Red Hot Chili Peppers are a Grammy Award-winning, four-piece rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1983.
Throughout their career, the band has successfully fused various elements of alternative rock, punk, rap, funk, heavy metal and psychedelic rock. Their albums have, collectively, sold approximately 60 million copies worldwide.
The 1992 version of the band, with Arik Marshall standing in for Frusciante, appeared in an episode of The Simpsons titled "Krusty Gets Kancelled", in which Bart and Lisa helped Krusty save his career by showing a 'Krusty Komeback Special' featuring many celebrities. They performed their song "Give it Away", although Krusty suggested that they change the song's lyric "What I got you gotta get it put it in you" to "What I'd like is I'd like to hug and kiss you", to which Flea and Marshall enthusiastically agree while Anthony Kiedis merely smiles at the suggestion.
The band is referenced in the video game Tekken 4. In the Tekken force mini game, there are 5 ninjas that are harder to beat than the average ninja near the end of the game. They are named after the members (and former members) of the band: Anthony (Anthony Kiedis), Flea (Michael "Flea" Balzary), John (John Frusciante), Chad (Chad Smith), and Dave (Dave Navarro).
"Flea" is the name of one of Magus's cronies in Chrono Trigger, along with "Slash" and "Ozzie".
"Love Rollercoaster" is a song by American funk/R&B band The Ohio Players, originally featured on their 1975 album Honey. The song was a hit upon its initial release, reaching the top of both the R&B and pop charts, and still sees wide airplay on classic funk and R&B stations. The song uses the roller coaster, a common theme park attraction, as a metaphor for the ups and downs of dating and romantic relationships.
While the song is known within the music community for its distinctive and influential sound, within the popular imagination it remains best identified with a persistent urban legend. During an instrumental portion of the song, keyboardist Billy Beck's high-pitched scream is heard; according to the legend, this is actually the scream of a murder victim, but who the victim is varies greatly depending on the teller. The supposed sources of the scream have included an individual who was killed at some prior time, their scream inexplicably recorded and looped into the track, or a woman being murdered outside the studio whose scream was accidentally picked up the band's recording equipment (of all the explanations, this is the least plausible — professional recording studios are soundproof).
The most pervasive version of the myth, however, tells that the model who appeared seminude on the Honey album cover had suffered permanent disfigurement due to the substance used to replicate honey for the photo, and interrupted the band's recording session, at which point she was stabbed to death.
"Love Rollercoaster" was covered by the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1996; their version appeared on the soundtrack of the animated film Beavis and Butthead Do America.
The song was featured briefly in the film Urban Legend, where a reference is made to the myth associated with it.
It makes a more prominent appearance in Final Destination 3, the second sequel to the film Final Destination, where the song is played as two teenage girls are killed in a sauna due to extreme heat. This use is a dual reference to the legend that the song is known for, and to literal rollercoasters, which play an important role in the film.