Grand Pappy Du Plenty

Album: The Red Hot Chili Peppers (1984)


  • An instrumental track from Red Hot Chili Peppers' first album, when Dave Navarro joined the band in 1993, they would play this song before playing "Give It Away."

    It was written by bassist Flea, guitarist Jack Sherman, and producer Andy Gill. The song was meant to serve as a more emotional counterbalance to the crazy party songs that dominate the album.
  • After the album's release, the song was only played on three different tours: the 1984 tour (to promote this album), the "Freaky Styley" tour, and was then forgotten about for another ten years until it made something of a comeback during the "One Hot Minute" tour, where the band would play it as the intro to the more well-known "Give It Away", but the song hasn't been played live ever again since then (as of 2015). >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alec - Yorktown Heights, NY, for above 2

Comments: 2

  • Alec Thorp from Yorktown Heights, NyNo, actually Jack Sherman played guitar on this. Hillel Slovak was playing with What is This? when this was recorded.
  • Alec from Mechanicsburg, SdDave Nvarro was not in the band until One Hot Minute. Hillel Slovack played the guitar on this.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Charles FoxSongwriter Interviews

After studying in Paris with a famous composition teacher, Charles became the most successful writer of TV theme songs.

Petula ClarkSongwriter Interviews

Petula talks about her hits "Downtown" and "Don't Sleep In The Subway," and explains her Michael Jackson connection.

Songs About MoviesSong Writing

Iron Maiden, Adele, Toto, Eminem and Earth, Wind & Fire are just some of the artists with songs directly inspired by movies - and not always good ones.

Divided Souls: Musical Alter EgosSong Writing

Long before Eminem, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj created alternate personas, David Bowie, Bono, Joni Mitchell and even Hank Williams took on characters.

Early Days of MTVFact or Fiction

If you can recall the days when MTV played videos, you know that there are lots of stories to tell. See if you can spot the real ones.

Tom Bailey of Thompson TwinsSongwriter Interviews

Tom stopped performing Thompson Twins songs in 1987, in part because of their personal nature: "Hold Me Now" came after an argument with his bandmate/girlfriend Alannah Currie.