Is RHCP "Adult Contemporary"?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by MAJOR METAL, Sep 23, 2021.


    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    I know alternative was invented with this rock ambiguity, but do you think RHCP falls into the category of adult contemporary now?
  2. Dean N

    Dean N

    Jul 4, 2006
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Maybe the stuff they put out now is, and some of the older radio-friendly hits (Soul To Squeeze, Under The Bridge), but I can't picture Catholic School Girls Rule being in the same category as songs by Josh Groban or Faith Hill. To be accurate, it'd probably have to be a song by song assessment for RHCP.
  3. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    I wouldn’t get too wrapped up in commercial broadcast programming category BS. It’s for the benefit of potential advertisers, and to target certain demographic groups who will spend money on certain items. At one time, RHCP were fresh, edgy, went against the mainstream norm, and appealed to a youth market who took a stance against mainstream lifestyles and culture. Or so they thought. These people are grandparents now potentially, certainly parents, and as the band themselves grew up, weathered personnel changes, developed musically, and smoothed down the edges, the ‘alternative’ became the new normal, making that vague label dated and irrelevant. “AC” is another convenient, but ultimately meaningless catch-all for anything pop(as in “popular”, and hit oriented)but not bubblegum stuff that would appeal primarily to 20’s and younger. “True Men Don’t Kill Coyotes” might have annoyed the average Boston, Eagles or Styx fan in 1984, but now the Peppers don’t play much of that sort of thing anymore, plus that sound is kind of quaint 37 years later. And radio now still wouldn’t touch that early stuff.
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2021
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  4. skwee


    Apr 2, 2010
    Everything after Blood Sugar Sex Magic is. :cool:
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  5. tubedude

    tubedude Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2015
  6. WG Plum

    WG Plum

    Apr 9, 2021
    Not One Hot Minute. That album is criminally underrated.
  7. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    Anything up to and including BSSM, no. Anything after, possibly.
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  8. mambo4


    Jun 9, 2006
    I can't Imagine any sense in which RHCP are contemporary.
  9. Low8

    Low8 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    I try not to think of the Red Hot Chili Peppers at all these days.

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  10. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    From a radio standpoint it basically depends on the song. Simple as that. Not all RHCP is adult contemporary, but some if it is.
  11. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    Alternative is pretty spot on in itself.
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  12. Ihaveshingles


    Dec 24, 2018
    Why are we even discussing this...leave RHCP as they are , no need to label them past or present
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  13. lucas303


    Mar 11, 2019
    I put them in the "overrated has-been" genre.
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  14. Corigan

    Corigan Shaking Rumps with Thumps Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2021
    RHCP is their own sound, no need to label. They have changed so much through the years while still keeping a vibe.

    I know many don't like the later stuff, but I like it all. Im with you and dark necessities has some excellent tracks on it. Im with you is a great album imho.

    I've been listening since uplift mofo came out. The career and catalog of chili's has aged like fine wine imho.

    I see Rick Rubin is working with them again on their new record. Will be interested to see what they all come up with.
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  15. 2F/2F


    May 26, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    No. They are a mainstream rock band now. They have moved from whatever the hell awesome thing they were at first, to alternative rock, to mainstream rock. While it might be horrible, it is still rock music, not adult contemporary.
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  16. Lukasonbass


    Dec 12, 2019
    New Hampshire
    I don’t think they have a genre. It’s RHCP, no one sounds like them and they don’t sound like anyone else.

    They are also one of those groups that you either love or hate and if you love them you probably love a specific era (80s, 90s, 2000s, or modern).

    They’ve been around for almost 40yrs which is amazing and just that I can’t fathom at all, let alone the insane growth they achieved, bands don’t go from homeless street punk addicts to being famous worldwide like that, especially in today’s society.

    I don’t think you can over stay your welcome if you’re selling out massive venues worldwide. They do consistently evolve and I give them credit for trying to keep it fresh even if I haven’t really liked there latest efforts (although I absolutely love Stadium Arcadium, I know all of it note for note).

    Adult contemporary is basically just an umbrella term for catchy love song, so yea they have a few of those. (As do most bands with radio play).
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  17. red_rhino

    red_rhino Artful Dodger Gold Supporting Member

    How about "Classic Alt"?
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  18. Ihaveshingles


    Dec 24, 2018
    Well, if you put them in there I guess you won’t be lonely
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  19. totnut


    Sep 14, 2013
    hit the nail on the head!
  20. Cowboy in Latvia

    Cowboy in Latvia

    Mar 1, 2015
    This is actually pretty accurate. We're talking about a band that started almost 40 years ago. To put that in perspective, their first album is to today's listeners what early Bing Crosby was to the original audience for said album.
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