- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 3, 2011

After a five-year wait, the Red Hot Chili Peppers released their tenth studio album on Aug. 29, titled “I’m With You.” The Los Angeles-based funk-rock band has been rocking the stage since 1983 and has topped the charts with hits such as “Californication,” “Scar Tissue” and “Dani California.”

The new album, produced by Rick Rubin, is sure to have a few more chart toppers to add to the Chili Peppers’ already successful career. However, in addition to the songs from its past 10 albums, the band has amassed a collection of B sides, covers and soundtrack songs not released on its full-length albums but worthy of just as much praise. Here are the top 10 Red Hot Chili Peppers’ non-studio album song releases, chosen and critiqued by Chili Peppers‘ aficionado Jesse Haydon.

10. Havana Affair — Appearing on “We’re a Happy Family: Tribute to the Ramones,” this Ramones cover slows down the fast-paced punk original and fills it in with a little Red Hot Chili Peppers’ funk.

9.Love Rollercoaster — From the animated film “Beavis and Butt-Head Do America” soundtrack, this good-time party song, originally recorded by the Ohio Players, is as enjoyable to listen to as it surely was for the Chili Peppers to record. Mr. Kiedis adds a rap to the song.

8.Mercy Mercy — A B-side to the Peppers’ last studio album, “Stadium Arcadium,” this laid-back jam, full of lead singer Kiedis’ rapid-fire lyrics and a little trumpet solo for good measure, is sure to be put on repeat.

7.Body of Water — Another B-side. This one is from the 2002 “By the Way” album’s B-side releases. The song builds up in a powerful way and stays true to the band’s always evolving music style.

6.Bunker Hill — This is just a good bass-driven song and one of the many B-sides released along with the 2003 greatest-hits compilation from the ambassadors of funk.

5. Instrumental #1 — The band has recorded its fair share of instrumental jams, but this one tops them all. With Flea’s never-ending bass, John Frusciante’s haunting guitar and Chad Smith’s synchronized drums, it’s short but very sweet.

4.Someone — Straying far from your typical Chili Peppers song, this ballad is full of harmonizing vocals and simplistic music and is sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face.

3.How Strong — With a strong funky bass in the style only Flea could pull off, this song rocks and must be on any Red Hot Chili Peppers playlist.

2.Gong Li – This B-side from the group’s most popular album to date, “Californication,” is a beautiful song. Though limited to a few short lines of lyrics, it has a powerful message accompanied by a flowing melody.

1.Soul to Squeeze — One of the Chili Peppers’ best-loved songs, “Soul to Squeeze” was released initially on the 1993 “Coneheads” film soundtrack, but it has come to be one of the band’s greatest songs to date and worthy of the No. 1 spot on this list. It reached No. 1 on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks.

Compiled by Jesse Haydon, who once drove from Washington, D.C., to Atlanta, Ga., to catch a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert.