The use of Autotune, a technology designed to correct vocal pitches, has been a longstanding point of contention in the music industry. While some view it as an artistic tool, others argue that it diminishes vocal authenticity. This debate leads us to a noteworthy comment from Courtney Love, renowned for her candid opinions, regarding Anthony Kiedis, the frontman of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and his live performances.
During a 2013 interview with SiriusXM, the former frontwoman of Hole delved into the topic of Autotune in music. When one of the hosts remarked that Kiedis didn’t sound great live, Love responded:
“I would say, without insulting one of my oldest friends who allowed me to use his rehearsal space before I even had a band—therefore, I wouldn’t even be here without Flea—that Anthony’s voice is slightly banal without a little something like repurposed.”
Fan Responses to Love’s Remarks About Kiedis
This statement elicited a range of responses from fans, particularly on platforms like Reddit. Devotees of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and music enthusiasts alike shared their perspectives. One fan expressed:
“I love Anthony. He is far from being a great singer, and I love him for that. Nevertheless, I still love his voice. He just meshes so well with the Chili Peppers.” Another added in a subsequent comment:
“She mentioned he wasn’t on key when they started; I guess that’s true considering their early songs involved him rapping to his poetry with Flea and Hillel [Slovak] just going wild on their respective instruments.” The conversation also delved into Kiedis’ impact on the band’s sound. A fan noted:
“Whenever this topic comes up, I like to say Anthony might not be the greatest singer out there, but he has style and a unique delivery that I have yet to hear from another band.”
Kiedis’ Journey as a Vocalist Unfolds
Additional comments delved into the indispensable role of Kiedis’ voice in shaping the band’s identity. One fan expressed: “Anthony was never intended to be a singer. He started as a rapper when he first took the stage with Flea back in ’81 or whenever it was. No one has ever claimed, ‘Anthony Kiedis is one of the top ten singers in the world.’ He is what he is, and his voice has always been and will always be perfect for the Chili Peppers.”
Opinions on the singer have spanned a wide spectrum over the years. Some fans critique his vocal style, with remarks likening it to a ‘drunk monotone frat boy.’ Others hold his bandmates Flea and Frusciante in higher regard. Nevertheless, supporters come to Kiedis’ defense, praising his lyrics and distinctive voice. You can watch the interview below.