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My Resume: Flea

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For more than two decades, Aussie-born Michael Balzary has been playing bass guitar for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, string-slapping for hire (that’s his bass line on Alanis Morissette’s ”You Oughta Know”), and going buck-naked whenever possible. Here, Flea looks back on the Chili Peppers’ ups and downs — and his surprising side career in kids’ TV.

THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS 1984
”We made drastic mistakes in the recording [of this album]. The fact that it sounds okay to me now is only because I used to think it was a complete disaster — which is why I hadn’t listened to it in 20 years.”

THE ABBEY ROAD E.P. 1988
”For us, [the CD cover] was a one-off, silly thing, but it ended up a career-defining statement: We were the guys with the socks on their d—s.”

”BUST A MOVE,” YOUNG MC 1989
”I played the bass line, which was a big part of the song. They made millions and [I got] nothing — like 200 bucks and a bag of weed.”

BLOOD SUGAR SEX MAGIK 1991
”It was a very difficult, stressful time. When we started touring [for this record], things went south. None of us were getting along.”

THE BIG LEBOWSKI 1998
(Nihilist #2) ”They sent me to a dialect coach, but my German accent actually got worse.”

THE WILD THORNBERRYS 1998 — 2004
(Donnie Thornberry) ”I [voiced] a kid raised by orangutans. He’s a little wild-animal boy, so I made up my own language.”

STADIUM ARCADIUM 2006
”[The Peppers are] working our asses off now, harder than ever. But we’re all getting along well.”

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