The band's heavy guitar-riffed, funkadelic rock style and Anthony Kiedis' rap-like vocals was the perfect sound combo for a kid with a Sony Walkman to listen to on his university campus, shuffling from one class to another, or cranking out a night's homework in his fraternity house. For a moment, Flea is at a loss to explain how the album could feel so comfortable when he and his bandmates were in torment. He has a long list of women whom he has dated of which some of them are known celebrities. Flea was the brains behind the operation -- he figured it out. Then, almost a year ago, Kiedis approached Frusciante again, and suddenly it seemed as if all the problems of the past were behind them. Because the interplay between the four is so intuitive and emotional, it's often impossible to reduce a Chili Pepper jam to a simple process of cause and effect.
By the end of practice, I'm more in the groove, and it's good to get into a groove where you feel like you could be playing with them, you know?
From the Archive: Red Hot Chili Peppers Discuss their New Energy and 'Californication'
But it often happens to me that I get the biggest chill during bridges and guitar solos and musical outros, and things like that. Topics Red Hot Chili Peppers. It's just like energy in the air. I've become more about just serving the song, and less about 'Hey, I can play some really amazing, trippy bass lines that will blow your mind. It's the most natural way to do it, and a big part of why the album sounds the way it does is because it's not forced. Basically, we get together and start making noise, and when it feels good, we call it a song. So he'll say, 'What do you guys think of this?
And the reason that Flea started playing music was because of Louis Armstrong and jazz people. He has also featured in the movie Point Break and also in The Chase Because the interplay between the four is so intuitive and emotional, it's often impossible to reduce a Chili Pepper jam to a simple process of cause and effect. But that lends itself to one spot, which is right square on the beat. The free-flowing, funky creativity that first moved Kiedis to sing was very much in evidence as the band convened in Flea's garage. As much as Californication benefits from the raw energy and uncluttered thump of the band's guitar-bass-and-drums lineup, there are a number of points at which the arrangements are sweetened by synths and other keyboards. Okay, Beck did a great job of having the Dust Brothers do beats, and putting human, organic sounds on top of it.