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30 years ago this week a little known punk funk band from Los Angeles named the Red Hot Chili Peppers released their self-titled debut album. Following its release….they remained a little known punk funk band from Los Angeles. Gradually though, over successive releases and tours, they built their fan base and finally broke big with their fourth long player, 1989’s Mother’s Milk. Few artists have a hit record straight out the starting gate, and some rather noteworthy bands didn’t see success until three of four albums into their careers. Blues rock legends The Allman Brothers Band released two solid but poor selling records before finding an audience with the double live album At Fillmore East. Bruce Springsteen got rave reviews for his debut Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., but didn’t hit the charts until 1975’s Born To Run, his third album. And Nirvana’s 1989 indie label debut Bleach didn’t register on most people’s radar until after their sophomore album Nevermind made grunge a household word. Listening back to some of these records, it’s hard to understand why they didn’t connect with fans as they’re among the greatest rock albums of all time. Check out 10 first album flops that delivered on ace tunes but failed to break the bands into the big time.
Hear guitarist Ace Frehley talk about the recording of Kiss‘ unsung self-titled debut album.