I know as a bassist when you listen to The Red Hot Chili Peppers you think, "Flea rocks man". But take a minute to sit back and look at the rest of the band. The Drummer, nothing fantastic, but a decent drummer, I like him. The guitar, is getting weaker by the album. This may not bother a bassist because flea is still being as cool as ever. But if you compare old RHCP's to New, old Red Hot Chili peppers, the guitar and bass worked so well with each other, now it's all about Flea. The vocals are cool, but the lyrics... ok, occasionally, the lyrics are acceptable, even cool. Under the Bridge, Californication, good examples. But I'm going to give you a quote from a song off of their first album called "Police Helicopter" .... *ahem* "Police helicopter shot from the sky, Police helicopter landed in my eye".... dumb. The man has a pretty cool voice, but most of the lyrics are a total flop. So in conclusion.... RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS KICK ASS!!!