“Fight Like a Brave” is the first track from American funk rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers’ album The Uplift Mofo Party Plan. It was released as the lead single for the album. Despite being a single, the song has not been performed live since 1989 though according to a magazine it was played once in 1991 though the setlist info remains missing and unconfirmed.The single also included a cover of the Jimi Hendrix classic, “Fire” as a b-side. It would later appear on The Abbey Road E.P. and Mother’s Milk as a tribute to guitarist Hillel Slovak, who died in 1988.
Most of the song’s lyrics revolve around Anthony Kiedis’ addiction to heroin. At the lowest point in Kiedis’ addiction, Flea had kicked him out of the Chili Peppers with no intention of letting him back in unless he was proven sober. After getting clean through various rehab programs, he called Flea to tell him of his success, and was accepted back in the band. On the plane ride home, Kiedis wrote this song about his struggles with drugs and his overcoming them.
The song is mostly an attempt to inspire other people like the rehab sessions were motivational for Kiedis to abandon the drugs. Kiedis described “Fight Like a Brave” as “a metaphor for trying to encourage someone who feels as though they don’t have a chance [as though] they’re grovelling in the gutter of life.” He also said the song expressed the band’s discontentment with EMI, their label at the time.
Remixes by Justin Strauss & Murray Elias.
Fight Like A Brave (Not Our Mix) 5:24
Fight Like A Brave (Boner Beats) 3:36
Fight Like A Brave (Mofo Mix) 5:24
Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1983. The group’s musical style primarily consists of rock with an emphasis on funk, as well as elements from other genres such as punk rock and psychedelic rock. When played live, they incorporate many aspects of jam band due to the improvised nature of much of their performances.
George Clinton produced the band’s second album, Freaky Styley (1985). Clinton combined various elements of punk and funk into the band’s repertoire,allowing their music to incorporate a variety of distinct styles. The band often indulged in heavy heroin use while recording the album, which influenced the lyrics and musical direction of the album.The band had a much better relationship with Clinton than with their previous producer Andy Gill, but Freaky Styley, released on August 16, 1985, also achieved little success, failing to make an impression on any chart.
“Hollywood (Africa)” was released as a single from the album. It is a cover of the song “Africa” by The Meters, from their album Rejuvenation.
To the producer of Freaky Styley, George Clinton, the song was one of his favorites on the album. He used to visit the gigs of the Red Hot Chili Peppers every now and then, and when they performed “Hollywood (Africa)”, he went on stage to join Anthony singing and to incite the crowd.
Despite being a single, the song hasn’t been performed live since 1992, though the song has been teased a few times since.
Remixes on the US 12″ were provided by Steve Thompson & Michael Barbiero.
Hollywood (Africa) (Extended Dance Mix) 6:32
Hollywood (Africa) (Dub Mix) 7:39