The title track from Red Hot Chili Peppers’ fifth studio album Blood Sugar Sex Magik is one of the archetypal numbers and one that Flea puts in a killer bass performance on, his isolated part on the track naked is truly a spectacular work of art which will improve your day.
The album was a game-changing moment for the Chili’s who, prior to this release, had never previously seen any of their four records even reach the Billboard Top 50 but, with a new label in tow, Blood Sugar Sex Magik marked a new chapter for the group.
With Rick Rubin taking up production duties and managing to unlock that special something with the band that finally came to the surface on this record. As well as featuring ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik‘, the record also spawned ‘Under The Bridge’, ‘Give It Away’ and ‘Suck My Kiss’ — it’s not hard to understand how it has now sold over 13 million copies worldwide.
“With that album, we really grew into being the band that we always wanted to be,” Flea said to Guitar World in 2011 as he reminisced on the record as it turned 20, adding, “It was like we took what was great about us and just gave a lot more depth to the instruments and structure. The album really captured a space and a time that was exciting and fun.”
Flea and frontman Anthony Kiedis are the only two members of the band that have been there from the very start with it being their innate chemistry that has kept the Chili’s going throughout the numerous difficulties they have faced both personally and professionally over the years.
The bass God has given some stellar performances over the years but ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’ was one of real importance as the track helped introduce Red Hot Chili Peppers to a much wider audience than ever before and thanks to Flea’s mastery, it’s little wonder their fanbase has only grown in the 29 years since.
Listen to his marvellous isolated bass on the track in question, below.