Red Hot Chili Peppers

True Men Don't Kill Coyotes

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Establishing the blueprint that would confirm their hybridized style of funk/punk and raunchy rock and roll, what ”True Men Don’t Kill Coyotes” lacks in cohesive groove, it more than makes up for with the bristly guitar and heavy bass punches that cradle Kiedis’ snarly vocals. Obviously more indebted to the sonic vision of their producer, Gang Of Four’s Andy Gill, than perhaps they wanted to be, the band nevertheless wrestled some hard-edged funk out of the bars and verses. The song is a blazing retelling of the base culling of wild dogs in the majestic hills that tower over the rot and glitz of Los Angeles. Kiedis, for one, wanted the song to become the album’s keynote and title and, although he was eventually overruled in favor of a more marketable self-titling, ”True Men Don’t Kill Coyotes” kicks off the band’s major label debut with passion and a fierce energy, and remains one of their proudest early acheivements.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Red Hot Chili Peppers 1984 Capitol 3:40
The Abbey Road E.P. 1988 EMI-Manhattan 3:38
No Image 1990 Capitol
What Hits!? 1992 Capitol 3:37
What Hits!? [Video] 1992 Capitol
Greatest Hits [EMI] 1994 EMI Music Distribution 3:38
Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the 80's, Vol. 14 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 3:39
The Best of '80s Rock, Vol. 6 1996
Various Artists
Priority Records
The Best of Red Hot Chili Peppers [EMI] 1997 EMI-Capitol Special Markets / A M W Music 3:38
Originals 1998 EMI-Capitol Entertainment Prop.
The Best of Red Hot Chili Peppers [Madacy] 2000 Madacy 3:38
The Best of Red Hot Chili Peppers [Capitol] 2005 Capitol / EMI Records 3:38
Holiday Gift Pack 2007 Capitol / EMI Records / EMI 3:37
Best of Red Hot Chili Peppers [Collectables] 2008 Collectables
10 Great Songs Capitol 3:37