Also, he suggested that Kiedis would show it to the band's other members. Kiedis focused lyrically on sexual references and innuendos, as they were frequently on his mind. Kim Gordon inspired Flea to simplify his bass playing. Under the guidance of Rubin, Flea took a more minimal approach when writing basslines for Blood Sugar Sex Magik, focusing more on complimenting each track instead of showcasing his prolific finger-work. Sign up for our newsletter. Although Kiedis disliked the concept, he wrote the song as Rubin requested and ended up disliking almost every one of the lyrics' aspects. For some overdubs I used a Fender H. After singing the verse to Frusciante and Smith, the band started working on the song's structure the next day. In a interview with BAM Magazine, Anthony Kiedis expressed his initial concerns about working with the bearded maestro: The house was so large that Kiedis was able to set up and track all of his vocals from the comfort of his bedroom. When Frusciante began playing "Under the Bridge", Kiedis missed his cue; the entire audience began singing the song, instead. Though still employing thick overdrive on songs such as Suck My Kiss, Frusciante experimented with unique tones and guitar effects never before heard on a Chili Peppers album, including the washed-out shimmer of Under The Bridge achieved using a Boss CE-1 , and the Hendrix-inspired reverse guitar solos on Give It Away. It, thus, gave developed the song "Give It Away". So wimpy. All band members, except for Chad Smith, lived within the mansion throughout the process.