Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea Reveals His Bass Was Replaced With A More ‘Professional’ One In Nina Hagen’s Song

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ co-founder and bassist Flea answered one of his fan’s questions about whether is he the one who played in Nina Hagen’s ‘What It Is’ or not and revealed the person who replaced him on his Twitter account.

It has been almost five years since his fans listened to his new basses. As you may remember, Red Hot Chili Pepper’s latest studio album ‘The Gateway’ was released on June 17, 2016. This was the band’s second and final album with guitarist Josh Klinghoffer before the return of John Frusciante in 2019.

From his Twitter, Flea revealed the truth behind ‘What It Is.’ It was the song of Nina Hagen’s fourth studio album entitled ‘Fearless’ also known as its German title ‘Angstlos’ which was released in November 1983. The song was written by Anthony Kiedis and Michael Balzary and basses of it originally played by Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Flea.

Later, Flea stated that even though he played the original basses of the song, he was replaced with another bassist Karl Rucker. The reason behind this replacement was the producer’s wish for someone more professional. Also, he emphasized that Rucker only played what he recorded before his replacement.

Here’s what wrote:

“It is Karl. I originally did it but they took off my bass and replaced it with his. He played what I had originally recorded but professionally, I think they replaced jack and Hillel too I can’t remember. Produced by Keith Forsey. He wanted it nice and clean.”

You can see the tweet below.