While nobody can play a Flea bassline quite like Flea himself, we’ve gotta hand it to Charles Berthoud for his efforts, as he performs two handfuls of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ best and most memorable bass riffs and solos. Even more impressive is how he played them on a $85 electric bass.
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Thanks to the arcane copyright policing on YouTube, remixers like Jonny Wilson of Eclectic Method have found it harder to post content. His solution, keep the sound snippets so short that nobody can recognize them. His mashup of Red Hot Chili Peppers tracks maintains all of their texture, but none of their melodies.
The consistently entertaining and enthralling Pomplamoose presents a fun recording that seamlessly blends Smash Mouth’s unkillable hit All Star with the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ tracks Can’t Stop and Californication. That opening bass riff is still one of the best ever.
Guitarist Luca Stricagnoli presents another fantastic fingerstyle cover arrangement – taking on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 2002 hit Can’t Stop on his triple-necked acoustic guitbass. The endlessly spinning camera made us a little queasy, but the music is worth a little dizziness.
EatMyUke is currently on a quest to learn how to play his 50 favorite albums of all time on the ukulele. Given how well he performed The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Californication, we think he’ll have no problem achieving his goal. That’s Matt Deakin chipping in on the drums.
Ten Second Songs‘ Anthony Vincent channels Anthony Kiedis, then takes a quick left turn to perform the Chili Peppers’ classic Give It Away in the style of 20 other musicians, from The Beastie Boys to Guns N’ Roses to David Bowie. The Twenty Øne Pilots bit was hilarious.
RHCP’s bass man teamed up with Fender to reproduce his beloved ’61 Shell Pink Jazz Bass, a very special instrument he received from a fan. The guitar has a road-worn shell with a maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, vintage style Jazz Bass pickups and a neck plate with art by Flea.
James Corden fills every seat in his Range Rover with the members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, as they sing a number of their hits, reminisce about their past, wrestle on someone’s lawn, and perform a brief tribute to the musical Oliver!, led enthusiastically by Flea.