The Red Hot Chili Peppers Suck in Post Postmodernism

post postmodernismThis week I’ve talked a bit about Bukowski and classic literature. His prose is simple and straightforward, sure, and his sex scenes and subject matter are real raunchy, but the fact is he isn’t doing anything entirely unique. He’s incorporating his influences, but if his favorite author was James Thurber as a young adult, it should come as no surprise that he has not left any masterpieces.

Let’s take another example, this time from music. The Red Hot Chili Peppers have two excellent albums. And yet they were not first ballot Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. Why? My friends have recently told me they are lame. Sure they brought funk into rock n’ roll in a new way, but Funkadelic and Jimi Hendrix had done that fifteen years before them. Bloodsexsugarmagic is their best album because here their music is most theirs. It was the first time they departed from their funkier music from the ’80s. It was original. Californication marked another step in their careers. But their later albums have attempted the same formula, to lesser success

If Bukowski and RHCP had continually tried to depart farther from their influences and push their styles in a post postmodern era, they might have been more highly esteemed. As it is, they ran with what they knew. And that’s appreciable. But it ain’t the classic literature of Joyce.

Published by Daniel Ryan Adler

Daniel was born in Brooklyn, NY, and has lived in Portland, Oregon. He studied literature and philosophy at NYU and creative writing at Edinburgh University. He is finishing an MFA in Fiction at University of South Carolina.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: