You would think that musicians, of all people, would get that music of any genre doesn’t die. It evolves.
Flea doesn’t think so.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist sat down for an interview with Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready on SiriusXM’s Pearl Jam Radio where they talked about “the good ol’ days.”
Flea took some time to complain about rock music these days and how much better the 90’s were.
“I just remember being so excited that we were playing with [Pearl Jam] and with Smashing Pumpkins, because it was just an exciting time for rock music. A lot of times, especially recently, I look at rock music as kind of a dead form in a lot of ways. Nothing to take away from us and [Pearl Jam], because obviously I believe we’re relevant bands that come with a real energy. But if you’re a kid today, and you get in a rock band, it’s like – when we were kids, when I said I want to be in a rock band and that’s what I’m doing for my life, that’s what I was going to do, no question. You’d get: ‘You are a f*cking lunatic, you are crazy. You’re never going to get a decent job in your life. What are you doing? You’re ruining your life.’
I was like f*ck it, I don’t care, this is what I want to do, this means everything to me, I found a home. I’ve been a weird, neurotic, loner kid all my life, I was always the kid you called f*g in high school, punk rock gave me a home. But nowadays, you decide you want to be in a rock band it’s like, ‘Oh great, let’s get you an image consultant, and a lawyer, and a manager, and let’s see what we can do here. It’s a great money making opportunity for you junior.’
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are a great band, there’s no denying it! But why do you think they got signed? Because they did the same thing the bands before them did? No.
Because they did things differently than those before them.
The Chili’s entire catalogue of music is based on rock music with a distinct funk-bass riff that carries through the whole song. Name ONE other band that did that to the extent that they did. It was a huge success for them and it still works for them.
Like every single genre of music, rock has evolved.
Flea’s opinion on rock music is just spitting in the face of the young and hungry bands that are using every available resource they have to make their mark on the music world.