Below is a list of “holy grails” – moments and items from the band’s history which we'd like to know more about. We've put them in one place in the hopes to jog dusty memories, or to incite more public interest in their uncovering.
One thing to remember: sometimes items that we didn't even know existed can be uncovered. In 2006, just before the release of Stadium Arcadium, the bands catalogue was released on iTunes and other online stores. With this came the release of tracks like Bob, Quixotic Elixir and Bicycle Song; tracks we weren't expecting, or that were only barely alluded to prior their surprise release one day.
“Deep Kick” – the One Hot Minute documentary
Perhaps the most elusive piece of Chili Peppers history. This documentary was recorded in 1994 and 1995. It shows the band recording One Hot Minute, similar to the way Funky Monks showed them recording Blood Sugar Sex Magik. However, there’s a slight twist in that it featured smaller short films inter-cut – one for each band member. If anything, it appears to be a lot closer to Led Zeppelin's The Song Remains The Same, with its random insane fantasy sequences cut in to the band's live performance. The videos for Chad and Dave have appeared elsewhere, and there are some clips shown here and here. Anthony also mentions it in Scar Tissue. Though this is unconfirmed, it would seem that the in-studio video for My Friends was edited down from parts of the documentary, though its hard to tell which bits are real footage and which bits have been re-recorded for the video. There also appears to be shots from the footage intercut into this documentary. Other reliable sources have said that it features footage from backstage at the 1994 Woodstock show, the bands rehearsal sessions in Hawaii, and the recording of the album itself, most notably a scene involving Anthony's vocals for Transcending and percussion overdubs for The Junkie Song (which may or may not have ended up becoming Bob) featuring Stephen Perkins.
A short, chaotic song from the One Hot Minute sessions that was, until the last minute, supposed to be on the album. It hasn't been heard or referred to by the band since, and hasn’t surfaced on any promotional copies of the album that are still floating around.
The missing song from the Stadium Arcadium sessions
In several pre-release interviews, the band said they recorded 38 songs during recording sessions for Stadium Arcadium. To date, only 37 songs have surfaced. It is unclear if the song exists in a finished state.
The missing song from the Blood Sugar Sex Magik sessions
vh1 aired a documentary about Blood Sugar Sex Magik in 2002, and with it came some previously unseen footage of the band recording the album. Overlaid on that footage is what appears to the band, with Rick, listening to a previously unheard track. You can hear that here. It’s name is unknown; there’s a chance it’s not even the RHCP playing - it could be stock music overlaid by vh1.
The rest of the Greatest Hits sessions
DAT and cassette tapes of the bands rehearsals, whether they be jams for new songs, rehearsals for tours, etc., are known to circulate among collectors.
additional “Funky Monks” footage
Additional footage was shot during the recording sessions and is in the band's archives, and some may be floating around collectors circles, though that is unconfirmed. Though rumours have circulated that a three hour cut exists, that is not the case. Gavin Bowden, the fim’s director, told a fan that a 70-minute cut was prepared during the editing process, but that Warner Bros. requested a 60-minute version instead, to save on tape stock. Bowden mentioned that the cut footage featured a seance and some extra music, and that anything shot is not in the possession of Warner Bros. Any additional footage may also feature the possible missing BSSM song that was featured in a VH1 documentary about the album (see above), which also featured some extra footage not seen in Funky Monks or the Suck My Kiss video. Supposedly a Norwegian TV channel broadcast some outtakes back in 1992. There is a good chance that it consists merely of unedited footage tacked together, but we'll take what we can get.
Very recently a version of the film with 19 semi-new minutes of footage was uploaded to Youtube.
Higher fidelity version of the Blood Sugar Sex Magik sessions tape
This currently only exists as a 128kbps mp3 rip from a poor sounding tape. Do you have a better copy, or at least some info on what this is? Please get in touch.
1988 MTV "120 Minutes" performance
Dewayne "Blackbyrd" McKnight only played four shows with the band. It appears that the only show of his recorded was at "Alcohol Salad" in LA in September 1988 for the MTV program 120 Minutes. This is incredibly rare and has not surfaced as of yet, but footage from the day seems to have been included at the 15.50 mark of this video.