New Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs “Strange Man” and “Long Progression”

Posted: August 9, 2012 in New Releases, News Updates, Reviews

The Red Hot Chili Peppers, one of the United States’ biggest modern rock bands, just released an extremely successful record, “I’m With You,” which was nominated for the Grammy Award for “Best Rock Album,” a covers EP with songs by The Ramones, The Stooges, The Beach Boys, David Bowie, Neil Young and Dion and the Belmonts, and have been touring relentlessly across Europe and America, a concert-series that included several headlining positions at major festivals. If that wasn’t enough, the band has announced that over the course of the next few months, they will be pleasuring their fans with various B-Sides and unreleased tracks from the “I’m With You” sessions.
Today, the Chilis released the first of this series, “Strange Man” and “Long Progression.”

The above video of “Strange Man” was removed by the record label so you can listen to “Strange Man” here and in the below post you can listen to “Long Progression.”

“Strange Man” begins with a classic Chad Smith/Red Hot Chili Peppers beat, rich with funky snare hits, and a mellow I’m-With-You-esque chord progression, that could only exist in an incarnation of the Peppers with new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. Nonetheless, the song later features a more typical Chili-funk riff that resembles Klinghoffer doing his own take on a guitar pattern similar to that of 1991’s “Give It Away” from the band’s tremendous record, Blood Sugar Sex Magik. “Strange Man” is definitely the stronger of these two tunes and resonates with me more than some of the tracks that actually made it to I’m With You, though it is somewhat funkier than most of the other tunes on record.

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