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Hey any of youse cats out their know any cool & twisted facts on flea post a reply ere'. Also if any players know how to get some cool settings that sound like flea on your amp post here to please.

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OK, here's some Flea bites:

 

His real name is Michael Peter Balzary.

He was born in Melbourne, Australia.

He just turned 42 a few days ago (Oct. 16)

His mother sang backup on Under The Bridge.

He has a 16 year old daughter.

His first instrument was the trumpet.

 

A web page of Flea facts

 

Welcome to the Lowdown, Parra, and can we talk about something else now? :D

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Flea's original nickname was "Mike B. the Flea" because he jumped all over the stage while he played.

 

His bassline on the RHCP's cover of "Higher Ground" has tortured bass teachers in all four corners of the globe, for they have been forced to teach that bassline to millions of students. :D

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Originally posted by BenLoy:

His bassline on the RHCP's cover of "Higher Ground" has tortured bass teachers in all four corners of the globe, for they have been forced to teach that bassline to millions of students. :D

You forgot the poor bastards who work at music stores who constantly hear it as well. ;)
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I believe he also appeared in the greatest film of the modern era, The Big Lebowski. However, his brilliant portrayal of a German nihilist from the group Autobahn was sadly overlooked by the Academy.

 

A tragic personal side note: I once took in a stray Min Pin and named him Flea. But alas, he had to go once he and my other dog Pete Rose engaged in non-stop peeing contests in my living room. He was tragically struck by a car a week after I gave him away. Poor little guy, he never saw it comin. :(

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Best known as an integral member of one of the 80's/90's most popular rock bands, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flea (real name- Michael Balzary) is widely regarded as one of rock's most talented bassists. By combining funk style bass (a la Funkadelic) with psychedelic, punk, and hard rock, Flea created an original playing style that has been copied numerous times. In fact, the 'copy cat' syndrome got so out of hand that Flea refused to use his popular 'slap' technique for the Peppers' massive 1991 hit Blood Sugar Sex Magik.

 

Born on October 16, 1962 in Melbourne, Australia, Balzary and his family relocated to Los Angeles while he was still a youngster. Unlike other teenagers, Michael's first musical love was jazz (instead of the expected hard rock), as he concentrated on mastering the trumpet while attending Fairfax High School. It was around this time that he met 2 other

 

Fairfax students that would eventually change his life - guitarist Hillel Slovak and poet Anthony Kiedis. The trio soon became inseparable, as Slovak taught Balzary (who around this time was rechristened 'Flea') how to play bass and eventually turned him on to the wonders of rock music, via Jimi Hendrix and punk rock. Flea landed the bass playing slot in the confrontational L.A. punk band Fear by the early-80's, but decided to form a band with Slovak on guitar Kiedis on vocals, and another friend, Jack Irons, on drums. The band eventually became The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and automatically attracted a large following in California, with their explosive, high-energy stage show.

 

The Peppers eventually signed to EMI/Capitol, issuing a string of albums that expanded their fanbase with each subsequent release, eventually leading to their big commercial breakthrough with their aforementioned 1991 multi-platinum hit, Blood Sugar Sex Magik (their first for Warner Bros). The band didn't have an easy ride however, suffering the drug overdose death of Slovak in 1988, and a subsequent revolving door of guitarists, but The Peppers have remained one of rock's most popular and enduring bands. In addition to his duties with the R.H.C.P., Flea has dabbled in acting - including cameos in such popular flicks as Back To The Future Pts. II and III, My Own Private Idaho, The Big Lebowski, and Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas, amongst others. And due to his musical versatility, Flea has also become a much in-demand session musician, appearing on such albums as Mick Jagger's Wandering Spirit, Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill, Johnny Cash's Unchained, Jewel's Spirit, and Porno For Pyro's Good God's Urge.

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Modulus has a fish in their line that is his signature model. He uses them.

 

I've only played a couple of Moduli in my day, but the Flea bass I played was my favorite Modulus. However, that's about me and not about Flea.

 

I also don't intend to use his barber.

 

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Originally posted by Discombobulation:

Flea created an original playing style that has been copied numerous times.

He did?

 

He certainly wasn't the first to play a combination of slap/pop and finger style. Perhaps you were talking about his ability to play in nothing but a sock?

 

Originally posted by Discombobulation:

In fact, the 'copy cat' syndrome got so out of hand that Flea refused to use his popular 'slap' technique for the Peppers' massive 1991 hit Blood Sugar Sex Magik.

??? Where did you get this information??

 

"Power of Equality", "Suck My Kiss", "Give It Away", and "Naked In The Rain" all sound like he's using some slap/pop in there. You can't tell me that main line in "Naked In The Rain" that consists of D, F, and G isn't being slapped/popped.

 

His part in the movie Dudes was great, as were his roles in Big Lebowski and Fear & Loathing. Nothing like seeing a crazed Flea licking acid off Hunter S. Thompson's red woolen shirt.

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Flea's style is hardly original, although he did bring back funk bass for a lot of kids who hadn't heard it before.

 

Anyone who think Blood Sugar Sex Magik didn't have any slapping on it is deaf.

 

I still like his playing.

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Stuff I know about Flea:

1. His old phone number. I interviewed him when One Hot Minute came out, and I had to call him at home.

2. He's a nice guy. Well, he was pleasant and attentive while I asked my stupid questions, anyway.

3. He and Dave Navarro took a lot of crap when they kissed on the cover of Guitar magazine.

4. He played fretless bass (kinda out of tune) on Alanis Morrisette's first huge hit, "You Oughta Know."

5. He played bass on Young MC's "Bust A Move" and appeared in the video.

6. He has a lot of tattoos

7. He has been known to fix bass-playing wounds on his hands with Krazy Glue.

8. In 1991, I blamed him for every damn suburbanite kid with a baseball cap who took their thumbs out of their butts and started using them on their basses. I still do...

9. He loves Mike Watt , fIREHOSe, The Minutemen, Black Flag and The Meat Puppets.

10. He played some bass and trumpet on Mike Watt's Ballhog Or Tugboat CD.

11. He used to play Ernie Ball basses, but now he's into Modulus.

12. He used to have pants with stuffed animals sewn all over them.

13. He used to like drug (a lot), but he says he's clean now.

 

To recap:

He's a good bassist, a less-than mediocre actor, a nice guy and NOT someone you'd want as a personal stylist.

 

OK, enough Flea already.

\m/

Erik

"To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting."

--Sun Tzu

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Ok, two more. I hope nobody mentioned this one already. He was in a movie a REALLY, REALLY long time ago called Suburbia, released in 1984. Good movie with an extremely low budget and some pretty bad acting. That's going WAAAY back.

 

He also played bass in a band called Fear around that time.

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