“The White Album was the first thing that I connected with as a kid”: Flea picks his top 5 ‘desert island’ discs

Bassist Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers performs at Allegiant Stadium on April 01, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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As one of the founding members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flea’s outrageous showmanship and superhuman thumb have made him the throbbing heart of the band’s musical mayhem. Flea has also immersed himself in studio sessions with everyone from Johnny Cash and Alanis Morissette to Thom Yorke and “wild-ass drum music” with original Peppers drummer Jack Irons.

Not content with playing bass guitar in one of the world's biggest rock bands, there are still a handful of musicians who Flea would love to collaborate with – if he could revive the dead, that is.

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.