“They’ve got so many great records. The ones that came before this album are a little raw, a little punky. Some people really like that, but I think Blood Sugar is the record where the band put it all together in one shot.
“Flea has always been the musical backbone of the Chili Peppers. His tone and grooves are really, really deep. I remember being at Berklee College and hearing If You Have To Ask and Mellowship Slinky In B Major, which has an incredible bassline – that stuff blew me away. Give It Away is another great bassline, and it’s a lot more complicated than people think, specifically a four-phrase pattern that repeats.
“It's interesting: The guitar is, for the most part, a background instrument in the band; the bass is usually taking the lead, as it would in a proper funk band. You can just feel Flea making a quantum leap in arranging and bassline composition on Blood Sugar. He comes into his own as an artist.”