Flea interviews

I recently watched this movie and was struck by the following: The documentary is about a DIY band, no-frills, no real commercial appeal or success (unless you include the use of "Corona" as "Jackass" theme). Not only does the director interview Flea, who many might consider a sell-out but he compounds this by interviewing him in his very expensive looking living room! Didn't he seem completely out of place? Every other interview was conducted in some low-rent-looking apartment and Thurston Moore's had oodles of records in the background.

This is not a rant against Flea or success. Rather it is a criticism of the film and the director's decision to allow this seeming sore thumb to stick out in a movie about playing music without the expectation of financial success. After all, the title is "We Jam Econo", after all.

Anyone agree or am I totally off base here?


I don't really agree but I don't think you're completely off base either. The scenes stuck out a little to me also. I would say Flea is definitely the most famous and probably well off person interviewed, but his scenes were insightful and it seems that most if not everyone interviewed knew the band personally. Flea and Watt have played together and I wouldn't be surprised if they knew each other from when they were starting out. Not to mention Watt is an obvious musical influence on Flea. I guess I'm just saying that he did stand out from the others interviewed, but it didn't bother me.

One question though, who considers Flea a sellout? I've always been under the impression that the Chili Peppers had full creative control over their music and the reason they got so big is that they worked at it for years and they were great at what they did. Success came naturally. I can't say I'm much of a fan of their later work, but that's just personal taste.