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Re-listening to Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magik (which did not leave my car in the early 90's.....).

He was definitely at his peak on this album.  I have not heard anything by them since that is this ferocious, funky, complex yet simple and good.......

Carry on!

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I love Flea and his playing on that album is really great. He had really worked on obtained the balance between between being funky and busy and also holding down the groove of a song. It is a classic album. 

 In my opinion some of his best ever work is on De-Loused in the Comatorium by the Mars Volta. Not so much funk but tremendous feel and grove in a prog setting. 

Horrible 'loudness wars' mastering aside, Californication is also good, though much more simple in terms of basslines.

I have not listened to anything by RHCP since seeing them live on the Stadium Arcadium tour in about 2007. They were that bad. 

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I saw them at Dingwalls in London in the late 80's/early 90's and again at Brixton Academy.  They were 'atmosphere' gigs tbh - loud, fast and focused!  I may have been stoned or drunk too!

Last time I saw them was in Hyde Park, they were dreadful and the audience was largely uninterested......

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23 minutes ago, thodrik said:



 In my opinion some of his best ever work is on De-Loused in the Comatorium by the Mars Volta. Not so much funk but tremendous feel and grove in a prog setting. 
 

I'd absolutely agree with that, his playing on that record is superb - really creative, proggy playing without all the RHCP slap stuff

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One of my biggest influences when I started , just watched a fender vid of him playing Maggot Brain that popped up on YouTube, Absolute rubbish!

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10 minutes ago, Graham said:

I'd absolutely agree with that, his playing on that record is superb - really creative, proggy playing without all the RHCP slap stuff

I dd not realize he played bass on that one.....!  We re-listen!

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50 minutes ago, gpw5150 said:

He was definitely at his peak on this album.  I have not heard anything by them since that is this ferocious, funky, complex yet simple and good.......

Couldn't agree more. Whilst I love this album I can't help but focus on his bass which I still find spellbinding at times.

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He was immense on the “off the map” live DVD, but BSSM is something special. 

I happily listen to all the RHCP stuff, and I skip some of the mediocre stuff on Stadium Arcadium (could’ve been a single CD).

I enjoyed the last two offerings and still have them on rotation on Spotify.

And this from 1.10 onward

 

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50 minutes ago, thodrik said:

I have not listened to anything by RHCP since seeing them live on the Stadium Arcadium tour in about 2007. They were that bad. 

Same here.

The Stadium Arcadium album  and the subsequent gig I went to at the Coventry Ricoh ended my love affair with the Chillies which began back with the Mother's Milk album.

It was especially gutting because I'd seen them at the Slaine Castle gig a few years before and they were brilliant. At Coventry they were barely going through the motions. I heard later that John Frusciante was only still  playing in the band at that point to fulfil contractual obligations.

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Absolutely loved Blood Sugar and it was a massive part of the soundtrack of my life in the mid 90s. As someone who was quite fixated with slap in the 80s, and tried to incorporate it into the rock bands I played in at the time, to hear Flea doing what I'd tried to accomplish so incredibly well was quite inspirational.

Never really connected with anything the Chilis did after Blood Sugar, they seem to meander between over-commercialised and self-parody these days.

58 minutes ago, thodrik said:

 In my opinion some of his best ever work is on De-Loused in the Comatorium by the Mars Volta. Not so much funk but tremendous feel and grove in a prog setting.

Was going to say exactly that - phenomenal playing and a great contribution to a mind-meltingly creative concept album. Really miss The Mars Volta.

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Agreed; BSSM is the peak of Flea’s playing. I really enjoyed the album after that with Dave Navarro on guitar too. 

Downward spiral after that I’m afraid.

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There's some good stuff on their recent albums but most people haven't given them a chance. I still like the one hot minute album too. 

Soul to Squeeze is still his /their finest work and only a few pops and hammer ons in the middle eight rather than any slap. 

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Yes, great album that. I have a real soft spot for Mother’s Milk though and was particularly pleased with the re-release which contains the original longer versions of Knock Me Down and Sexy Mexican Maid. I also think One Hot Minute is a very decent effort. Those three albums for me, particularly BSSM, are the high point of the RHCP discography. But, as mentioned above, Flea has done so much more with other artists. 

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This non-album track has always been a firm favourite. Not a great variety of notes played here by Flea, but in many other hands it would it end sounding like a complete mess. Aided and abetted by the always stellar Mr.Smith. Tight as you like is this....

 

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There is not a single Chili's album I've not enjoyed for the most part (including One Hot Minute).

Completely agree that BSSM was probably the pinnacle, that Stadium Arcadia should have been a single CD release and that post John it's not been the same but, but they remain a band that I listen to frequently .

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28 minutes ago, stingrayPete1977 said:

There's some good stuff on their recent albums but most people haven't given them a chance. I still like the one hot minute album too. 

Soul to Squeeze is still his /their finest work and only a few pops and hammer ons in the middle eight rather than any slap. 

Agree to all of the above. Soul to squeeze is a master stroke - released as a single after John left (he’s not in the video)

but was recorded during bssm sessions.

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14 minutes ago, stingrayPete1977 said:

Was it even a single, i thought it was just for the Coneheads sound track?

https://g.co/kgs/NXJffc

Although it was not featured on the record—and compiled as a B-side to "Give It Away" and "Under the Bridge"—"Soul to Squeeze" was later released as a single in 1993 to coincide with its inclusion on the Coneheadsfilm soundtrack, a soundtrack which predominantly contained previously released B-sides from Warner artists,

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He's not as good as Mark King. 😶

 

 

 

 

 

Old joke, couldn't resist. As you were.

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18 minutes ago, Marvin said:

He's not as good as Mark King. 😶

 

 

 

 

 

Old joke, couldn't resist. As you were.

Wooten is better than both of these jokers.

 

 

 

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I've been looking for this clip on YouTube for ages - 11 top flight bassists with Stanley Clarke on stage each doing a solo over School Days.

For my money, Flea plays the best by far

Don't watch their hands too closely, the audio is annoyingly out of synch with the video

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7 minutes ago, Graham said:

I've been looking for this clip on YouTube for ages - 11 top flight bassists with Stanley Clarke on stage each doing a solo over School Days.

For my money, Flea plays the best by far

Don't watch their hands too closely, the audio is annoyingly out of synch with the video

Armand S L makes a holy show, ruins it for me

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Yep BSSM is peerless and one of the soundtracks to my life.

Saying that, I'll stick my neck out here  and say that Californication, at least for me, is their best album. Considering that John was a dead man walking for many years after he first left the band, it was the comeback we all dreamed of but thought impossible. 

Hell of a vibe and tons of emotion caught on those sessions imho.

 

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2 hours ago, Graham said:

I've been looking for this clip on YouTube for ages - 11 top flight bassists with Stanley Clarke on stage each doing a solo over School Days.

For my money, Flea plays the best by far

Don't watch their hands too closely, the audio is annoyingly out of synch with the video

Well that proves guitars are a waste of time 😈

Wayman Tisdale makes his bass look like a Ukelele!

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