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bAss-Flyer

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Atascadero CA

A P-bass ... to go please.
Mar 20th, 2009 11:49 PM        

This popped up over at Moe's



Flytoo

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Mar 21st, 2009 12:04 AM        

Good one! Flea's really laying it down!



edmonstg

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Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Mar 21st, 2009 05:46 AM        

Flea fans....the last time I saw this red hot chili he was gigging with a vintage stacker in white.

Is this an older video or is the bass he's playing his new main thing?

George



babsobass



Milwaukee, USA

Shout it out loud!
Mar 21st, 2009 08:55 AM        

That bass looks like one of his signature Modulus model. All except for the headstock being painted. But it also looks like the paint on the headstock is chipped or pealing revealing the expected black composite.

Its also what I would call "road worn."

Bill



aerodyne



USA

Mar 21st, 2009 11:33 AM        

"gigging with a vintage stacker in white"

If I'm not mistaken,I think that was a rare faded shell pink turned whitish.Aerodyne



jlee562

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These pretzels are making me thirsty!
Mar 21st, 2009 05:04 PM        

That's definitely one of his Modulus ones. That particular bass (with the Sex Pistols and Clash stickers) was his #1 for a while.





Tori

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usa

Mar 21st, 2009 06:42 PM        

Flea is a great player......great on stage......stays in the pocket.......but I would love to see how much the sound crew is getting paid......



Caca de Kick



Seattle/Tacoma WA

ROCKSTAR AT WORK do not try this at home
Mar 22nd, 2009 11:45 AM        

"he was gigging with a vintage stacker in white."

As aero pointed out, it's actually a faded shell pink stack knob. How's that for ultra-mega rare?

He played it for a few years, but refused to change the flats that were on it, eventually stopped using it because it lacked the high end grit he needed (again because he refused to change the strings), but says he still loves the bass.
So he went back to using his modern basses.
The Modulus WAS a signature bass, but he has since left Modulus, and now Modulus renamed the "Flea Bass" and now call it the "Funk Unlimited Bass".
I love Flea, but wish he would use his Wal again!



Drop D-ead

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Now I'm hack-a-lackin'!
Mar 22nd, 2009 12:27 PM        

Not that Flea and his ilk are my bag, but I kind of got over him after I saw The RHCPs butcher "I Wanna Be Sedated" on the "Too Tough to Die" DVD.

Stays in the pocket? He can only play in the pocket when he IS the pocket, and everyone else plays and sings around him. I've never see a band play with such a lack of rhythm in my life. The only one who "got it" was Frusciante.

He's a phenom at what he does, and he's definitely high profile, but I'll never get people's worship of him. He's to bass, to what shredders are to guitar.

D



bAss-Flyer

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A P-bass ... to go please.
Mar 22nd, 2009 12:41 PM        

I'm not a big Flea fan, nor the group, I must admit.... I just liked his tone and playing in the video. :^)



aerodyne



USA

Mar 22nd, 2009 01:33 PM        

Total showman though,He's fun to watch!Aerodyne



chawesco



USA

Mar 22nd, 2009 02:26 PM        

I aggree with DropD-ead and aerodyne. Flea shows everyone in the listening audience where the pocket is by drawing a big fat line around it and pointing out its location. He never actually gets in it, he just shows it as a place he isn't, but perhaps could be, if circumstances were different. It may be a case of overbearing "style over substance" leading to an empty pocket or a "picked pocket". Wooten is another player who enjoys the hairy fringes of the pocket, but not the cozy depths.



Caca de Kick



Seattle/Tacoma WA

ROCKSTAR AT WORK do not try this at home
Mar 22nd, 2009 04:24 PM        

RHCP music was always and firstly punk. As a kid in the 80's, their funk-punk was radical in the same vein as Jane's Addiction and Suicidal Tendencies, which all seemed geared to us kids in the skater/surfer type crowd, that's who attended their shows. Their niche was pushing the overplayed bass, as to me, Flea seemed the strongest able instrument in that band back then (I'm talking Blood Sugar Sex Magik and older). This was never a polished rock band.

But as far as being able to lay in the pocket, he sure did seem to fit right in on Alanis Morrisette's and Young MC's songs, and whatever else he did outside of RHCP.



Drop D-ead

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Now I'm hack-a-lackin'!
Mar 22nd, 2009 05:41 PM        

We're just gonna have to agree to disagree on this one. The lack of being a polished rock band doesn't make you punk. For that matter, I don't consider the Chili's a punk band. I'm not trying to down the band, just trying to call it like I see it. They are GREAT at what they do, but I'd never call them, Jane's Addiction, or definitely Suicidal Tendencies punk. It's not like I don't like either of those bands either. "Classic Girl" is one of my all time favorite songs.

And before all the guys who run their rigs with their mids cut and their highs blasted try and set me aflame, I can assure you it's not jealously, or anything else. I'll fully admit that Flea can out wank me anyday and twice on Sunday. However, I'll take being able to play a Ramones cover over a RHCP cover without question til the day I die. I dig rock n' roll, and you'll have to pry my P bass outta my cold dead hands.

I think our tastes and feelings on the genre, or what is or isn't part of it prolly differ alot due to where we grew up.

D



mudbucker



USA

Mar 22nd, 2009 05:58 PM        

There's legitimate east coast punk, west coast punk, and differences between north and south too IMO.



Drop D-ead

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Mar 22nd, 2009 06:01 PM        

^ Good point, I'm just a stick in the mud. lol

D



DavePlaysBass

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CO

I should be practicing instead of gassin
Mar 22nd, 2009 06:34 PM        

I think Stadium Arcadium is a great collection of songs. They probably could have cut it to one disc full of really good songs rather than 2 discs. But I find the whole album to be a great listen. Well written catchy tunes with great texturing and build as the songs go. There all pretty short songs. IMO its the best of Frusciante. And for Flea, there's a hand full of songs with solid pocket playing and little to no thumb. I think this is the more mature / drugs behind us album. In comparison BSSM gets on my nerves after about 60 minutes.



Steve Dallman

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Merrill, Wisconsin

Just enjoying the cold...
Mar 24th, 2009 04:06 PM        

Flea is simply playing the same bass line as on the original recording. He does it OK, but so do most cover bands that did this song over the years. If you learned this song, THAT is the bass line you played.

I remember learning it when the song came out in the late 60's. It was one of our band's favorite songs to do.



bAss-Flyer

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Atascadero CA

A P-bass ... to go please.
Mar 24th, 2009 08:43 PM        

"Flea is simply playing the same bass line as on the original recording."

I did listen to the original a while back, and you are right.
Flea's tone still impressed me, the bass really stood out.



Mud Shrimp Moe



Plano Texas, USA

Mar 26th, 2009 11:05 AM        

Flea's non-slap playing is an inspiration to me. I agree that he walks around the pocket, revealing where the pocket is in the empty places he leaves. But I love that. On RHCP ballads Flea is the glue that holds the tune together. He and Chad Smith make up a world class rhythm section, IMHO. Frusciante is merely adequate most of the time and Kiedis is ... well Kiedis is lucky to be in a famous band at all.





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