Flea and Omar Rodríguez-López

Flea Played Bass On The Best Mars Volta Album, But You Probably Never Realized It

Given the mercurial nature of Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-López’s musical predilections, nouveau prog darlings Mars Volta have covered a lot of sonic ground since their inception in 2001, sometimes to the chagrin of their fans. But few would argue that his 2003 Rick Rubin-produced debut, Deloused in the comatoriumit is his best work and one of the best rock albums of the 2000s.

Rodríguez-López’s guitar playing and Jon Theodore’s furious kit workouts remain touchpoints that made the record a masterpiece, but the bass playing, and indeed the bass player, often is overlooked. Which is particularly surprising when you consider that the bass player is Flea.

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