In yet another of their music-related lists, guitar makers Gibson are exploring the topic of the best cover songs. This morning, they published places 30-21 and one of the songs on the list is the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ cover of Higher Ground.
Red Hot Chili Peppers took this groovy, wah/Clavinet-driven 1973 Stevie Wonder song from the classic album Innervisions and turned it into a hyperkinetic funk/metal track on their 1989 album Mother’s Milk. The album was the Peppers’ first with guitarist John Frusciante. RHCP’s version felt more frantic than the original, and the video reflected this vibe in glorious Technicolor. The band’s hard work was rewarded with an MTV Video Award nomination. â€“ Peter Hodgson
If you’re interested in seeing who else made it to the list, check out Gibson.com’s Top 50 Cover Songs of All Time – #30-21.
*Many thanks to Justin for correcting the typo in the title. D’oh!