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Their follow-up to the six million-selling Blood Sugar Sex Magik finds the Chili Peppers' essential bouncy-toy appeal undiminished, despite the often testy attitude and the usually adult themes on show. Substantial chunks of the album feature typical Pepper party-time punk-funk, at its best on tracks like "One Big Mob" and "Aeroplane", wherein lead singer Anthony Kiedis offers the equation "I like pleasure spiked with pain/ Music is my aeroplane".

ROCK / Burning and barking in Berks

ANY BAND that risks third-degree burns in the name of entertainment is all right by me. At the Reading Festival, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were all right by everyone. Their Sunday night performance packed the field fuller than it had been for the entire weekend, so you could be sardined in the first 500-odd rows, or stand so far from the stage you might as well have been watching the show on TV through someone else's sitting-room window.

1969 revisited: all you need is a cool dollars 135

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Singer dropped from Aids ad

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A SLOW NIGHT in the Viper Room, West Hollywood, and a fair-haired woman in a Harley-Davidson leather jacket is trying to attract the attention of a man sitting at the other end of the bar. She gets her friend to draw a large-breasted and naked woman on a Viper Room paper napkin. Then she writes: 'SMILE]] IT CAN'T BE THAT BAD]]' The barman delivers the message. The evening passes without further incident.

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