Jack Irons

Jack Steven Irons (born July 18, 1962) is an American drummer and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known as the founding drummer of the American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, and as a former member of Pearl Jam, with whom he recorded two studio albums.

Alongside his work with Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam, Irons has been a member of Eleven, The Wallflowers and Mark Lanegan Band. He has worked with Joe Strummer and The Latino Rockabilly War, Redd Kross, Raging Slab, Spinnerette and The Les Claypool Frog Brigade. In 1995 Irons and the other members of Pearl Jam recorded and toured the Mirror Ball album with Neil Young. In 2004, Irons released his first solo album, Attention Dimension, and released his second, No Heads Are Better Than One, in 2010.

Irons was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers on April 14, 2012.[1] Irons, along with former drummer Cliff Martinez, joined the band onstage for the first time in 24 years for a performance of their 1991 hit, "Give It Away".[2] Irons was an opening act in 2017 for the Chili Peppers on The Getaway World Tour.[3]

Jack Irons
Birth nameJack Steven Irons
BornJuly 18, 1962 (age 56)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresPunk rock, art rock, funk rock, alternative rock, funk metal
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsDrums, percussions, synthesizer, organ, French horn, guitar, vocals
Years active1976–present
LabelsMCA, EMI, Capitol, Epic, Morgan Creek, RCA, Hollywood, Pollen, Breaching Whale, Sire
Associated actsRed Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, What Is This?, Eleven, Mark Lanegan Band, Spinnerette, The Latino Rockabilly War, Redd Kross, Courtney Love, Raging Slab, The Wallflowers and The Les Claypool Frog Brigade
Websitejackirons.com

Biography

Early life

Jack Irons was born and raised in Los Angeles. He is from a Jewish background.[4][5] Irons grew up using his family's cutlery as drumsticks, playing along to whatever was on the radio. He talked his parents into buying him a drum set, and took a drum class.[4] Irons attended Bancroft Jr. High School in Hollywood, where he met future bandmates Michael "Flea" Balzary and Hillel Slovak. He then went on to attend Fairfax High School in Los Angeles alongside Balzary and Slovak, as well as future bandmates Anthony Kiedis and Alain Johannes. Irons played drums in the school band and orchestra. He and Slovak were both fans of Kiss, and they formed a tribute act.[4] Irons was influenced by Jack DeJohnette, Stewart Copeland, and Keith Moon.[6]

What Is This? and The Red Hot Chili Peppers

Irons was a founding member of, and the original drummer for, The Red Hot Chili Peppers. As teenagers, Irons, Johannes, Slovak, and schoolmate Todd Strassman formed the band Chain Reaction in 1976. After its first gig, the band was soon renamed to Anthym. Slovak became dissatisfied with Strassman's bass playing and eventually taught Michael Balzary (Flea) to play bass. Flea quickly surpassed Strassman in bass skills and took over bass duties in Anthym. After graduating from high school, the band changed its name to What Is This? (which was a question often asked by people who heard the band play). Flea left the band around this time because he was offered a job playing bass in the prominent Los Angeles punk band Fear. What Is This? continued on and performed many shows along the California coast.

Soon thereafter, Flea formed a "one-off" band with Kiedis, Slovak and Irons in 1983. The band, which was dubbed "Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem" for its first gig, was a hit with the club audience. The band's name changed to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the band quickly gained popularity around Los Angeles. Over the course of the next six months, the Red Hot Chili Peppers played many shows in Los Angeles clubs and became something of an underground hit. The band scored a record deal with EMI after just that short period of time and was set to record its first album. Unfortunately, What Is This? had also signed a record deal two weeks earlier. Since Slovak and Irons considered the Red Hot Chili Peppers to merely be a side project and not a serious commitment, they left the band to concentrate on What Is This?. With What Is This?, Irons recorded two EPs (Squeezed (1984), 3 Out of 5 Live (1985)) and one full-length album (What Is This? (1985)). The band broke up following the recording of the self-titled What Is This? album as Slovak became frustrated with the band and rejoined the Red Hot Chili Peppers. In the meantime, Irons played on several tracks on an album by the duo Walk the Moon, made up of Johannes and Natasha Shneider. After hearing that drummer Cliff Martinez had resigned, Irons, who was out of work and finally separated from other commitments, returned to the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1986.

Irons can be heard playing drums on the Red Hot Chili Peppers' first demo tape, as well as their third album, The Uplift Mofo Party Plan (1987). When childhood friend and bandmate Hillel Slovak died of a heroin overdose on June 25, 1988, Irons left the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Irons stated that he did not want to be part of a group where his friends were dying.[7] In 2006, Irons said Slovak's death had been such a huge shock that he had been suffering from depression ever since.[8]

On August 12, 2012, Irons and Cliff Martinez again joined the Chili Peppers onstage at their show in Los Angeles for a performance of "Give It Away".

Irons will be an opening act for the Chili Peppers on select dates for their 2017 North American leg of The Getaway World Tour[3]

Eleven

After Irons left Red Hot Chili Peppers, he went to a psychiatric hospital to receive treatment.[9] After a brief stint with Joe Strummer's backing band the Latino Rockabilly War, Irons teamed up with Johannes and Shneider in 1990 to form Eleven. With Eleven, Irons recorded the albums Awake in a Dream (1991) and Eleven (1993). Midway through the recording of Eleven's third album, Thunk (1995), Irons departed to drum with Pearl Jam, and Matt Cameron of Soundgarden played drums on the album's remaining four tracks. Irons returned to the band once again in 2002 prior to the recording of the band's fifth album, Howling Book (2003). Shneider died on July 2, 2008, following a battle with cancer.[10] Prior to Shneider's death, the band was working on a sixth album due for release in the fall of 2008.

Pearl Jam

Bassist Jeff Ament and guitarist Stone Gossard invited Irons to join Mookie Blaylock, the band that would become Pearl Jam, in 1990, when the band was first forming and still looking for a singer and a drummer.[11] Although he did not join the band at that time because he was committed to his own band, Eleven, he did pass on a cassette of the band's work to a singer and local musician in San Diego named Eddie Vedder. Irons had formed a friendship with Vedder after meeting him through the Southern California music scene and would play basketball with him.[12] Vedder subsequently joined the band. Irons also called the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1991 and asked the band to allow Vedder's new group to open for the band on its forthcoming Blood Sugar Sex Magik tour.[7]

Irons became the drummer for Pearl Jam in late 1994 following the firing of drummer Dave Abbruzzese. His first recording with the band was "Hey Foxymophandlemama, That's Me" for Vitalogy (1994). Gossard said, "Jack entered the band right at the end of making Vitalogy. Jack's a breath of fresh air, a family man. Everybody had a strong sense of friendship with him immediately. He was just there to play drums and help out."[13][14] Irons made his debut with the band at Neil Young's 1994 Bridge School Benefit, but he was not officially announced as the band's new drummer until its 1995 Self-Pollution satellite radio broadcast, a four-and-a-half-hour-long "pirate" broadcast out of Seattle, Washington which was available to any radio stations that wanted to carry it.[15] Irons joined the group and played Pearl Jam's live shows supporting the Vitalogy album.

Irons performed with other members of Pearl Jam on Neil Young's 1995 album, Mirror Ball, and subsequently toured Europe as part of Young's backing band. With Irons, the band recorded its fourth studio album, No Code, released in 1996, for which Irons also toured. The band subsequently released Yield in 1998. "Do the Evolution" (from Yield) received a Grammy nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance.[16] As a member of Pearl Jam, Irons brought a unique drumming style to the band, particularly in the way he played his fills and with his use of a trash can lid as a cymbal.[17] Irons co-wrote the music for the No Code songs "Who You Are", "In My Tree", "Red Mosquito", and "I'm Open". He also wrote and sang on the Pearl Jam songs "Happy When I'm Crying" (from the 1997 fan club Christmas single), "" (from Yield), and "Whale Song" (from the 1999 Music for Our Mother Ocean Vol. 3 compilation). He played with Pearl Jam through March 20, 1998. In 1998, prior to Pearl Jam's U.S. Yield Tour, Irons left the band due to dissatisfaction with touring.[14][18] Pearl Jam's sound engineer Brett Eliason stated, "We went and did Hawaii and Australia with Jack. When we came back, Jack wasn't in a position to carry on. He made that decision more or less by himself. He can be a really great drummer but he had difficulty on tour putting out the energy for the length of shows they were doing. I don't know if he thought they'd put things on hold for him."[13][14] Vedder said, "I think that him deciding that he wasn't going to be in the band really hurt."[13][14] Coincidentally, Matt Cameron, from Soundgarden, replaced him again as he did four years prior on Eleven's Thunk.

Other musical projects

Attention Dimension

On September 7, 2004, Irons released a solo album called Attention Dimension. Irons started creating his first pieces of drum music in 1994, but it wasn't until fall 1999, about a year after he left Pearl Jam, that he seriously began recording himself for a possible solo album. The album features appearances by former bandmates such as Alain Johannes, Flea, Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, and Les Claypool. Vedder contributed vocals to a cover of Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond". Johnny Loftus of Allmusic said, "Attention Dimension is the drummer's chance to be in the bright white klieg light."[19]

Collaborations

Aside from the aforementioned bands, Irons recorded and toured as a member of Joe Strummer's backing band The Latino Rockabilly War for the album Earthquake Weather (1989), and also toured with Redd Kross in support of the band's album Third Eye (1990). He appears in Redd Kross' promotional video for the song "Annie's Gone". In 1992, Raging Slab (a band notorious for having over 25 different drummers over the course of the band's 18-year career), complete with Irons on drums, began recording the follow-up to its 1989 RCA Records self-titled debut, with producer Michael Beinhorn at the helm. The entire album was recorded, mixed, and mastered; however when RCA Records executives heard the album, it was rejected. The album, titled Freeburden, remains unreleased. In 2000, Irons played as part of the initial line-up of Colonel Les Claypool's Fearless Flying Frog Brigade. Irons is featured on the track "Milky Ave" on the album Ultra Payloaded (2007) by Perry Farrell's band Satellite Party.[20] Joining him on the album is former bandmate Flea. Irons recorded for Spinnerette, which features Eleven bandmate Alain Johannes, contributing to the band's 2009 album, Spinnerette. Most recently, he played drums on Die Mannequin's album FINO + BLEED and he added studio drums to several tracks of Hole's Nobody's Daughter. In 2012 he appeared on former Chili Pepper bandmate, Flea's debut solo EP Helen Burns. Aside from popular music, Irons has worked as a drumming advisor and teacher for numerous U.S. television projects.

Equipment

Irons currently endorses Masters of Maple Drums, Zildjian cymbals, and Pro-Mark drumsticks.[21]

Personal life

Irons is married and has two children.[6] His son, Zach Irons, is founder and lead guitarist for Irontom. In September 2015, Zach Irons became lead guitarist for AWOLNATION.[22]

Discography

What Is This? discography

Year Title Label
1984 Squeezed MCA
1985 What Is This? MCA
3 Out of 5 Live MCA

Red Hot Chili Peppers discography

Year Title Label Track(s)
1984 'The Red Hot Chili Peppers EMI/Capitol Does not perform on album however co-wrote "Baby Appeal", "Get Up and Jump", "Green Heaven", "Out in L.A., and "Police Helicopter"
1985 Freaky Styley EMI/Capitol Records Does not perform on album however co-wrote "Nevermind" and "Sex Rap"
1987 The Uplift Mofo Party Plan EMI/Capitol Records All
1988 The Abbey Road E.P. EMI/Capitol "Fire" and "Backwoods"
1989 Mother's Milk EMI/Capitol "Fire"
1992 What Hits!? EMI "Fight Like a Brave", "Behind the Sun", "Me and My Friends", "Backwoods", and "Fire"
1994 Out in L.A. EMI "Behind the Sun" (Ben Grosse remix), "Get Up and Jump" (demo version), "Out in L.A." (demo version), "Green Heaven" (demo version), "Police Helicopter" (demo version), "Nevermind" (demo version), "Sex Rap" (demo version), "You Always Sing the Same", "Stranded", "Flea Fly", and "Deck The Halls"
1997 The Best of Red Hot Chili Peppers EMI/Capitol "Behind the Sun", "Me and My Friends", "Fire", and "Fight Like a Brave"
1998 Under the Covers: Essential Red Hot Chili Peppers EMI/Capitol "Fire" and "Subterranean Homesick Blues"

Eleven discography

Year Title Label Track(s)
1991 Awake in a Dream Morgan Creek All
1993 Eleven Hollywood/Third Rail All
1995 Thunk Hollywood All except "Why", "Seasick of You", "Big Sleep", and "No Ground"
2003 Howling Book Pollen All
2005 Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen Hollywood "Stone Cold Crazy" (with Josh Homme)

Pearl Jam discography

Year Title Label Track(s)
1994 Vitalogy Epic "Hey Foxymophandlemama, That's Me"
1995 Merkin Ball Epic All
1996 Home Alive: The Art of Self Defense Epic "Leaving Here"
M.O.M., Vol. 1: Music for Our Mother Ocean Interscope "Gremmie Out of Control"
No Code Epic All
Hype!: The Motion Picture Soundtrack Sub Pop "Not for You" (live from Self-Pollution Radio)
1997 The Bridge School Concerts, Vol. 1 Reprise "Nothingman" (live)
1998 Yield Epic All
Chicago Cab: Soundtrack Loosegroove "Who You Are"
1999 M.O.M., Vol. 3: Music for Our Mother Ocean Hollywood "Whale Song"
2003 Lost Dogs Epic "All Night", "Don't Gimme No Lip", "Black, Red, Yellow", "Leaving Here", "Gremmie Out of Control", "Whale Song", and "Dead Man"
2004 Rearviewmirror Epic "I Got Id", "Hail, Hail", "Do the Evolution", "Who You Are", "Off He Goes", "Given to Fly", and "Wishlist"
2007 Arctic Tale: Music from and Inspired By the Motion Picture BulletProof "Whale Song"

Solo discography

Year Title Label
2004 Attention Dimension Breaching Whale
2010 No Heads Are Better Than One The Orchard / Ten Club
2011 Blue Manatee Kalaidoscope Groove-BMI

Spinnerette discography

Year Title Label
2008 Ghetto Love EP Anthem
2009 Spinnerette Anthem

Contributions and collaborations

Year Group Title Label Track(s)
1987 Walk the Moon Walk the Moon MCA Some
1988 Joe Strummer Permanent Record: Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Epic/CBS "Trash City", "Baby the Trans", "Nefertiti Rock", "Nothin' 'bout Nothin'", and "Theme from Permanent Record"
1989 Keith Levene Keith Levene's Violent Opposition Rykodisc Some
Joe Strummer Earthquake Weather Epic "Gangsterville", "Slant Six", "Shouting Street", "Sikorsky Parts", "Jewellers and Bums", and "Ride Your Donkey"
1990 The Buck Pets Mercurotones Island All
1991 Michelle Shocked Arkansas Traveler Mercury Some
1993 Sun-60 Only Epic "Mary X-Mess" and "Tell Me Like You Know"
The Buck Pets To the Quick Restless Rocket to You (from demo sessions)
1994 Ethan Hawke Reality Bites: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack RCA "I'm Nuthin'"
1995 Carole Pope Radiate Joan Tone Music "Kiss the Ground'"
1995 Neil Young Mirror Ball Reprise All
2007 Satellite Party Ultra Payloaded Columbia "Milky Ave"
2010 Hole Nobody's Daughter Mercury Some
2012 Mark Lanegan Blues Funeral 4AD All
2012 Flea Helen Burns Warner Bros "333" and "Lovelovelove"

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External links

Eleven (band)

Eleven was an alternative rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1990 by Alain Johannes (vocals, guitar, sitar, horns), Natasha Shneider (vocals, keyboards, bass), and Jack Irons (drums).

Fight Like a Brave

"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. The single also included a cover of the Jimi Hendrix song "Fire" as a b-side, which would later appear on The Abbey Road E.P. and Mother's Milk as a tribute to guitarist Hillel Slovak, who died in 1988.

Freaky Styley

Freaky Styley is the second studio album by American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, released on August 16, 1985 on EMI Records. The album name holds its origins in a commonly used phrase in the '80s to describe anything as being "freaky styley". Freaky Styley marks founding guitarist Hillel Slovak's studio album debut, following his return to the band earlier in the year. The album is also the last to feature drummer Cliff Martinez. Freaky Styley was produced by George Clinton, of Parliament-Funkadelic. "Jungle Man" and "Hollywood (Africa)" were released as the album's two singles while "Catholic School Girls Rule" and "Jungle Man" both had music videos made for the songs.

Get Up and Jump

"Get Up and Jump" is a song by Red Hot Chili Peppers from their 1984 debut album, the eponymous The Red Hot Chili Peppers. The song was the first and only single released from the album however a music video was made for "True Men Don't Kill Coyotes" although the song was never released as a single. No music video was ever made for "Get Up and Jump".

This was the second song the band wrote, with "Out in L.A." being the first. The songs were played before the Peppers got a record deal and they were just an opening act known as Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem.

The song has not been performed live since 1991 although it was teased twice in 2003 and once in 2012.

Hail, Hail

"Hail, Hail" is a song by the American rock band Pearl Jam. Featuring lyrics written by vocalist Eddie Vedder and music co-written by guitarist Stone Gossard, bassist Jeff Ament, and guitarist Mike McCready. "Hail, Hail" was released in 1996 as the second single from the band's fourth studio album, No Code (1996). The song managed to reach the number nine spot on both the Mainstream Rock and Modern Rock Billboard charts. The song was included on Pearl Jam's 2004 greatest hits album, rearviewmirror (Greatest Hits 1991–2003).

In Hiding

"In Hiding" is a song by the American rock band Pearl Jam. Featuring lyrics written by vocalist Eddie Vedder and music written by guitarist Stone Gossard, "In Hiding" is the eleventh track on the band's fifth studio album, Yield (1998). Despite the lack of a commercial single release, the song managed to reach number 13 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and number 14 on their Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

List of Red Hot Chili Peppers band members

Red Hot Chili Peppers (RHCP) is an American funk rock band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in January 1983 under the moniker Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem, the group originally consisted of vocalist Anthony Kiedis, guitarist Hillel Slovak, bassist Flea (real name Michael Balzary) and drummer Jack Irons. The group changed its name to Red Hot Chili Peppers on March 25, 1983. In December, Slovak and Irons both left RHCP, after their other band What Is This? obtained a record deal with MCA Records. They were replaced before the end of the year by Jack Sherman and Cliff Martinez, respectively, who performed on the group's self-titled debut album. After the resulting promotional concert tour ended in December 1984, Sherman was fired following tensions with Keidis and Flea.Having recently left What Is This?, Slovak returned to RHCP in January 1985. During the tour in promotion of Freaky Styley, Martinez was replaced by the returning Jack Irons, who rejoined in April 1986 to mark the reunion of the group's original lineup. The Uplift Mofo Party Plan was released in 1987. However, after struggling with a heroin addiction for a number of years, Slovak died of an overdose on June 25, 1988 following the conclusion of the album's promotional tour. In the wake of the guitarist's death, Irons decided to leave the group. Keidis and Flea decided to continue, adding DeWayne McKnight on guitar and D. H. Peligro on drums in August. McKnight was fired the following month and replaced by John Frusciante; Peligro was also dismissed in November, with Chad Smith taking over the following month.With its new lineup finalised, RHCP released two successful albums in Mother's Milk and Blood Sugar Sex Magik. On May 7, 1992, however, Frusciante abruptly quit the band in the middle of the Blood Sugar Sex Magik Tour, with several shows cancelled as a result. Arik Marshall was brought in for the remainder of the tour, before Jesse Tobias took his place the following September. Before the end of the month, however, former Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro – the band's first choice to replace Frusciante – had finally agreed to join the group. The band released One Hot Minute in 1995 and toured extensively in promotion of the album. By April 1998, however, Navarro had left RHCP due to creative differences, and his desire to focus on new band Spread. Frusciante returned to the band a few weeks later.The lineup of Red Hot Chili Peppers remained constant for more than ten years following Frusciante's return, as the band continued to increase its mainstream success. After a brief hiatus starting in 2008, however, it was announced in December 2009 that the guitarist had departed for a second time, explaining that "my musical interests have led me in a different direction". Despite the time of the announcement, Frusciante had actually left on July 29, 2009. Josh Klinghoffer, previously a touring guitarist for the band, had taken his place when the band returned from its hiatus in October. The band released I'm with You in 2011 and The Getaway in 2016.

List of songs recorded by Red Hot Chili Peppers

A complete list of known songs written and recorded by the Red Hot Chili Peppers that have been released or have gone unreleased.

Lost Dogs (album)

Lost Dogs is a two-disc compilation album by the American alternative rock band Pearl Jam, released on November 11, 2003 through Epic Records. The album has been certified gold by the RIAA in the United States.

Me and My Friends

"Me and My Friends" is a song by The Red Hot Chili Peppers from their 1987 album, The Uplift Mofo Party Plan. It is the third song on the album and while never released as a single it received minor radio airplay. The song is an ode to friends and in it Anthony Kiedis sings of his friends, especially former guitarist Hillel Slovak. The band has played this song throughout their career as they've released new albums. The song was one of the band's most played tracks before their breakthrough album Blood Sugar Sex Magik.

This is not to be confused with another Red Hot Chili Peppers song, "My Friends" (from 1995's One Hot Minute).

"Me and My Friends" has been performed on every tour since 1986 making it the band's sixth most performed song behind only "Give It Away", "Under the Bridge", "Scar Tissue", "Californication" and "By the Way". This is the oldest song that the Red Hot Chili Peppers continue to perform in concert on a regular basis, and it one of the very few songs from their pre-stardom albums that are performed live in any capacity longer than a teaser.

Off He Goes

"Off He Goes" is a song by the American rock band Pearl Jam. Written by vocalist Eddie Vedder, "Off He Goes" was released in 1996 as the third single from the band's fourth studio album, No Code (1996). The song peaked at number 31 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. The song was included on Pearl Jam's 2004 greatest hits album, rearviewmirror (Greatest Hits 1991–2003).

Red Mosquito

"Red Mosquito" is a song by the American rock band Pearl Jam. Featuring lyrics written by vocalist Eddie Vedder and music co-written by bassist Jeff Ament, guitarists Stone Gossard and Mike McCready, and drummer Jack Irons, "Red Mosquito" is the eighth track on the band's fourth studio album, No Code (1996). Despite the lack of a commercial single release, the song managed to reach number 37 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Silverlake Conservatory of Music

Silverlake Conservatory of Music is a nonprofit educational organization formed in California. It was founded in 2001 by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, Michael "Flea" Balzary and Keith "Tree" Barry (longtime touring musician with the Chili Peppers) to foster music education, with Chili Pepper's member Anthony Kiedis also on the board. The facility organizes an annual "Hullabaloo," one of which featured performances by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eddie Vedder and Charlie Haden, and the Chili Peppers raised $1 million for the Conservatory during an August 24, 2011 performance at Club Nokia.Flea released his debut solo EP, Helen Burns, on July 19, 2012, through Silverlake's website. The EP features an appearance by co-founder Keith Barry, Patti Smith, former Chili Peppers drummer Jack Irons, current Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and the Silverlake kids and adults choir directed by S.J. Hasman.

The Latino Rockabilly War

"The Latino Rockabilly War" was a band most notable for backing The Clash frontman Joe Strummer on one album. With Strummer, the Latino Rockabilly War created the album Earthquake Weather, released through Epic Records. The album was well received by critics, but did not sell well and Joe Strummer lost his deal with Epic (excepting a hypothetical circumstance in which he decided to reform or re-create the Clash with the same or new musicians, in which case he would have been forced to work with Epic). Led by Strummer, they also contributed five songs to the soundtrack for the movie Permanent Record, which featured a young Keanu Reeves: "Trash City", "Baby the Trans", "Nothin' 'bout Nothin", "Nefertiti Rock", and the instrumental "Theme from Permanent Record".

In a segment of the documentary film Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten, Anthony Kiedis mentions that during the period in which the bands' material was recorded, drummer Jack Irons (formerly of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam) was in residency at a mental institution. Therefore, Strummer had to arrange transportation and leave for Irons in order for him to participate in the bands' output.

The band toured with Strummer on the Rock Against The Rich Tour in 1988 with friends in tow, including film director Alex Cox. Their sets included songs spanning Strummer's career to that point, including works from The 101ers and The Clash, material co-written with Mick Jones for Big Audio Dynamite's No. 10, Upping St. album, and a cover of The Pogues' song "If I Should Fall From Grace With God."

The Red Hot Chili Peppers (album)

The Red Hot Chili Peppers is the debut studio album by American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, released on August 10, 1984 on EMI Records. The album was produced by Gang of Four guitarist Andy Gill, and is the only album to feature Jack Sherman on guitar. Sherman was in the band as a replacement for founding member Hillel Slovak, who had left the band along with founding drummer Jack Irons before the album was recorded. Shortly after the album was released, Sherman was fired and Slovak rejoined the band. The album also features founding members Anthony Kiedis on vocals and Flea on bass, as well as Cliff Martinez on drums.

"Get Up and Jump" was the only single released from the album, but a music video was made for the song "True Men Don't Kill Coyotes".

It has been credited as the first release from the funk metal genre and has also been labelled as "the little spark that ignited the rap rock revolution."

What Is This?

What Is This (known prior to 1980 as Anthym) was a rock band that originated in Fairfax High School in California and would play numerous shows along the coast of California. It was formed by guitarist Hillel Slovak, drummer Jack Irons, vocalist Alain Johannes, and bassist Todd Strassman.

Who You Are (Pearl Jam song)

"Who You Are" is a song by American rock band Pearl Jam. Featuring lyrics written by vocalist Eddie Vedder and music co-written by drummer Jack Irons and guitarist Stone Gossard, "Who You Are" was released on July 30, 1996 as the first single from the band's fourth studio album, No Code (1996). The song topped the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and the Canadian Alternative 30 chart. It also peaked at number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100, number two on the UK Rock Chart, and reached the top 10 in Australia, Canada, Norway, and Finland—where the song reached number two and became the band's highest-charting single.

The song was included on Pearl Jam's 2004 greatest hits album, Rearviewmirror (Greatest Hits 1991–2003). On Pearl Jam's greatest hits album, "Who You Are" has a slight lyric change. Instead of "circumstance, clapping hands", it's "avalanche, falling fast".

Wishlist (song)

"Wishlist" is a song by the American rock band Pearl Jam. Written by vocalist Eddie Vedder, "Wishlist" was released on May 5, 1998 as the second single from the band's fifth studio album, Yield (1998). The song peaked at number six on both the Mainstream Rock and Modern Rock Billboard charts. The song was included on Pearl Jam's 2004 greatest hits album, rearviewmirror (Greatest Hits 1991–2003).

Yield (album)

Yield is the fifth studio album by American alternative rock band Pearl Jam, released on February 3, 1998. Following a short promotional tour for its previous album, No Code (1996), Pearl Jam recorded Yield throughout 1997 at Studio Litho and Studio X in Seattle, Washington. The album was hailed as a return to the band's early, straightforward rock sound, and marked a more collaborative effort from the band as opposed to relying heavily on frontman Eddie Vedder to compose the song lyrics. The lyrics deal with contemplative themes, albeit seen in a more positive manner compared to the band's earlier work.

Yield received positive reviews and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200. While like No Code, the album soon began dropping down the charts, Yield eventually outsold its predecessor. The band did more promotion for the album compared to No Code, including a return to full-scale touring and the release of a music video for the song "Do the Evolution." The record has been certified platinum by the RIAA in the United States. The album is Pearl Jam's last release with drummer Jack Irons, who left the band during the album's promotional tour.

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