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Red Hot Chili Peppers Drummer Chad Smith Can’t Understand Anthony Kiedis’ Singing

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Evidently “Weird Al” Yankovic was on to something years ago when he parodied the Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ ‘Give It Away’ with a “yabba dabba doo” chorus in ‘Bedrock Anthem.’ Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith says that Anthony Kiedis’ singing often sounds like Flintstones gibberish to him.

‘I’m in the f—ing band and I don’t understand what the guy is saying!” Smith told Bang Showbiz (via STV). ”Sometimes he’ll get kind of lost and look back at me like, ‘What’s the verse’ and I’m like, ‘I don’t know, it all sounds yabba dabba doo to me. I don’t know what you’re saying!”’

Kiedis does have an interesting way of enunciating at times, so we feel Smith’s pain. The drummer also told an Australian radio station about the lengths some fans will go to after shows to get close to the band:

”Back in the day, Flea would wear underwear on stage and sweat. People from our road crew would tell us, ‘Man, those girls came back and found the underwear, and they squeezed the sweat out and drank it,’ and they’re like, ‘Oh, now I have part of him inside of me.’ Isn’t that gross? That’s some real dedication.”

Any fans who want to get that close to the Chili Peppers right now will have to head to eastern Europe, where the band is performing through early August, followed by a headlining gig at Lollapalooza in Chicago. As previously reported, the group plans to release 18 unheard songs between now and January. Smith said, “I’m glad they’re going to see the light of day because it’s an important part of the band and what we were doing at the time.”

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