Since the early 1980s, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has witnessed his band release 13 studio albums, including two in 2017 alone (Unlimited Love and Return of the Dream Canteen).
With such a prolific output and a steady stream of hit singles to back it up, it is hardly surprising that the bassist is unable to pick a favored album from the collection.
In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Flea (real name Michael Balzary) not only weighed in on what he considers to be the band’s strongest albums, but he also revealed an unexpected admirer of one of his personal favorites.
“Californication is fairly good from top to bottom,” Flea said of the 1999 album, adding, “I just saw Adele and she told me that was her favorite album of all time. That meant a great deal to me as a huge Adele fan.”
He did note, however, that the record was not his preferred pick. “I would say Blood Sugar Sex Magik from 1991,” he noted. However, there are a few songs on there that I believe should not have been included. “The Greeting Song” was insufficient, he clarified.
What does he think about the band’s weakest album? “I will always lament the manner in which [1984’s self-titled] was produced. I believe the tracks are excellent. Our group smoked at the time. But [drummer] Jack [Irons] and [guitarist] Hillel [Slovak] left, and we hired Jack Sherman and Cliff Martinez as replacements. Both were talented musicians, but our connection with them was not as strong as it was with the original members.
“I’ve often desired to re-record that album,” confessed Flea. But I can never convince anyone to agree.