Fight Like a Brave

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"Fight Like a Brave"
Single by Red Hot Chili Peppers
from the album The Uplift Mofo Party Plan
ReleasedSeptember 29, 1987
RecordedMay 1987 at Capitol Studios and Eldorado Recording Studios in Hollywood, California
Songwriter(s)Flea, Irons, Kiedis, Slovak
Producer(s)Michael Beinhorn

"Fight Like a Brave" is a song by Red Hot Chili Peppers. It was a single from their third album, The Uplift Mofo Party Plan. The single also had a cover version of "Fire" by Jimi Hendrix on it. This cover was later on The Abbey Road E.P. and Mother's Milk. The song was put on these albums for Hillel Slovak, the guitar player for the band who died in 1988.[3]

Most of the words in the song are about Anthony Kiedis' addiction to heroin. Kiedis used drugs many times. When this was worst, Flea made him leave the band. He was not going to let him join again unless he stopped using drugs.[4] Kiedis went to Michigan to stop using drugs. He went to a treatment place owned by The Salvation Army. When he stopped using drugs, he went back to Los Angeles to join the band again. He wrote "Fight Like a Brave" on the plane going to Los Angeles.[4][5]

Track listing[change | change source]

The single has been released on many different things. It has been released on 7" and 12" vinyl.

7" single (1987)

  1. "Fight Like a Brave"
  2. "Fire"

12" single (1987)

  1. "Fight Like a Brave" (Not Our Mix)
  2. "Fight Like a Brave" (Boner Beats Mix)
  3. "Fight Like a Brave" (Mofo Mix)
  4. "Fire"

12" picture disc/12" promo (1987)

  1. "Fight Like a Brave" (Mofo Mix)
  2. "Fight Like a Brave" (Knucklehead Mix)
  3. "Fire"

12" Japanese split promo/DJ copy (1987)

  1. "Fight Like a Brave" (album) by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  2. "Contradiction" (Heavy Mix) by Lions & Ghosts

References[change | change source]

  1. Waltz, Peter (January 25, 2016). "The Red Hot Chili Pepper's Top 10 Albums". The Odyssey Online. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  2. "10 Essential Red Hot Chili Peppers Songs". Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on June 17, 2016. Retrieved March 21, 2020.
  3. Reynolds, Wyoming (2022-08-16). "'Mother's Milk': Behind Red Hot Chili Peppers' Funk-Rap Rebirth". uDiscover Music. Retrieved 2023-04-08.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Kiedis, Anthony (2004). Scar Tissue. Hyperion. pp. 199–201. ISBN 1-4013-0101-0.
  5. Thompson, Dave (2004). Red Hot Chili Peppers - By the way: the biography. Virgin Books. p. 98.