Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Chip recently posted a tweet to answer a fan question, recalling when he and his bandmate Anthony Kiedis wrote a song for Nina Hagen.
Nina Hagen has released her fourth studio album ‘Without fear‘ in November 1983, as well as the German version, ‘Angstlos.’ “Fearless” was a dance-pop album with disco and hip hop elements, and it marked a major musical departure from his previous new wave-oriented works. One of the songs that were on that album was ‘What it is.’
“What it is” was written by Anthony Kiedis and Flea, and the bass lines for this song were originally performed by Flea. However, Flea revealed in a previous tweet that his original bass parts in the song were later. replaced by bassist Karl Rucker because producer Keith Forsey wanted “What It Is” to be more professional.
Recently, one of his followers came across “What It Is” and decided to ask the bassist if he played bass on the song. According to the fan, Hagen wrote in the liner notes that Peppers performed on ‘What It Is.’ However, he believed it was not Hillel Slovak or Jack Sherman playing guitars, and neither Jack Irons nor Cliff Martinez were on drums.
Upon seeing this tweet, Flea revealed that RHCP did not perform on “What It Is”. They recorded the song for her, but producer Keith Forsey decided that Hagen’s band would play it because it was more professional. The bassist also said that he and Kiedis wrote the song for Hagen. He knows there’s also a tape of them playing the track, but he’s not sure if it’s available to everyone.
One of his fans asked Flea the following in a tweet:
“Hey, Flea, did you play on that track? Nina wrote on the record’s liner notes, ‘Chili Peppers played on this track.’ So this is your bass? Pretty sure the guitar isn’t Slovak or Sherman and the drums – not Irons or Martinez, a drum machine instead.
“Nope. We recorded it for her, but producer Keith Forsey pulled us out of it to have his band play it; they were more professional. Anthony and I wrote the thing for her. There’s a tape recording of him and I played it in our apartment the night we wrote it; it’s over, right? »
You can check out the tweets below.
No. We recorded it for her, but producer Keith Forsey pulled us out to have his band play it, they were more professional. Anthony and I wrote the thing for her. There’s a tape recording of him and me playing it in our apartment the night we wrote it, it came out, right? https://t.co/PbDXxZZcg2
– Chip (@chip333) September 16, 2022