Reason #449 Why The ’80’s Didn’t Suck: Mother’s Milk

Back in 1989 I was 21 years old and just started my education on vintage funk. James Brown and his early ‘70’s funk songs were in heavy rotation in the Uncle E household, but I had yet to really delve into Funkadelic, the funkiest of all the funk bands. Had I been familiar with their discography I may not have the same affection for this Red Hot Chili Peppers album, but I didn’t, and I still do. The first song I heard from Mother’s Milk was the cover of Stevie Wonder’s Higher Ground, and it really blew me away, especially Flea’s bass playing. It was hard, it was certainly funky, and it was apparent that these were some pretty serious musicians. The rest of the album ain’t bad either; Subway To Venus, Nobody Weird Like Me, Taste The Pain and especially Knock Me Down are all great songs.

Of course, now that I am familiar with the works of George Clinton’s crew, the sound the Chili’s made/make is not nearly as groundbreaking as I thought, and not very original when you get down to it. They got worse and worse with each successive album, in my opinion, and I lost interest quickly, although there are a few good songs scattered throughout their later records. You just have to look for them.

Interesting to note that the cover here is a homage/rip off of Queen’s classic News Of The World cover, pictured below.