When choosing a single for a record, you’ll want to put your best foot forward in every way possible. In a single song, you need to have something that gives a great trailer for the record and gives the audience a general idea of what the whole album has in store. It’s never an easy decision as to what to release, but it’s a crime that these songs became mere album tracks.
That’s not to say that the real singles from these projects were flops. Hell, in most cases, each of these songs on their respective records are great, with only those songs falling through the cracks and being forgotten gems in comparison. Fans haven’t forgotten them over time, with most of them championing these songs and earning them the distinction of being even more popular than the songs that were supposed to promote the record.
If anything, it’s just a testament to the kind of songs you’re working with here. You can do whatever you can to promote your record however you want, but for the rock solid songs the masses are going to come to you. Whether they’re on a B-side or buried in the record, it’s time to show these masterpieces some more love.
There’s a good contingency of Red Hot Chili Peppers fans who think the magic never started until John Frusciante joined the band. While there were still some incredible tracks being created with Hillel Slovak behind the fretboard, his tragic passing opened the door to some of the most adventurous music the Peppers have ever released. And on their first hit record, they made their presence known from the very first note.
Coming out swinging, the Power of Equality almost has a weird mix of funk rock and punk sprinkled into the mix, with Anthony Kiedis having a lot more attitude behind his vocals than you’d expect. While he’s always had an amped-up personality, it feels like anything that’s come out on Mother’s Milk with a sharper focus, sprinkling real grit into the rap verses before going into the choruses.
It’s also one of the tightest grooves the band has done so far, with Frusciante playing straight into the pocket and Flea stomping their competition right out of the gate, locking in with drummer Chad Smith and slapping the hell out of his bass strings. until they ask for mercy. Standing at just a few minutes, the track also practically fades out at the end, bleeding straight into the next song If You Have to Ask. If anything, it does exactly what you would want a door opener to do. It’s direct and direct, while still letting you plead for more once it’s done.