “I couldn’t tolerate his direction any longer. He was trying to squeeze something out of me that I wasn’t feeling, and we got in a fight and I knew that I was done with him.”
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