Flea Admits Red Hot Chili Peppers Were’More Obnoxious Than Funny’

Not every song lyrics must have a deeper significance; they can be humorous, like in some Red Hot Chili Peppers songs. Flea mentioned on the This Little Light podcast that the band’s early days were full of jokes. He stated: “It’s funny, like how the Red Hot Chili Peppers thought they were funny when they first started.” I’m not sure if we were more annoying than humorous, but we felt we were. We’d make song parodies, but it was more like Beavis and Butthead.

I’ve always felt that was music, and perhaps this connects to what you were just saying; it’s difficult, since comedy can’t be taken seriously in music. ‘They’re just immature brats,’ they remarked of us. Okay, fair enough.” Some referred to them as “immature brats,” but comedians such as Jon Daly and Cyrus Ghahremani recognized the irony. RHCP released a track named ‘Abracadabralifornia’ just before their appearance at the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show in 2014. It turned out to be a hilarious parody featuring an Anthony Kiedis impersonation, and Chad Smith even joked about it on Twitter.

So, while most people may relate to heartfelt lyrics rather than parodies or lyrics like ‘Doo doo doo doo dingle zing a dong bone/ Ba-di ba-da ba-zumba crunga cong gone bad,’ Flea went on to say that a good belly laugh had the same effect: “But I feel like everybody wants Neil Young; they want the truth, they want the soul heart ripping open, they want the philosophical lesson, and all that stuff, but for me, a good old laugh is just as important, poignant, and helpful to humanity as the most soul searching profound truth.” You can hear the episode below.

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