Red Hot Chili Peppers

Higher Ground

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Chili Peppers’ frontman Anthony Kiedis makes no bones about how deep his admiration for both Stevie Wonder and Jimi Hendrix lies, and here, on this remarkable Wonder cover, the two worlds collide heavily with the Peppers’ own blistering assimilation of contemporary West Coast rock. Wonder climbed the pop charts with ”Higher Ground” in 1973 and, while the Peppers’ weren’t so lucky on that front, their take on this soul classic has long been considered by many to be the one that really got the band’s balls rolling. Whipped into heavy rotation on MTV, the make or break moment for any band during the 1980s, ”Higher Ground” brought dirty soul to kids who’d barely been a glimmer in anyone’s eyes when R&B funked through the early 1970s. And, as it turned out, the kids couldn’t get enough of it. Glammed out, funky, tribal and unique, the Red Hot Chili Peppers rode the wave of ”Higher Ground” straight into their Blood Sugar Sex Magic hitmaker just two years later.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Mother's Milk 1989 Capitol 3:22
No Image 1989 Capitol
Taste the Pain 1989 Capitol 5:19
No Image 1990 Capitol
MTV: Best of 120 Minutes, Vol. 1 1991
Various Artists
Rhino
What Hits!? 1992 Capitol 3:21
What Hits!? [Video] 1992 Capitol
Rock the First, Vol. 4 1992
Various Artists
Sandstone Music / Sandstone 3:21
Cosmopolitan, Vol. 9 1994
Various Artists
Sandstone 3:15
Alternation 1994
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:16
Greatest Hits [EMI] 1994 EMI Music Distribution 3:21
The Best Funk Album in the World..Ever 1995
Various Artists
Virgin 3:21
The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers [Original Soundtrack] 1995
Original Soundtrack
Atlantic / Fox 3:22
Songs That Fill the Screen 1995
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
X-Games, Vol. 1: Music from the Edge 1996
Various Artists
Tommy Boy 3:21
The Best of Red Hot Chili Peppers [EMI] 1997 EMI-Capitol Special Markets / A M W Music 3:21
Alternative Rock Cafe 1997
Various Artists
Quality Music / Quality 3:21
Camelot Music: Classic Stuff Sampler 1997
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets
Under the Covers: Essential Red Hot Chili Peppers 1998 EMI-Capitol Special Markets
Hollywood's Hottest Hits, Vol. 2 1998
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 3:24
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Telstar TV Records 3:20
MTV the First 1000 Years: Rock 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:23
Party Hard 2000 1999
Various Artists
Radikal 3:22
Smash Hits: Party Mix 2000
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 3:24
Smash Hits: Party Mix [Two Disc] 2000
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 3:24
On the Edge [Razor & Tie] 2000
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 3:23
Center Stage [Sony] 2000
Original Soundtrack
Epic / Sony Music Distribution 3:23
The Best of Red Hot Chili Peppers [Madacy] 2000 Madacy 3:21
Cleveland Indians: Jacobs Field Era 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City Sports Records / Alphabet City 3:20
New York Mets: Songs & Sounds That Shake Shea 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City Sports Records / Alphabet City 3:20
MTV 20: Pop 2001
Various Artists
Maverick / Warner Bros. 3:22
Greatest Hits [Warner Bros.] 2003 Warner Bros. 3:22
Best Air Guitar Album, Vol. 3 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:21
The Best of Red Hot Chili Peppers [Capitol] 2005 Capitol / EMI Records 3:21
The Red Hot Chili Peppers Phenomenon 2006 Classic Rock Legends
Ocean Tribe: Hard Side 2007
Various Artists
Toshiba EMI
20 Years of Rage 2007
Various Artists
ABC Music 3:21
Holiday Gift Pack 2007 Capitol / EMI Records / EMI 3:22
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG
Best of Red Hot Chili Peppers [Collectables] 2008 Collectables
Life is Music 2008
Various Artists
Studio Brussel / EMI 3:22
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Million Dollar Riff 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 3:23
101 Running Songs, Lap 2 2010
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:21
Gods of Guitar [Universal] 2011
Various Artists
Universal 3:20
Best of the Best [Universal] 2011
Various Artists
Universal Music Group 3:26
100 Hits: Rock Classics 2012
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:23
10 Great Songs Capitol 3:22
The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: In Concert 2012 & 2013 [Live]
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
Torhout Werchter 21
Various Artists
Polygram TV