What Did Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea Admit About Nirvana’s Music?


Bassist Flea is primarily known for his tenure with Red Hot Chili Peppers, with whom he has been working nearly for the past four decades. RHCP is considered one of the most commercially successful alternative rock bands and credited for releasing the most No. 1 singles on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. Even though RHCP is a widely recognized band, there were times when other bands outdid their success.

One of those bands is Nirvana, who achieved worldwide fame after releasing their second studio album, ‘Nevermind‘ on September 24, 1991. Unfortunately for RHCP, they released their fifth studio album, ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik,’ on that same day without knowing they were competing against Nirvana. Although they had been in the scene longer than Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers were surpassed by the grunge icons, and bassist Flea had something to say about this twenty years later.

Flea Implied He Was Jealous Of Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’


RHCP’s ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik‘ was a successful album as it peaked at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200 when it was first released. Furthermore, the album gave birth to hit singles such as ‘Under the Bridge,’ ‘Give It Away,’ ‘Suck My Kiss,’ and many more. The record achieved worldwide popularity and critical acclaim, and as of today, it has sold over 13 million copies worldwide.

Although the 1991 album is most likely the best one the band has ever released, its success was overshadowed by another record released on the same day. Nirvana released one of the best-known albums in rock history when ‘Nevermind‘ came out. The record gained an unexpected critical and commercial success and has sold over 30 million copies worldwide to this day.

Rather than celebrating his own band’s album’s anniversary, Flea was interviewed about the 20th anniversary of the legendary ‘Nevermind’ album by SPIN Magazine. Apparently, the bassist had high hopes for their album and especially loved their iconic song, ‘Give It Away.’ However, the radio stations kept playing Nirvana’s songs which made him jealous initially.

According to SPIN, Flea said:

“‘Nevermind’ and ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’ came out the same day. I remember being so excited because I felt like we had made our great record. I would put on the radio and keep listening to hear ‘Give It Away,’ but I kept hearing this Nirvana song and was like, ‘God, that’s a great fucking song. But are they going to play ‘Give It Away?‘ And then they turned out to be the greatest band in the world.”

Flea has expressed his admiration and appreciation for Nirvana during multiple interviews, and rather than looking down on another successful band, he preferred to celebrate their success. Fans would expect nothing different from the RHCP icon since he’s a firm supporter of cherishing good music, which is one of the many reasons why his fans love his personality.