Punk Rock Classic

Words & Music:

Red Hot Chili Peppers (from "Mother's Milk (1989))


This is best given with both guitar & bass tabs, so you can see the chords.  Riff 1 is repeated for the whole verse.  Riff 2 is repeated for the whole chorus.  Be sure to play at a blistering "off the top of the metronome" pace.


Riff 1 (Verse)                      Riff 2 (Chorus)

    A       D Eb  E                    G  F# C  D A

E|---------------------|            E|---------------|

B|---------------------|            B|---------------|

G|----------7-8--9-9-9-|            G|-12-11---------|

D|--7-7-7-7-7-8--9-9-9-|            D|-12-11-10-12-7-|

A|--7-7-7-7-5-6--7-7-7-|            A|-10--9-10-12-7-|

E|--5-5-5-5------------|            E|--------8-10-5-|

 |                     |            |               |

G|------------7----9---|            G|---------------|

D|---------------------|            D|---------------|

A|--0-0-0-0-5----7---7-|            A|--10-9--3--5-0-|

E|---------------------|            E|---------------|

[guitar tab by Bazdurst, bass tab by Otto Brandt]


I'm a Radio Joe of the biz called "Show".  I'm a rockin' popstar with a get up and go.

Rubbin' elbows with the bigwigs at my sold-out shows. I've been on every cover, even "Rolling Stone".



Put us on MTV.  All we really need.

Begging on our knees - please, please, please, please, please!


Conforming to the norm, straight out of the mold.  Compromising each and every ounce of soul.

I'm a-doin' anything for the records of gold.  I only want what I can hold.




We know that we'll never be better than Mister "Slick Superstar", David Letterman.

I promise we'll be perfect gentlemen.  Just put us on the show, you'll regret us, then.




Thank you very much, be sure to label us.  We wouldn't want to cause a ruckus or a fuss.

AOR, CHR, Top Forty or Bust!




What I am is a picture on the TV screen.  Don't make waves, don't make a scene.

What I say when I play isn't worth a bean.  I'm a Video Joe in an industry




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