In the water where I center my emotion.
All the world can pass me by!
Universally Speaking

We never saw the sock on the cock thing as a gimmick. How natural, how much fun would it be to play partially naked? An entrancing form of rocking, but what happened was that the press, especially the European press, picked up on a superficial aspect of the music. But, luckily, we didn’t get caught behind that. The people who really care, people who connect with the vibe, the sensation created through our music, they matter.   — Anthony Kiedis, 1992

It’s bitter baby, and it’s very sweet
I’m on a rollercoaster, but I’m on my feet


Happy 29th birthday to Freaky Styley! Red Hot Chili Peppers’ second studio album, released on August 16 1985.

Happy 29th birthday to Freaky Styley! Red Hot Chili Peppers’ second studio album, released on August 16 1985.


Happy 25th birthday to Mother’s Milk! Red Hot Chili Peppers’ fourth studio album, released on August 16 1989.

Happy 25th birthday to Mother’s Milk! Red Hot Chili Peppers’ fourth studio album, released on August 16 1989.

The one who always makes me smile, either with a perfect song or a goofy face. The responsible for the greatest day of my life. How can I even thank you for lighting my days? Happy Birthday Queen Madonna. May the angels protect you and sadness forget you. 16.08.14

The prison setting carries profound implications not merely about the plight of literal prisoners, but people in a society disciplined by constant surveillance and a more internalized form of power. "Some things in life they just don’t want to see", he sings. Yet in the video, Jackson makes sure some of these disturbing realities are revealed. It wasn’t as fun to watch as "Beat It", but it certainly reinforced the song’s powerful expression of outrage at injustice. -Man in the Music on THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT US: PRISON VERSION

MR POND